It would probably be right to start talking about underwater Cambodia with a description of the most diving islands off the coast of Cambodia – Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. The vast majority of dives take place here, all Cambodia dive centers are located on these two islands, as far as I know.
There are about a dozen of these dive centers, maybe later I will write a note about them, but later, now about the islands. In general, there are many islands off the coast of Cambodia, but for a many of reasons, these two islands are most inhabited by divers.
The islands of Koh Ta Kiev, Koh Thmey, Koh Russey, Koh Krabey, Koh Pu are located very close to the mainland, the depths are very small there, and visibility is always poor, and it’s a pity, it would be nice to have more dive sites.
Somewhere in the middle is Koh Ta Island, there are a couple of good places to dive, but it is not very popular among divers, no one wants to go there, forgetting about the beloved Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloy. By the way, it is necessary to clearly distinguish between these islands, it was repeatedly necessary to observe tourists (especially Chinese) who arrived on the wrong island … It is very easy to make a mistake in deciding that Koh Rong is just a simplified pronunciation of the name Koh Rong Samloy. And this is a very big mistake … It should also be noted that Koh Rong Samloem is also called Koh Rong Samlem, Koh Rong Sanlem, Koh Rong Sanloem and even Koh Rong Samlum. So if fate throws you to these lands, try not to forget that Koh Rong is Koh Rong, and Koh Rong Something is different. This knowledge will save you a lot of time and effort. And the money.
About thirty kilometers of water separate Koh Rong and Koh Rong by Samloem from the mainland. Six ferry companies deliver tourists to the islands at different sizes, different speeds, but about the same comfort of high-speed ferry boats. With varying success, it should be noted … the promised travel time (30-50 minutes) quite often turns into one and a half to two hours, but the employees of this difficult business are not upset, because everyone who bought a ticket sooner or later gets to where he wanted.
And some remote resorts, such as Lazy Beach, Lonely Beach, deliver people on their own slow boats. And Song Saa Boutique resort, even on its own high-speed boat.
In short, it was the ability to quickly reach the islands, the availability of established supplies that led to the fact that it was Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem that became the capital of diving in Cambodia. And if you take into account that the underwater life in the vicinity of these islands is very good, it becomes clear that there are no other options for divers in Cambodia.
And about dives I will tell next time.