Racing the Emerald Curtain
Beyond the state-run tourist beaches of Ngapali and Ngwe Saung, the coast turns and becomes the Ayeyarwaddy Delta, a mess of silted, gently shelving estuaries and islets all the way to the mouth of the Yangon River. This whole region lacks any regular surf, as the Andaman and Nicobar chain cut off the long distance Indian Ocean groundswell, so it relies on WSW windswell to kick up waves in the height of the SW monsoon (Jun-Aug). The west-facing coastline of Mon State holds so many estuaries and rivermouths that perfect sandbars must exist somewhere, but nobody is looking for them. Tanintharyi division starts off in a similar vein, until the 800 Mergui islands sieve out the meager swell, leaving the many dive operators in the area to find the beach and reefbreaks that undoubtedly exist in this largely out of bounds area.
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