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With depths of twenty metres in places, this is one of the deepest dives in the area. It also tends to get the fastest running currents.
The information in this section explains the location for Fly By Reef, average depth limits, and what marine life you might 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 Fly By Reef dive site is not shallow and maximum depths can be around twenty (20) metres. So, some of the dive shops conduct the Advanced Open Water and Drift Diver Specialty courses at this location in the north of Koh Tang Island.
Divers should not underestimate the speed of the water at this northern dive site. As the reef extends out over the rocky seabed from the shoreline, you will find the best corals around twelve (12) metres.
You will most likely make a drift dive along the reef. So, as you go 'flying by' look out for the vibrant marine life:
The coral bommies (found around 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.
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 divers in the area include:
Note: Another section explains more about passive interaction with marine animals and the importance of diving safely around hazardous sea life.