13th March 2017- Pre-expedition
Pre Expedition Dinner
It is recommended that guests arrive the day before the trip and stay the night in Khao Lak.
There will be a non-mandatory but encouraged group dinner on 13th March to introduce your hosts and also the perfect opportunity for guests to get to know each other before we embark.
14th March - Day One
Guests will be transported by private mini-bus to Ranong (boarder town) from Khao Lak or Phuket where we will embark the MV Deep Andaman Queen for lunch.
After clearing Thai and Burmese immigration we will motor into Myanmar waters heading north through the night.
Day One is a non diving day but guests will be able to set up their diving gear, prep camera equipment and begin diving courses (if applicable).
There will be a boat briefing in the afternoon and expedition introductions from your hosts.
15th March - Day Two
The Adventure Islands
Day two is a four dive day around the Adventure Islands. This will be an exploratory day researching possible manta ray aggregation sites based on information from Myanmar scientists and researchers.
16th March - Day Three
Day three is a four dive day at the famous Black Rock, rated by Dr Andrea Marshall as one of her top ten manta ray dive sites in the world.
17th March - Day Four
Day four is a four dive day reaching our mostly northerly point. This will be an exploratory diving day.
18th March - Day Five
Princep Island / Great Western Torres
Day five is a four dive day with both known and exploratory sites. Possible encounters of schooling Mobula Rays. There will be a chance to go to Princep Island. Get closer to the island’s abundant nature and hopefully spot giant hornbill birds.
19th March - Day Six
Black Rock / The Burma Banks
Day six is a three or four dive day depending on location. Exact location will depend on conditions and manta ray sightings.
20th March - Day Seven
Day seven is a two dive day, both dives at Western Rocky before we motor back to Kaw Thuang to exit Myanmar and re-enter Thailand.
21st March - Day Eight
Koh Tachai and Koh Bon
Day eight is a four dive day split between two of Thailand’s best Manta Ray dive sites.
22nd March - Day Nine
Last day of the expedition will be two dives at Thailand’s premiere Manta Ray aggregation site. Then head back to Tap Lamu for disembarkation and transfers to Khao Lak or Phuket.
On previous expeditions over the years we have held an informal dinner at one of Khao Lak’s popular eateries on the night we return to land, this is non-mandatory and not included in the expedition.
Possible Khao Lak Manta Ray Presentation by MMF researcher.