I first started running liveaboards to Myanmar in 2005. We would use a nautical chart produced by the British Navy’s Hydrographic Office in 1975 to plan our routes and dives. The Mergui Archipelago is a much more complex destination to the relatively simple trips I also ran around the Similan Islands in Thailand.
I would roll out the chart and explain our rough route and itinerary to our guests. The route only covered a fraction of the total chart area. Looking at the chart and also whilst cruising around the islands I was often asked, “What’s it like here?” or “Can we dive over at those islands?”
We often went to find out and in doing so my passion for discovery style diving was born. Still to this day I love jumping in somewhere new with a group of divers behind me with absolutely no idea what we will find. Adventurous as this was, I was still confined by range and fuel constraints, adventure was restricted to the southern portion of the Mergui Archipelago.