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The coral reefs of Cambodia host a diverse range of sea life. Barracuda, cobia, parrotfish, lionfish, and pufferfish can be seen cruising around freely in local waters; with stingrays seeking camouflage on the sandy bottoms, moray eels slithering in and out of crevasses, clownfish sneaking around in the anemones, and crabs, lobsters, and octopi hiding in nooks and crannies.
Beach diving is a popular watersport in Cambodia because the shallow reefs make for easy access to the reef right along the shore.
Two of the best diving sites for beginners are Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem because of their shallow depths and light currents. Koh Rong is an idyllic little island, off Cambodia’s Southern coast, that not only boasts immaculate white-sugar sand beaches but offers magnificent snorkeling opportunities around its sleepy bays.
With an abundance of friendly marine life including sergeant fish, seahorses, parrotfish, diamond fish, jumping fish, squid, yellow boxfish, diamond fish, needlefish, blue-spotted rays, and goatfish, the world beneath the calm waves in Koh Rong is like technicolor in action.
An excellent spot for first-time divers or snorkelers, if you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, explore vibrant reef life, and get in some serious hammock time, Koh Rong is the place for you.
If you are an experienced diver, you should head a few miles past Koh Rong to Koh Rong Samloem which is known for its famous underwater sand safari. With unique creatures clinging to the seabed, you’ll discover a rainbow of intensely colorful tropical marine life like multi-colored horned starfish and seahorses unlike anywhere else in the world.
These beautiful creatures are just waiting to be photographed so be sure to come prepared with a great underwater camera. Surely IG-worthy, no matter which way you turn, it’s the perfect spot to take breathtaking photos, savor the memories, and share this experience with family and friends.
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Situated between Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem, Koh Kon is a small yet beautiful island with two popular diving sites. On the west end, the vibrant reef is home to large parrotfish, boxfish, and large schools of yellow goatfish. The southern site is very shallow, the ideal spot for a beach dive!
It takes almost four hours by boat to reach Koh Tang from the mainland port, but it’s worth the time! With high visibility and a wide variety of marine life, Koh Tang is a popular night diving site.
The main beach destination in Cambodia is Sihanoukville, known as "Snookeyville '' to locals and backpackers. A hotbed for tourists and the center of Cambodia's scuba-diving and snorkeling industries, the shores of Snookyville are some of the most popular destinations for water sport enthusiasts. Beaches like Serendipity and Sokha offer snorkeling opportunities right from the shore.
Known by locals and backpackers as “Snookeyville,” by many backpackers, Sihanoukville is a water lover’s paradise.
One of the best-hidden gems in Cambodian waters, Koh Sdach Archipelago houses coral reefs and bright sea creatures in its crystal-clear waters. With a variety of different species of eels, crabs, rays, nudibranchs, scorpion fish, and lionfish, Koh Sdach Archipelago is one of the highest-rated diving sites in Cambodia.
Considered one of the more budget-friendly sites in Cambodia, Koang Kang is a laid-back and breathtakingly beautiful diving and snorkeling destination. Crystal clear waters, shallow depths, a wide range of corals, and vibrant marine life lure divers from around the world.
Often referred to as one of the best beaches for snorkeling in Cambodia, if you’re looking for a remote spot, a bit off the beaten path, this is the place. The soft sandy bottom welcomes you to the turquoise shallows where soft corals are home to unusual marine life like marine worms and barracudas. And if you visit in April or December, you could catch a glance of a whale shark.
Friendly locals offer inexpensive private boat rides along the shores where you can dive in or do nothing at all.