Diving in Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc island, nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, is known for having a beautiful variety of sea life in its tranquil turquoise waters. Let yourself be transported to a serene place known for its scuba diving and snorkelling, far from the constant buzz of modern life, where you will find memorable moments of true peace and quiet below the waves.
When you arrive at La Veranda Boutique Beach Resort Phu Quoc, you will enter a land that is in harmony with the natural world. The lush, tropical gardens and colonial style mansion evoke memories of a time when the pace of life was slower.
As you gaze out upon the azure waters of the Gulf of Thailand, sipping on a signature cocktail from the Le Bar, you may feel that you couldn’t be more relaxed. However, Phu Quoc offers one final opportunity to get away from it all, and that is to take some time away from life on land and head to another world underwater where you can see bright fish darting in and out of the coral reef in the crystal blue sea.
Learning to Scuba Dive in Phu Quoc
If you have never tried scuba diving before, Phu Quoc is a wonderful place to learn. With water temperatures ranging from 28 degrees celsius to 31 degrees celsius all year round, the water is never too cold. Diving is available throughout the year in the northern areas of the island. However, the best time to dive is during the dry season when seas are calm and visibility is at its best. Snorkelling and freediving are also options if you want to test the water before taking the plunge, but if you are keen to try scuba diving, La Veranda Resort’s gracious staff will be happy to organise an excursion.
Scuba Diving Sites in Phu Quoc
There are two main areas to dive in Phu Quoc island. The first, to the northwest, consists of two small islands around 50 minutes drive away from LaVeranda Resort Phu Quoc. The second area, off the southern tip of Phu Quoc, takes a little longer to reach as you will leave the main island to visit smaller islands in the An Thoi archipelago. If you would like to combine your dive with either a trip on the world’s longest cable car, or experience the serenity of the almost uninhabited islands then the extra effort to get to the south is worth the trip.
Northern Options for Scuba Diving and Snorkelling in Phu Quoc
Turtle Island (Hon Doi Moi) - is a very small island a few kilometres off Bai Dai beach. A popular snorkelling site, the water here is quite shallow, and although large marine species are rare, there is plenty of coral to be seen. You can access the island by joining a tour, organising a boat, or by renting a kayak and making your own way.
Fingernail Island North (Hon Mong Tay) - is a popular area for divers who are looking for fun rather than a challenge. Surrounded by a reef starting at one meter deep, this area is home to smaller marine life and coral. Kayaks are a popular choice for getting to this privately owned island but boats and tours are also available.
Options in An Thoi for Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
The An Thoi Archipelago - is surrounded by coral reef, making it a popular choice for divers and snorkelers alike. With sites reaching as deep as 25 metres, this is certainly a more challenging option. However, visibility can also be poor, so visitors may prefer to snorkel rather than dive unless the conditions are particularly good on the day.
Fingernail Island South (Hon Mong Tay) - lies alongside a patch of coral that houses a variety of fish species. The island itself is secluded and almost untouched, meaning you can get a real taste of the castaway experience. Day trips often carry people to this area, but La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc can also help you to find a private boatman in An Thoi harbour if you are feeling adventurous.
Pineapple Island (Hon Thom) - is connected to Phu Quoc Island by the world’s longest cable car and offers a number of picture-perfect locations to explore. The most popular sites are on the northwestern coast of the island. North Pineapple point offers a variety of coral reefs, while South Pineapple point is one of the deepest dive sites on Phu Quoc. More information on taking the cable car and selecting the appropriate dive site on Pineapple Island can be obtained from La Veranda’s well-informed staff.
Roi East Island (Hon Roi) - is a good site for all divers. Located between the shores of the island and an offshore pearl farm the dive sites reach a maximum depth of 10 metres. Larger creatures such as moray eels and sweetlips can be found in the area, alongside hermit crabs, shrimp, and a variety of coral. The only way to get to Roi East is by boat. Tour groups or private commissions are available at the An Thoi port.
If you would like the option of exploring the waters around Phu Quoc, but feel nervous about the prospect of diving or are not comfortable swimming, why not try sea walking? Making use of a weighted diving helmet, sea walking tours allow even the most inexperienced of swimmers to experience the wonder of the underwater world. Tours that incorporate sea walking with other activities are available from a number of operators. Request information from the staff at La Veranda to start planning your journey beneath the waves.
Making Memorable Moments in the Sea and On Land at La Veranda Beach Resort
With options available to suit every taste, there’s no excuse to miss out on this wonderful adventure. With a little help from the staff at La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc, you are sure to have a customisable journey into the sea. For an experience that you’ll never forget, plan a little extra time to take in the serenity of the gentle waves off the coast of Phu Quoc island.
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