Getting on the water is easy here, with dozens of boat trips offered by operators, particularly along the strip at Koh Touch.
Various guesthouses, such as Three Brothers, have their own boats, and run regular day tours when they have enough demand. They all seem to offer similar things: a journey up the coast, the chance to go fishing, snorkelling, swimming, cook up a barbecue, enjoy a beer or two, and if you’re lucky, a bathe among the phytoplankton in the darkness of the return journey. In other words, all the ingredients for a glorious day out.
We went out with Adventure Adam as we needed him to take us up to several points along the east coast for the day. We therefore had the boat to ourselves, but the team tried to show us as much of the spirit of their trips as possible.
Adam is an Englishman, and no other country could possibly have made him. He arrived on Koh Rong two years ago, took a fancy, and has since spent an inordinate amount of time getting to know as much of it as he possibly can. He’s a talker — believe us — but unlike most talkers, he’s also a doer. The tour was excellently run. Mars, Adam’s partner, took the kind of care that seems to come naturally to him in taking me through the elements of their safety talk, and general precautions they take to ensure everyone has a great day.
We enjoyed fishing for our lunch in the afternoon, while riding the waves of a very choppy sea (fun), and even had a swim as the weather was too bad for us to beach at Lonely Beach. TF Cambodia doesn’t actually own a swimsuit, so jumped in fully clothed.
Adam’s knowledge of Koh Rong, of the boats, of Preak Svay, and thirst for more, is what makes these trips fun. Plus Mars is a DJ, so the music was pretty awesome too. It was genuinely a day to remember. The cost is $25 for a standard full-day tour, including lunch, water, some beer, activities and equipment.
Adventure Adam: T: (010) 354 202; www.adventureadam.org; firstname.lastname@example.org
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 27th June, 2016.