Company Information

Buva Sea Cambodia is one of the leading ferry operators in the country, mainly serving the beautiful islands off the coast of Sihanoukville. The ferries on these routes have a maximum capacity of 50 passengers and the operator is linked to the bus company Virak Buntham.

Routes served by Buva Sea Cambodia

Sihanoukville–Koh Rong

The ferry operator is based in Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s most popular beach destination. There are seven ferries each day from Sihanoukville to the island of Koh Rong, with departures throughout the day from 08.00 until 17.00. There are also seven return ferries each day which depart Koh Rong between 07.00 and 17.00, with the short 30-minute trip costing USD11 in either direction.

Sihanoukvill–Koh Rong Samloem

From Sihanoukville you can also visit Koh Rong Samloem, with four ferries a day heading in both directions. Ferries depart Sihanoukville at 08.00, 11.00, 14.00 and 17.00, with boats heading back to the mainland between 07.00 and 15.30. The trip only takes 30 minutes and is also priced at USD11.

Pros

Buva Sea Cambodia offers visitors a good range of departure times, especially on the route between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, so there is likely to be a ferry service which will suit your itinerary.

From Sihanoukville it is also possible to get to several different beaches across the two islands which can save a lot of time and cost trying to travel across the island.

Services depart Sihanoukville directly to spots including Lazy Beach, Coconut Beach, Sandy Beach and Long Set Beach.

It is also very easy to book transfers by bus as Buva Sea Cambodia is connected to Virak Buntham so you can arrange onward travel from Sihanoukville to destinations all across the country.

Cons

The biggest issue with traveling with Buva Sea Cambodia is that the last departures from Sihanoukville are scheduled for 17.00, which may be too early in the day for some travellers. This may make it too difficult to reach the islands on the same day if you are traveling a long distance, such as from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. The early departure time may mean that you have to stay in Sihanoukville for at least one night before you travel to the islands by ferry the next morning. This may not too much of an inconvenience, unless you are on a fairly tight schedule, in which case this could put you off from visiting the islands.

Although it is useful that Buva Sea Cambodia has links with Virak Buntham, the bus operator is not regarded as one of the most popular providers in the country and there have been complaints and issues around the cleanliness of the buses. Although they are one of the cheapest operators in Cambodia, visitors may want to use another service, depending on their budget and itinerary.

Keep in mind

It is worth noting that the ferries between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong Samloem have a capacity of just 30 passengers, compared to the larger boats, which can hold 50 passengers, between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong.

Travellers reviews

Generally, passengers are pleased with the service they receive when booking a ferry with Buva Sea Cambodia. The ferries are well-maintained and in good condition so passengers can travel safely and in comfort on these routes.

The operator is also praised for the wide choice in departure times that are on offer, particularly between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong, so passengers never have too long to wait at the port before heading across to the islands.

The biggest issue passengers have with Buva Sea Cambodia is the absence of services after 17.00. For some, this final departure time is just too early and can cause inconvenience if you are traveling directly from another city or town in Cambodia, as it can be a stretch to arrive at the port in Sihanoukville for this time.

Some visitors may feel as though the ticket price is a little excessive for such a short journey, especially when compared to the bargains that can be had on long bus trips across the country, but the fares are no higher than the cost of tickets with other operators along this route. The islands are beautiful and isolated so it is well worth the cost of the ferry to discover your own slice of paradise!

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Koh Rong - Sihanoukville
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07:00, 09:00, 09:45, 12:00, 12:45, 15:00, 16:45
Koh Rong Samloem - Sihanoukville
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07:00, 09:00, 09:45, 12:00, 12:45, 15:00, 15:30, 16:45
Sihanoukville - Koh Rong
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08:00, 09:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 17:00
Sihanoukville - Koh Rong Samloem
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Buva Sea Cambodia Company Reviews

