Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, has one of the most oppressive governments in the world – but also some of the best diving
Thanks to the appalling political situation in that country, virtually all dive boats in Burmese waters run from Thailand, and friends of mine who’ve dived up there say that a lot of the reefs have been extensively fished with dynamite, which, as you can imagine, doesn’t do the coral or the marine life much good. Still, the Mergui Archipelago is huge, so there are thousands of other potential dive sites in there. Here’s hoping Burma sees some reforms which will let the country open up, the locals start to get some more freedom and the rebirth of diving from Burma. See Diving Myanmar for more about the practicalities of liveaboard diving in Myanmar.