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Island Divers Cambodia
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Owner description: Our SSI Dive Center offers try dive programs, scuba diving courses, fun dives and island travel on Koh Seh (about an hour by boat from Kep). While completing your diving program you have a chance to enjoy the remote island feeling as our tiny island, apart from our project, is uninhabited and untouched by tourism. Please note that we are neither a classic dive center nor a resort so we do not offer holidays or accommodation on its own. You can visit our island either on a day trip or stay with us for the duration of your diving course. Accommodation is simple and shared. If you would like more information about the diving possibilities in the area, or to arrange a booking, just contact us and we will be happy to help. Cambodia is Asia's newest dive destination, offering a wholly unique dive experience and a rare opportunity to genuinely explore brand new dive sites!
Reviewed 23 July 2013

My three teenage children and i decided to book a open water dive course and ended up going with island divers. We had a really nice three days and all got our open water certificates. The staff where a nice bunch of guys all very enthusiastic and very helpful. After returning home i decided to write this review and was quite shocked to read some of the reviews. Maybe i went with a different island divers ?? To be really honest the food was great, i am a vegetarian and i was catered for, my boys loved the food and my daughter was happy for a change. As for the diving, we had a great time and had a diving instructor and a assistant instructor for just the four of us. The instructor was really nice, she was very patient and really helpful with the academics. The island was great and admittedly a little more than i expected, there was electricity and even internet. We all had a great experience and i would recommend island divers to any family wanting to do something exciting while traveling in Cambodia.
All the staff were great and the whole family felt as though it was a home away from home.
The island has really beautiful white sandy beaches with turquoise water and lots and lots of fish. There was a lots of younger students doing dive courses, i found this very encouraging for the guys.
Over all a truly memorable experience.

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Reviewed 26 June 2013

thoroughly enjoyed the dives i did with Island Divers. Dive masters were a lot of fun. Felt very comfortable and safe with them underwater. All very experienced and were very thorough in their explanations of what was going to happen with the dive. Saw some amazing fish off Koh Rong Samleom. Visibility was excellent. Water temp was like a bath, did not need a wet suit just wore shorts and tshirt. Just wonderful

2  Thank aussietravellers041
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

All we wanted is a snorkeling trip and a good place to stay on koh-wrong samlon,
we booked the sunset beach bungalows and the snorkeling trip, everybody over at the office was very nice and promise they have a guy that will meet us on the island and will take us to the amazing bungalows and to a guided snorkeling our.
when we got to the island some guy took us to the bungalows and disappear, there was on reception or restaurant, no body to talk to when the electricity went off and when we booked they "forgot" to tell us hat there s no beach on this side of the island!!!
we and up moving after 1 night to the EcoSea bungalows which was much better.

1  Thank RonyLahav
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

Around every turn, it seemed as though this company chooses the cheapest most uncomfortable option for guests. 10pax dorm with bucket shower and hole in floor toilet, mediocre food with not much variety with no concern for vegetarians, rude and condescending instructor (Andy). They've done a five star job at destroying and otherwise beautiful island getaway. They claim to have plans for improvements, but just sounds like ways to expand and be less accountable for the clients experience.

7  Thank Roadie218
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

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!

2  Thank LMCNZL
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