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Cheduba Island is now known locally as Manaung Island. It is found in the Bay of Bengal off the main Myanmar coast of the Rakhine State.
Cheduba (Manaung) Island

Photo: John Seaton Callahan

The island plays host to a wealth of cultures and temples. It is also a good spot for divers looking to get a taste of some of Myanmar's more unusual marine fauna.

One Town

The only town on the island is Manaung and it’s found on the east coast. It’s a sleepy place with the vast majority of locals coming from Rakhine State. However, there are plenty of other peoples to meet there and because of their small numbers they tend to hold very tightly to their heritage.

That means you can do some authentic culture spotting with ease. There are Myo, Kame, Dinae, Thet, Kayin, Kayah and Shan people all to be found on the island. There is also a very small population of Bamar.

Pyramid Rock

Surfers will be excited to hear about Pyramid Rock. It’s a place with some awesome, long-range swells, though rugged terrain and minimal provision for tourists present some access challenges. It’s a good move for experienced surfers looking to try something a little different. You are guaranteed to be one of the first to experience boarding in the area.

There’s something for divers, too. Manaung is one of the best places in the world to get up close with dugongs. Indian research shows that they’re attracted to the rudder sounds of boats and you’ll need to be careful when you get to the dive site to ensure their safety.

Dugong

The dugong, as we’re sure you already know, is the animal that lends itself to the mermaid myth. It’s said in ancient times sailors would mistake their forms for the beautiful undersea women. Many were supposed to have drowned in pursuit of them.

There are also plenty of things to do for the culture vulture. The island has 63 Buddhist Pagodas and only 500 monks to go round them. That means it’s a perfect spot for enjoying a little uninterrupted meditation. Decorating the temples are some unusual Rakhine images of the Buddha.

To get there, you’ll need to get a boat from Tha Yet Cho on the mainland. It’s not a long trip and it should be easy enough to arrange transport on the day you arrive. Manaung Island is definitely a long way from the tourist track, and one its real appeals is having the whole place to yourself.


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