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Come explore the underwater splendors of Cambodia with us.
We arrange diving and snorkeling trips for the experienced diver and the novice

Fun Diving


PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) $ 95
Have you ever wanted to explore the wonders of the underwater world?
This introduction to scuba diving gives you a small taste of what diving is all about.
Dive theory introduction, a confined water session and one fun dive.
Equipment rental, lunch, coffee, tea and water on board is included in the price.

One day local diving 2 dives $ 85
Come join us exploring the archipelago. There are many small islands with beaches and
wonderful dive sites. Only for certified divers.
Equipment rental, lunch, tea, coffee and water on board is included in the price.

House reef diving without guide $ 35
We have a beautiful house reef just outside our bungalow. Here you can spend hours watching the clownfishes, anemones and our juvenile batfishes that hang around the pier.
For the experienced and certified diver, you and your buddy can enjoy our house reef on your own. (After you had a check out dive)

Remote island diving Shark Island and Condor reef $ 120 (min. 2 pers)
A few hours away we have the beautiful and famous dive sites Shark Island and Condor reef.
Come with us for 2 dives on either Shark Island, or Condor reef. Only for certified divers.
Equipment rental, lunch, tea, coffee and water on board is included in the price.

Night Dive 65 $/ House reef $50
Enjoy the magic of diving in the dark.
Equipment rental, tea, coffee, water and a snack on board is included in the price.

Diving courses

PADI Open Water $ 400
Do you want to take the step and become a certified PADI diver?
You get 4 days with diving and theory, 5 confined dives, 4 open water dives, final exam and the PADI certification fee. Equipment rental, lunch, coffee and water on board is included in the price.

PADI Advanced Open Water $ 360
Evolve as a diver. 5 dives in 2 days. The Deep dive, navigation and night dive are the core dives of the course. The 2 other dives you chose with your instructor. PADI certification fee,
equipment rental, lunch, coffee and water on board is included in the price.

PADI Rescue Diver $ 375
Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they have ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that you can help others if needed.

PADI Divemaster $ 1260
Go pro! Become a Divemaster!
Including equipment rental, staff lodging and all meals for 1 month.
Divemaster course training materials and PADI fee are not included.

Extra day of the course $ 50
Need an extra day on your course? No problem
Adventure dives and other PADI programs are also available upon request!

Bed & Breakfast

Mezzanine/Dorm $15 per person per night
In our main building, on stilts in the sea, you will find our cozy mezzanine. Here we can sleep up too eight people on comfortable mattresses. For your privacy the room is divided with curtains. Included breakfast, coffee, tea and fruit through the day.

Tree house $35 for 2 persons
Does houses have to stand on the ground? and do they need to be square?
No. of course not.
Since our coastline is quite steep and difficult to build on we decided to hoist a cabin up in the trees. Included breakfast, coffee, tea and fruit through the day.

And we are building, so new alternatives never seen by man will soon arise.

Other Excursions

Snorkel trip $ 25 half day (min. 2 persons or together with other fun divers)
Equipment rental, lunch, tea, coffee and water on board are included in the price

Spend a night at a deserted island $ 50/pax
We will provide you with what you need to stay the night at one of the beautiful deserted
islands around Koh Sdach.
We pack you a nice food basket and supply you with cooking utensils. We drop you off on the beach, and pick you up the next day.
A small “off island mini bar” with wine and beer will be available.

Jungle trips and other excursions with or without boat are available on request!
For booking call +855 (0)86 41 33 80/+855(0) 86 41 24 32 or mail@octopuscambodia.com

About us

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Octopuses Garden Diving Center

We named our Diving Center after our favourite Beatles song, the peaceful ‘Octopuses Garden’. So thank you Ringo. We believe we have created the same magical and relaxing feeling here, as you get from listening to the song! We hope you will feel the same when you come to visit.

Our Location

We are situated on the outskirts of the small village of Koh Sdach in the depths of nature; floating above the sea and on the edge of the of the jungle. We are surrounded by wildlife such as eagles, hornbills, kingfishers, macacque monkeys, hermit crabs, large fruit bats and a variety of butterflies. You can spend hours soaking up the scenery and discovering the local wildlife. Find out more on the Koh Sdach page.

Meet the Team

 Managers, instructors and everything else, Kris & Hege, here to welcome you to Octopuses Garden!

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Lin, Boat Captain and our resident happy chappy!

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Sophia, the amazing cook and housekeeper

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 The Security Team : Pippi, Mustafa and Happy

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Staying With Us

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Octopuses Garden HQ

When you stay over at Octopuses Garden we will treat you like one of the family.

