Cambodian Scuba Adventure

  • Duration: 14 DAY(S)
  • Type: Aquatic, Adventure, Tour, Volunteer –
  • Project Rating:
    (21)
  • Physical Rating:
    – Medium level fitness.

Island life! Rebuild damaged coral reefs and see some amazing sights along the way.

Overview


Fly into the capital of Cambodia and learn about Cambodia's rich history with a number of tours around Phnom Penh included. You will then make your way to a tropical island where you will be staying while you work towards your PADI Open Water licence.  Dive on the coral reefs that surround the island. It is a unique and beautiful experience especially on those days when the water is clear, warm and so inviting. We are establishing the largest man-made reef in Cambodia as we build a sustainable fishing environment for the local villagers.

You'll visit Kampot on your way back to Phnom Penh, a fun riverside city with a fantastic atmosphere and incredible food. There will be a visit to a waterpark and the opportunity to relax poolside.  


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Basic Itinerary
DAY 1 Itinerary

Arrive anytime on the first day. If you have purchased the airport collection add-on, your team leader will be waiting for you in an ROV shirt holding an ROV sign. Alternatively, you can meet us at the accommodation listed in your 4 weeks prior to program email. There is a walking tour of Phnom Penh in the afternoon to take in the sights of this beautiful and busy city. Enjoy your first group dinner at a local restaurant, followed by some time to explore Phnom Penh. Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 Itinerary

Today you will visit the Killing Fields and the S21 Genocide Museum to learn about Cambodia’s tragic history. You’ll stop for lunch after visiting the killing fields at a local restaurant and sample some of Cambodia's delicious cuisine. There will be some free time on return to the accommodation venue before heading to the Russian Markets for a “street food” style dinner and market tour. Tomorrow you will be up bright and early as you make your way to the island. This is a good time to stock up on any snacks you may want for the week ahead. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 3 Itinerary

Today you will make your way by bus/van to Sihanoukville. Some of the buses and vans love to bust out the tunes. Get your karaoke voice ready! On arrival at Sihanoukville, we’ll stop for lunch at a local restaurant before making our way to the pier to catch the boat to the island. When you arrive, there will be some time to settle into the accommodation (beach style bungalow) before meeting the dive instructors and doing an orientation of the projects you will be involved in. During your time on the island, you will be working towards your Open Water PADI Licence. You will undertake training and then use your new skills to partake in the construction and deployment of coral pods to assist in building a coral reef. Dinner is eaten on-site at the accommodation. After dinner you can enjoy some free time relaxing by the beach, getting to know your group, playing games, etc. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4 Itinerary

This morning you will get stuck into the course work as you begin working towards your Open Water licence. After stopping for lunch you can get involved in the construction of the coral pods which will be deployed at the end of the week when you are PADI certified. You may also take part in beach cleanups. There are lots of children living on the island and they will love to show you their soccer and dance skills. Things are pretty relaxed on the island so don't always follow a schedule and will change from day to day depending on things such as weather, water conditions etc. Spend your evening relaxing by the ocean, sitting around beach bonfires, playing card games, trivia and more. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 5 Itinerary

Cambodia has the phrase "same same, but different" and this really does apply to your time on the island. You'll spend time today continuing with your PADI training. This might be working through the course material in your workbook, learning to use the dive equipment, trying out your new skills in the water etc. The coral pods will need to be built, sanded and painted to ensure their longevity. You'll also need to make the cement blocks that will keep them in place once it's time for them to be deployed. Why not spend the evening watching the beautiful bioluminescent water and enjoying a cold beer. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 6 Itinerary

As you progress through your workbook, you'll start spending more time in the water practising your skills and familiarizing yourself with the dive equipment. Continue working on your coral pods which will help to build the artificial reef, providing a sustainable fishing environment for the local villagers. Spend your afternoon interacting with the local children, playing beach volleyball/soccer, or catch up on some reading as you lounge by the water. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 7 Itinerary

Continue practising your PADI skills as you get more and more familiar with the diving equipment. Soon you'll be getting ready to deploy those pods! There will still be work to be done as you construct the coral pods, make the cement blocks and take part in beach cleanups. Spend your evening bonding with the team as you sit around a beach bonfire. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8 Itinerary

You'll be amazed at the progress you've been making on your dive skills, and are almost PADI certified! You can also enjoy a hike, taking in the beautiful surroundings and visiting the tourist side of the island. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 9 Itinerary

