Burma Boating offers sailing adventures, yacht charters and private cruises in Myanmar’s (Burma’s) Mergui Archipelago and Southeast Asia.
We are a group of passionate sailors who were spellbound when we first sailed into Myanmar’s waters. We discovered pristine islands, beautiful waters, and welcoming people. Right there and then, we decided to share these wonders.
We run a fleet of luxury classic yachts, among them some of the most beautiful boats in the Indian Ocean. All yachts are between 20 – 40 meters and fully crewed with captains, guides, deckhands, chefs, and some of them even with dive masters and private massage therapists.
After only one year of operations, National Geographic Traveler recommended us as one of the “Best Trips of 2015”.
We joined ATTA to connect with other like-minded travel companies.
Our Main Cruising Area: The Mergui Archipelago
Virtually unknown to the outside world, the Mergui Archipelago is located in Myanmar’s (Burma’s) remote south: a group of 800 deserted islands that lie at the heart of our sailing area.
Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle. Think swimming in azure water amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals, and collecting seashells. Now, picture eagles circling above, gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets, while a sundowner is being mixed for you on board the yacht.
And best of all: you have this entire experience to yourself. You can sail for days on end and meet not a soul but the odd fisherman in a dugout canoe.
Just across from the Thai border, the archipelago opened to foreigners as recently as the late 1990s. With only a few of the 800 islands sparsely populated and a couple dozen visitors to the entire area each month, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations.
Meet the Sea Nomads
The traditional inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea. Sometimes called “sea-gypsies”, this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.
Until the recent changes in Myanmar’s government, the relationship between the Moken and the central authorities was marked by tensions. Recently, however, things have started to improve and the Moken are somewhat less elusive. If you are interested, we can take you to Moken villages where you will be able to enjoy Moken food, buy fresh cuttlefish, and watch men building dugout canoes the way they have been made for tens of thousands of years.
Burma Boating offers two kinds of trips: Cabin charters where guests book a cabin and join a standard scheduled cruise and private charters for small groups or families, starting from EUR 1500 per day for the whole private yacht.
We sail with small, intimate groups with 4-12 guests.
At Burma Boating, we want to make sure that we contribute positively to the world around us. We offset our carbon emissions and run a Sailing Clinic to bring medical care to the islands