You’ll have a great nights sleep in our dorm in the mezzanine level of our main building, which floats above the sea. At night there will normally be a cool breeze that will keep you comfortable and seems to keep the mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies away.

Of course we have mosquito nets and fans available for you if you need but insects don’t seem to be much of a problem as our building is on the water.

You will get a comfy mattress, (no squeaky bunk beds here!) clean linen and a towel. For your privacy each bed can be made into a small private area with curtains.

The shared toilet and shower have a beautiful view out to sea with Koh Totang Island in the distance and the coconut trees that line the tip of our bay.

We normally accommodate up to 8 people but if you’re a bigger group let us know about your arrival and we can make the proper arrangements to cater for you.

Eating with Us

Lucky for you we are real foodies and we make a variety of food. Asian, Western or whatever you fancy! We eat our meals together around the table that looks out to the ocean. As you’ll soon come to see, we’re a sociable bunch and we look forward to welcoming you to Octopuses Garden.

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The boat

For our local and remote dive trips we use our traditional longtail boat.  The boats name is Sabai Sabai.Sabaisabai_sailing_1

We use this kind of boat because it’s made for these waters. It will cut through even big waves like there’s nothing.

And it’s quite fast. Propelled with two 1700 cc 3 cylinder diesel engines from Iseki it will give us 10 knots or about 18 km/h. And with that speed the remote reefs aren’t that far away. The two engines also works as a safety. If there is problems with one, there is always the other.

It’s shallow. A traditional longtail boat only needs about 40 cm of water to float and that makes it possible to go into lagoons and even into the mangroves.sabaisabai_interion_1

It’s the right size for us. We really don’t want to fill our boat with 20 divers and make you dive in big groups. That’s not what we do. We comfortably fill the 15 meter long boat with up to 8 divers, and if there is more people, they will have to wait for another trip.

We are Norwegians, and the traditional longtail boat resembles a traditional viking longship. And of course that makes us feel even more like Norsemen.

The boat is rigged for diving with consoles for tanks, O2 equipment onboard, ladders and so on. Safety equipment like life jackets is of course onboard.

 

The Drinks

When a long day of diving is done a good drink is most welcome.
At Octopuses Garden drinking water is always available free of charge and coffee (the Khmer variety) and tea are available on request (free for our diving guests).  soft drinks  are included in our dive boat trips.

Our fruit shakes and cocktails are made with the best seasonal fruits. And by the way, our cocktails are amazingly good………

We also try to keep a decent wine selection, but please ask us in advance if you have special requests since we’ll need to go to The Big City to stock up.

Some prices:

  • Fresh lime juice or soda $1.50
  • Coke or 7up $1
  • Beer (can) $1.50
  • Fruit Shakes $2.50
  • Wine by the glass $3
  • Bottle of wine $14 – $70
  • Cocktails $4

The Food

Without good food nothing is to much fun, so we’ll make it good.

But since we are a dive center and not foremost a restaurant we’ll do it simple. Our meals are eaten at our big communal table 3 times a day. We will always use fresh and good and natural ingredients, mostly purchased from the village marked, but with some luxury items (like cheese and butter) from the big city (and that’s Sihanoukville if you are wondering).

We are not vegetarians, but have no problem creating both vegetarian or vegan dishes if wanted (actually a great deal of our meals are vegetarian).

And then we have this wonderful world with all the amazing food. So we make a little of everything. Some traditional Khmer food, some Mexican, some Italian, some French, some American, some English, some Thai, some self invented and some Norwegian. So we are sure we will make something to your liking.

The menus are discussed with our costumers and meals and prices might vary.

Prices:

  • Breakfast – included in B&B
  • Lunch – from $5 (included in some dive packages)
  • Dinner -from $7

As mentioned the prices might vary. So if there is something exceptionally good on the marked the price might rise, but we will let you know. And it will be worth it.

If you have any specific wishes? or you want help out in the kitchen with your favorite recipe? Just let us know and we might be able help you with that.

The Tree House

Does houses have to stand on the ground? and do they need to be square?

No. of course not.

Since our coastline is quite steep and difficult to build on we decided to hoist a cabin up in the trees. And after hanging there for more than a year we still like it, the round suspended tree house.

When you are inside the house you can feel the nature around you. It’s an unique experience to feel the vibrations from a monkey climbing a nearby tree while you are laying in your bed.

The cabin sleeps 2 persons in one bed and is fitted with 12 volt lights and a fan.

When you cross the suspended bridge from the house you will find your private bathroom with a dry toilet and shower.

The price for 2 persons including breakfast is $35 pr.night.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Our Mezzanine

In our main building, on stilts in the sea, you will find our cozy mezzanine.