Now that you're PADI certified put your new skills to the test as you explore the beautiful marine environment below the water's surface. The beach cleanups and finishing touches on the coral pods will keep you busy when you aren't swimming in the warm tropical waters that surround the island. Spend your evening enjoying some downtime as you play card games, relax with a good book, or enjoy a beach campfire. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 10 Itinerary

Today will be your final full day on the island and you will be busy deploying all those coral pods you've been working on during the past week. Why not grab a beer or two from the local store and enjoy your last night on the island sitting around a bonfire and admiring the bioluminescent water. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 11 Itinerary

After breakfast, you will depart the island by boat and make your way back to Sihanoukville. We'll stop for lunch in town before travelling on to Kampot - a fun riverside city with lots to explore. On arrival at Kampot, you will have some time to settle into the accommodation venue, enjoying a complimentary welcome cocktail and relax before dinner. Dinner will be out at a local restaurant where you can try the famous Kampot Pepper – it is amazing! Spend the evening exploring Kampot with your group. There are some great local markets and stores, enjoy a relaxing massage or take a walk along the beautiful riverside. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

DAY 12 Itinerary

This morning those who have purchased the Kep half-day experience will travel by tuk-tuk to the small beachside town of Kep and visit the local crab markets. Kep is famous for its crab and crab markets, and you will have the opportunity to try some while we stop for lunch. If you don't love seafood, don't worry, there are plenty of other delicious options available. Those who haven't taken the add on can spend the morning relaxing by the pool at the accommodation or spend some time in town. In the afternoon we will be visiting a Cambodian waterpark when you can enjoy relaxing by the river or enjoying all of the water slides and attractions. On return, you will have dinner out at a local restaurant with the group and then spend some time exploring the city of Kampot. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 13 Itinerary

Today you will be making your way back to Phnom Penh by bus. When you arrive you can settle in at the accommodation and spend the afternoon exploring Phnom Penh city. There is so much to see and do - catch up on some last-minute shopping or enjoy a relaxing massage. Enjoy dinner out on the town and soak up Phnom Penh's exciting nightlife. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

DAY 14 Itinerary

Departure day, enjoy a relaxed morning where you can say goodbye to your new friends. If you have booked the Airport drop off add-on, your team leader will drop you at the airport. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch.

What's Included
  1. All accommodation
  2. All on ground transport Excl. airport transfers
  3. ROV Team Leader
  4. S21 & Killing Fields tour
  5. Two days in Kampot
  6. Entry to the Cambodian waterpark

For more details see your Program Booklet.

Included Meals
  1. Breakfast 13
  2. Lunch 12
  3. Dinners 12
Add-Ons
  1. Extra Night Before (Phnom Penh) ($65.00)
  2. Extra Night After Program (Phnom Penh) ($65.00)
  3. Kep Half Day Seafood Experience ($35.00)
  4. Standard ROV T-Shirt (Unisex) ($10.00)
  5. Save The Reef t-shirt (Unisex) ($17.50)
  6. Flight Booking Service ($75.00)
  7. Airport Collection & Drop Off (Phnom Penh) ($18.00)
Airport Information

  • Arrival: Phnom Penh International (PNH) – you can arrive at any time on the arrival day. Take the airport pick-up Add On and we will be there when you land.
  • Departure: Phnom Penh International (PNH) – you can depart at any time on the final day. Take the airport drop-off Add On and we will return you to the airport.

Need help booking flights? ROV can help, check out the add-on section in your profile.

