Sail on: Scuba divers take the plunge from luxury yachts

Burma Boating is set to launch monthly cruises around the Mergui Archipelago, combining two of the most sought-after activities in these pristine waters – yachting and scuba diving.

The SY Dallinghoo, a 30-metre classic gaff-rigged schooner crafted by renowned US yacht designer Dudley Dix, will cast off from the port of Kawthaung in southern Myanmar once a month from November 2019 through April 2020 and traverse the Mergui Archipelago on an eight-day, seven-night sailing trip which can accommodate up to eight qualified divers.

“With this new Sail & Dive adventure, we wanted to offer something extraordinary,” said Michael Cole, head of Burma Boating. “There are few, if any, undiscovered nirvanas like the Mergui Archipelago left on this planet. These cruises will provide comfort, exquisite dining, and stops at no less than five fantastic dive sites, all of which feature a kaleidoscope of coral and magnificent marine life.”

The Mergui Archipelago is located in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar and is home to the ethnic Moken community of fisherman, also known as ‘sea gypsies’.

In addition to the Sail & Dive cruises, Burma Boating offers weekly sailing and yachting trips around the archipelago until mid-May, 2020, when monsoon season begins.

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