BEST SNORKELING & DIVING IN PHU QUOC ISLAND, VIETNAM (UPDATE 2021 – 2022)

Snorkeling to see anemone in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island alone and the surrounding 21 small islands and islets form a tropical archipelago, also a beautiful tropical coral reef, even not located within the Coral Triangle, thank to it’s great diversity of coral species among other coral reefs in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is considered as the most beautiful coral reef in Vietnam. Come to Phu Quoc, there are many coral reefs for you to explore thereby the post will bring you more details about coral reefs as well as snorkeling & diving spots in Phu Quoc.

This post about best snorkeling & diving spots in Phu Quoc Island is updated annually 

First Update: 2021

SNORKELING & DIVING SPOTS IN SOUTH PHU QUOC ISLAND

1. Dăm Trong Island – Dam Ngoai Island (Google Map)

Recommend activity: Snorkeling

Rating: 2.5 star

The coral reef closest to the An Thoi port, fringed Dam Trong Island (the location of Hon Dam Island Hideaway – a small private resort). The coral reef is shallow (0.5 – 3m) and large with many bushy and stony corals but not soft corals.

 

2. Roi Island (Hòn Rỏi)

Rating: 2 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling

A small coral reef fringed the Westside of the Island next

to on-sea Ngoc Hien Pearl Farm, there are big Pore corals and small anemone with Pink Skunk clownfish there. The water in the dry season is very clear make good underwater visibility, but with very small area this coral reef is not so impressive.

 

 Hon Roi Roi Island Phu Quoc
Hon Roi Roi Island Phu Quoc

 

 

3. Unicorn Cape (Mũi Kỳ Lân), Pineapple Island (Hòn Thơm)

Rating: 2.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling

The Unicorn Cape or Mui Ky Lan is located in the Northern cape of Hon Thom, the largest island among 21 small islands around Phu Quoc Island, the corals area is small with Pore corals and some Cactus Corals (Pavona corals), due to facing the East, the water is not so clear and wavy in the Dry season for Snorkeling.

Mui Ky Lan - Dragon Cape Hon Thom Phu Quoc island
Mui Ky Lan – Unicorn Cape Hon Thom Phu Quoc island, Vietnam

 

4. Crystal Reef

Rating: 3.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling including kid snorkeling & Try-dive

 

Approximately 80 % of the coral reef fringed the island are in stage of serious damage, this was praised as Coral Kingdom in South Phu Quoc Island, thanks to the shallow water (0.5 m – 3 m) and clarity, the coral reef has growth strongly but due to the impact by big wooden boats of overloaded tourists up to hundreds of peoples daily and the lack of preservation by the local government thereby Bushy corals (Accorpora Corals), Branching and Mushroom Corals are almost dead and damaged. You find here a jungle of Stony Corals or Pore Corals and a lot of small reef fish. Especially, you could explore a large grove of Pavona Corals known as Phu Quoc Coral Mountain which remains in good state of health. Coral Mountain is worth your snorkeling at the Crystal Reef the most.

Snorkeling video at Coral Mountain, Crystal Reef, Phu Quoc Island

 

Check out small-group snorkeling tour by speedboat to Coral Mountain in Phu Quoc Island

5. Shallow Coral Reef

Rating: 3 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling including kid snorkeling & Try-dive

A large area of big Bushy corals, Pore corals, Genus Stichodactyla anemone and Octopus corals have growth along the East side of the Island. Here you will find big groves of Bushy Corals with diameter of 3-4m. There are also few groves of Carpet Corals that you could see in this area. Unfortunately, we witness those corals in the shallow water near to the beach are seriously damaged.

Snorkeling video at Shallow Reef – May Rut Trong (Hon Vong), Phu Quoc

 

6. Coral Steep Reef

Rating: 3.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling including kid snorkeling & Scuba Diving including Try-dive

Four Season Reef is at the North side of the Island. The name Four Season come from the fact that you can visit throughout the year. The coral reef is 1-4 meter deep with large Pore Corals, Bushy Corals, and Porites rus Corals growing along the Island. Fortunately, you do not find too severe damage on coral here.

7. Phu Quoc U-Turn Coral Reef

Rating: 4 – 5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving & Free-diving

With the depth of 1 – 12 m U-Turn is one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Phu Quoc Island, with both soft and hard corals with a medium-size fish schools. You find here Big brain corals, Big bushy coral, Fringer coral-covered rocks, Mushroom corals Large carpet corals, Montipora corals, large anemone capes, Porites rus coral with blu fish, sea-urchin…A world of corals.

