The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travellers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world through which we are journeying, this is our commitment as a global tour operator.
This unique sailing itinerary around Burma takes places on a modern, 53 foot, eight berth catamaran. As the only operator currently offering this type of skippered itinerary in this region we are very aware of our responsibilities to both the communities which we encounter and to the fragile marine environment which we are exploring.
Travelling with just eight passengers, a skipper and cook, our small group is able to explore some of the regions’ 800 islands with very little environmental impact, sailing between islands harnessing the natural power of the wind to travel from A to B. Vast swathes of white sand beaches and prolific underwater life make this journey off the established tourist track and into the pristine Myeik archipelago a rare treat.
The skipper will be in charge of the vessel at all times and he will instruct all travellers on when and where to swim from the boat, both from a safety perspective of the passengers and also to best preserve the aquatic environment. The sea life you’ll encounter is stunning, from swimming with shoals of colourful fish, to spotting whale sharks at Palu Bada, to snorkelling with turtles near Ba Wei Island. All travellers must adhere to the skipper’s instructions to preserve their own safety and that of the marine life.
Although primarily a sea based trip, when on land, the group will be encouraged to eat local and buy local. Exploring the food stalls and local restaurants in Ranong is great introduction to local life before we depart for the islands, as well as a valuable way to support the local economy. The food prepared during the trip will all have been sourced locally in Ranong and supplies topped up at stops along the way.
You will visit the island village of Ma Kyone Galet to get an insight into the local way of life and meet a local community of Moken or ‘sea gypsies’ near Bo Cho Island. This local interaction although not frequent in this remote archipelago reinforces the value of traditional skills to younger members of the communities, as well as being a fascinating insight into a very different way of life for our travellers.
As a company, our responsibilities don’t stop when our tours end. We run and support a variety of projects globally, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.