There are few exotic attractions in the only local town called Sihanoukville; however, some tiny firms propose to go to the islands to see turtles and dolphins. So, we came.
Two hours on board of a frail, creaking, wood antique “speed-boat” which jumped on the waves up and down.
Some of «sea dogs» felt sick.
When we asked where the dolphins are, the team gave us quite a logic answer: “There is no guarantees. It depends on themselves.” So we decided to don’t ask about turtles.
Then they dropped us off on the littered island with impoverished fishing village as an attraction…
…and gave the lunch which was brought with them (rice and some kind of a national soup were really delicious).
And finally the highlight of the show: snorkeling and diving behind the nearby cape. Plenty of sea urchins on the rocks, a few fish and crabs… Only those who have never been under the sea could be impressed!
After the lunch they suggested to choose: the second round of snorkeling in another location (as if it is even cooler than it was just now), or relaxation on the island in the hammock between the palms near the roaring compressor endlessly pumping the scuba tanks for the next divers. 🙂
Also they promised an incredible sand beach. I guess, this one…
We stayed on the island to enjoy the sound of compressor. Indeed, my mask—Red Sea snorkeling veteran—burst out laughing after the second proposal to admire the local “beautiful” underwater life.
After the second try, divers came back in pensive mood.
Then, we had two hours of the way back to Sihanoukville; however, with smaller pitching, and finally our “breathtaking” excursion came to an end.
Conclusion: If you have ever been on the Red Sea, or on the Maldives, you have nothing to do underwater in Cambodia, at least in Sihanoukville. It’s a lost time, although almost for free.
Unburden your suitcase. Do not take your snorkeling mask to Cambodia!