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A large reef descends all the way down from the shallow water at the shoreline and creates an unusual foundation at the seabed around sixteen (16) metres below the surface.
The information in this section explains how to get to Atlantis reef, the average depth limits, and what marine life species divers may see below the surface.
One reason visitors scuba dive the islands at Sihanoukville is for warm sea temperatures of 26 to 30° Celsius (78-86 Fahrenheit).
This area of South East Asia usually gets the wet season from June to October and the dry season starts in November until May.
Even so, most scuba schools in Cambodia offer year round scuba diving and snorkeling lessons at the nearby islands.
Sihanoukville city is one of the popular destinations that backpackers and tourists choose when visiting the area.
There are twenty two (22) islands in the province of Sihanoukville, and a few of them have private ownership. Even so, many of the favoured diving locations have not yet been destroyed by any significant foreign investment.
The stunning scenery at Koh Tang Island creates an ideal escape from the noise and pollution of life in the city. So, visitors will make the short journey from the coastal city of Sihanoukville and enjoy a relaxing day trip around the sundrenched archipelago.
This area is a paradise for scuba divers and there are many dive spots to choose from. In general, you should base the destination on which particular sea life creatures you are hoping to encounter.
Note: The Atlantis dive site is not a shallow reef and maximum depths can be around eighteen (18) metres. Thus, some dive schools choose to conduct the PADI® Advanced Open Water Scuba course in the bay at this location to the west of Koh Tang Island.
The underwater topography gently tumbles its way to the sea floor. It creates the perfect foundation for staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis) and hard coral bommies (isolated pinnacles) - found after descending to the bottom.
On the way down, divers should see a plethora of small colourful reef fishes, such as:
The coral bommies (found at twelve metres) create safe shelters for many of the smaller marine species. But, look around in the sandy areas to see large groupers and blue-spotted rays.
Note: An abundance of whip coral and fan coral creates a somewhat surreal encounter for novices. In fact, divers with a fear of deep water may find the Koh Tang dive site Atlantis as being somewhat 'eerie' as a general diving experience.
There is no shortage of dive sites for divers of all certification levels to explore when scuba diving Koh Tang Island, Sihanoukville. Some of the best spots for underwater enthusiasts include:
Note: Another section explains more about passive interaction with marine animals and the importance of diving safely around hazardous sea life.