Not worldclass but worth considering
What we say:
Diving in Cambodia is reasonable and the areas around Sihanoukville are some of the better regarded in the country.
Five dive outfits in town offer training and certification as well as fun dives.
Scuba Nation offer PADI and National Geographic Diver courses that include equipment rental, meals and accommodation. They also offer refresher courses, instructor training and fun dives. Scuba Nation do their training in a pool so it's a good choice for nervous divers. Most of their dives are off Koh Tang and Koh Rong Saloem.
The Dive Shop offer PADI and National Geographic Diver courses as well as a variety of specialist courses. They do most of their diving on Koh Rong, where they have dormitories for $3 a night. They also organise multi-day trips to Koh Tang.
Eco Sea offer PADI and SSI training. If you're on a budget, SSI training is less expensive than the PADI courses. (PADI and SSI training are the two largest scuba certification bodies in the world — the systems are mutually compatible. PADI is slightly more expensive generally because you retain your course materials.) Eco Sea do all of their dives on Koh Rong Saloem where they rent bungalows and hammocks to divers.
Adventure Diving with Claude is the diving outfit associated with Chez Claude, and the one that more serious divers seem to favour. They have been in business for more than 10 years and offer trips to seven Cambodian islands.
New outfit Angkor Dive Cambodia is based on Koh Rong Saloem and offers PADI courses and fun dives. 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, a positive change from some of their competitors. They have a relationship with M'Pay Bay Bungalows on the island, and can organise accommodation there. A variety of specials on offer because they are new make this an attractive option.
Scuba Nation Serendipity Beach Rd, Sihanoukville. T: (012) 604 680. www.divecambodia.com
The Dive Shop Serendipity Beach Road, Sihanoukville. T: (034) 933 664. www.diveshopcambodia.com
Eco Sea Serendipity Beach R.d, Sihanoukville. T: (012) 654 104. www.ecoseadive.com
Adventure Diving with ClaudeSerendipity Beach R.d, Sihanoukville. T: (012) 824 870. www.claudecambodge.com
Angkor Dive Cambodia Koh Rong Saloem. T: (016) 337 488. angkorscubadivingcambodia.com
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