Phu Quoc U-Turn is not for those who do not have a good understanding of Phu Quoc water to explore themself. U-Turn is located 16 km in the south of Phu Quoc Island, it’s subject to the current for divers and free-snorkelers to explore here and for novices it’s not recommended to explore here if you don’t have a really good swimming skill on the sea.
Geography – Phu Quoc snorkeling – diving site
The origin of the name derives from the shape of the geographical form of the island, with 3 sides face 3 different directions, but due to the isolated location the most beautiful coral reef of Phu Quoc U-Turn is almost under the influence of the Northeast moon soon in the dry season, often suffer strong win and wave during the dry season. As we found ourselves that, the weather becomes really ideal of super calm, clean with sunny just 1 – 2 week a year in the transition time between the Rainy and Dry season from October to November
Coral species – Phu Quoc snorkeling – diving site
You could find both hard and soft coral here, especially you will find very large golden anemone clumps here. It’s harder to recognize Neptha corals here than at Half-moon reef, as they live on massive coral and look like hard coral from afar. Besides that, you will have the chance to see black sea urchin living on hard corals and big table corals of the diameter of 1-2m
Health status of coral – Phu Quoc Diving – Snorkeling:
The health status of coral is pretty good, but not for table corals as we have done snorkeling at almost every coral reefs of Phu Quoc then except the Kingdom of Table Coral (close to Phu Quoc Turtle Island) where table corals have pretty good health status whereas in the South of Phu Quoc table corals seem to be dying, turning into dark color due to some kinds of chemical that the local fishermen use to kill fish.
The depth – Phu Quoc Diving – Snorkeling:
The depth of Phu Quoc U-Turn ranges from 3m – 12m, on days of favorable weather its very ideal to explore coral here, especially diving into the depth of 3 – 4 m to see big fish schools and soft corals.
Skills you should arm yourself if wanting to explore the whole beauty of Phu Quoc U-Turn in-depth:
Swimming: Very good swimming skill to handle in the water for 1 hour at least and especially you should you fin here as the area is quite large with fluctuated waves and current.
Easy free-dive: Just need to dive 4 – 8m into the water you will be finding a completely distinct beauty from what you just see from the surface