You can only visit U-Turn in the Dry-season (Oct – April) and some days of very calm water in the rainy season (May – Oct)

Snorkeling video of a Coral Colony at U-Turn coral reef, Phu Quoc

 

Check out snorkeling tour to U-Turn in Phu Quoc Island

8. North-East Coral Reef (a coral city in South Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam)

Rating: 5+ star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling including kid snorkeling & Scuba Diving including try-dive &  Free-diving

Named the coral city, the North-east Coral Reef is one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Phu Quoc, Vietnam. Located 16 Km from the south of Phu Quoc Island, the Northeastern Reef is one of the most difficult to access coral reefs in Phu Quoc in a year due to its geographical position, which is frequently influenced by currents and winds. You can only visit the North-east coral reef in the Rainy season or the summer time in Phu Quoc Island (May – October). With a depth of range from 1 – 16m with a high species diversity from hard corals and soft corals, from observations by OnBird, there are about 18 different species of coral, creating a diverse coral population that looks like a miniature coral city here.

Video of snorkeling and scuba-diving at Phu Quoc North-east Coral Reef and Coral Mountain

9. Half-moon Reef (one of the Best snorkeling spots in Phu Quoc)

Rating: 5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving & Free-diving

Another beautiful coral reefs with the depth of 1 – 8 m. Possess a great diversity of coral species, protected in a calm water, you find here an amazing underwater terrain to explore: coral-covered cliffs, coral-covered canyon with Anemone ground and super big helmet-shaped stony corals.

On beautiful days in the dry season, underwater visibility is about 6 – 7 m. An ideal place for free-diving.

Snorkeling video of a large Anemone colony at Half-moon Reef, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

 

Check out soft-adventure snorkeling tour by speedboat to Half-moon Reef, Phu Quoc Island

10. Kho Islet or Dry Islet (Hòn Khô)

Rating: 3.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

Very rare time to explore here, the islet is surrounded by hard corals, without any protection from the current, the spot is not recommended for amateur.

 Hon Khô Islet Phu Quoc Island
Hon Khô – Dry Islet Phu Quoc Island

 

SNORKELING & DIVING SPOTS IN NORTH PHU QUOC ISLAND

11. Hon Bang (Hòn Bàng or Hòn Bần) (Google Map)

Rating: 3 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling

Considered the border-island between Vietnam and Cambodia, 4 km away from the old Vietnam island (Phú Dự – according to historic documentary of Phu Quoc Map 1987) which has become Koh Thmei and Koh Seh Island (Cambodia) since 1958. The coral reef is not so large, but corals are very healthy, not many bushy corals here but Pore corals, Cabbage Coral, small grove of Pavona corals, Tube corals, Brain Corals and some anemone colonies…In the dry season the water is too wavy and blur to do snorkeling. The best time to do snorkeling here is in seasonal transition time.

Hon Bang Island, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam - Diving - snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc
Hon Bang Island, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam – Diving – snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc – Photo taken on Spearfishing trip with Savage Dragon and OnBird

12. Fortune Teller Island (Hòn Thầy Bói)

Rating: 2.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving

The water current is strong, and corals are not so diversified; however, you can see many fish schools.

Mouse Island, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam - Diving - snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc
Fortune Teller Island (Hon Thay Boi), Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam – Diving – snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc

Coral at the depth of 5m at Fortune Teller Island

Coral colony at Fortune Teller Island (Hon Thay Boi), Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam - Diving - snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc
Montipora Coral and Gaint barrel sponge at Fortune Teller Island (Hon Thay Boi), Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam – Diving – snorkeling sites in Phu Quoc

 

13. Turtle Island (hòn Đồi Mồi)

Rating: 4.5 star

Recommend activity: Snorkeling & Scuba Diving & Free-diving

The most beautiful coral reef in Northwest Phu Quoc Island, a kingdom of hard corals, large area of Bushy and Table corals. The depth is 0.5 – 12 m, coral reefs are healthy and untouched by massive tourism like in South Phu Quoc.

The density of coral is pretty dense with colorful bushy corals, especially on days of favorable weather with calm water and sunny. The island has a big shoals of fusiliers and dam-selfish.

However, you don’t find soft-corals here but Anemone and Octopus corals.

 

Snorkeling video at the coral reef close to Turtle Island

 

Check out snorkeling & sailing tour to explore Northwest Phu Quoc Island

 

14. Nudibranch Garden (for Marco diving only)

Rating: 3 star

Recommend: Scuba Diving

No coral but just Nudibranch, for one keen on collecting macro photo of nudibranch. This site is populated with a big number of the godiva nudibranch, a beautiful species with bright purple coloration; other species of nudibranchs can be also seen here.

 

To be updated:

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