Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago features more than 800 mostly unihabited islands throughout the Andaman Sea. The Archipelago is located off the coast between Myeik (Mergui) and Kawthaung (Victoria Point). Due to its virtual isolation, the islands and surrounding seas are alive with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. Mergui Archipelago is famous as a destination for activities such as diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, fishing and research. There are few islands left in the world as pristine and untouched as those in Mergui Archipelago.
The Sea Gypsies of the Andaman Sea are the nomads of the Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago of southern Myanmar. The minority groups of the Northern branch of the Austronesian people have a very distinctive and peculiar culture: Most of the year they live on their boats. During the rainy season they live on land, grow some plants, but are not avid cultivators and make little use of their agricultural produce. They have developed a strong cultural identity, but are nevertheless adapting to a changing environment. They still practice the same fishing and boat building techniques used for generations. They are skillful in diving and swimming. Their main livelihood is diving for pearl, collecting shells and other valuable resources in the sea.
Macleod Island is situated in Myeik (Mergui) Archipelago, at Latitude 10’ 10” and longitude 97’ 56” and some 40 nautical miles from Kawthaung (Victoria Point) and some 160 nautical miles from Myeik (Mergui). Macleod Island is one of the unspoiled islands in Mergui Archipelago which is perfect for diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking and fishing. It is also a perfect place for bird watching, short trekking and jungle safaris as it is densely wooded and hilly. Its single prominent summit is 173 meters high. Macleod Island Bay’s dazzling underwater beauty is its infinite shades of white, blue, and turquoises coral gardens.