For divers the true treasures around Phu Quoc Island are hidden below the surface where the panorama bursts into a virtual array of colours and corals. The warm, nutrient rich water draws vast schools of tropical fish. The diverse underwater scenery, and abundant marine life combined with good visibility will delight underwater photographers, marine naturalists and holiday makers alike. The calm and warm waters around Phu Quoc also make for a relaxing adventure for the experienced or first time diver and even people wishing to take advantage of the perfect snorkelling conditions. [caption id="attachment_3017" align="alignnone" width="777"] Diving to see corals[/caption] Dive operators The dive shops on the island offer a wide range of professional services including equipment sales, rental, diver training classes and specialty dive courses, one-day dives, multi-day packages, Discover Scuba Diving and Try Dive packages (supervised beginners diving). For those divers travelling with families, or on a tight time schedule, the local dive-shops offer an excellent selection of dive trips. See the section on following dive operators in Phu Quoc, or visit their websites or contact them directly for more information. Courtesy of www.discoverphuquoc.com It is important to make your own enquires with dive shops if you prefer to dive with PADI certified operators, as not all dive shops on the island are actually PADI certified, and some dive operators are more eco friendly when it comes to protecting the marine habit, so choose carefully. 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 Web: www.cocodivecenter.com Email: [email protected]n.vn Notes: set up originally in Nha Trang by an ex French Navy Diver, Coco Dive has only been operating for a couple of years though offer a good range of services. 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 Web: www.divevietnam.com Web: www.prodive-vietnam.com Email: [email protected] Notes: the longest established, most experienced and probably the most professional operator on Phu Quoc, that is PADI compliant, supports Project AWARE and demonstrates an Eco friendly approach to all diving in Vietnam. They only operate in the dry season when diving is at it's best. Searama 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 Web: n/a Email: [email protected] Notes: recently established dive operators that offer many services. Vietnam Explorer Address: 36 Tran Hung Dao Street, Duong Dong, Phu Quoc Tel: 077 846 372 / 0914 095 293 / 0914 116 006 Web: www.dive-phuquoc.com Email: [email protected] Notes: Local operator that tends to venture a little further a field than other operators. They are open all year round. Mai Phuong Resort Address: Vung Bau Beach, 9kms north of Duong Dong Town Tel: 0918 288 647 Notes: Offers diving trips to the northern islands near the resort. Other Options : Many hotels will have information regarding diving on the island if you are interested, otherwise all the above dive operators are located relatively close to each other before Saigon Phu Quoc Resort. Courtesy of www.discoverphuquoc.com. Dive sites - An Thoi Archipelago Located south of Phu Quoc approximately a 45 minute boat ride from Duong Dong. The Archipelago is made up of a collection of some 15 islands/islets including the largest being Hon Thon (Pineapple island), followed by Hon Roi (Lamp Island), Hon Dam (Shadow Island), Hon Dua (Coconut Island), Hon Vang (Echo Island), Hon May Rut (Cold Cloud Island), Hon Dam (Shadow Island), Chan Qui (Yellow Tortoise Island) and Hong Mong Tay (Short Gun Island). Courtesy of www.discoverphuquoc.com The topography in this group of island varies considerably from the 60m deep strait between southern Phu Quoc island and Hon Dua Island and gentle sloping coral gardens off other islands. These islands also support some seagrass gardens which are more common off the eastern side of Phu Quoc, and home to the rarely seen Dugong. The archipelago is home to an abundance of smaller tropical fish, with the occasional grouper, tuna and mackerel also sighted. Dive sites - Turtle Island (Doi Moi) Located in the North West off the southern end of Bao Dai beach, about a 30 minute boat ride from Duong Dong, Turtle island is only 50m in length with a few palm trees and bushes with a sandy beach, and is also ideal for snorkelling. The waters surrounding the island are relatively shallow reaching no more than 10m, with an interesting range of hard corals and elephant ear and barrel sponges covered in sea worms and surrounded by small yellow damselfish, stonefish, some blue ringed angelfish and the occasional coral grouper and parrotfish. Diver training All dive operators in the area are run by professional diving instructors and divemasters with years of experience. In line with the world's premier diving agency, PADI, beginners and experienced divers alike will all benefit from years of diving experience and the build up of operations since 2002. Scuba diving around Phu Quoc is perfect for all types of divers, whether experienced or trying scuba diving for the very first time, the variety of local dives caters to all levels of experience. For the beginner learning to dive, this is an excellent place to start, with warm and calm waters during the dry season making for a relaxing environment in which to experience breathing underwater for the first time. Courtesy of www.discoverphuquoc.com There is little to compare to the sensational thrill of breathing underwater while exploring the last untamed frontier on the planet Earth. You have seen underwater film and photos, but nothing compares to actually drifting along a beautiful coral reef or swimming through a vast school of colourful tropical fish. The marine environment around Phu Quoc makes for a wonderful classroom in which to learn scuba or to upgrade your level of skills.