from 2 reviews
Scuba Nation Diving Centre is the first authorized PADI 5 Star National Geographic Dive Centre in Cambodia. We have offices in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville (on the coast) and bookings can be made while sunbathing in Sihanoukville or sight-seeing in Phnom Penh. We run various day trips and overnighters (2-day liveaboards) to the islands and at Scuba Nation, everything you need is included in the trips, there are no hidden costs. Our trips provide exclusive diving and we can promise you that the only other divers you see in the water will be the ones that came with you on the boat! No other operators dive such a large range of sites.
Departing from Sihanoukville, the islands off the coast present some amazing diving with an incredible diversity of hard and soft corals, a large collection of reef fishes and an enormous variety of macro-life. Most of the off-shore islands are uninhabited and between dives you can relax on the white sandy beaches or snorkel off the shore. Join us on the only 2 custom-built dive boats in Cambodia and enjoy exclusive diving in one of the last unexplored places on earth.
National Geographic Center
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center
5th June 2011 by trustmetom
Scuba Nation best choice in Sihanouk Ville
Visit Date: May 2011
Scuba Nation Review June 5, 2011
I have been diving in Cambodia (Sihanouk Ville) for several years and have used all three main dive centers. My first choice is Scuba Nation. Over all, the food was better, the personnel were more professional, the boats a bit cleaner and more seaworthy, etc. I bring my own equipment so I can’t comment on the condition of the rental gear. Our tanks were consistently filled to at least 2900 PSI and our dives averaged between 45 minutes and an hour. So far in 2011 I have done two five-tank overnight liveaboards and several two-tank day trips with Scuba Nation. My only complaint is that on the second liveaboard, we were skunked from going out to our original destination, one of the further islands (a five hour trip) due to inclement weather. Instead, our liveaboard anchored in the same location as the day trips. Nothing can be done if Mother Nature won’t cooperate, so I do not fault Scuba Nation responsible for the change of destination and we were given a partial refund. On the upside, we were treated to fairly rare sightings of spawning Cobia and a grazing green turtle.
Temperatures were a consistent 28 to 30 degrees Celsius and depths ranged from 11.2 meters to 25 meters.
Sleeping on-board was comfortable on the open-sided, covered deck.
Our Dive Masters (Fabrizio and Hannah) and our DMT (Alan) were very professional, gave good pre- and post- dive briefings, helped with dive logs, etc. Scuba Nation is a couple of dollars more expensive than the competition but easily worth the slight extra cost and I would recommend them to any divers interested in exploring the waters of Cambodia.
27th April 2010 by monkeyfish
Visit Date: March 2010
Did a fun dive with scuba nation. There are only 2 padi shops in Cambodia listed on the padi website and the second one “the dive shop” put us off by the stroppy girl at their shop who asked us not to interrupt while she went through their sales pitch. I'd hate to have given them money up front! (see review by another of his diving experience with them). The waters around here have poor visibility so you are reduced to looking at macro stuff such as sea horses and nudibrancehes. The divemaster Andy was really good and we had a great dive with both of us photographing loads of macro sea life. Second dive was with 3 dsd novices, but again saw some interesting corals, sponges and sea life. Overall Sihanoukville is not the greatest for diving, it's very expensive relative to such places as Koh Tao in Thailand and if you are looking to come here for more than a one day fun dive forget it.