Diving in Cambodia
Cambodia has a small coastline but has a few easily reached islands where diving is still a fresh experience so it's best to get there before it's ruined.
The islands around Sihanoukville are in three
groups: Kampong Som, Ream and Royal Groups.
The Kampong group is said
to have very good beaches and diving. K. Pos is a short 800 meters off
Victory Beach. 1 km west is K. Koang Kang which has recreation
offerings like shallow rocky reefs for great snorkeling and two
best island has to be K. Rong Samloem which can take up to 2 1/2 hours
to get to. You can see a beautiful heart shaped bay as you approach
this island. You will find around 9 beaches on this island even some
sheltered ones on the northern side where you can see K. Kon. Both
islands have rocky reefs which contain an abundance of marine life in
both deep and shallow waters. From November to February it is better to
visit the sheltered Ream group of islands as the wind is too strong
around the Kampong group. They are about 1 and half hours away.
shallow waters can have limited visibility. K. Khteah, K. Chraloh and
K. Ta Kiev are best for snorkeling. Giant mussels can be seen on the
north side of K. Ta Kiev Island. K. Russel can be camped on if you want
to overnight it as it has a great beach on the northeast side. By far
the best scuba diving area is K. Tang, K. Prins and Poulo Wai but they
are 7 hours away to the southwest. With excellent visibility in waters
to 40 meters that are teaming with marine life. It is described as a
sea lovers' paradise. K. Prins has some shipwrecks and a downed US
helicopter at 35 meters down.
For the best deep sea fishing in
Cambodia run by an expert NZ Fishermen team who have there own 54 ft fishing
boat offering you virgin fishing, snorkeling, island hopping or just plain fun
in Sihanoukville. This is the best place to be where the only beaches &
islands in Cambodia exist & where the fish play.
The Royal Group
The future of Cambodian diving lays out
here. Because of the distances to these sites, very few have been to them. Every
dive is a new experience, from dolphins off the bow, to sea eagles, to
underwater coral gardens of breath taking beauty. Most Sites here haven't even
been found yet, much less named, with the exception of a few. One our favorites
is Statues, which is a site that extends from the shore down to
35 meters, covering a large area with hundreds of underwater natural rock
statues, with lots of big fish and mature coral. You can find cat sharks, frog
fish, rock fish, eel's, bat fish, razor's , and just about everything that is in
the Gulf of Thailand can be found here.
Map of dive sites near and around Sihanoukville
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