You may have already guessed it, but scuba divers are almost guaranteed to see stingrays (sea rays) in the deep, rocky sector of this island dive site.
This section contains information about the dive site called Stingray Alley, how to get there, maximum depths, and which marine species are prevalent in the area.
One reason travelers go diving at the Sihanoukville islands is for warm ocean 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 courses 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 dive site Stingray Alley is quite deep in places, with maximum depths around 25 metres. Even so, there are shallower sections that make it ideal for a PADI night dive organised by one of the local training agencies.
If you get an opportunity to go night diving, you will have the best chance to see octopus, cuttlefish, scorpion fish, and small marine crustaceans hiding in the crevices.
Nonetheless, daytime divers should also get sightings of other weird and wonderful critters hanging out near the rocks, including:
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.