The best time to snorkel on Phu Quoc island and Why?

The best time to snorkel on Phu Quoc island and Why?

Phu Quoc will have different diving spots in different seasons. This article is a detailed guide on the ideal time to visit Phu Quoc island, and where to see corals in two seasons.

You can schedule your Phu Quoc trip after reading this article. Let's explore with John's Tours!

Gam Ghi Island
Gam Ghi Island, Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is the largest, the first, and the only island city in Vietnam. Being a tropical island located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc has quite different climatic features from other cities and provinces of Vietnam. Phu Quoc island has two seasons: the dry and the rainy season.

Phu Quoc island is under the influence of East - Northeast monsoon during the dry season and West - Southwest during the wet season. The weather impacts entertainment and exploring activities in Phu Quoc significantly. Therefore, in each season, Phu Quoc will have different places for entertainment and relaxation.

Snorkeling in Phu Quoc island
Snorkeling on Phu Quoc island

Thanks to warm waters and a diverse ecosystem, snorkeling in Phu Quoc is a fabulous experience. Let's prepare to immerse yourself in turquoise water and one of the world-class natural coral reefs.

The best time to snorkel on Phu Quoc Island is the dry season 

The dry season runs from late October to mid-May. This time the rains have ceased, and the waves are not intense. Phu Quoc sea is very calm, clear blue, lots of sunny, and the visibility under the water is clear and better. 

The more sunlight penetrates the seawater, the clearer we can see underwater. Fish are significantly more active in the morning. The afternoon winds often make the water clarity less than ideal. Therefore morning and noon are the best times to admire the beauty of colorful corals.

The more sunlight penetrates the seawater, the clearer we can see underwater (Cre: CamperMate)
The more sunlight penetrates the seawater, the clearer we can see underwater (Cre: CamperMate)

With a clear view from the water surface to 4 meters underwater, you can see large schools of fish swimming and different species of soft and hard corals.

It is an ideal time to snorkel and see coral in the islands around Phu Quoc, especially the islands in the An Thoi archipelago. The coral reefs located to the west will not be affected by the northeast monsoon, so snorkeling is convenient and safe during the dry season.

Coral reefs at Gam Ghi Island
Coral reefs at Gam Ghi Island

The north of Phu Quoc island has fewer coral reefs than the south, and it is untouched. Therefore, there are some attractive snorkeling spots: Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Rach Vem, and Doi Moi island.

It is also the peak travel season on Phu Quoc island. Therefore, if you visit Phu Quoc at this time, you should book your flight tickets, hotels, and tours one month in advance.

The above information does not mean that you cannot snorkel in the rainy season. Not every day in the wet season will rain. There are beautiful snorkeling spots that you cannot miss if you have the opportunity to travel to Phu Quoc this season.

The wet season on Phu Quoc island

The wet season runs from mid-May to early October. Phu Quoc island is under the influence of the West - Southwest monsoon. The air humidity is remarkably high. There is somedays constant rain with strong waves hindering traffic from Phu Quoc to the small islands.

Tourists enjoy snorkeling in rainy season
Tourists enjoy snorkeling in the rainy season

On sunny days in this season, you can snorkel and explore the ocean. Moreover, the flight ticket, room rates, food, and entertainment expenses are cheaper than during peak season.

It is a rare time to see Phu Quoc island which is not too noisy and bustling. You will no longer have to swim in a crowded place, rush to buy tickets, or wait in line to take photos.

When diving to see corals this season, you need advice from experienced local tour operators. John's Tours with 15 years of experience in organizing and operating tours with a team of qualified guides who can speak English fluently ​​will bring you a satisfying experience.

The coral reefs located to the east will not be affected by the southwest monsoon. Some snorkeling spots you can explore during the rainy season are Sao Beach, the east side of Dam Trong Island, Dam Ngoai Island, Roi Island, Gam Ghi Island, and Buom Island.

Buom Island
Buom Island, Phu Quoc
Dam Trong Island, Phu Quoc
Dam Trong Island, Phu Quoc

The change of seasons: May, June, July, and late October - the beginning and the end of the rainy season, so the rainfall decreases, and the service is more affordable than during the high season.

The worst time to snorkel on Phu Quoc Island: Typhoon period 

Late August to September is the typhoon season on Phu Quoc island. During this time, the rain is heavy and often unexpected, the wind is intense, and the streets are likely to be flooded. The traffic on the sea is limited.

If you come to Phu Quoc at this time, you can only stay at the hotel. It is tough to move on the road due to heavy rain. This season is suitable for those who only want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and experience the hotel and resort's service.

Top 7 beloved snorkeling and exploring small islands trips on Phu Quoc island:

  • The 2-island trip by boat: May Rut Trong Island and Gam Ghi Island (Or Buom Island) 
  • The 3-island trip by boat
  • The 3-island trip by boat & cable car & Aquatopia water park
  • The 3-island trip by speedboat and a fishing site near Thom Island
  • The 4-island trip by speedboat & cable car & Aquatopia water park
  • Snorkeling and Sunset BBQ dinner on May Rut Trong island
  • Exploring 3-island and overnight camping on May Rut Trong island
John’s Tours guide tourists to use snorkeling equipments
John’s Tours' tour guide shows visitors how to use snorkeling equipment

Do not forget to choose reputable tour operators on Phu Quoc island or famous Online Travel Agents (OTA) such as Klook, Get your guide, and Traveloka. Tour operators also have to equip you with life jackets and snorkeling equipment.

John's Tours hopes that you can have a fantastic snorkeling trip thanks to this article. CONTACT JOHN'S TOURS to get detailed information and advice when traveling to Phu Quoc island. 

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