I spent 4 days exploring Dawei beaches, therefore, I have seen many of them, and the most popular ones too, besides many times not having good accesses. Some beaches in Myanmar are scary to reach. Either because the street is too steep or too narrow, too bumpy, or non-existent. One thing is for sure, Dawei might have the most beautiful beaches in Myanmar. They look untouched, many times too big for you to not feel way too small. Mainly because of their emptiness. If you want to visit a place with Paradisiac beaches, unspoiled, naturally beautiful, and relaxing, Dawei beaches are the best option.
Here are all the beaches I have visited for 4 days, but I honestly think you can spend more time here and explore even more. As this is not a touristy place at all, expect surprising smiles along the way, and many cheerful greetings from the kids. There are only 2 places where you can sleep southern than Dawei in the peninsula: Paradise beach bungalows and Sin Htauk beach bungalows.
I explored Dawei beaches alone by motorbike that is the best way to explore Dawei beaches. Enjoy the quietness of this area and how peaceful it is.
Top 10 Dawei beaches:
The closest beach to Dawei city. It is still about 30 minutes away by motorbike. It is not such a charming beach. It is huge and you have some guesthouses nearby. It has many restaurants and Burmese people around. It was the Dawei beach I have visited with more crowds.
This is another wide and very empty beach. It is not so interesting either. I saw nothing around but a closed restaurant.
This is a beach near Hmyawyit pagoda that comes and goes with the tide. With low tide, many sandbanks are revealed and a beautiful landscape can be seen. A true paradise without a living soul nearby- oh except crabs.
The second most scary beach to reach. The street is so steep! I believe this beach gets isolated when is high tide. Because you cross some mangrove area before reaching it, that’s why my deduction. It still had some water when I went there but easy to cross by motorbike. The beach is beautiful with many fishing boats and Burmese drying the fish. It has a few restaurants at the beach. There is a Pagoda at the top with awesome views and the other side of the bay reveals another smaller beach very occupied by drying fish. This Dawei beach is very wide. I saw a handful of foreigners there.
The most charming Dawei beach. It is not a beach to go for a swim. It is a beach to enjoy the wonderful view and contemplate the Burmese lifestyle. The beach is occupied by loaded boats. It is beautiful during low tide- I was there in the afternoon. The surrounding views turn this beach so charming! There is a nice spot to have a drink. I saw a documentary about this place and how far from our ideals it is.
The southernmost Dawei beach. It took me about 3h from Dawei to reach it. Nothing is going on here besides a street under construction. I’m sure in the future it will have better access and more people visiting. It is so big and empty that you feel weird. The sand is so fluffy that my feet were almost sinking. The patterns on the sand are beautiful.
Another Dawei beach that is not proper for a swim. It is not that wide but it is beautiful when seen from above. There is a very nice restaurant with a great atmosphere. A great place to chill and refresh of the heat.
One of the places where you can sleep in the Dawei Peninsula. The beach itself is not that beautiful. I found it pretty normal. Its access is very bad, through forest treks that I find scary to ride on a motorbike. At some points, it is very narrow and steep too. Beautiful place for stargazing. You can watch bioluminescent plankton here all year round. It might be full so book in advance. I slept in a tent and there was only 1 bungalow available when I booked. Installations from the bungalow itself are all you will find here. This is the Dawei beach with the most difficult access.
For me, the most beautiful Dawei beach. It is extremely big that some people take the motorbike to cross it. At the end of the beach, I believe you will find a magical scenario during low tide. There are a few restaurants and places to chill. There are not so many people here.
This is the other Dawei beach where you can sleep. Just like Paradise beach, this one looks like a normal beach. However, I believe there is a wonderful viewpoint nearby, but I didn’t visit. The access to Sin Htauk beach bungalows is through a mangrove forest. You need to walk on it for about 30 minutes. For that reason, it has the weirdest beach access. You can’t take the motorbike there.
It takes a long time to reach because the street is made of dust and gravel.
See the video about all the 10 Dawei beaches I visited: