Cambodia is largely unknown as a scuba diving destination, as its waters are only now being explored for diving. Most of the dive sites are fringe reef dives, best explored from a boat. The islands closest to the coast present an incredible diversity of hard and soft corals, a large collection of reef fishes, large pelagics and an enormous variety of macro-life. Further out, there are deeper pinnacles, wrecks and a greater number of pelagics and larger fish, as well as better visibility. Coral encrusted rocky reefs surround many of the local islands, supporting abundant hard and soft corals, sponges, anemones and an assortment of fish life including sting rays, moray eels, dolphins and even whales. Koh Sdech offers some splendid diving and untouched coral reefs. Great dive sites can be found around the islands Koh Rong Samlon and Koh Kong within a two hour boat trip of town, where you can see larger coral formations and larger animals including white tip sharks. However, the very best sites are said to be around Koh Tang and Koh Prins, which take about 4 to 6 hours. Closer to the mainland is the Ream National park, with sites at Koh Russei and Koh Ta Kiev where coral is generally in good condition and untouched and marine life includes a lot of smaller fish such as anemone fish, pipefish and gobies. Many dive spots are still being explored and charted by local operators. The peak season is from January to mid-April. With water temperatures averaging 29°C, diving in Cambodia is extremely enjoyable. Water visibility can vary from 10 to 40 meters depending on the site and the season. There are dive sites suited for all levels of divers; however some of the best ones require an advanced level of certification.
Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation bordered by Vietnam to the east, Laos to the north, Thailand to the northwest and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The landscape comprises tropical rainforest and fertile cultivated land, with lush highlands rising in both the northeast and southeast. Being located in the tropical zone north of the equator, Cambodia has a monsoon climate. Monsoon season runs from May to November, meaning that the most pleasant season for visitors is generally the dry season, stretching from mid-November to April. The average year-round temperature in Cambodia is 27.7°C, with a range from 21 to 35°C.
All visitors need a passport and visa to enter Cambodia. Visas can be obtained at any Cambodian embassy or consulate overseas.
Although there are no mandatory vaccinations, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, Meningitis, Polio, Cholera and Dengue Fever may be a serious risk in this country and precautions are essential. Avoid mosquitos bites by using plenty of repellent and covering up. For more informations, please contact your doctor.
Prepaid telephone cards are available in post offices, hotels and shops for public phones around Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Roaming agreements exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in major towns and cities and patchy elsewhere. Internet cafés are available in major towns.
230V/50 Hz; both British and European plugs are common
The closest hyperbaric chambers are in Bangkok and Koh Samiu, in Thailand.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Cambodia? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Cambodia, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Cambodia have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Cambodia and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Cambodia? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Cambodia? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Cambodia.
Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Cambodia? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Cambodia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Cambodia? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Cambodia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Cambodia? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Cambodia. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.