For those of you who love diving the islands and reefs off the coast of Cambodia provide superb diving locations and white sand beaches. This is the perfect place for you to relax. Take the time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Cambodia really does have some great and underused diving locations. There are dive sites located close to the mainland. Condor Reef and Poulo Wai are truly world-class dive sites waiting to be explored. Besides that, choosing to stay little longer and venture further afield is another fabulous option.
Main attractions for divers visiting Cambodia is that the dive sites are uncrowded and unexplored. These sites are mostly unmapped and much of it is still in the early exploration stage.
It’s considered a rarity to get any stamp in your logbook from Cambodia and you might even get to name a reef!
The diving season is from October to June. The water temperature is typically a warm 27-31 degrees Celsius. Visibility typically ranges from 10-25+ metres through most of the season.
Contributing to the Community
Cambodia is now one of the countries leading the way internationally in regard to eco-tourism and PADI is all about contributing to the local community through diving and education.
There is an initiative that takes trips to local schools where the children learn about preserving the reefs and looking after the environment, in addition, having lots of fun in the water!
The development work done here has resulted in a Discover Scuba Day for 21 kids from the Friends/Mith Samlanh project. This is an NGO that deals with street kids. The Friends/Mith Samlanh project also provides training for jobs, such as, English lessons. Soon there are hopes to get the first qualified Cambodian Divemaster from this organization.
National Geographic Dive Centre in Cambodia awarded Scuba Nation as the only PADI . PADI recognizes progressive and community-based dive operations that offer the best education, equipment and dive experiences. They have a commitment to advancing a high level of adventure and environmental awareness through education and training programs.
The only authorised PADI 5 Star Dive Centre in Cambodia isScuba Nation Diving Centre. They have Cambodia’s only purpose-built, stay-over dive boat with fully trained diving instructors from Europe, Australia and North America. The captain has over 25 years experience at sea.
The custom-made boat which is 16 meters in length, has 2 decks and is equipped with 2 fresh water showers, western toilet, kitchen and dining area, GPS, radio and fish-finder. You sleep on mattress beds on the lower and upper deck with sheets, blankets and pillows provided.
There are a variety of daily diving trips and dive courses available from beginners to instructor levels and tuition is available in English, French, German and Dutch. The groups are small to ensure a more personalised course and diving experience.
The tuition takes place in an air-conditioned classroom, using the most up-to-date training methods and educational materials available. Use of the training pools makes learning to dive a very safe, relaxing & enjoyable experience.
The Dive Sites
All of the dive sites are at least 1-2 hours from the mainland port of Sihanoukville in order to provide the best quality in terms of visibility available. The majority of the dive sites are fringe reef dives and are best explored from a boat. The experience of the divers, weather and prevailing wind determine suitable dive sites.
You can rent an underwater camera for the day to preserve your memories or try an underwater jet-ski! You can opt to dive on Nitrox if you are certified and dive computers are available for daily rental if required.
So, diving in Cambodia is an experience you will truly never forget. Cambodia may not be the first place you think of when you book a diving holiday, however, as you now know it has everything even experienced divers need for a once in a lifetime trip. Not only is Cambodia one of the cheapest places in the world to dive, you aren’t giving up any level of safety, professionalism of the staff, fantastic quality of instruction and stunning diving locations.