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Scuba Diving in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Dive Site: Nudibranch Gardens
Location: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Depth: 5 metres (15 feet)
Visibility: 2 - 10 metres (6 - 30 feet)
Located on the east coast of Phu Quoc Island, Nudibranch Gardens is a section of the main coastal reef. As seems to be the norm with diving in this area of Vietnam, viz is usually poor at around 5m and in fact over some of the sandy areas it can be as low as 2m. In the summer viz can get up to 10m. The water tends to be a murky green; however the key is to think small, cover small distances and focus on the small marine life.
There is plenty of hard coral in these waters and Nudibranch Gardens boasts some huge colonies of whip coral and some deep red gorgonian fans. There are some large boulders to explore which create small valleys and rifts between them and house a variety of crustacea and coral. This is also a key site for bamboo sharks. These creatures are usually about half a metre in length and are very easy to miss. They prefer to shelter in small cracks, nooks and crannies under the rock formations which litter the seabed at around 5m depth (the depth is a pretty consistent 5m at this dive site). A grey brownish colour with distinctive white ring spots these bamboo sharks are of the white-spotted variety and although hidden during daylight hours they come out at night to hunt.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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