Phu Quoc 2021 – Updates on Snorkeling & Island Hopping tours
I. PHU QUOC OF FEW YEARS AGO
Totally different from the island few years ago, Phu Quoc Island has been increasingly getting overcrowded with 5 millions of tourists annually right before COVID-19 (early 2020). More and more direct flights to Phu Quoc have been opened, especially there are also many big group tours and charter flights to Phu Quoc than ever, the numerous tourists filled fully hotel and resort rooms as well as destinations, beaches… on the island.
Few years ago, when joining snorkeling & island hopping to the An Thoi archipelago, South Phu Quoc Island, guests could enjoy a completely peaceful atmosphere at secluded islands (Dam Ngang or Gam Ghi Island, May Rut Trong island (Hon Vong), May Rut Ngoai island, Hon Mong Tay – Fringernail Island) without the appearance of big groups of people.
Before 2019, most of islands were unspoiled where you just found empty beach surrounded by jungle, rock without noisy seafood-restaurants, colorful check-in spots, without the appearance of bunch of big-size speedboats, wooden boats. The era of a wild Phu Quoc has been over.
II. PHU QUOC TODAY
It seems to be impossible to seek a sort of quiet atmosphere of the Old Phu Quoc nowadays. When joining in group tours, what you meet during the tour is just crowds, hundreds of people going to the same place at the same time with you. Also on your touring group, there are many people: 15 – 20 people on the speedboat or even up to 30 – 80 – 100 people on wooden boats.
At island you go to on boat tours, they are also overcrowded, such as Fingernail Island which is one of best-well known island among An Thoi islands (An Thoi archipelago) with beautiful small beach, jade water and a dense forest back to the beach, but now come to this island, the beach is occupied by speedboats, big wooden boats, you don’t have a safe space to swim.
On the island green patches are no longer exist as it has been concreted with a big sea-food restaurant which serve guests on speedboat tours. Thousands of people visiting here daily make it super crowded, they come here for food and check-in with the swing but not relaxing. That why we no longer take guests to this island anymore.
The same situation is also happening to other islands namely May Rut Ngoai and May Rut Trong Island.
Go to May Rut Island today, you might be astonished by the groups of tourist who prefer check-in or fly-cam recording rather than enjoying the beach.
Guests on sort of tours line up to wait for their turn for fly-cam photos, videos of strolling along the beach and sexy photos in Bikini with SUP at snorkeling spots, guests do exactly what tour guides and cameramen say for the purpose of getting photos to post facebook and instagram.
We classify those check-in tours, they are labeled as 3-island, 4-island and 5-island tours.
III. HOW TO AVOID THOSE CROWDS AND FINDING THE BEST SPOTS FOR SNORKELING & DIVING IN PHU QUOC?
Avoid the crowds is even more important in this covid-era. For natural-lovers, genuine traveler who seeking the way to explore the authentic beauty of Phu Quoc Island, a tour to avoid the crowds is necessary with a touristy-avoiding itinerary, a tour route that take guests to less-people locales, beaches with shallow and calm water and hidden snorkeling spots with live corals, enjoy snorkeling in a quiet atmosphere without the bother of big group tours.
Would you like to admire the beauty of large Pavona coral colony in Phu Quoc or large grove of anemone, kingdom of Pore corals…even can try easy free-diving to see big helmet-shaped stony coral at the depth of 5 – 6 m or Finger coral-covered cliffs…? Relaxing on the islands after snorkeling, lying on a beach lounger, eating fresh fruits and drinking cocktail, listen to the sound of birds and waves but not from noisy groups of people.
We have spent time on finding hidden snorkeling spots, coral reefs in accordance to the weather in Phu Quoc as well as perfect timing and tour routes to avoid the crowds, we have designed both Private Snorkeling Tour, Tailor-made Snorkeling Tour and Small-group tours with only 8 Pax in maximum or around 4 couples for the purpose of showing the smart travelers the authentic and natural beauty of Phu Quoc Island.
Please dig more in details at our touristy-avoiding snorkeling tours here which includes small-group tours too.
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