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Diving, snorkelling and boat trips

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The warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand make Phu Quoc a popular spot to take a peek under the sea and get PADI certified. Diving and snorkelling on the island is best from November or December until March, which is the exact opposite to other Vietnam dive sites of Nha Trang, Whale Island and Hoi An.





Most dives take place in the shallow waters off the northwest coast of Phu Quoc. Tiny Turtle Island (Hon Doi Moi) west of Vinpearl Resort/Bai Dai beach and Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay) close to Bai Vung Bau have a pretty reef of hard and soft coral. Sadly there are no large fish left to be seen in Vietnam, but you’ll find the usual tropical reef suspects including butterfly and angel fish. Clarity depends on the time of year and weather. The absolute maximum you can hope for is 15 metres. But visibility just isn’t what it used to be.

Walking on water classes are available. Photo taken in or around Diving, snorkelling and boat trips, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Walking on water classes are available. Photo: Cindy Fan

A former Phu Quoc instructor told us that clarity has been reduced and pretty poor for the last couple of years now and it’s no surprise, given its proximity to the Mekong Delta and the amount of change the island is undergoing. There is also a believable rumour that Vinpearl has purchased Turtle Island and have plans (groan) to build a connecting bridge.

For snorkellers, the reef is more beautiful in the An Thoi islands, an archipelago off the southern tip. Though commercial boat tours advertise they go there, they never venture further than the very top. Dive centres also don’t go there unless they have to. More petrol = ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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