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
Today you will make your way by bus/van to Sihanoukville. 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 a beach bonfire beach, getting to know your group. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
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. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 a Local Market 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.
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.