Scuba Diving is a kind of attractive activity to anyone who is keen on exploring the sea besides Snorkeling. However, it requires some advanced techniques and knowledge to do scuba diving safely because unlike snorkeling, scuba divers will use some dedicated equipment to descend and ascend whereas snorkeling requires advanced personal skills to descend or dive down. Thereby scuba-diving is mostly for licensed divers who passed their training course of 3 days to basically use these dedicated equipment and understand about safety guides while diving.

But many people are still pretty curious about this activity when looking for sea activities. So to make it clearer for you, we do provide helpful understanding about this activity and especially for those who have no license yet and want to try scuba diving experience in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.


1. What is try-dive?

In scuba diving, there is an option called “Try-dive” which is designed for non-licensed or non-certified people only. This is a dedicated diving option for those who haven’t done scuba diving before or done several time but have not been certified by any diving organization yet. It’s for participants to try the feeling of being submersed in the water.


2. The diving sites

Try-divers will normally share a same boat with certified scuba divers to go to the same diving sites. However the depths of each dive will be limited to 6 meter due to the safety, risk-avoidance standards.


3. Diving Time:

The diving time for try-divers won’t last as long as those for licensed ones. In fact, try-divers will be in the water for 20 minutes at maximum; this is the maximum time allowed to ensure diver’s safety.


4. How Many Dives Non-Licensed Guests Can Do?

The standard Try-dive package in Phu Quoc is always inclusive of 2 dives, however, it is subject to the adaptability of participants, some feel uncomfortable in just 10 minutes after descending the water but they can relax and try again otherwise just stop.


5. The Dive Buddy

Unlike licensed scuba divers, try-divers cannot learn everything in just a few hours before the diving so to make it easy a dedicated instructor will accompany and take care of you and control BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) during the diving time.


6. What objects/ species you can see on a try-dive?

For safety reasons, try-divers will be always kept at the same depth during try-dive time. You could see some fish and coral, coral growth strongest in the shallow water of 1 – 6m but try-divers will mostly enjoy your time at the outer area of the reef for the safety where there are many obstacles (corals…, stony terrain) for the purpose of limiting the number of depth changes.

Beside that, many first-time divers can run into fears of water depth, strange shaped corals and underwater objects.

So the priority to choose dive sites for try-divers is spacious watery areas, a little bit far from the coral areas. Thus, please keep in mind that scuba diving for non-certified divers doesn’t really offer you a chance to witness beautiful coral species in Phu Quoc sea.

7. Where You Can Book For Try-dive In Phu Quoc Island?

We have 2 options of try-dive for non-certified divers:

North Phu Quoc (available from October to April) and South Phu Quoc (whole year). Please browse the links below for your reference.





if your main purpose is to see nicest coral species in Phu Quoc, our real snorkeling programs are the best options, don’t hesitate to say hi to our customer support team for further advice on sea conditions, snorkeling experience that suits your party at most.