May Rut Trong Island or Hon Vong is about 10 km off the An Thoi harbor by the South, it is quite one of the kingdoms of Acropora Cytherya or it is called Table Coral for short, this is also common coral specie throughout the tropical waters of the Pacific sea in general and Phu Quoc in particular. In the Eastside watery area of May Rut Trong Island, you will be finding thousands of square meters of Table Coral at this fringing reef. Possessing ideal conditions for the development of coral reefs, especially toward Acropora Cytherya or Table coral reef such as low tidewater, clean and warm water… by these reasons we can comprehend partly how Table corals here develop so strong. From above this Table coral reef resembles a large colony of flowers as the photo above thereby we named it Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped coral colony. The coral colony has been growing into flowers in shape from the pristine small Table corals at the seabed. The highest point on the Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped coral colony is about 1.5 m in height. The photo right below is another scene at this fringing reef, as you see Table corals cover most of the seabed here.
Having a glimpse of the area about the Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony you will see the presence of Brain Corals, Massive Corals (Porites Lutea) and Bushy coral (Pocillopora Damicomis). The Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony is located at the depth of over 3 m. The Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony is in luck owning to the depth of the location of the coral colony, it is a trace of difficult for ignorance as well as irresponsible tourists to get close to, therefore the state of health of it or at least it’s integrity in shape is temporarily not imperiled by several threats from human but not falling into the bad situation like many other large Table coral reefs in the South sea of Phu Quoc which are even heavily damaged. Due to the depth of 3 m of the coral colony that makes us confused about the color of the coral colony, our eyes are confused the dark green of coral with dark black, but sincerity I cannot tell you for sure whether the coral colony is still in a good state of health.
At a closer, to the Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony, you will recognize the color of the coral colony easier. The coral colony is not as green as new corals but from my sense, the coral is still alive and you can completely enjoy its beauty.
In the quiet scenery of pristine islands, getting into the water slowly swimming along the large area to obtain the feeling of becoming tiny in the vast ocean that was quite an experience I got through the exploration of the Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony.
With the massive size this is an ideal place for many schools of fish and marine species rely on for shelter as well as for food, swimming over the coral colony at a close distance in order to obtain anther view of the life of marine species would be an amazing experience that you are capable of doing. In exploring the coral colony you will run into scenes which are the very image of ocean scenery on TV marine shows.
The Phu Quoc Great Flower-shaped Coral Colony is about 7 – 8 m in length and 5 m in the widest place, it probably takes almost 1 minute if you would like to observe the coral colony and marine species around it.
Different views from different corners right above the coral colony. In observing the coral colony you will see a lot of Atherinidae which is one of the common types of fish in Phu Quoc Sea. After exploring this coral colony you can go on exploring other large table coral colonies nearby.