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Wa Ale Island

Wa Ale Island is a tropical island in the Mergui Archipelago. It is located in the far south of Myanmar and easily reachable by flying from Yangon to Kawthaung, the gateway to the archipelago. Alternatively, Kawthaung can be reached by flying from Bangkok to Ranong and then take a short ferry crossing over the estuary to Kawthaung. Wa Ale island is truly a gem waiting to be explored. As part of the country’s only marine protected area, the Lampi Marine National Park, this small island is home to a number of rare nesting sea turtles, who lay their eggs each season on its sandy beaches just a few feet from the island’s back-to-nature eco-resort.The nesting turtle site a unique collaboration between the Myanmar government and a private venture that created a conservation-led tourism project. This remote island will see guards protecting the sand dunes where sea turtles come up each full moon of the season to lay their eggs. The resident security guard often is stationed by a river platform where the trees hide camouflaged python snakes, wrapped around the trees, sleeping. E-visa is needed to venture into the Mergui Archipelago and prior to booking stay at the small Wa Ale eco-resort.

A stay at Wa Ale is first and foremost an immersion into the wild surroundings, whether you’re diving down to see the marine creatures inhabiting this remote strength of ocean, hiding through the rainforest or kayaking through wildlife-rich mangrove. This exploration of land and sea introduces you to the community and conservation initiatives. Wa Ale Island Resort has committed themselves as the guardians of Wa Ale Island, including the protection of its population of nesting green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Wa Ale Island feels like the elusive Thai island you never quite found, lost in time and sea haze. Beach villas and treetop dens have been crafted using sustainable materials. From the water, it's almost impossible to spot—it blends in so well with the jungle. A true refuge from the world in serene, pristine surroundings. You can snorkel and dive at sites untouched by other human beings and kayak through mangroves. The water is crystal clear. Myanmar is only emerging as a travel destination, and the Mergui Archipelago—around 800 islands on the country’s southern tip. Moreover, you can explore the exotic marine life in the Lampi Marine National Park or enjoy daily yoga classes and enjoy a private massage in your villa.