Cambodia is a small country in south east Asia bordered by Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam. Destinations like Sihanoukville are becoming popular dive areas as they were until recently rarely visited. The Kampong Son Group is another area of interest to divers. Other local dive spots visitors explore include Koh Russell (Bamboo Island), Koh Rong Samloem, Koh Tang, Koh Prins, Poulo Wai, Koh Pos (Snake Island), and Koh Kuang Kang.
Below the water, divers see coral reefs in addition to various species of tropical marine life. Beyond the reefs it is possible to view sunken ships and other objects. Numerous species of tropical fish, whales, stingrays, sharks, seahorses, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrate animals and plant life exist in the waters near Cambodia.
The growing scuba diving industry enables an alternative means for the native people to earn an income once obtained only by fishing. Numerous dive shops in Cambodia provide equipment, boats, and diving insurance. Training is also available whether individuals are a complete novice or have diving experience. The instruction given also affords the opportunity for divers to gain certification and advancement in the skill.
Accommodations in Cambodia with basic modern conveniences are relatively inexpensive. Visitors to the area camp on the beach, find a guesthouse or hostel, or reserve a room in any number of hotels that vary in amenities. Guesthouse type locations have traditional stilt houses containing electricity and functional bathrooms. Hotels are decorated in oriental design and offer air conditioning, restaurants, bars, TV’s and satellite service. The more costly the facility, the more options and luxuries they offer.
The Marine Conservation Cambodia Project is teaching the local community the importance of wildlife in these waters, and invites visitors to the destination regardless of diving experience. The facility has been instrumental in aiding the community in establishing dive shops and providing instruction. Training is offered by staff and guest volunteers are allowed to assist with projects. Food and accommodations are provided at the project site and guests dive with conservation staff. Many species of animals are on the endangered list because of over fishing or pollution.
Persons who are not citizens of Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Laos or Viet Nam are required to have a visitor’s visa. E-visas cost $25 and can be obtained online in 3 business days.