With little else to do on the island, snorkelling on Koh Rong can provide a welcome respite from all that eating and drinking and generally relaxing. And to top it off, the snorkelling here is excellent. Most of the bars and guesthouses will rent out gear, with prices ranging from $2.50 to $7.50 for a snorkel and mask, depending on who you ask. There doesn’t seem to be any rule to the price variations, it’s all down to who you’re dealing with.
If you want fins as well, The Dive Shop will rent you the whole kit for $5. For $10 more, they’ll also take you along on their daily diving boat trip and feed you lunch, 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. Best to check with them before going.
You can also arrange a personalised snorkelling tour with local fishing boats which have signs outside the guesthouses in the village. Most join-in tours take you out off Koh Touch beach and around to Soksan and back.
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.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 6th March, 2015.