 

Here we can sleep up too eight people on comfortable mattresses. For your privacy the room is divided with curtains.

Since we are situated on the sea, you will always have a cool breeze helping you to cope with the tropical heat, and if the breeze is not enough you just turn on a fan.

Communal shower and toilet facilities downstairs.

Price for bed & breakfast: $15 pr. person

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Staying at Octopuses Garden

When we got the idea for Octopuses Garden it was after many years of working in the dive and travel industry. We had been visiting to many impersonal dive centers and resorts, and we decided we are not going to be one of them. bungalow_base_kate_west_watermarkweb

So if you are looking for a place where the staff wear uniforms and your divemaster doesn’t make fun of you? Please go elsewhere.

If you are looking for a relaxed place where everyone can be themselves, the food is good and plenty, you can see and hear the ocean from your bed and the security team is furry, then Octopuses Garden is for you.

Our Mezzanine $15 pr night
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The tree house $35 for 2 persons

 

 

 

 

 

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The Food
Drinks
And the drinks

Go Pro……..

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, 15_4_11_sharkisland_kristoffer_DSC_8991_watermarkwebyou not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

To start your Divemaster Course you’ll need to be a PADI Rescue Diver who is at least 18 years old. You also need to have:

•Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
•A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
•At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask us.

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:
•The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
•Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
•Diver safety and risk management
•Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
•Business of diving and your career
•Awareness of the dive environment
•Dive setup and management
•Mapping an open water site
•Conducting dive briefings
•Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
•Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
•Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Doing your Divemasters with Octopuses Garden means being a very close part of us. You will sleep in our mezzanine or in a treehouse, eat with us and pretty much spend most of your time with us. This gives us a learning situation where you always have instructors around to discuss different matters. We do like to take it slow and thorough, so we will need you here for 4 weeks to do the program.

Course price $1260 including

  • All the education over a period of 4 weeks
  • A bed in our Mezzanine or tree house for 4 weeks
  • 3 meals a day, and yes we can cook.
  • Coffee, tea and water.
  • All diving equipment. We recommend that you have your own mask, snorkel, fins and exposure suit for your own comfort.
  • A lot of boat trips and dives.
  • Some laughs and some cries.

Additional costs

  • Divemaster Crewpak with Instructor Manual
    (Includes: Divemaster Manual, Instructor Manual, Divemaster Slates (4), DM Hologram & information sheet, Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving Book, Scuba Tune-Up Workbook, Professional Training Log, RDP – Electronic (eRDPML), Discover Scuba Diving Instructor Cue Cards, Decal, Brochures and other course documentation) Price $285 (must be prepaid) when picked up at course start. The Crewpack can also be purchased at other PADI facilities.
  • PADI Application fees, which is paid directly to PADI (approximately $155)
  • Personal Equipment. As a professional assistant, divemaster, you need to have your own compass, Knife/divers tool, SMB (signal marker buoy) and Dive computer or time monitoring device. This you need to acquire prior to the course. Please ask us if you are not sure where to purchase these items.

Material and application fee costs are subjects to change.

Please contact us so we can make a course for your schedule.

Upon booking a course you will have to pay a deposit of $200 in addition to the full material cost if ordered through us ($285).

The full course price must be paid prior to course start. Note that there is no ATMs on our island, so bring cash. Credit card payments will be subject to a 10% surcharge.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.

Rescue Diver

Scuba divers describe the PADI Rescue Diver course as the most challenging, yet most rewarding course they have ever taken. Why? Because you learn to prevent and manage problems in the water, and become more confident in your skills as a diver, knowing that15_04_29_turtleisland_jordan_dsd_edit_DSC_9155 you can help others if needed. During the course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature. Plus, the course is just fun – it’s serious, but still allows for lots of laughter in between the focused learning.

To join th course you will need to be a certified advanced open water diver with documented training in CPR and First Aid within the last 2 years. If you don’t have the necessary training we can run the Emergency First Respond program for you as a part of the course.

The Rescue Diver course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques. Through knowledge development and rescue exercises, you learn what to look for and how to respond. During rescue scenarios, you put into practice your knowledge and skills. Topics include:

  • Self rescue
  • Recognizing and managing stress in other divers
  • Emergency management and equipment
  • Rescuing panicked divers
  • Rescuing unresponsive divers

Price: $375 for the Rescue Diver Course. If you need to do the Emergency First Responder in addition the total course price is $525.

You will need 2-3 days to do the Rescue program and an additional day for the Emergency First Responder course.

Send us an email for your booking.

Please read our booking and cancellation policy here.