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99.2% of 6,909 travelers were presumably happy with Buva Sea Cambodia as they left good or no review
SM
2
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jan 8, 2020
There was no official seats for everyone
EP
5
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Dec 17, 2019
Excellent
AN
3
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 25, 2019
The boat was 30 mins late and we had a bus to catch at the destination port. But they reached in time , we didn't miss our bus though. The speed at which we were travelling was too high and there were no life jackets in the boat.
AN
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 25, 2019
There are no life jackets provided in the boat. Life jackets are must when the we are travelling at that speed.
GI
2
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 20, 2019
Nobody informed us that we had to confirm our tickets with the local agency even thou on the online ticket it said confirmed!
PB
3
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 17, 2019
Staff wasn't really friendly. Boat was in Time.
JJ
4
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Nov 5, 2019
15 mins late but the journey was OK
NS
2
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Sep 16, 2019
Boat was 26 minutes late on schedule at 12:00 - 12:15 expected. I had a minivan bus in Sihanoukville at 14:00 p.m. sharp to Phnom Penh. I was quite angry getting on board, but could do nothing to expedite so besides throwing my backpack from the pier into the boat I just got in and kept my mouth out of respect to the other passengers and as to not "create an unnecessary scene". The boat crew looked puzzled, one of them asking me "What is (the) problem?" but I chose to ignore him because I did not wished to create any further delay. I was counting that the boat would take 45-50 minutes to get to shore but apparently managed this in under 40 minutes to another pier closer to the industrial / commercial port side. I was lucky to get to the bus station (CAT Mekong Express) by tuk-tuk 22 minutes prior to departure. Their company policy for customers is to arrive 30 mins in advance. Too late = ticket is void, so I was in fact rather stressed and uncomfortable due to the lateness of the captain of the boat.
MJ
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Aug 29, 2019
Buva is the only fastboat operator that goes to Coconut Beach and the price is quite expensive so I thought the service would be great but it wasn‘t. The operators at the ticketing office were very loud although there were guests around and one guy particularly was rude to me when he spoke. My trip was at 2pm and they had absolutely no sense of urgency - told me they‘d take us to the other part of Sihanoukville where the pier is at for Coconut Beach at 1pm but we left at 1:15 and I had to remind them about it, they were always talking within themselves. It took us 35 mins to get to the pier and I got there at 1:50. It was an absolute inconvenience if I missed the trip. I would not recommend you to book with them at all. But if you‘re going to Coconut Beach then you have no other choice. Service could very much be improved.
AK
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Aug 14, 2019
It was supposed to he from ochetual port we went to the main port. 45 min delay in the return boat
RS
4
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jul 9, 2019
Nice ferry trip. However, the operators will try to squeeze as many people into one ferry as possible. Also, don't trust timing on website. Remember to buffer as much time as possible before and after the ferry ride. We booked the 3pm ferry and upon reaching, they told us to board the 2pm one as the 3pm ferry is unavailable. Ferry from island back to sihanoukville will have to be confirmed with operator again on the day before departure.
NN
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jun 14, 2019
Bit of confusion on the pier as so many boats going at once but all worked out. Quick and speedy transfer.
LM
3
ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jun 7, 2019
On plus side: we were late from our car from PP so we thought they were waiting 5 minutes for us. However the 14:00 did not leave until 14:30 then made an extra stop so the 45 minute ride turned into a 2 1/2 hr trip. Because of the unreliability of timing combined with question about weather conditions need to catch a ferry that leaves 7 hours before out flight - seems ridiculous to ruin a day on the beach simply because the service is unpredictable ...
RC
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Apr 13, 2019
Overloaded personnel on the boat, pre-booking and seat selection have no meaning. None of organizing people to board the boat. Need a lot of improvement.
TD
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Mar 28, 2019
Today after taking 2 trips on fast boat I simply say that the journey depends the driver. In this case my driver want to gives a little bit of adrenalina ???????????? ???? he drived very fast... Hold yourself because he's crazy... But we got to the land ???? always remember to ask if it is your boat /destination!!!
TD
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Mar 28, 2019
At the beginning is confusing knowing what boat is and where should we be. U have to ask the guys that work in the pier. Once you get the information is good... Every goes nice.
SB
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Feb 22, 2019
Please ASK people where there geusthouse is than you Will bring theme to the right Beach
DC
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Feb 2, 2019
Easy to book. However, very disorganized from the ticket /boarding pass to the actual boats. Even then at the dock not clear as to which boat to which island. Don't leave even close to on time. Boat was good and the trip across was smooth.
DN
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ferry Speedboat, Buva Sea Cambodia, Jan 25, 2019
The only thing this company does is getting you from A to B. Do not buy the ticket online as we got to enter the boat last, meaning sitting in the splash zone or standing the whole way. One of our luggages was quite wet as there was no room in the compartment. When we were going to the island first time we took Buva, there were multiple people completely soaked head to toe as the driver had no mercy or regard to slow down at least a bit from boats top speed. Needless to say bouncing around on the wavy sea was included, luckily no-one puked.

Buva Sea Cambodia Stations

Sihanoukville Port Koh Toch Port Saracen Bay Sandy Beach Mad Monkey Sok San Beach Koh Rong other ports Koh Rong Samloem Coconut Beach Long Set Beach 23 Village Beach Freedom Beach