After a 13-hour overnight bus from Siem Reap, a 3-hour slow boat and an hour being thrown around by the waves in a long tail, I finally reached Koh Rong Samloem. The marathon journey was all made worthwhile as I was greeted by Jenn, Toi (local staff), the other volunteers and a litter of puppies to play with! Even though home for the next week involved no running water or control over our electricity, it didn’t matter when you are only a few steps from the sandy beach.
After some training and learning the coral reef invertebrate species, I was ready to hit the water and begin to understand why marine conservation here is so important. Aside from snorkeling, it was also great to visit the island’s primary school to teach the locals from a young age to keep their beaches and ocean clean. I wish I could have stayed longer to contribute more to the project here with Frontier. 7 days flies by, but I felt so at home here by the first night. But hopefully, I will be back again someday and the island will be busting with even more marine life.
By Naomi Dixon, Volunteer Assistant Research Officer
Find out more about the Cambodia Island Beach Conservation project.