Koh Tang today is mostly forgotten as the
last battleground of the Vietnam War.
Underwater there are no visible artifacts or
evidence that the battle ground was here.
The USA MIA teams are still looking for a
helicopter lost and never recovered during
the Mayaguez incident, but many here
speculate that it was found a long time ago,
and like the other submerged wrecks in this
part of South East Asia was salvaged for the
metals that they are composed of.
Koh Tang today is one of the best scuba diving areas in
Cambodia with several Sihanoukville dive companies running
overnight trips out to this large uninhabited island group.
Large fish like cobias and sail fish as well as large
schools of jacks, snappers and fusiliers swim over the reef
in large numbers as damaged reef section are repaired by
mother nature, with new coral colonies of “apcora” (a
commonly known variety being stag horn coral) growing at a
rapid pace, and the fish stocks displaced start to recover.
The diving is good, no crowds and several large shallow
sections, as well as the deep reefs escaped damage, so there
is ample dive opportunities interspersed with the damaged
coral beds. The most famous dive site in Cambodia would be
Virgin Reef which has never been completely dived due to its
large size, is blessed with healthy fish stocks and some
amazing coral gardens stretching for hundreds of meters out
from the island