The Thailand Aggressor will depart from Tap Lamu Pier (located 1 1/2 hours from the Phuket International Airport (HKT) which is located south of Khao Lak, a beautiful hilly mountainous region and tourist area or Chalong Pier located in Phuket and the southern area. The yacht departs Saturday evening and diving begins Sunday morning at Richelieu Rock (weather permitting). The yacht will then continue a northern course to Myanmar, (previously known as Burma) where guests will clear immigration Monday morning then make 2 – 3 dives. The boat will then travel through Myanmar offering 5 dives on Tuesday and Wednesday and 2 – 3 dives on Thursday before clearing immigration and traveling back to Thailand. Friday 2 dives will be offered in Thailand before arriving back to Tap Lamu Pier Friday afternoon then the cocktail party and dinner onboard with check out at 8 am Saturday.
Myanmar offers pristine, untouched diving that is rapidly becoming one of the premier destinations to go since the Myanmar government opened up the Mergui Archipelago for diving.
The island paradise of Phuket is only 50 miles from where the boat docks, lies only 8 degrees north of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate year round. For divers, the true treasures of the north Andaman Sea are found at famous sites such as the Surin Islands, Koh Tachai, Koh Bon,Richelieu Rock where the warm, clear water draws large schools of tropical fish, manta rays, and the awe-inspiring whale shark.
In Myanmar, guests will dive sites such as Black Rock, North Twin, South Twin, Three Islets, and Shark Cave that includes variety like you’ve never seen. From lots of varieties of sharks, caves, caverns, pelagics, schooling fish, unusual macro life to steep walls and rock covered with coral and fans The wealth of aquatic life combined with clear water will delight underwater photographers and marine naturalists when scuba diving Myanmar and Thailand.
Sample Itinerary: (Also See Dive Map)
Saturday – Airport pick up and Host Hotel Pick up 4-4:45 pm, then boarding. Welcome and departure
Sunday – 5 dives in Thailand, depart for Myanmar(Richelieu Rock – weather permitting)
Monday – Immigration clearance am, 2 – 3 dives at Myanmar including night dive (Rocky Island, Shark Cave)
Tuesday – 5 dives at Myanmar including night dive (Black Rock)
Wednesday – 5 dives at Myanmar including night dive (North Twin & South Twin)
Thursday – 2 – 3 dives at Myanmar, immigration clearance from Myanmar to Thailand (Western Rocky, Sea Fan Forect)
Friday – 2 dives in Thailand, arrive Friday afternoon to Taplamu Pier, cocktail party, dinner ashore
Saturday – Check out 8 am
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation:
Guests will fly into Phuket which is located off the south west coast of Thailand in the geographic region of Mainland Southeast Asia. Phuket is separated from the mainland by a channel at its northernmost point, where the Sarasin Bridge connects the island to the mainland. Countries bordering Thailand are Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia and Laos.
The Phuket International Airport (HKT) is in the north of the island, and is Thailand’s second largest hub to Bangkok. There are numerous connecting flights from the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Australia offering daily service to Phuket via Bangkok, alternate direct flights from Dubai, Hong Kong and Seoul to Phuket. Airlines offering service are Korean Air, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Thai Airways, Asiana Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Visitors must have a current passport for at least 6 months beyond your period of stay, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.
It is very important if guests require a visa that they apply for a ‘re-entry visa’ for Thailand since it will be necessary for re-entry after clearing immigration in Myanmar.
We highly suggest arriving a few days early and visiting Bangkok and Phuket. Transfers are free of charge on the charter start and end day listed below. Guests arriving at the Phuket (HKT) International Airport on the day of the charter will be met at 4 pm by a Thailand Aggressor representative. If you are already on island, please make your way to the host hotel or the airport for transfer to Taplamu Pier or Chalong Pier for a 5 pm boarding. (7 Day advance notification is required for transfer arrangements)
Charter Start Date:
Saturday 4 pm Phuket International Airport (HKT) for transfer to Taplamu Pier or Chalong Pier to board the Thailand Aggressor at 5 pm.
