If there are any questions you have that are not covered here, please contact us directly and we can answer these for you.
How do we get to you?
It’s really not that hard, nor expensive at all. Check out how you Getting Here.
Are the any extra costs? Seriously, tell the truth
The only things that are not included in the prices listed on this website are transport and beer. You must get yourself to Cambodia and to Sihanoukville. All end-of-day alcoholic drinks (ok, so there’s just beer), cost $1.50 per can.
Do we have to swim back to the boat after the dive?
No, our main boat will pick you up. That way you get to see more of the dive site and there’s no hard swimming against the current.
When is a good time to dive and what's the water temperature and visibility like?
We are open all year, with year-round water temperatures a tropical 28-31 celcius and visibility from 10-25m.
What's the weather like in Sihanoukville?
During the high season (October to end of June), the weather is warm and sunny almost every day. It rarely rains and this makes for excellent visibility. The water temperature is ideal for day and night diving.
How safe is your diving boat?
Our diving boats are very safe and we keep them well maintained; we don’t cut costs. We have a good first aid kit aboard as well as a radio, depth-finder, life jackets, life rings and oxygen. Check the page Our Dive Boats.
Can we pay by credit card?
Yes, by Mastercard and Visa both in Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh and via the website to book a course or reserve places on a trip. There are also banks and ATM machines in both PP and Sihanoukville.
What equipment is provided? Does it cost anything extra?
As mentioned before, everything needed to dive is included in the cost: your air, tank, BCD, fins, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, regulator and weights. All our equipment is properly maintained. Also meals for the day, non-alcoholic drinks and transport from the Sihanoukville office to the boat are all included in the price.
I’m vegetarian – can you cater for this?
Yes, as long as we know in advance, we can cater for most kinds of diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, low carb – just let us know.
Why should we dive in Cambodia?
Obviously one of the main attractions to diving here is that it has been so little dived that most of the sites are unmapped and lots of the diving is still at exploration stage. The islands off the coast of
Cambodia provide excellent diving locations and white sand beaches. It provides the opportunity to dive in some of the warmest, pristine and clear waters available anywhere in the world without the hassle of hundreds of other divers and dive boats. . It’s a pretty exclusive stamp to have in your logbook and you might even get to name a reef.
What separates Scuba Nation from its competitors?
Everything you need to dive is included in the costs, there are no hidden add-ons: all your equipment, all meals – breakfast, lunch (and hot dinner on the overnight); snacks, fruit and soft drinks all day and transport from the Sihanoukville dive centre to the boat and back again. We have custom built, larger, more comfortable boats then the other operators, dive a much wider range of sites and our team of multi-lingual instructors are Cambodia’s highest qualified and experienced dive professionals. We have the highest qualified female instructor on our diving staff. Scuba Nation was at the forefront of the Cambodian Dive Industry in the beginning and as a dynamic company is still the leading dive operator today. We believe in moving forward, aiming for and gaining more prestigious ratings and awards to provide an ever widening depth of knowledge and experience our customers can rely on. We have been copied many times but the service, knowledge and experience we provide is never equaled by the newer operators. Check Scuba Nation at Trip advisor
Can I try diving without doing a course?
Of course! You can do a Discover Scuba Dive (try dive) in the pool or on a day trip or overnight. No experience necessary, this lets you dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres under the supervision of our fully qualified and experienced PADI Diving Instructor. Read more at “Try Diving here”
What equipment do you use and who looks after it?
We mainly use Saekodive and Scubapro diving equipment; it is good and solid diving gear. All our tanks and equipment are checked and serviced on a regular basis by a technician who is trained and certified by the manufacturer. Our tanks are hydrostatically tested in house, and are tested every 5 years. Visual inspection of our tanks is done every 6 months by the only certified ASSET (the international certification allowing the holder to inspect scuba tanks) technician in Cambodia who is on staff at Scuba Nation and works exclusively for us. We also test our air every 3 months to ensure you are breathing proper air.
So where do you dive? Can you dive in Phnom Penh?
We have 2 PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centers, one in Phnom Penh and one in Sihanoukville on the coast but you have to go to the Dive Centre in Sihanoukville to dive in the ocean. In Phnom Penh you can book trips, buy gear and get information from the office, and we teach academic and pool sessions, but we don’t do open water dives there (once you see the colour of the Mekong, you’ll know why!).
Where do we sleep?
There is dormitory sleeping with proper beds with mattresses on the upper deck, and some on the lower deck too. We provide sheets and blankets should you need them (usually not, it’s pretty warm year round in Cambodia). The decks are covered by canopies on all sides to keep the rain and dew away. You will have a good night’s sleep after a great day of diving.
Can I bring my non-diving spouse/friend/kids?
We do cater for non-divers and snorkellers as well, so the whole family can go. And if anyone wants to try diving without signing up for a course, we offer this too. Our policy is that being on our boats is FUN.
I didn't bring my PADI card - is that a problem?
This is not a problem. We can verify your certification from the PADI.COM website.
The competition seems cheaper? Why should I go with you?
Our status of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Centre is in recognition of our providing excellence in diving services over a number of years. Simply put, our pricing includes everything you need for a successful dive or a safe course. Our competitors advertise artificially low prices and get you with extra add-on costs. In the end everyone’s pricing is similar, except we have custom-built, larger, more comfortable boats, serviced dive equipment and tanks, the highest qualified and experienced staff and dive a much wider range of sites. Check Trip advisor here
I've heard scuba is dangerous in Cambodia...?
Years ago this may have been true, but since Scuba Nation opened its doors in 2002, Sihanoukville is just as safe as anywhere else in the world. We are proud to have a perfect safety record.
Have you guys ever had your PADI license suspended or revoked?
No, not once. We follow PADI standards and have maintained a perfect safety record – a claim not all dive centers can make. Scuba Nation is in good standing with PADI and never had a quality enquiry from PADI quality management.
I have my own complete diving equipment, what kind of discount do I get?
We offer a $5 per day discount if you bring your own equipment (obviously excluding tanks and weights). Unfortunately this is best we can offer since the largest portion of our expenses when taking the boat out is the diesel, maintenance and staff.
I've heard of Cambodia refered to as SCAMbodia, are you guys really legitimate?
Yes, we are the first authorized PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Center and we are completely certified to provide the courses and services listed here. Don’t believe us? Ask PADI themselves.
Can we book online?
YES. In fact, we recommend it. When you have decided you would like to do a trip or diving course with us, we will send you a booking form and you simply fill it in and return and we guarantee your place on the boat. This is unique in Cambodia.
Can we dive on NITROX (enriched air) or could we learn how to dive on NITROX?
YES. We are the only dive operator in Cambodia to offer NITROX dives and PADI NITROX courses. Enriched Air Nitrox Spec course