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Wa Ale Kyunn & Kan Zar Gyi

  • A


14 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

SALET GALET. 10°52.69N, 98°04.93E

The channel of water separating the islands of Lampi and Wa-Ale Kyunn is about 200 metres wide and about two miles long. On either side, the channel is banked with steep sloping rainforest and by fringing coral reef below.

Anchorage in the middle of the channel is in 10-15 metres. This anchorage is safe to sit out any storm.

Salet Galet is an area of outstanding beauty but unfortunately a Myanmar fishing village has been established on the small island in the middle of the channel. This island is now heaped with plastic rubbish and broken bottles and the once prolific wildlife has all but vanished with frequent hunting parties from the village and 24-hour racket of longtail boats.

There is a great jungle walk up the west peak on Lampi with spectacular views over Salet Galet channel. The mangrove river on Wa Ale Kyunn is worthwhile for kayaking and ends in a small fresh water stream and waterfall. There is considerable illegal logging happening along the banks of this river.

  • B


13 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

WA ALE KYUNN. 10°51.01N, 98°03.64E

Anchor in 5-7 metres on the sand flat inset into the reef. This is a magnificent location with one kilometre of white sand backed by verdant jungle. It makes a great area for morning and evening walks in the jungle with frequent sightings of macaques, hornbills, wild pig, gibbons and flying squirrels.

  • C


17 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

KAN ZAR GYI BOULDER BEACH. 10°52.02N, 98°00.78E

Approach with care heading due west about mid-way between the southern side of Kan Zar Gyi and the small rocky islands to the south. There are many rocks and coral bombies in this area but, with very clear water, these are easy to see.

Anchor on a sand patch in 10-12 metres. This anchorage has excellent protection during the northeast monsoon.

Ashore is a perfect white sand beach dotted with huge black limestone boulders. This is a great place to watch the sunset. There are interesting exploration opportunities on the west coast of Kan Zar Gyi and the rocky islets to the south from this anchorage.

Anchorage ‘C’ Kan Zar Gyi Boulder Beach – Photo by Paul Johnson
  • D


18 miles from Lampi Anchorage ‘A’

KAN ZAR GYI EAST BAY. 10°53.18N, 98°00.44E

This idyllic anchorage is in a natural ‘bay’ in the coral reef and is perfectly protected from just about any wind direction.

Approach the small point with the hill on it heading due west. At a distance of 200-300 metres off the point turn due north which brings you into a hollow in the reef. Anchor in 15 metres on a sand bottom.

This island offers everything with white sand beaches, great snorkelling and fishing, interesting jungle walks, caves with bats and sea swallows and even all year round water from a tiny stream.

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