Scuba Diving in Cambodia

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, bordered by the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Dives in Cambodia began a few years ago. The virgin nature, the cleanliness and calm relaxing atmosphere make this place ideal for diving. The islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem are surrounded by stunning dive sites full of marine life, including clownfish, barracudas and whale sharks. The small, but popular Koh Kong island is located between them. You will night dive with catsharks, you will see eels and bluespotted ribbontail rays. The underwater world of the western part of the island is famous for its picturesque colorful coral, sparkling shoals of red mullets and parrotfish.

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Cobia Point on Koh Rong Samloem island is a famous dive site and a habitat for huge cobias, which look like reef sharks. They are absolutely safe and very curious. Cobias like to accompany divers during dives. Thanks to secluded beaches and few people visiting the island, it is an ideal place for unique dives.
Near Koh Koun Island there is a coral reef of unprecedented beauty. It is literally a garden of coral and sea anemones. There are parrotfish, yellow boxfish, yellow-eye mullets shoals, schools of electric rays, moray eels, imposing sharks. You can night dive and see catsharks, whiptail stingrays and eels.
Rocky Bay is an ideal place to observe coral and fish. There are no dangerous species of fish here, but mostly young fish shoals and crustaceans. The Sihanoukville resort is a center of diving with white sandy beaches and virgin snorkeling sites. You can see bamboo shark, marlin, and sea turtles here.
On the secluded island of Koh Rong Samloem there is an amazing dive site called Nudibranch Heaven. Its shallow depth and fitting environment have made it a habitat for cuttlefish, moray eels, and baby octopuses. Bright shoals of parrotfish and stingrays often make a visit to local marine life.
Cambodia’s hospitable sea is an ideal place for first scuba diving experience. Even teenagers and young children can be trained under such conditions. Diving near Cambodia has just started developing. There are few chances of meeting other divers underwater. But there is a good chance of diving where no one has ever been, and it is even possible to find a sunken ship that has never been investigated by anyone.

Diving Destinations in Cambodia

The Sihanoukville resort is considered to be the center of diving with white sandy beaches and pristine nature. Diving on the Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, Koh Kon, Koh Koun islands is popular. The best dive sites are located in Koh Tang, Koh Prins and on the most remote island, Poulou Wai. The islands are a real marine reserve where a variety of fish and sea animals live in natural conditions.

Memo Notes
Currency KHR - Cambodian Riel
Languages Khmer
Timezone UTC +7
Phone code 855
Emergency Help 119
Electricity

Type A - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type G - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Cambodia

Most dive shops are located on Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Rong islands. They offer daily tours and safaris. You can order instructor services or rent the necessary equipment. There are courses both for experienced divers and for beginners.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

Spring is a great time for those who don't mind the heat. April is the hottest month here. The air temperature is +33... +36°С, water temperature is 23... 25°С.

Summer

Summer is the season of monsoons and torrential rains. You can dive all-the-year-round, but for safety reasons it is better not to come in summer. The air temperature is +25.. +34°C, water temperature is 30°C.

Autumn

In the beginning of autumn it rains. In October, the rains subside and a pleasant time for diving begins. The air temperature is +30.. +32°С, water temperature is 27°С.

Winter

Winter is the best time to come. The tourist season starts in December. The air temperature is +30... +33°С, water temperature is refreshing and stays at around +25°C.

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The Best Dive Sites

The best dive sites are the western and southern coast of Koh Koun. Cobia Point, Rocky Bay, Nudibranch Heaven, Sponge Garden, Two-tone Garden, Explosion Reef, Three Bears, Giraffe Lookout and Sting Ray Alley are waiting for you.

Health & Safety

It is recommended that you get insurance before traveling there. If you don't have insurance, medical assistance in Cambodia is available in public and other clinics, but you will have to pay for all services at the rates of each particular medical facility. The level of medical services is extremely low. If you have medical insurance, you can work with a company, specializing in referring a patient to a good clinic, and all necessary medical services and medicines will be paid by the insurance company. Recommended vaccinations: diphtheria, tetanus, influenza, measles, rubella. The crime rate here is quite low, and people are friendly; you can safely walk through the most deserted and secluded corners of the country.

Dangerous Marine Life

There are potentially dangerous places, so you should dive only in designated areas. Moray eels and reef stonefish present a serious threat. Gastropods at the bottom of the Gulf of Siam are mortally dangerous.

Eat & Drinks

Cambodian restaurants have a mix of Thai and French cuisines on their menus. They mainly serve seafood, rice and root vegetables. Restaurants offer roast crab, Khmer red curry with coconut milk and amok fish. And fried ants are a special treat. Insects are commonly used here as seasoning for fried beef. It is better to buy bottled water. As for soft drinks, there are some interesting choices- filtered coconut milk, palm tree sap and a mix of fruit juices with egg yolk. As for local alcohol, there is palm wine and rice vodka.

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