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Scuba diving in Phú Quốc

Only opened for diving in 2002, Phú Quốc’s best diving is still being discovered, but it’s already known to be perfect for beginners and, at the same time, offers challenges for macro-lovers.
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Diving in Phú Quốc

Quick facts

Diving in Nha Trang takes place in two main areas.

To the northwest of Phú Quốc, there are a series of dive sites that offer the ultimate conditions for those just learning the sport. The waters here are clear and calm, sheltered from the strong currents that affect other areas around the island. Marine life in these dive sites includes a variety of hard and soft corals and colorful reef fish.

The 15 islets known as the An Thoi Islands off the southern tip of Phú Quốc provide a more challenging environment for divers. From October to May, the currents and visibility here are highly changeable. While you probably won’t spot any big sharks and mantas, the currents do allow for some larger life such as bamboo sharks or blue spotted rays. The area is better known for its macro life and its reef system which is making a recovery from decades of dynamite fishing.

In Phú Quốc, the excitement of discovery still exists. New sites are found every season. Furthermore, getting your Open Water certificate here just makes sense. It is an affordable option with plenty of easy, shallow dives and beautiful reefs with colorful marine life to keep your eyes interested.

When to go

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What to see

Marine life in Phú Quốc is better than elsewhere in Vietnam. The area is still recovering from the effects of dynamite fishing, however the government is slowly creating a protected marine park around the An Thoi Islands to ensure a healthy reef for future generations.

In addition to a plethora of hard and soft corals, divers can expect to see a variety of reef fish, nudibranch, cuttlefish, octopus, scorpion fish, crustaceans, pufferfish, anemones, damselfish and moray eels.

Pelagic life in Phú Quốc is a bit lacking. However, bamboo sharks, sea snakes and blue-spotted stingrays are occasionally seen.

While the amount of life you see in Phú Quốc may not be much, you always have the chance of seeing something new in the uncharted territory. You will certainly be busy filling in your log with the ID book in hand at the end of the day.


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