The Mergui Archipelago is an archipelago, located in southernmost part of the Union of Myanmar (Burma). It consists of more than 800 beautiful islands covering an area of 10,000 sq. miles. Varying in size from very small to hundreds of square km, they are surrounding with an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and very beautiful underwater scenes and marine life. For many years this beautiful archipelago was closed to foreigners. Only in 1997 was Burma opened up for scuba diving to live-aboard dive boats.