We are glad to introduce to you all another ocean treasure in the fringing coral reef in the An Thoi archipelago, a remote island which is about 16 km away from the An Thoi harbor by South at Phu Quoc Half-moon Reef. This ocean treasure named Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope, it is a range of multi-types of coral, located on a slope belongs to an underwater landmass of a continental shelf. On the Coral Continental Slope, you will find many types of hard corals such as Bushy coral (Pocillopora damicomis), Encrusting coral (Montipora monasteria), Tube coral, Porite Lueta coral…and the presence of anemone reefs, typically Encrusting corals cover most of the surface of the Coral Continental Slope. The inclination of the coral slope is not too high as the depths vary within a range of 2 m to 5 m along the length of about 5 – 6 m from the highest point to the lowest point. Lots of tourists will neglect this spot as they don’t recognize the beauty of it or they don’t know the proper manner to admire the whole beauty of the Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope. Coming along with me and I am going to show you through our experience.
Along the Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope from above you will find out the highest point at easy which is about 2 m deep and this is a complex spot of multi-types of coral and anemone, this spot is also the highlight in admiring the beauty of the coral covered slope. With the natures of hard coral and especially Tube coral and yellow Bushy corals then you will encounter a trace of difficulty in recognizing the hidden beauty of it.
You have 2 ways in order to obtain amazing exploration of the Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope, one is to start from the highest point of the coral covered slope and gradually dive down along the slope. Or the second way is to start right at above of the complex spot of multi-types of corals, you will be able to dive down the depth of 4 or 5 m at first then start to swim up along the coral covered slope across the highlight spot – the complex spot of multi-types of corals.
We suggest the second way for those who want to enjoy the adventurous feeling, the photo above was taken at the position near the lowest point of the Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope.
Taking a closer look at Bushy corals on the highlight spot, we realize here the presence of Yellow Bushy coral, Tube corals, Table corals and Anemones.
From the lowest point, you swim up, as you see clearly Encrusting corals and a handful of Cabbage corals covers whole the Coral Continental Slope, they are not colorful but let rear your head and take a look upward at the surface from the complex spot of multi-types of coral and anemones as the photos below. That is the very image of a vast miraculous ocean.
The light shining through the water surface combined with schools of reef fish swimming at the rear of the Bushy corals, Tube coral and Anemones, the combination of colors, marine creatures, coral’s shape, anemones make up a the stunningly beautiful scenery as if you are contemplating a miniature ocean.
Paying attention to the lives of marine species on the surface of the coral slope that is covered mostly by Encrusting corals, you will certainly detect tiny fishes or marine creatures in swimming beside or sheltering underbelly these corals.
Observing the complex spot of corals, especially anemones moving in the water with the flows, looking at humorous clown fishes as well as colorful anemone under the effect of sunlight. Or you can look at yellow Bushy corals at a close distance to see a lot of tiny schools of fish swimming right above it.
Then you can try getting closer to anemone to observe them in depth, it would be quite an amazing feeling because your appearance seems to be frightening cute clown fishes into hiding deeply inside anemone.
The Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope is truly home to schools of reef fish. Don’t forget to bring about you water-proof camera to record amazing moments like this. You can find out some suitable places to set up your camera and record yourself, lets take a look at photos below.
You are completely able to record yourself then choose out some beautiful scenes, you will play the role of the mermaid, you will be swimming along with schools of fish. They will be probably unforgettable movements that are hard to obtain throughout our life.