Saturday 4 – 4:45 pm Pick up from the host hotels, Kantary Beach Hotel and Villas or Pullman Resort located in the Khao Lak beach region and transfer to Taplamu Pier to board the Thailand Aggressor. Or, if the Thailand Aggressor departs from Charlong Pier, pick up from 4 – 4:45 pm from the host hotels Ibis Patong Hotel and Ibis Kata Hotel.
Charter End Date:
Saturday 8 am departure to Phuket International Airport (HKT) and host hotels.
The Thailand Aggressor departs from Taplamu Pier, which is located a few hours from the airport or Chalong Pier located 1 1/2 hours from the airport. The yacht will depart the dock Saturday evening for its first night anchorage to prepare for diving the next morning. Friday, at the end of the week, the Thailand Aggressor returns to the Taplamu Pier. The crew will host a cocktail party and guests will have dinner onboard.
Taxes & Fees:
USD $365 Myanmar Visa/Park Fee + 7% VAT tax of onboard purchases and park fee. Once onboard when the yacht clears into Myanmar, the visa fee is included in the park fee amount. The Thailand Aggressor accepts cash, MC and Visa.
Western Rocky is one of Mergui Archipelago’s southernmost dive sites and one of the most exciting. Western Rocky is a small island that includes a beautiful underwater passage right that is lit by daylight all the way through. This area is visited by large nurse sharks, other shark species including the famous whale shark, bowmouth guitar fish, harlequin shrimp, frogfish sea horses, while the anemone-lined cavity is full of oversized lobsters and crabs. The four islets off shore are worth a dive on their own, the walls covered with clams and colourful sponges, large reef squid and chevron barracuda. Divers will enjoy a spectacular night dive on the south wall where the red and orange coral are lit to perfection by the moonlight.
The islet of Black Rock is a small rock in the middle of Myanmar’s ocean. It provides a steep wall drop with rugged boulder formations and fine soft coral. A shallow section of tube coral can be found with magnificient macro critters. Many consider Black Rock to be the finest dive spot in the Mergui Archipelago. Its crystal clear visibility provides breath-taking views past the rock walls to the ongoing procession of barracuda, tuna, mackerel, rays, reef sharks, whale sharks and eagle rays.
Die hard shark spotters will not be disappointed in Burma. Underwater cave systems provide plenty of opportunity to see nurse sharks, crustaceans and clown fish. Shark Cave is home to a group of large nurse sharks, grey reef sharks and sweetlips. You will also see a floor covered in yellow sponges, a ceiling of marigold cup corals and a whole host of marine delights, from dancing shrimp, clams and sea stars to moray eels, cowries and sea slugs.
Several miles off shore, North Twin offers a dive experience that is quite unique within the Mergui archipelago. It has large granite boulders covered in gorgonian sea fans and soft corals. This is the place to spot schools of goat fish, bat fish and snapper in the shallow water, a popular manta cleaning station, ,yellowtail barracudas, big eye trevally, tuna and eagle rays.
High Rock is a limestone rock situated 40 nautical miles northwest of Kawthaugh. High Rock has a huge variety of marine life. Large schools of fish covering the reef walls include fusiliers, snappers, barracudas, schooling bannerfish, wrasse, trevallies, triggerfish, leather jackets, flutefish, pufferfish, lionfish, bearded scorpionfish, freckled porcupinefish, scorpionfish, long spine dea urchin, moray eels, giant hermit crabs, sponge crabs, decorator crabs, long hair hermit crabs, painted rock lobsters and banded boxer fish. Species of corals include orange cup corals and red finger soft corals. There is also an abundance of gorgonian sea fans, zigzag clams, crinoids and encrusting sponges here.
A magnificent coral reef that starts at 15 feet and plunges to 120 feet. This beautiful dive site is covered with huge sea fan coral. Ghost pipe fish, harlequin shrimp, eagle rays, rainbow runners, jacks, trevallies and barracuda are frequently seen.