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Cambodia Beach Conservation

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Cambodia Beach Conservation

Live on an exotic tropical paradise island, snorkel the pristine coral reefs, swim in the stunning blue waters, and help to protect the island's wildlife from over exploitation.

Prices from US$1,045

Visit the diverse and exotic country of Cambodia while discovering it's unique combination of dramatic landscapes, captivating cultural and historical heritage, and of course, its friendly people. Visitors from the world over have fallen in love with Cambodia, with its enchanting and unique Asian culture, and complex, mystical ambience. You will be staying on the paradise island of Koh Rong Sanloem, fringed with palm trees and white sandy beaches. Let the spirit of Cambodia bewitch you with its vibrant culture, pristine beaches, diverse sea life, and welcoming people.

Despite the Cambodian people's resilience and ingenuity, many still face significant challenges as the population grows and society diversifies. Lack of basic services such as education, infrastructure and healthcare, along with limited job prospects are common difficulties managed by Khmer people.

As you explore the exotic seascape around the island you will be getting involved in a real, ongoing conservation project. You will be helping to discover and chart the health of the coral, record populations of fish, and other marine life such as seahorses, and survey the huge diversity of inter-tidal animals - from tiny hermit crabs to pastel-hued anemones. On shore you'll learn about the activities of the traditional island fishermen, as well as discovering and reporting which marine organisms are being sustainably harvested and which are being dangerously depleted.




  • Contribute to the monitoring & conservation marine wildlife in Asia
  • Coral farm maintenance
  • Beach and reef cleanups


  • Minimum age: 18


Location Koh Rong, Samloem
Activities Snorkel surveys
Carry out vital base line data surveys of marine life
Fish ID Lectures
Environmental awareness raising
Coral farm maintenance
Coral damage mapping
Observe the impact of fishing and other harvesting on the life of the reef
Transport Airport pick-up available for an additional cost
Accommodation Shared volunteer hostel


Before you go Pre-departure support
Kit advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Cambodia Beach Conservation project aims to better understand the conservation status of Koh Rong Samloeng, both marine and terrestrial, and to assist in awareness raising for local communities about environmental conservation issues. This will hopefully enable communities to lead the conservation and management of the ecosystems on which their livelihoods depend.

Activities will vary depending on the time of year and current priorities, but you could be conducting snorkel surveys of reef areas, including mapping the health of the reefs. We also identify patterns of resource use, and work with the local community to support environmentally responsible and sustainable development.

The island itself is little studied, but with recent Government backing to promote conservation and research, the local people are keen to be involved in protecting their biodiversity, making this a perfect location for both research and practical conservation activities. You could have the opportunity to get involved within a wide range of conservation and community development initiatives, contributing towards the future protection of this incredible island and its people. 


The project incorporates a number of different elements, all of which combine to not only give you an insight into the workings of the local community and ecosystems, but also lend a hand in protecting threatened species.

The project’s work aims to provide local stakeholders, research organisations and government bodies with the information they need to design and implement management plans for the future protection of key marine and terrestrial ecosystems.

Throughout your time on the island, between the fish ID lectures and daily island life, you will have the opportunity to get involved within a wide range of activities to support the goals of the project which may include:

  • Beach clean-ups
  • Data collection
  • Snorkel surveys
  • Coral damage mapping
  • Fish variation surveys
  • Teach in the local village
  • Environmental awareness raising

To gather the research data you will be snorkelling the reefs to locate and map them and to study their various wildlife communities. You will also explore and record the organisms that inhabit the inter-tidal zones and the island's inland areas. To do this you will deploy a wide range of newly learned research skills and scientific techniques which may include: underwater census of reef and commercial fish, and assessment of coral cover to determine the extent of coral damage in shallow water areas. You might record observations of the feeding habits and behaviour patterns of a range of marine and terrestrial life. You may even get to study the impact of fishing on the coral reefs or report the effects of global warming on marine communities.

In addition to conservation activities you will be working with the local communities, delivering community awareness of environmental issues, helping local people improve the use and conservation of important natural resources and helping with village teaching and food production projects.


The project start day is a Monday. It is recommended that you arrive in Phnom Penh Sunday morning, before making your way to Sihanoukville for the night. This will mean you'll be able to take the Monday morning ferry to the island. Your Volunteer Coordinator will be able to provide you with advice as to how to make your own way to the Sihanoukville, or alternatively a pickup can be arranged to take you to Sihanoukville for USD$60.


Volunteers stay in the volunteer house on the office site of our local partner organisation. There are usually be shared living spaces, tea and coffee facilities, drinking water and laundry services can be arranged for a small cost.


Food is provided during placements and is a mix of Khmer staples and maybe some western food. Khmer food is a delicious mix of Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese flavours, but is unique in itself and can be both spicy and non-spicy. Many dishes have been adapted for the Western palate! There are also some Western food options on the island. There will be some kitchen facilities available for you to cook simple meals if you'd prefer.

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You may like to take the opportunity to travel in Cambodia before or after your Frontier project. If so you will undoubtedly explore the mystical world of the temples of the Khmer Empire, with its beautiful unspoiled monuments, magical atmosphere, and charming monkeys tumbling amongst the ruins. Or take a road trip through the rice paddy fields, and catch a glimpse of the age old farming techniques that are still in use today. 

In your spare time you'll have opportunities to swim in the sparkling blue waters around the island, or to play football or volleyball on the beach. 

After a long hard day you may prefer to relax with a soda and sway in a hammock, or sit and chat to your new friends beside a roaring beach campfire, under a sky lit up by millions of stars. 

Cambodia's marine life is dazzlingly beautiful and is a snorkeler’s paradise. If you'd like to get closer to the deep reefs during your stay we can arrange scuba diving training or individual dives through a local provider* (prices available on request). As you can see, there is certainly no shortage of fantastic opportunities to join in on!


2 weeks US$1,045

3 weeks US$1,395

4 weeks US$1,745

Extra week US$345


The project start day is a Monday. It is recommended that you arrive in Phnom Penh Sunday morning, before making your way to Sihanoukville for the night. This will mean you'll be able to take the Monday morning ferry to the island.


From 2 weeks to 10 weeks


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support from your volunteer coordinator
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)


  • Airport pick up and transfer from Phnom Penh Airport available for $60
  • All accommodation and food during your placement
  • Local orientation & comprehensive project training
  • 24 hour in-country support
  • International HQ emergency support & back-up


Nearest airport(s): Phnom Penh (PNH)


  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


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