dive unkown cambodia
Reefs and Ruins
Cambodia; a land of rich culture, ancient history and magical reefs waiting to be explored. Few have realized the beauty of the reefs that are home in Cambodia and these under water ecosystems are teeming with life.
Feral Human Expeditions and Shoultz Scuba Services
Feral Human Expeditions and Shoultz Scuba Services have teamed up to bring you some of the best the Kingdom of Wonder has to offer, both above and below the water. Come with us for a dive trip unlike any other on Cambodia: Reefs and Ruins. This trip begins with sight-seeing in the capitol city, Phenom Penh, where you will investigate Cambodia’s dark past with the Khmer Rouge and learn some of the country’s history. Travel across this unique country to secluded beaches, remote dive sites, and a one-of-a-kind liveaboard experience. Following four days of guided dives in the Gulf of Thailand, we travel to Siem Reap to visit the Angkor Wat temple complex and wind down before traveling home.
Phnom Penh airport to Phnom Penh
itinerary | flight options | Packing List
Level of Difficulty
Beginner to intermediate. Typical visibility exceeds 40ft, often up to 100ft or more, and most dives are less than 40ft, with some deeper dives near the end of the trip as conditions and group ability dictates. Divers may choose to participate in a skills refresher on dive day 1 and Advanced Open Water certification is available during the trip as well.
Divers are encouraged to bring their own dive gear, but everything you need is available for rent either through Shoultz Scuba Services or local dive shops. Tanks and weights are provided. We move locations and change lodging several times during the trip, so be prepared to carry your dive bag and personal bag for short distances.
What you will see
Pacific reefs teeming with life! Coral is abundant with towering, 15ft boulder corals and expansive plate corals growing between smaller, diverse coral patches. Thousands of small fish, sea urchins, and other brightly colored benthic creatures can be seen on every dive, and coral cat sharks can be spotted on night dives. Depending on selected dive locations, there is a chance to spot a whale shark off the coast of Koh Pring.
Is this Experience for mE?
Activity Level: 5-7 Moderate to Demanding
This adventure is diving focused. Participants must be Open Water Dive certified with beginner to intermediate level experience and physical ability. A skills refresher course and Advanced Open Water certification is available on the trip.
service level: Basic
Lodging and dining will consist of simple hotel and bungalow style accommodations. Rooms may not have air conditioning or hot water. Certain locations will have limited electricity and likely no available internet. One night will be spent on a non-traditional live-aboard vessel, an open air, open water experience.
trip type: small group
This is a small, personalized group experience; maximum 8 participants, minimum 4
requiremets and recomendations
Open water certification
DAN Dive Accident Insurance and extraction insurance
Home country medical evacuation
General travel insurance
day 1 | Phnom Penh
Arrive anytime prior to 6:00pm local time
day 2 | Choeung Ek/Wat Phnom
Spend the day exploring the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek and learning of the dark past Cambodia holds with the Khmer Rouge. From there we venture back to Phnom to visit Wat Phnom and dive deeper into the history and story of Cambodia.
Day 3 | Sihanoukville/Otres Beach
Our adventure continues to the coast where quite beaches and breezy bungalows greet us. We will spend the day setting up equipment, getting fitted with any necessary rental gear from the local dive shop and strolling the beaches.
day 4 | Koh Rong Samloen
The day will start early as the group ventures off shore to become aquatinted with the area, marine life, and local live-boating procedures. This night and the following will be spent in bungalows on the beach on Koh Rong Samleon Island.
day 5 | Koh Rong Samloen
A two tank dive day begins and ends from our beachfront accommodations along with a trip to one of the neighboring islands where larger coral stands and greater diversity of fish life can be found. Continuing our exploration of the Cambodian reefs, we head out for an overnight trip to one of the more remote islands 40 miles off the coast of Sihanoukville.
day 6 | open water
Miles from shore, here, there is a greater chance of seeing large animals like whale sharks and turtles. After a number of dives split by lunch and dinner there will be a unique night dive before we will spend the night aboard the boat in a shared, open air area.
day 7 | open water/otres beach
Today we will wake up early for a sunrise dive and an exploration of the open water reefs and ocean life of the area. The afternoon will be a restful cruise back to Sihanoukville where we’ll stay in bungalows at Otres Beach once again.
day 8 | Siem Reap
Grab a book or take out the camera for a restful out-of-water day, off-gassing as we make the drive to the beautiful city of Siem Reap. We will check into our hotel and then have the evening to explore the are.
day 9 | Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a Must See while exploring Cambodia. It is the largest religious complex in the world and considered one of the seven wonders. One day is not enough to see it all so ask us about which ruins should not be missed. This will be our final evening as a group.
day 10 | Siem Reap/Phnom Penh
Either fly out of Siem Reap or transfer back to Phnom Penh (six (6) hour bus ride) to depart and head home or continue your adventures.
Hotels (4 nights while in cities), beach bungalows (4 nights), Live-aboard vessel (2 nights)
Most meals throughout the trip starting with lunch on day 1, plan for 4-5 meals being self funded
Local Tuk-Tuk, Private vehicle, Dive vessel, and walking