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Scuba Diving at Koh Rong Islands

Are you searching for a rich diversity of macro marine life near Sihanoukville? If so, join one of the dive tours that visit the sundrenched island of Koh Rong.

This guide contains detailed information about the best diving and snorkeling locations with easy access from Rong Island's secluded, golden beaches in Cambodia.

Best Places near Koh Rong Island for Divers

The easiest way to get to Koh Rong is by ferry from the coastal city of Sihanoukville. It usually makes the trip two times per day.

Some of the visitors go there for the party atmosphere. But, it's also a good destination for scuba diving and snorkeling.

Koh Rong is a big island (second largest island in Cambodia). But, it is smaller than Koh Rong Samloem to the south.

The offshore diving spots, and the diversity of marine life, makes it an ideal place for divers of all experience levels.

The island dive sites are famous for the variety they offer. As a result, beginners can Discover Scuba Diving at shallow reefs and experienced divers can become a Deep Diver Specialist and go looking for large pelagic species.

Note: The main section contains a detailed list of Sihanoukville best dive sites for scuba diving and snorkeling and information about how soft corals and macro life benefit from reef protection.

List of Koh Prins Dive Sites

Back Door

Divers will find an underwater formation created out of huge boulders (e.g. architectural landscape). Like most artificial reef examples, the Back Door dive site creates an ideal ecosystem and a great place for fish to seek shelter from their predators.

Note: Do you enjoy underwater photography? If so, this is where divers may see species of nudibranchs, schools of batfish, and a battery of barracuda.

Condor Reef

It's easy to understand why many of the local divers consider the Condor Reef dive site as being one of the best dives in Cambodia.

Even so, you will need about a ninety (90) minute journey west of Koh Rong to reach this remote location (south of Koh Sach).

There are many ways to swim this spot. Beginners can choose to stay in the shallow areas around ten (10) metres and qualified divers can get down to 40 metres on the ocean floor. No matter what depth you dive, the visibility should be excellent.

Most of the underwater scenery is outstanding, including ancient Chinese junks along with other sunken relics (e.g. porcelain, undetonated bombshells).

Furthermore, the marine life that you may encounter in this area will include sea turtles, reef sharks, and giant whale sharks.

Note: If you like diving near steep walls, check out the dive site at Cobia Point where you can swim with the two metre cobia fish that frequent the area.

Koh Sdach Archipelago (Kings Island)

This cluster of twelve (12) small islands is situated about one and a half kilometres away from the Botum Sakor national park coastline in the Gulf of Thailand.

Being mostly underdeveloped and uninhabited, it's a remote destination that is popular with new divers or snorkelers to get a glimpse of the flamboyant sea creatures in this area.

Note: Check out our blog about snorkeling for more expert tips and advice for people who prefer to swim on the surface.

Shark Island

The remoteness of this rocky dive site (north of Koh Sdach) makes it one that seasoned divers will enjoy exploring.

Keep a lookout for black-tip reef sharks living around the northwest point of the island. As a bonus, divers are almost guaranteed to see bull sharks and whale sharks here as well.

Note: Do you find it exciting to scuba dive or freedive near sharks? If so, keep your eyes peeled near the cleaning station and time your visit right (December or May) and you might get a glimpse of mighty whale sharks.

Koh Ta Kiev

You'll need to head near the coast of Ream National Park to find this dive secluded location. This is an ideal destination for divers who enjoy seeing small tropical fish life in their natural habitats around hard and soft coral reef gardens.

Note: Do you enjoy underwater photography? If so, this is where divers may see species of nudibranchs, anemonefish, and gobies fish.

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