Although not known as a top dive destination the waters around the Cambodian coast line are now becoming one of the world's newest diving destinations which have yet to be explored properly for diving. After a 40 year period of virtual isolation from the outside world the Cambodian government has made a decision to allow limited, environmentally conscious tourism development in the islands.
Although diving is a recent development in Cambodia, the Koh S'dach Archipelago offers some splendid diving and untouched coral reefs. A hidden jewel, just waiting to be explored!
Diving the Koh Sdach Archipelago:
The best time to dive the Koh Sdach Archipelago is November and May. The peak season is from January until Mid April. The second week of July brings in the monsoon season and for this reason our diving is sometimes limited due to the weather in the months of July/August/September.
August and September too are wet months and although diving in these months come with their own charm; generally these months offer slightly reduced visibility and rougher seas than the peak periods.
With water temperatures not dropping below 27°C and averaging 29°C, diving here is extremely comfortable and enjoyable to learn. Visibility in our surrounding waters can vary from 10m-40m depending on the site and the season. Currents can range from nothing to strong and are completely dependent on the dive site and the tides.
There are dive sites suited for all levels of divers; however some of the best ones require an advanced level of certification.
Existing dive sites have proven to amaze and thrill divers of all levels; however there are areas of undiscovered and un-dived waters which hold much more to be explored.
Cambodia shares borders in the north with Laos and Thailand, in the east with Vietnam and in the southwest with the Gulf of Thailand. Here's the map.
Thanks to James Vervoort, Koh Kong Diving Resort for contributing to this page.
- Explosion Reef - an off-shore reef formation - this site has some of the best visibility in the area.
- Three Bears - a favourite site, you often find yourself followed by schools of batfish.
- Sting Ray Alley - a huge amount of sting rays to be seen here both during the day and especially on a night-dive.
- Beady-Eye Bay - best for night diving!
- Fly By Reef - a reef drift dive extending over rocks from the shore with the best corals at around 12m and a diversity of marine life. Great visibility.
- Koh S'dach Archipelago
- Yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from infected areas within the previous week.
- Landmines are still a threat in Cambodia, (estimated at some six million live mines dotted around). Stick to the beaten track.
- As a general rule, check with the Foreign Office website for up-to-date information before travelling.
|Language:||English, French & Khmer|
|Diving season:||Year round|
|Water temperature:||Jan to March - 28C/82F|
|June to October – 29C/824F|
|Hyperbaric chambers:||Bangkok, Koh Samiu|