Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

Aside from going to the beaches of Sihanoukville on the coast of mainland Cambodia, you can also take a tour to the outlying islands.

The cheapest tour that I saw (and booked) cost $15 and it includes the free pick up from your hostel, boat fee, breakfast, lunch, drinks and use of snorkelling gears.

Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

We were picked up at around 8:30AM and were taken to a small shop to have breakfast (baguette, butter and jam and coffee). After half an hour we then proceeded to the dock and boarded the boat that took us to three islands.

Our first stop was a half an hour snorkelling trip to one of the islands (which I forgot the name). We didn’t dock at the beach but instead just stopped a few meters from the shore.

The water was quite deep and I didn’t see anything at first, but as soon as I got near the reefs I saw a lot of fishes. I saw a lot of parrot fish and other varieties as well. It was such a pleasant experience and I was really ecstatic to see that those reefs are still in very good condition.

Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

Swimming back to our boat was a bit challenging for me as I am not really a good swimmer. Armed with my life vest, I floated back to our boat and didn’t bother to look down anymore. It’s like an abyss and my silly mind started imagining sharks or some monster fishes circling around me (I think I should really stop watching the monster fishes shows of Discovery and Nat Geo).

As soon as we got on board, we sailed to our second destination. Bamboo Island is almost uninhabited with the exception of one store serving food and drinks to tourists and a few wooden bungalows.

You actually have an option to stay for a few nights if you want to and the boat will just pick you up when you want to go back to Sihanoukville. But as for me, I opted to just stay for the whole afternoon.

Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

Walking along the shore of Bamboo Island was very relaxing. As I walked towards the other areas of the beach, I noticed some trash that were washed ashore. There’s not really a lot though and I thought that they could just spend a day or two to clean it up.

I went back to the main beach where most people were and took a dip. The beach has very fine white sand and very clear water. I spent the rest of the afternoon swimming and only stopped for half an hour for lunch (salad, baguette and fish).

Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

At around 2:30PM, we left Bamboo Island and proceeded to the next destination. Again, we stopped a few meters from the shore of this island to snorkel. Our guide then asked us if we would like to try fresh sea urchins for a dollar a piece.

I have not tried it before this trip and was eager (and at the same time hesitant) but decided to give it a go anyway.

Island Hopping in Sihanoukville Cambodia

As I was eating it, I almost laugh as I saw the disgusted face of the western tourists on board. They didn’t dare to try it though. I was surprised to find out that it doesn’t really taste bad at all. I even thought that maybe it would taste better with soy sauce and a bit of wasabe. Yeah, just like sushi! πŸ™‚

We got back at around 4PM. I really enjoyed the trip and recommend that you try it out when you visit Sihanoukville.

Aside from this tour, various travel agencies are also offering trips to farther islands such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloen.


  1. Great post, and great philosophy. I agree that the best travels do not need to be expensive. And like you, I get the over-active mind about sharks when I’m looking into the abyss. But most of all, thanks for the intel on Bamboo Island. That sounds like my kind of place to chill for a few nights. Safe travels.

  2. I stayed on the Bamboo island last year, I think I was there for four days or so. Quite relaxing, not much you can do πŸ™‚ Except drink, eat, swim and lie in the sun πŸ™‚

  3. Ganda ng view Flip! Didn’t think na ganyan pala kaganda ang beach sa Cambodia. The third photo is calling me to visit πŸ˜€

  4. this i gotta try.. seems to be a nice place..

  5. Olaf Menzel says:

    Hi Flipnomad,

    Looks great this 3-island hopping.
    Will visit Cambodia next month.
    Where in Sihanoukville can this excursion be booked?

    • flipnomad says:

      Hi Olaf, Most guesthouses and travel agencies in Serendipity Beach can help you arrange this tour. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!


  1. […] Island hopping tour in Sihanoukville is not that expensive as well. There are many islands to go to. The cheapest is a $15 tour to Bamboo island and two other islands including breakfast and lunch. […]

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