Some facts: The Gulf of Thailand has a rather low (3.05%) salinity rate. The average depth is 45m, the deepest spot is 80m. Slow currents deposit lots of sediments. Annual temperatures vary from 26° Celsius to 31° Celsius. May is warmest month. Coral bleaching has been an issue in 2011, although unlike many areas in Thailand’s waters, Cambodia’s reefs have recovered since.
Diving in Cambodia – this is still quite new terrain…in the world of Scuba Diving, that is. The local waters are home to a high diversity of species, that inhabit delicate little eco-systems, and a great pleasure to observe. It is not the place, where mega-fauna is particularly abundant – still once in a while we even have a whale-shark coming by.
The gulf is rather shallow. Tides and currents might stir up lots of particles, which considerably affect visibility. Good timing can help a lot, though. The further out you go, the more pristine are the waters. This is not really true, because lesser observed and administered areas are very often over-fished – not only that. Some places and reefs are seriously damaged or destroyed as a result of years of bomb-fishing. On the other hand… A number of reefs of the outer islands are literally uncharted areas. This is where most of the WHALE SHARK and EAGLE RAY sightings have taken place.