Marine Conservation Diving

Koh Sen - Cambodia

Only 720€ per week!

Become a qualified diver and take part in marine conservation experiencing Cambodia off-the-beaten-track on one of its uninhabited islands!

Our program will get you far away from tourist traps and onto a pristine island where you will work in marine conservation, experience the real Cambodia, enjoy the untouched surroundings and get qualified as a diver!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand





Program Description

Located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian coast town Kep is Koh Sen, an untouched and uninhabited island where our marine conservation project finds its home.

Despite boasting coral reefs and marine activity, the island remains virtually undiscovered and you will struggle to find it mentioned in most guidebooks. As it strays away from the tourist trail, it will allow you to experience genuine Cambodian life, culture and the unspoilt natural environment.

This program presents unique opportunity for those who want to learn more about oceans, experience marine conservation and work alongside a captivating local community.

Moreover, you will have the chance to become a fully qualified diver, complete an emergency first-aid response course, gain first-hand experience in coral reef surveying and learn about marine conservation and ecology. In addition to this, you will get involved with local educational community projects and work towards a sustainable future.

Aims & Objectives

  • Alter the perspectives of local inhabitants regarding their treatment of natural resources and marine life in Koh Sen
  • Give you invaluable, practical experience in marine conservation
  • Assist the local staff by providing an extra hand

Schedule

Week 1: Getting Started

Monday to Friday

  • Introduction and update on the project from the team
  • Introduction to the island and Khmer customs, language and culture
  • PADI Open Water course and/or advanced (if applicable)
  • Introduction to marine conservation and ecology lectures

Week 2 & Onwards: Getting Active

Monday to Friday

  • Classroom species ID skills and test
  • In-water species ID practice and exams
  • Coral reef survey methodology and dry run
  • Coral reef surveying and underwater data gathering
  • Community projects with local people on the mainland
  • Khmer language lessons
  • Community projects
  • Data collation and entry
  • De-brief and presentations

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: No

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • The Open Water + Open Water Advanced diving certificates are a mandatory requirement but can be booked for an extra fee if you don’t have both. The fees for these courses are $500 for the combi of the SSI Open water and SSI Open Water Advanced. For participants that already hold a Diving Open Water Certificate, they only need to follow the SSI Open Water Advanced Course onsite which costs $250. These fees need to be paid onsite directly to the local team.

Additional Equipment

No specific equipment required for this program.

Location

Koh Sen is a Cambodian island located just 13 kilometres out of the Cambodian coast town Kep. It is an untouched and uninhabited island of only 300 meters wide and 900 meters long.

About the Accommodation

Accommodation consists of bunk beds in a shared room at the project base on the Island of Koh Sen. Bathroom facilities are shared amongst participants.

Food Arrangements

Meals are provided in the accommodation and cooked Cambodian-style by our staff.

Facilities

Due to its size and uninhabited nature, there are very limited facilities on this island. This includes ATM facilities, so make sure you have cash on you before arrival!

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Enjoy relaxing in the peace and quiet amidst the golden sands of this unspoilt island

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Kingdom of Cambodia

Population: 15.14

Capital: Phnom Penh

Language: Khmer

Currency: Riel (KHR)

Time zone: UTC +7

Country Information

Once known as the Khmer empire, Cambodia is perhaps best known for its monumental temples, especially that of Angkor Wat – finalist in the election of the new 7 wonders of the world in 2006. It is without doubt a country of incredible beauty, scattered with these temples, fertile rice fields and a rich and interesting history. For this reason it is unsurprising that Cambodia has taken a firm place on the tourist map. Having been a protectorate of France for almost 100 years, the country gained its independence in 1953. Following this however, Cambodia experienced years of civil war, turmoil and political corruption, as well as suffering from its involvement in the Vietnam war.

Despite holding this dark history, Cambodia really is an extraordinary country and has prevailed due to what has been described as the unbreakable spirit of the Cambodian people. The people here are known for their friendliness and their smiles.

Climate

Cambodia has monsoon climate with temperatures ranging from 21°C – 35°C (The average year-round temperature is 27.7°C). Its monsoon season spans from May  – October, whilst dry season lasts from November to December . Dry season is the most popular time to visit however rainy season can be incredibly beautiful in Cambodia due to the richer colours that it causes. The rain also can help to make temperatures more pleasant. Post-monsoon season is also a favourite time to visit because of the stunning green countryside

Whilst temperatures do not vary hugely, during the winter the northern parts of the country can be colder.

Culture

Buddhism is an important aspect of Khmer cultural and is practiced by 95% of the Cambodian population.

Gastronomy

In true Asian style, the staple food in Cambodia is rice whilst fish from the Mekong river plays another major part in Khmer cuisine. You can also expect to find use of noodles, soups, stir-fries, curries and salads and so there is something to suit everyone’s taste. The french colonial influence can even be seen in the use of toasted baguette with Cambodian red curry.

It has to be said that the Cambodian cuisine is relatively unknown compared to that of Thailand and Vietnam.

Transportation

Taxi

Taxis are becoming increasingly popular in Cambodia however there are still very few metered taxis, especially anywhere outside of Phnom penh.

Cyclo

This are a cheap and practical way to get around in towns/cities. In Phnom Penh, drivers can be flagged down on main roads or found waiting around markets and hotels. You should expect to bargain and set a price before the journey.

Moto

Motorcycle taxis are a quick and cheap way to get around in a city. Prices may rise at night and like the cyclo, you should expect to bargain and agree on a price before the journey. It should be noted that Cyclo/moto drivers may speak little to no English.

Rotei Ses

Cart rides are common in the more remote/rural parts of Cambodia

Bus

Whilst Cambodia has no train service, buses provide a good alternative for the longer distance journeys/ travel into neighbouring countries.

Flight

Commercial flights connect the main tourist areas in Cambodia

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