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Reviews

  • Adrian Knell
    14 Jun 2019
    The island is a great experience. You get to scuba dive and see all the pods that have been put down before. You will have an awesome team leader and a scuba teacher. It is pretty there and it is it's own little world.
  • Alec Rosenberg
    28 Jun 2019
    The scuba experience is amazing. There's not one bad thing I can think of about the trip. Getting to see Phnom Penh, Kampot, and Koh Rong is really a once in a lifetime experience. Our team leader was awesome and got us into the swing of things right away. The divemaster on the island is one of the coolest, chillest people, and the scuba experience itself is impossible to explain without experiencing it. The other volunteers were all amazing and so much fun, you barely feel like you're working. All the Cambodian people we met while travelling are some of the nicest, most fun people as well. Can't recommend this project enough.
  • Alison Jorgensen
    02 Dec 2017
    "I loved getting to know the other people in my group and being immersed in a different cultural. I loved learning how to live in a different way of life and learning about the local way of doing things. It was so amazing as an entire experience and even exceeded my expectations. You have to be willing to go outside your comfort zone to learn the best. I think the work we did benefited the community because we made a big start to the work that will be finished by the other groups. We made a ton of cylinder blocks to protect the artificial reef already in place. We also created a really great start to building the toilet for the local teacher. I really enjoyed being immersed in a totally different culture. When we were back in Phenom Phen and had time to go to the killing fields and the s-21 jail, it really helped understand the cultural mores and appreciate where we come from. I think Madison did an amazing job leading our team! She was so calm and organized and patient during the entire experience. She helped me so much whenever I needed help even when I thought it was a silly request. She was incredibly helpful during the entire experience and I felt very comfortable going to her with anything. DO IT!!! It is so amazing and fun and such a great experience. I have made so many new friends from around the world."
  • Annais Muschett-Bonilla
    22 Jun 2018
    "I chose this project because I believe in the health and growth and maintenance of the earth. I want to be a marine biologist, and this helped solidify my passion for the ocean and the planet. My most memorable part was after everything was said and done... the feeling I had that everything I had done was all worth it. I also loved interacting with the locals and seeing the beauty in people that are unlike ourselves. I did enjoy being engulfed in the lifestyle of the locals. I loved learning to communicate and learning the language."
  • Austin Eason
    28 Jun 2019
    An experience of a lifetime that led me to meeting such an amazing group of individuals. The bonding that occurred with my group during the trip led to an even more gratifying experience of becoming scuba certified and helping to build the artificial coral reef. I'm so happy I was able to add this experience to my life and I can't wait to do more.
  • Christina Garini
    29 Jun 2019
    An incredibly rewarding experience. Apart from learning a new unique skill you get to really see the impact of the work you do through the work that others did before you. The islanders are the friendliest people you'll meet and coconut beach is really paradise on earth.
  • Kimberley Drew
    28 Jun 2019
    This project was an incredible experience and I couldn't recommend it enough. From diving in the reef, to exploring the city, to lounging on the beach it's hard to smile the entire trip. Incredible experience worth every penny.
  • Eliot Pell
    18 May 2019
    A great program. Very fun to go to the Masters around Phnom Penh, discover what Cambodian life is like and learn about the culture, the killing fiends she S21 is a must, and the week on the island was so wonderful, none of us wanted to leave. The villagers were wonderful and so was coconut beach. The scuba diving was a blast too. We definitely worked our butts off when it wasn't pouring down rain.
  • Elizabeth Airhart
    14 Jun 2019
    Great project! Really fun and rewarding work. You also get to work along side amazing people and a great team lead! Nothing compared to the island. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.
  • Eric Martinez
    05 Jul 2019
    "We had a wild adventure on the way to Koh Rong. The boat was choppy and it was very reminiscent of deadliest catch. I had to cover myself under a tarp on the supply boat to keep warm. We survived though and the the rest of the island stay was amazing. Khiley, the scuba instructor is a hoot. An interesting guy with lots of interesting stories and knowledge. Everyday after after diving we went to coconut beach and it was quite picturesque. Day drinking, hanging out in the hammocks, seeing the bio-luminescent plankton, playing with the big dog Stanley, were all really memorable experiences. Of course the bar owners on coconut beach, Steve and Erin are characters as well. They were very hospitable and made the experience far above and beyond anything I was expecting. Phenom Penh was great as well. The genocide museum was intense and informative. Overall a memorable experience"
  • Erika Pieper
    18 May 2019
    "I loved doing the island project! The people are so kind and our accomodation was absolutely beautiful. Our team leader is one of the best parts of the experience since he is so kind and fun. My team is too amazing to adequately place into words. I wish them so much happiness in their future travels. In a few years I would love to be able to do this project again!"
  • Jackson Turrentine
    22 Jun 2018
