Koh Rong offers plenty of diving and snorkelling opportunities around its lovely bays and beaches.
From its place on the central pier on Koh Touch, Koh Rong Dive Centre offers daily scuba diving trips around the island's waters. Courses include PADI diver training, kids' programmes and reef checks. Two fun dives cost $80, a PADI open water is $380 over three days or $430 over four days, and they also run a range of specialist courses like digital underwater photography and night diver. Accommodation on the pier at Koh Touch beach starts at $5 with a shared bathroom, or you can stay at one of the affiliated resorts.
Snorkelling on Koh Rong is excellent, which is a good thing considering how little else there is to do on the island. 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 Sok San 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 western end of Lonely Beach, we’re told the snorkelling is some of the best on the island.
Koh Rong Dive Centre, Koh Touch: T: (034) 934 744; www.kohrong-divecenter.com.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 27th June, 2016.