on board the MV Deep Andaman Queen
9th March 2018- 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 10th March to introduce your hosts and also the perfect opportunity for guests to get to know each other before we embark.
10th March - Day One
Guests will be transported by private mini-bus to Ranong (border town) from Khao Lak or Phuket. We will board 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.
11th March - Day Two
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.
12th March - Day Three
Great Western Torres and Tower Rock
Day three is a four dive day heading north from Great Western Torres to Tower Rock visiting the best sites from 2017 plus new exploratory dives.
13th March - Day Four
Day four is a four dive day reaching our mostly northerly point at a site with great potential for Manta Rays and schooling Mobula Rays.
14th March - Day Five
Black Rock / The Burma Banks
Day six is a four dive day, the exact location will depend on weather and sea conditions and the potential for Manta Ray sightings.
15th March - Day Six
The Burma Banks
Day six is a four dive day at the famed Burma Banks. We plan to dive at least three different Banks, possibly four depending on conditions.
16th 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.
17th 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.
18th 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.