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Cambodia :: Sihanoukville : Koh Rong Saloem

Koh Rong Saloem is situated around 1.5-2 hours from the mainland and south of Koh Kron, but is a much bigger island that has 3 major beaches and several other minor ones. There is one small fishing village at the very north end with about 25 huts and a few other small huts dotted around the island, but it remains very little visited and provides perfect secluded beaches and exclusive diving. Visibility ranges from 5-25m, but is usually around 10m.

Cobia Point
As its name suggests, this site tends to attract a lot of cobia (kingfish). These are large, up to 2m long and resemble grey reef sharks. Although they are not harmful, they are inquisitive and can often hang around you for much of the dive, which can be a bit unnerving if you don't know what they are! Stunning corals line the cliff face here which plunges quite steeply from the shore to around 18m. The site itself often has a current and is usually a drift dive.

Rocky Bay
This is a more sheltered site ideal for taking your time to look closely at the corals and abundant fish life. As the maximum depth is around 10m, you can enjoy a good, long dive. This is a great site for macro-life with many nudibranch, crustaceans and juvenile fish.

Nudibranch Heaven
Unsurprisingly, this site features many different types of nudibranch. Again, it is a fairly shallow dive, with the reef gradually falling from the shore to a maximum of 10m. Many cuttlefish, pufferfish, moray eels and octopus shelter here and you are likely to encounter several types of ray as well as schools of damsel and parrot fish.

Sponge Garden
This site is named after the many large barrel sponges which are in abundance along the reef here. Inside them, you can find scorpionfish, lionfish and many shrimp and crabs. The reef drops from the shoreline to around 10m closer to the beach and extends to 17m further out. You will find cobia here as well as barracuda. The schools of yellow goatfish and parrotfish are often so thick that a wall of them seems to block off the view of the brightly coloured reef.

Two Tone Garden
As its name implies, this site almost splits into two different dive experiences. The diving closer to shore is characterised by reef to around 12m with many large coral bommies, formations and an abundance of fish life. As you drift further out, the reef becomes more shallow and gives way to great pink fields of anemones and whip coral, usually with amazing visibility. This is a great night dive where you're likely to encounter blue-spotted stingrays, scorpionfish, and many marine worms and crustaceans.

Victoria's Secret Garden
A well hidden site and easy to miss, this is a narrow strip of off-shore reef which runs along at about a 10m depth. It normally has a mild current and is usually a drift dive. It supports stunning soft corals as well as a profusion of brilliant marine life.

Thanks to Scuba Nation Dive Center for providing this dive site description.

 

Depths: 10 - 20m

Viz: 5 - 25m

Currents: Variable

Getting there : Liveaboard and Day Trips (upto 2 hours)

Average cost of a dive: $27

Off season: Jul / Aug

 

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