I did my Open Water Dive Cert with Island Divers in March. Included in the package was drop off and pick up at the marina, the boat trip to and from the island (Koh Rong Samloem) and all meals and accommodation. The price was great—the best I could find in Sihanoukville.
When I booked I was told I would be alone but later when a couple signed up I was actually asked by staff if it was ok if they joined me if not they could be placed in a different slot.
Our instructor, Kim, was great and we really felt safe with her, she was very patient and loads of fun. We only had one bad dive with low visibility but were moved on to a better site straight away. All of our other dives were simply amazing—we were taken to a new site every time and Kim even took time to talk to us about what we saw and how to identify it after each dive—she even lent us her book on identifying marine life (which accidently went for a swim—oops!).
We were massively overcompensated for an extra person wanting to join our group once we were on the island—all three of us were given an extra nights free accommodation and a free fun dive the following day. Our leader for the fun dive, Teresa, was great also—knowing that we were freshies she kept a close eye on us and took us to a great site.
The accommodation is certainly not 5 star (dorm rooms at the dive centre on the island, power out at about 10pm, hole in the ground toilet, bucket shower etc) but you're told this when you book and given the option to stay elsewhere on the island. We stayed there and it was fine—definitely seen worse in SE Asia! It was at least clean!
No internet or cell reception here and plenty of time to meet the locals—you won't get hassled to buy anything. There's no motorbikes or tuk tuks—super chilled place to escape the hustle.
Ended up making some great friends and had an awesome time with Island Divers!
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