Scuba Diving in Phu Quoc

Ever since sun tanning became a sport for western society, travelers have been coming to Phu Quoc to visit the beach, go for a swim and savor the classic laid back island ambiance and beach side atmosphere. Nowadays there is also a new type of tourist visiting Phu Quoc’s sandy shores, the scuba diver! Diving in Vietnam has relatively recent beginnings compared to the worldwide stage, however, now more than ever people are deciding to take the plunge in Phu Quoc. The reasons are simple, beautifully clear and warm waters, relatively untouched reefs, comparatively cheap prices, and friendly dive operators.

Phu Quoc Scuba Diving Guide

Phu Quoc’s dive sites cater for a wide range of diving activities and there is something for everyone, from the absolute beginner through to the well traveled and experienced divers.

diving phu quoc

Calm shallow waters surround the southern islets which make up the An Thoi archipelago, the most popular location, make learning to dive in this area a breeze. Novice divers will be in awe of the fantastic coral life and will love swimming with a magnificent assortment of colorful reef fishes.

What to Expect

Experienced divers and underwater photographers will enjoy the smaller, harder to find macro life that abounds the fringing reefs of the local islands. Some of the animals you will find are nudibranch’s, bamboo sharks, seahorse, brittle stars, shrimp, and other harder to find reef life.

sea horse phu quoc

Diving in Phu Quoc offers something for everyone and is an adventure that will make your holiday one that you will never forget. You do not need to be an expert swimmer or even have any previous underwater experience. Take a plunge today, it is something that will stay with you forever.

phu quoc scuba dive map

Phu Quoc Scuba Diving Spots

Diving the north

  • Turtle Island – Best spot in the north for diving and diving is available year round.  Maximum depth is 12m.
  • Fingernail Island – At 10m, it is a great spot for beginners.

Diving the south

  • May Rut West – Max depth 25m.  You may see banded sea snakes and bamboo sharks here.
  • May Rut Trong – A beginner site.  Max depth is 10m.
  • Hon Thom (Pineapple Island North & South) – Great overall site with a maximum depth of 35m.
  • 2 Reef Coconuts – 18m maximum depth.  You may see puffer fish here.
  • The Outside – A lot of rocks and a maximum depth of 12m.
  • Dragon Rock – Angel fish sanctuary.
  • Dam Ngoai South – Maximum depth of 18m.  Lots of macro species here.
  • Dam Ngoai West – Nudibranch’s can be found here.  This is a great muck diving site.
  • Roi South – A place where you can see great white whip corals.
  • Roi East – At only 10m maximum depth you will find mantis shrimp and quid here.

Other Diving Spots Include: Hon Dan Ngang, Hon Doi, Hom Kim Guy, Da Chong , Bai Boi, Ngoc Trai ,Ky Lan

wall diving phu quoc

Dive Operators in Phu Quoc

The number of dive shops in Phu Quoc seem to grow every year. Here’s a list of the islands main dive operators:

Coco Dive Center
Address: 58 Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc
Tel: 077 982 100
24 Hour Hotline: 0913 462 300 / 0914 468 200

Rainbow Divers
Address:  Office is located on Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong or book through your hotel reception or visit the Rainbow Bar on Long beach or the Rainbow Restaurant.
Tel: 0913 400 964

Address: 91 Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong or 14 Tran Hung Dao St, Duong Dong
Tel: 077 399 4577 / 077 329 1679
Fax: 077 399 4578

Vietnam Explorer
Address: 36 Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc
Tel: 077 846 372 / 0914 095 293 / 0914 116 006

Address: 60 Tran Hung Dao
Tel: 0939402872

Choosing A Dive Shop

With so many diving companies to choose from on the Island, it can be difficult to decide on which one to use. Here are some important tips:

  • What certifications does the company have? Check their credentials (PADI/SSI//NDL), If they offer dive courses and instructor course, they are likely to be of better quality.
  • What level of certification do the divers have? Most shops will have this displayed prominently along with the number of dives each staff member has completed.
  • What type of equipment is the dive shop using? If the gear and equipment looks old or of cheap quality, choose another company. Diving is very safe with the right instructors and equipment.
  • How much does it cost? The market is very competitive in Phu Quoc which offers great value for money. However, sometimes it pays to spend a few dollars extra to get the best experience. Do not choose a dive operator based on price alone.
  • What can you find online. The internet offers accurate and up to date information about dive operators on review sites. Find out what previous customers have thought of their experiences diving in Phu Quoc!

Final Thoughts

Beware that diving is addictive! Many people who have booked in for one day of scuba diving in Phu Quoc will change their plans and return to the sea for more underwater adventures. A lot of people also stay on the island to complete either their full SSI or PADI open water courses (2 to 4 days) and one of the main reasons they do so is the price! Diving in Phu Quoc is economical, even for Southeast Asia. Currently there are 4 dive shops in Phu Quoc (see below) and it pays to do a little homework.

Nudibranch Identification Guide

Since there are a lot of sites that have nudibranchs, here is a simple visual guide to identify them:

nudibranch identification guide

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