A lot of people have been asking us about the best places to snorkel on Koh Rong. Now, although Koh Rong and its sister island Koh Rong Samloem are both home to some fantastic marine life (we’ll tell you where below), if you’re staying on either Koh Touch (the main tourist area on Koh Rong) or on Saracen Bay (the main tourist area on Koh Rong Samloem), there really aren’t that many great places to snorkel. There are several options however.
Snorkelling on Koh Touch
Koh Touch on Koh Rong
On Koh Touch, several companies organise snorkelling trips, where they take you to good locations around the island. This is your best way to see some of the wonderful miniature eco-systems, coral, seahorses, and nudibranches that are abundant on the islands.
Booking a trip is very straight forward – You’ll see them advertised on the main beach. A typical snorkelling trip will also include fishing, seeing the glowing plankton, BBQs, and sunsets. They tend to cost around $10 and are from 1pm – 7pm.
If you want to splash out a little bit more (around $70 for the trip), we recommend hiring a private long boat to take you further north towards Pineapple Island. Around here there are some fantastic pristine beaches with superb snorkelling locations, and if you like, you can stop several times to try the local Khmer fishing techniques (using only a plastic bottle and some fishing wire).
Snorkelling on Saracen Bay
Aerial View of Saracen Bay on Koh Rong Samloem
If you’re staying on Saracen Bay and would like to snorkel during your trip, the best place is at the far end of the bay next to Dolphin Resort. However, there are many better options around the island.
In particular, we would recommend for you to take an island tour. Organised by Captain Kem, ‘Caribbean Tours’ takes you all over Koh Rong Samloem, allowing you to see many of the other attractions, beaches, and resorts. You can stop off at some of the better snorkelling locations on the way.
Best Place to Snorkel on Koh Rong
If snorkelling is high on your agenda, the best place for you to stay would be Lonely Beach, to the northern side of Koh Rong. Lonely Beach itself is spectacular – A small alcove with pristine waters, soft white sands, and palm trees all around. The resort is quite hard to get to (no major ferry company stops near this part of the island), and the accommodation isn’t great, but the destination is breathtaking and is perfect for a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style holiday.
Lonely Beach on Koh Rong
Best Place to Snorkel on Koh Rong Samloem
The best place to Snorkel on Koh Rong Samloem is Sunset Beach. Located on the western side of the island, it is a very popular destination for scuba divers and other marine life enthusiasts. Several resorts are owned by The Dive Shop and so organise snorkelling and diving trips themselves. Again, the accommodation on this part of the island isn’t great, but the beach is beautiful and well-kept and the sunsets are truly jaw dropping!
Worthy of mention here is Lazy Beach – Also on the western side of Samloem. Recently voted in the ‘Top 21 Beaches in the World’ by the National Geographic, this small alcove is breathtaking – pristine yellow sandy beach, sparkling ocean waters, and a tropical jungle enveloping.
Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem
Snorkelling on Lazy Beach is great fun, and there is a wide diversity of exotic fish, coral, and other multi-coloured creatures it’s hard to put a name to!
Marine Life at Lazy Beach, Koh Rong Samloem