In 2005, Rory and Melita Hunter stumbled upon Song Saa when they first journeyed to the Koh Rong archipelago. The islands had been in a drastic state, over logged, over fished, and marred with litter washing ashore. The Hunters purchased the island in an effort to rehabilitate it to its natural glory. In 2008, they constructed a private resort and nature reserve on the islands. In 2012, the award-winning Song Saa Private Island opened, pioneering conservation-based luxury tourism, working with surrounding villages, the Cambodian government, financial investors, donor partners and broader stakeholders to improve local livelihoods and preserve the region’s marine life and rainforests.