    "Last year I went to South Africa and Mozambique with ROV and it was a life changing experience, I had such an amazing time last year that I had to come back and see what the Cambodia/Thailand programs had to offer. I was intrigued by all the variety of programs that were offered and this gave me a chance to participate in all of them, I wish to try and work for ROV in the near future and wanted to get experience on as many programs as possible to try and help to recruit potential members. Dropping the coral pods into the water after being certified scuba divers, it was awesome! My week in the village was amazing and seeing the difference that is being made in the lives of so many is truly amazing. Meeting all the locals and seeing the impact we were making was the best and most rewarding part of my whole experience. Yes, they offered an insight to the people here and how they live their lives. It was really awesome being emerged and feeling like a member of their cultural family. Jade, Sam, Didi, and Adam are all amazing people. With my two weeks on the island with Jade she did an amazing job keeping everyone involved always caring for everyone for their safety while also having a great time! Sam is one of the best humans I've ever met and is fully capable of being a full team leader. He made sure everyone was safe and happy at all times and was very educational with all the locals and helped me learn tons while here! Didi is an awesome guy who does an incredible job in the village week in and week out. Adam was both my leader last year and this year and is one of the most fun loving people I've ever met, awesome leader and a great guy."
  • Jasmine Worsley
    07 Dec 2018
    "I had heard of ROV from an Ambassador visiting my university in 2016, however, didn't decide to do a trip until this year. A friend and I had done a volunteer trip through a different organization in 2015 but decided to choose ROV because of affordability and the experiences included. Marine and environmental conservation is something I have a passion for and the fact that I could obtain my PADI open water diving ticket while doing the project and have it included in the price made this project very attractive! The most memorable part was setting up the coral reef pods 8m below the surface, to see our work coming together and to then swim with all different types of fish and coral...it was incredible! We were able to visit the Genocide Museum & The Killing Fields as part of the program and I enjoyed it thoroughly as it gave an insight into the history and hardship of the country! I wish we would have been able to see the bioluminescent plankton while we were on the island."
  • Jeffery Buis
    08 Dec 2018
    "I have always wanted to try new stuff and diving is on my bucket list. So this program is perfect for me to learn diving and to do something meaningful with the license. Yes, it was inspirational and allowed us to reflect on how lucky we are to be alive as surviving could be a luxury to the unlucky Cambodians during Pol Pot's horrible regime. Damdin was our team leader and he was the best. He is always prepared for any situations, was always there when we need him and would always answer our questions. He also cares for each and every one of us and tries his very best. Knowing ití¢ä‰åä‹¢s his first dive as well, he never showed any sign of nervousness and still kept everyone's safety as first priority, simple things like staying on the boat until all of us successfully got into the water at the start of the dive and stayed in the water until all of us were back on the boat after a dive. DD always tries to make boring bus rides enjoyable and always keeps a huge smile on his face. He truly is a perfect team leader."
  • Jenna Franck
    15 Jun 2019
    "The island was so incredibly beautiful! We felt like a part of the community, and sleeping in a house on top of the water was such an amazing bonus. Getting my PADI certification was so invigorating, (a little scary at first until you get the hang of it) but once I got a view of the underwater world I never wanted to come back up to the surface!!! So thankful to have been a part of this little ROV family!!!"
  • Jessica Dickson
    19 Jan 2019
    Well advertised, had a program that interested me. Also seemed like a trustworthy brand. I love the ocean and as it had the scuba cert included it seemed like the ideal program for me. It was so much better than I expected the group was amazing and I feel I've made life long friends out of it. I've learned so much about Cambodia (my new favorite country) and also myself. It's amazing to think one day the pod I put down will have coral on it and it will outlast me. The most memorable parts are the whole group including Sam and the final dive.
  • Kate Watson
    15 Jun 2019
    What an amazing experience! Island life is the best life, spending each day learning how to dive and then each night at the beach. It was amazing to see the pods that have been there for a few years, to see that the work we are doing is having a huge impact on the marine life. And then we got to deploy our own pods! Loved my group and team leader. In the end, I didn't want to leave!
  • Kieran Allan
    29 Jun 2019
    The island is incredibly beautiful and its people very polite, lots of friendly doggos too! Kylie, your scuba instructor is very skilled and will be of great help every step of the way. Met some amazing people on top of helping the island's marine life, so rewarding!
  • Mary Benzinger
    28 Jun 2019
    This project was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. The island was beautiful and the diving was great, and I have never laughed harder than with my project group.
  • Sadie Preece
    28 Jun 2019
    This trip has been honestly the best time of my life! It's been all smiles and laughter. The people I met and the places we've been have been absolutely amazing. Everyone bonded so quickly. The full immersion into the culture is so cool. The cost was completely worth every second. Doing amazing things things with amazing people is the most rewarding experience. And our team leader, Junior, was so much fun and laid back.
  • Alexandra Brindley
    08 Dec 2018
    Heard from rov ambassador in usyd. Wanted to learn scuba diving and want to contribute to the world. Scuba diving was very memorable, it is better than my expectation as I dive longer than I expected! Leader Damdian is very friendly and helpful, we love him very much! He helped us throughout the trip and was very thoughtful.
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    • Program cost $2,130.00/ person

    • Program cost excludes flights.

    Program cost $2,130.00