Cambodia Water Sports
While the majority of Cambodia’s border lands do not reach the sea, rivers sometimes flow too fast and lakes are not always easy to reach, there is somehow no shortage of Cambodia water sports and exciting activities within the Kingdom.
To make it easy for you to find out about some of the many Cambodia water sports, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top experiences on offer throughout the country, focusing mainly on the Cambodia water sports available along the stunning southern coastline.
Cambodia Water Sports In and Around Sihanoukville
Starting with something everyone can enjoy, parasailing over Cambodia’s pristine beaches is an activity you won’t forget. Dragonfly 889 Parasailing is located at- and takes off from right next to the gorgeous Sokha Beach where fliers can soar, legs dangling, over the shimmering waters and white sandy beach. Single and tandem flights are available, but children under a certain weight must be accompanied by an adult. Tandem parasailing is a great way to enjoy Cambodia water sports with your child, loved one or friend.
A stone’s throw away from Queenco Palm Beach Resort at Otres 1 is Sail Sihanoukville. Here you will find Hobiecat boats for hire of varying sizes and suitable for all levels of proficiency, from the seasoned pro to the absolute beginner.
Sail Sihanoukville is a part of the Queenco Palm Beach resort at Otres 1 and has two types of Hobiecat catamaran dinghies available for hire; the Wave and the Getaway. The Wave is a speedy 13-foot long catamaran that is ideal for novice sailors thanks to its stability and ease to control. It can also carry up to three people.
The Getaway is a larger vessel at 17 feet long. It can carry up to six people and reaches up to 18 knots. These boats are perfect for beginners to learn the ropes on gentle Cambodian waters, or for experienced sailors to go flying through the waves.
- Scuba Diving
Sihanoukville boasts a surprising number of PADI certified dive centers. From the mainland, one of the most popular ones is The Dive Shop located on Serendipity Road. The Shop offers scuba diving say trips to some of Cambodia’s most beautiful islands, overnight trips to The Dive Shop’s private beach on Koh Rong Samloam, liveaboard boat trips and even night dives to view the amazing glow-in-the-dark corals and nocturnal sea life.
A favorite when it comes to Cambodia water sports, the Koh Rong Dive Center is a great spot on the vibrant island of Koh Rong. The dive center provides the island locals with free dive training so they can become staff members and dive guides. Each staff member is trained to reach PADI Dive Master status and the center takes diver safety very seriously. There are multiple dive courses available including a variety of PADI courses from beginner to professional levels, plus specialty courses such as the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation course and the underwater digital photography course.
Divers can visit some of the center’s five dive sites and see a bounty of colorful underwater creatures from bat fish, to barracuda to sea turtles, and even a seahorse corral at the end of the Koh Kon reef.
Wind Surfing, Paddle Boarding and Kayaking
Both Otres I and II are really the main locations for Cambodia water sports such as kayaking, sailing and wind surfing, primarily due to the winds that tend to pick up more strongly than at most of the other beaches. Here are some of the best places to experience Cambodia water sports on the Otres beaches:
- Hurricane Windsurfing
Located within the grounds of the Queenco Palm Beach Resort, Hurricane Windsurfing offers hour-long beginner lessons and board hire. In addition, Hurricane also provides surf boards, boogie boards and paddle boards, plus paddle boarding lessons for newbies.
- Queenco Palm Beach Resort
This resort also offers single and multiple person kayaks for hire. Though the islands are a little far away, the Otres area is probably the most beautiful beach area on the mainland and makes for some stunning views from aboard a kayak.
- Otres Beach Resort
A little further down the coastline is the Otres Beach Resort at the far end of Otres II. Here you will find Otres Nautica Kayaking Club. Two or three hours will usually give you enough time to kayak out to Koh Tres and Koh Chanloh and maybe enjoy a picnic on the beach. Its close proximity to some of the beautiful islands makes it the perfect starting point for day-long excursions.
Snorkeling is something that just about anyone can enjoy. It involves little skill other than being able to swim and Cambodia’s clear water and teeming reefs make for some of the best snorkeling in South East Asia. Many of the shops and beach shacks on Ochheuteal and Otres offer day trips to the islands for some fantastic snorkeling. The Dive Shop on Koh Rong island and EcoSea on Koh Rong Samloam also offer snorkeling excursions that leave from the islands.
Cambodia Water Sports In Rural Areas
While the majority of Cambodia water sports are to be found along the coast, there are a couple of other locations throughout Cambodia where water sports are available.
- Indochine Exploration
Based in Siem Reap, ‘Indochine-ex’ is a kayaking tour company jointly run by a Cambodian and a Westerner. Their adventurous tours will take you on a journey to explore the jungle-covered remnants of the ancient Khmer Empire via secluded stretches of river and mystical flooded mangrove forests.
A half day trip covers stilted houses that jut straight up out of the water, while a full day of kayaking will lead you to the intriguing floating village of Prek Toal that fill parts of the vast Tonle Sap lake. Here you can also see the many impressive inhabitants of the lake’s bird reserve.
- Green Orange Kayaks
Another kayaking tour is available in the historical Battambang province. Just 8km out from the old French colonial city, Green Orange Kayaks provides visitors with a unique way to experience the magic of the smooth Sanke river. Trips start from outside the city and follow the river lazily down back into town through serene forested areas and quiet farmlands complete with goat herds and geese. This is a great way to spend a quiet morning in Battambang.
- Sorya Kayaking Tours
That’s right, kayaking is one of the very few Cambodia water sports away from the coast but the truth is, there is no better way to see some of the treasures of Cambodia. Situated in Kratie, a northeastern town on the way to Ratanakkiri, Sorya Kayaking Tours offers day long excursions to explore the mighty Mekong river and its unique inhabitants, Mekong river dolphins. These stub-nosed swimmers are a shy bunch but are most often spotted close to Kratie. Be aware that this trip is not always easy as the Mekong can flow quite strongly at times.
Cambodia water sports provide some of the most interesting and adventurous ways to discovery the country and its many different ways of life. Whether you’re down on the crystalline coast or up in the flooded forests, we’re sure you’ll enjoy some of these amazing activities.Posted on