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FROM THAILAND TO THE INDIAN ANDAMAN ISLANDS

PASSAGE ACROSS THE ANDAMAN SEA

10 NIGHTS FROM US$4,800

The Andaman Sea, glimpsed at from the sandy shores of Phuket and southern Thailand is traversed only by the most intrepid of yachtsman. The sea is perhaps the most exquisite corner of the Indian Ocean, stretching five hundred miles from South East Asia to the Andaman chain.

From Burma’s Mergui Archipelago to India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands there is a most extraordinary ethnographic mix not to mention bio diversity and marine life. It is also very beautiful with many an uninhabited island ringed by dazzling white sands.

For the first time ever, Pandaw will be offering an expedition across this sea exploring both the Mergui and Andaman archipelagos. Both areas have until recently been closed by their respective governments and such an expedition would have been unimaginable.

Currently only the East coast of the Andaman Islands are open to us, but these are rich in scenic, ethnographic and marine interest. There will be expeditions into the interior of the larger islands to view rain forest rich in orchids, opportunities to swim off white sandy beaches and snorkel in coral reefs. There are good walks too on long sandy beaches and on jungle trails.

No vessel could be more suitable for this than the historic Andaman Explorer, built in 1963 as a Norwegian coast guard vessel and later converted into the plaything of an Italian plutocrat. Lovingly refitted by Pandaw, with her twelve sumptuous staterooms, the Explorer is ready for longer expedition cruises, going deeper into these remote regions than any vessel before.

This sea expedition represents a very unique opportunity and we anticipate considerable interest so early booking essential.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. Launching and boarding inflatable and rigid tenders can be challenging. Please be aware that the Andaman Explorer has a steep gangway and a good level of fitness is essential to ensure guest safety. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility. Launching and excursions are dependent on safe weather conditions as deemed by the Master of the Andaman Explorer and sea conditions.

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ITINERARY

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DAY 1 RANONG TO KAWTHAUNG

Meet in Ranong in Thailand, cross the river border and join ship at Kawthaung in Burma. Explore Kawthaung.

DAY 2 COXCOMBE AND BOULDER ISLANDS

Morning visit Coxcombe Island to kayak or swim into the enclosed lagoon; afternoon explore Boulder Island, the westernmost island in the archipelago, with some good trekking trails and amazing giant boulders strewn along the shoreline.

DAY 3 AT SEA

DAY 4 AT SEA

DAY 5 PORT BLAIR

Arrive Port Blair (population 100,000), capital of the Andamans for formalities and leave ashore to explore the colonial heritage of the down town area not missing the iconic cellular jail.

DAY 6 SOUTH ANDAMAN ISLAND

We travel inland to visit unspoiled forest areas with concentrations of epiphytic vegetation, being ferns and orchids.

DAY 7 HAVELOCK AND LAWRENCE ISLANDS

Named after Sir Henry Havelock and the Lawrence brothers, great pillars of the Victorian Raj, with great beaches for swimming and coral reefs for snorkelling. The crescent shaped Radhanger beach is great for a long walk and elephants can be encountered.

DAY 8 DIGLIPUR

On the Northern Andaman Island we visit villages and local communities and see folk dancing and local workshops.

DAY 9 MAYABUNDER

This is the centre of the Karen population of over 3,000 people, brought over from Burma by the British in the 1920s and left behind after independence. We see the market, church and a flourishing Karen cultural life.

DAY 10 PORT BLAIR

Sail through the day to reach Port Blair in the evening for a run ashore and visit to the Andaman Club.

DAY 11 DEPARTURES

Disembark for your onward travel.

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WHATS INCLUDED

Cruise Price Includes: Transfer between Port Blair & Kawthaung airport to ship and v.v, all excursions as stated, entrance fees, guide services (English language), main meals, local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes, crew gratuities, kayaks & snorkelling equipment.

Cruise Price Excludes: International flights, port dues usd 195 per person, laundry, all visa costs, fuel surcharges (see terms and conditions), all beverages except local mineral water, jugged coffee, teas & tisanes and tips to tour guides, local guides, bus drivers, boat operators and cyclo drivers.

Please note: There is no credit card machine available on the Andaman Explorer due to connectivity issues. Please bring USD cash to settle your on board bill at the end of the cruise.

Please note: Thai citizens enter Burma visa-free but need a pre-arranged visa when visiting Mergui.

Please note: This expedition requires a sufficient level of fitness and agility to climb in and out of tenders from the ship and at shore. There may be rough water which can challenge those with limited mobility.

TRANSFERS & JOINING

DAY 11 DEPARTURES

Transfer to Port Blair airport.

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