Diving for the Environment in Phú Quốc

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

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I recently had the chance to visit Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam. As someone who loves nature, I was naturally interested in diving opportunities around the island. I had heard that Phu Quoc is a good place to learn how to dive, but what I didn’t know is that dive companies, such as Flipper Dive, have developed responsible dive tours. The companies have taken it upon themselves to help keep the waters clean by leading clean up dives with the help of their guests. The dives are popular and many visitors are enthusiastic to help keep the ocean clean as part of their dive itinerary. These responsible dives are offered in addition to visits to the island’s main dive sites, such as Turtle, that are known for their coral biodiversity.

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For the ecotourist, Phú Quốc’s interior landscape is also worth a visit. More than half of the island’s area belongs to Phu Quoc National Park; and the 99 Peaks mountain chain that stretches from the north to the south of the island has pockets of wetlands seen nearby roads of interest to birders. I rented a motorbike for a day and rode around the island, checking out the mountain landscape.

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Of note, the Asian Development Bank is supporting the Vietnam government to improve An Thới Port.

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