Boat trip, Snorkeling, BBQ at the Beach

Thursday, March 17th ~  Koh Takeo, Cambodia

Beach

Koh Takeo Beach

Southern Cambodia is known for their beautiful beaches. We had the opportunity to assess one of the islands for ourselves.

After signing out bright golden beach towels from the pool area we left the hotel at 8:30. Our Tuk Tuk driver took us the short distance to the boat dock where we loaded onto a well-worn, but seaworthy boat which our group had for the entire day. 

This was a little different Tuk Tuk

This was a little different Tuk Tuk

I was not sure I liked the idea of taking a boat from a company called

I was not sure I liked the idea of taking a boat from a company called “On the Rocks” tour services

Passing by one island we spotted what appeared to be some nicely constructed homes or bungalows. Our guide mentioned that the island was owned by Russians, that a drug ring was operating there, and there was nothing the local Cambodian government could do about it as they were not allowed to go ashore.

Our group on the boat

Our group on the boat

First stop was just offshore of one of the islands. Snorkel masks and breathing tubes were provided but no flippers. The water was quite warm, yet still refreshing. We were warned to not step on the spiny sea urchins and to avoid the jelly fish.

Stop #1 to snorkle

Stop #1 to snorkel

Most of the fish that surrounded us were of a tiny variety, rather dull in color, swimming in large schools. There was the occasional zebra fish and I spotted one larger fish that I could not identify with a navy blue back half, a yellow striped belt and a lighter colored front half.

I managed to avoid the prickly spines and stinging jellies…

Then on to Koh Takeo Island.

After climbing down the short ladder, we waded ashore. We had just over an hour to explore, walk along the wide sand path, and check out the tree houses before our BBQ lunch was served.

d

Koh Takeo Island

We had been given a choice the night before of fish, chicken or beef for our main entrée. I found it pretty amazing that out of 14 people from far corners of the world, every single person chose fish.

Our fish BBQ

Our fish BBQ

The meal consisted of a generous slab of grilled fish, a scoop of rice, slaw and lettuce salad with a fresh baguette. Several kinds of sweet fruit was offered for dessert. A couple of well-mannered dogs appeared and patiently waited to see if there were any scraps that would be shared with them, which of course there were and they ate well.

Tim with his latest pet

Tim with his latest pet

There were also two pregnant cows that nudged their way into our group. Quite funny to see a cow eating leftovers off of a platter, but they certainly were not shy.

Cows and chickens joined us on the beach

Cows and chickens joined us on the beach

Oh, yes, there were chickens there too…

The beach was pure heaven, with fine white sand, very shallow and gentle slope which allowed us to walk WAY out into the water before it reached even chest deep. The water was clean and felt like a warm bath.

Lisa enjoying the warm water.

Lisa enjoying the warm water.

After lunch was over, most of our group returned to the water to toss around a frisbee. I soon discovered that we all pretty much sucked at it, but we had fun anyway.

Frisbee toss

Frisbee toss

Later in the afternoon we once again climbed aboard our floating bus and headed back toward Sihanoukville. One more snorkeling stop was made where we competed with rowdy party boats for prime location.

Two party boats that were dangerously over loaded

Two party boats that were dangerously over loaded

About half of our group had chosen to remain longer here to further explore some of the most famous beaches so we had a one-day-early farewell dinner as a group.

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for life jackets, funny cows, and warm ocean water.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
This entry was posted in Asia, Cambodia and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Boat trip, Snorkeling, BBQ at the Beach

  1. Callie says:

    That looks and sounds insanely gorgeous!

    Like

  2. I love snorkelling: it’s like being in a different world altogether and nowhere more beautiful than Australia’s Great Barrier Reef!
    Lunch looks good too! 👍

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s