Diving on Koh Rong Saloem
Shallow reefs and warm water
What we say:
There are a handful of diving outfits that you can choose from on Koh Rong Saloem.
EcoSea has bungalows on the island and offer fun dives as well as SSI- and PADI-certified courses. PADI Open Water costs $320 for a three-day course and SSI Open Water Diver is $285. Two fun dives around Koh Rong Samloem are $65. Their instructors come from Canada, the UK and Japan and are said to be good.
Scuba Nation do dives on Koh Rong Samloem but don't offer accommodation there. However, it's possible to stay on the island and still organise dives through them. They offer PADI and National Geographic Diver courses.
Angkor Dive Cambodia are a new outfit based on Koh Rong Samloem that offer PADI courses and fun dives. The owner, James, has been teaching diving to the Marine Conservation Cambodia volunteers and has now expanded the business to non-volunteers. Their courses have a focus on ecological responsibility and conservation. They have a relationship with M'Pay Bay Bungalows on the island and can organise accommodation there. Being new, they have a variety of special offers.
The Dive Shop runs daily boats to Koh Rong Samloem and are putting the finishing touches to a new jetty and dive centre at Robinson Bungalows. Fun dives are $45 or two for $65. They also offer PADI scuba diver certification for $265, open water for $320 and National Geographic Diver certification for $195.
Island Divers' centre on the pier at M'Pai Bei village is a central base to explore the island's dive sites. Dorm accommodation is available here for divers at cheap rates.
Eco Sea Serendipity Beach Rd, Sihanoukville. T: (012) 654 104 www.ecoseadive.com
Island Divers, Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville. T: (086) 494 716 http://www.islandscubadivingcambodia.com
Scuba Nation Serendipity Beach Rd, Sihanoukville. T: (012) 604 680 www.divecambodia.com
The Dive Shop, Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville, T: (034) 933 664 http://www.diveshopcambodia.com
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