The region in the south of Cambodia where it borders the Gulf of Thailand is known for its water sport activities and fantastic sandy beaches.
Scuba diving in Cambodia is mostly centered around the seaside resort of Sihanoukville, or 'snooky' as it's sometimes called, with a small selection of dive shops that operate their trips to the islands.
The nearby island of Koh Rong Samloem is not an expensive diving experience and a short 14 mile boat ride away, but when the weather and sea conditions allow, most of the diving is aimed for an overnight trip to Koh Tang where you'll be rewarded with clearer visibility and majestic coral gardens.
The Cambodia coastline around the bay of Thailand is dotted with mostly small unpopulated pinnacle islands and a few larger ones with touristic holiday bungalows and resorts.
Most of the islands off the shoreline of Sihanoukville are open for tourism but they remain fairly undeveloped forests.
Tourists usually get access via a small boat or by swimming to shore where you will find white sand-fringed beaches, waterfalls, and unspoiled tropical jungle interior providing homes for resident monkeys and other wild animals.
The Cambodian Khmer language uses the word 'KOH' as an introduction before the full name of each island. Snorkeling and skin diving in Sihanoukville are extremely popular sports and recreation adventures for holiday makers.
Divers looking for the best underwater clarity and remote tropical pinnacle dive sites are advised to make the extra effort to reach the top aquatic spots for snorkeling and scuba activities.
The secluded islands also offer a great opportunity to relax on a tropical beach around the snorkel swimming and dives.
If you are wondering what to do, can you imagine a better way to cool down through the scorching summer months in Cambodia. Plunging into the water around the islands gives you the best chance to see the coral reefs and underwater marine life of the southern Gulf.
The best dive sites are mostly uninhabited small islands. Wind and sea conditions determine which spots we visit each day, but you should allow at least one and a half hours boat journey from the mainland to the nearest islands.
The smaller islets in this region have attractions for scuba divers, snorkelers, and fishing.