Passage Across The Andaman Sea

Passage Across The Andaman Sea

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Description

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.

Trip Name
Passage Across The Andaman Sea
Days
11
Overview
Vessel Type: Small Ship Passenger Capacity: 20 Lenght: 61 meters Built/Refurbished: 1963/2017 The Andaman Explorer was built as the MV Atlantic Guard in 1963 in Norway as a Norwegian coast guard vessel. She is 61 meters long with her original Rolls Royce engines. The hull is built to 'ice class' with extra thick plates and she has the power to withstand north Atlantic storms or chases out to sea. Very handy when cruising in tropical waters! She retired from coast guard duties in 1998 and was acquired by one Doctor Bogazzi, an Italian oligarch whose family owns the Carrara marble quarries. Dr Bogazzi lavished many a million on the ship, now renamed the MY Marina, completely refitting her with eleven very generous suites. Much of the ship is floored with Carrara marble, pleasantly cool under foot for those who go unshod. In recent times she has belonged to a powerful shipping family based in Dubai who maintained the ship to a very high standard. She has now arrived in Thailand and under going redecoration in the Pandaw Style so the photos of the interiors we show here are as she is now and not as she will be when we have finished with her. The Andaman Explorer really is a sixties classic. The sort of plaything associated with Onassis, Jackie Kennedy and more glamorous times. There could be no vessel more appropriate for the exploration of South-East Asia's unknown coasts. 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. ACCOMMODATION • 10 generously proportioned suites (9 x Double and 1 x Twin) with separate sitting room area • Private bathrooms • Carrara marble floors • Saloon • Dining room • Two teak observation decks • Kimonos and slippers • Spa-branded amenities • Unlimited mineral water • Electric mini safe • Imported quality linens with duvet and two kind of pillows • Premium mattresses • Convertible bed configuration • Welcome flower arrangement and welcome gift • Mirror • Multi-configuration plugs • Generous closet space and under-bed storage • Hair dryer • Daily nightly turndown service • 24hr laundry service • Yoga mats in all cabins WINING & DINING • Local master chef heading an experienced international culinary team • Personalized meal services • Daily lean & light menu options • Complimentary coffee, water, tea, soft drinks, local beer, local spirits, juices • Extensive wine list with premium wines • Welcome drink on arrival • Welcome cocktail • Farewell reception • Theme dinners • Open air lounge and bar • Indoor dining room with outside seating and air-conditioning inside • 24hrs hospitality bar ON EXCURSIONS • Two RIB (rigid hull inflatable boat) tenders • Admissions • Shoe cleaning after excursions • Bottled drinking water • We give away aluminium water bottles • Cold towel service after excursions • Refreshing drink following excursions • Private guide and transportation for all excursions SAFETY & SECURITY • All on-board crew is trained and certified as per international marine standards • Fire alarm system in all cabins, public areas and back areas • Firefighting system in all ship areas • Expert marine superintendent • 24 hrs watch on duty • 61 metres long • Original Rolls Royce engines • Ice class hull

Itinerary



Day 1 - 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 - 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 - DAYS 3 & 4 AT SEA
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Day 4 - 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 5 - DAY 6 SOUTH ANDAMAN ISLAND
We travel inland to visit unspoiled forest areas with concentrations of epiphytic vegetation, being ferns and orchids.
Day 6 - 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 7 - DAY 8 DIGLIPUR
On the Northern Andaman Island we visit villages and local communities and see folk dancing and local workshops.
Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - DAY 11 DEPARTURES
Disembark for your onward travel.
Day 11 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

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Inclusions

    • Visit Coxcombe Island to kayak or swim into the enclosed lagoon
    • Arrive to Port Blair & explore the colonial heritage of the down town area not missing the iconic cellular jail
    • On the Northern Andaman Island we visit villages and local communities and see folk dancing and local workshops
    • Visit Mayabunder
    • 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. Visit the market, church and a flourishing Karen cultural life

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