Phu Quoc snorkeling - Anemone at Shallow Reef

Phu Quoc U-Turn is afar coral reef located 16 km in the south of Phu Quoc Island, this is a large coral reef and suitable and safety coral reef for scuba diving. (Read more about other coral reefs as well as snorkeling & scuba diving spots in Phu Quoc Island).



1. Geography – Phu Quoc snorkeling – diving site
The origin of the name U-Turn derives from the shape of its geographical form. However, due to the isolated location, the depth of U-Turn is 1 – 12m and the deepest spot is around 16m deep. The best time to visit here is in the dry season in Phu Quoc (October to April).


U-Turn - Puffer - Snorkeling in Phu Quoc
U-Turn – Puffer fish – Snorkeling in Phu Quoc, Vietnam



2. Coral species – Phu Quoc snorkeling – diving site

You could find both hard and soft coral, but it is not as much as in Half-moon Reef and North-east Coral Reef. The average depth is around 5 – 6, deeper than other coral reefs in Phu Quoc Island and is known to drop away suddenly just few meters from the shore. 

U Turn
Free-diving at U-Turn & witness a Pufferfish – Phu Quoc diving sites


3. 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.

4. The depth – Phu Quoc Diving – Snorkeling: 

The depth of Phu Quoc U-Turn ranges from 1m – 12m, on days of favorable weather its very ideal to explore coral here, especially diving into the depth of 3 – 4 m to see fish schools and soft corals. The corals are not so diversified but it is especially great to enjoy the dive in a vast seabed.

U-Turn - Phu Quoc top snorkeling & diving sites
U-Turn – Phu Quoc top snorkeling & diving sites


5. Skills you should arm yourself if wanting to explore the whole beauty of Phu Quoc U-Turn in-depth:

  • Swimming – Snorkeling: Very good swimming skill to handle in the water for 1 hour at least and especially you should have a fin with you because the area is quite large with fluctuated waves and currents.
  • 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 water surface.
  • Scuba-diving: Explore depths of U-Turn on a customized scuba-diving trip, please join our scuba diving trip to U-Turn