Jan 17 2011
Snorkelling on Koh Rong is excellent, which is a good thing considering how little else there is to do on the island! You can rent gear at most of the guesthouses here. Never heard of Koh Rong? It’s an island off Cambodia’s south coast that you’ll soon be reading a lot more about on Travelfish.org.
Monkey Island has the least expensive equipment at $2.50 for a snorkel and mask. If you want fins, you can rent a snorkel, mask and fins for $5 from the Dive Shop. They’re also willing to take you along on their diving boat and feed you lunch for another $10, but those who have done it say that the dive sites aren’t always suitable for snorkelling and you won’t necessarily find out until it’s too late. But never fear, you don’t need a guide! Below are a few good snorkelling spots that you can head to on your own in southern Koh Rong.
Site one: (the location of the Dive Shop) is an excellent snorkelling spot. On a good day you’ll see seahorses, diamond fish, needlefish and various jumping fish.
Site two: In the coral bay south of Monkey Island near the village pier there are some serious snorkelling possibilities. You’ll find yellow boxfish, rabbitfish, bluespotted ribbontail rays, goatfish and grouper making their homes there.
Site three: On the southwest side of the island near the rocks just outside the Broken Heart Guest House is a fine spot for snorkelling. You’ll find sergeant fish, parrotfish, rabbitfish, and there have been recent unconfirmed reports of squid sightings by snorkellers. I’ve also been told that since the local fishermen often leave their nets in this spot, you have the chance to observe the fish up close and personal as they struggle to release themselves, if you’re into that kind of thing. There is no coral in this area. Your mother has asked me to remind you that since the water is very shallow you should be careful not to get bashed into the rocks while snorkelling at this site.
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