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Great Coco Island and Little Coco Island Tanintharyi Region Landscape | Beaches & Islands | 0 comments

Myanmar is home to long stretches of coastal waters with fascinating and alluring islands.
Great Coco Island and Little Coco Island

While many people visit Myanmar (Burma) to explore the country’s rough and ready interior, to meet different tribes and seek out temples, others want an easier time. Myanmar is home to some of the most unspoiled coastline in the world.

The Coco Islands, Great Coco and Little Coco, are part of the larger group of Andaman Islands and until very recently foreign visitors were prohibited from setting foot on their golden sands.

What’s to see?

The most amazing sight on Great Coco Island is the nesting grounds of the green turtle. These magnificent sea creatures are currently endangered thanks to their value as a food. This majestic beach in Myanmar is one of the finest places to see them on earth.

The green turtle isn’t actually green. The name comes from a layer of fat found between the turtle’s shell and its interior. In fact, the turtles appear to be black for the most part. At night, the female turtles emerge slowly from the sea and dig their nests on the sandy shores. They then lay their eggs and leave them to hatch. Spawning season is particularly joyful as the little ones emerge from their eggs and make a dash for the water.

Turtles live as long as or longer than humans, so the turtles you see starting life on the shores of Great Coco island may still be there when your grandchildren are planning their first visit to Myanmar.

The islands offer the opportunity to see rare reptiles, birds and mammals that are unique to the Coco Islands. You might want to avoid swimming round the mouth of any rivers you encounter, because one of the rare species is the saltwater crocodile. These are not normally found anywhere near the beaches, however.

You may also get to meet some of Myanmar’s unique seafaring cultures as they come to trade with the locals for supplies that they can’t get from the water.

Finally, if you’re catching the boat from Yangon, you could opt for a tour on the way to the islands that offers plenty of opportunity for diving over coral reefs .


More attractions in Tanintharyi Region? Check out: Lanpe (or Lampi) Island

If you're interested in Landscape attractions - check out: Curious Fish, Fascinating People Home at Inle Lake

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