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Take a walk into the wonderful underwater world near Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island

Thursday, May 09, 2024, 13:40 GMT+7
Take a walk into the wonderful underwater world near Vietnam’s Phu Quoc Island
A tourist goes sea walking with the assistance of a diver in the waters of May Rut Ngoai Islet in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

South of Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam lie unspoiled and breathtaking islets that boast vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, inviting tourists to partake in mesmerizing sea walks for an unforgettable experience.

The islets of May Rut Trong, May Rut Ngoai, Thom, Xuong, and Gam Ghi shelter a lively coral world of many types including acropora hyacinthus, eunicella verrucosa, dendrogyra cylindricus, porites lobata, mussidae, and fungia, to name a few.

Fish are seen swimming at a coral reef in Phu Quoc waters off the southern province of Kien Giang. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Fish are seen swimming at a coral reef in Phu Quoc waters off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

According to local people, May Rut Ngoai and Gam Ghi Islets are the best spots for admiring the beauty of coral reefs. 

Besides the fascinating world of coral, tourists who go sea walking at the islets may find themselves immersed in the aquatic landscape which is home to 135 species of fish.

"This is the first time I have been able to walk on the seabed and see the coral and marine fish ecosystem down there,” said Nguyen Le Lan, a visitor from Ho Chi Minh City. 

“The scene unfolded before me like a masterpiece lifted from the pages of books, newspapers, or television, each detail as captivating as if it were painted onto a canvas.

“I think this unique ecosystem is a precious natural asset that needs to be preserved and respected.”

A tourist poses for a photo among schools of fish in the waters of Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A tourist poses for a photo among schools of fish in the waters of Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

As per the Kien Giang Department of Science and Technology, the waters surrounding Phu Quoc host approximately 108 coral species, thriving due to the region's favorable marine conditions and the conscientious preservation efforts of local authorities, residents, and visitors alike.

An area of coral cultured under the sea of May Rut Ngoai islet, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

An area of coral cultured under the sea of May Rut Ngoai Islet in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A sea anemone lives on a coral reef in the waters of May Rut Trong islet, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A sea anemone lives on a coral reef in the waters of May Rut Trong Islet in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Fish are seen swimming at a coral reef in Phu Quoc waters off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

 

Fish are seen swimming at a coral reef in Phu Quoc waters off the southern province of Kien Giang. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Fish are seen swimming at a coral reef in Phu Quoc waters off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A tourist goes sea walking with the assistance of a diver  in the waters of Phu Quoc island in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A tourist goes sea walking with the assistance of a diver in the waters of Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists take a boat tour to the islets. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists take a boat tour to the islets. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists snorkel in the waters of Gam Ghi islet, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists snorkel in the waters of Gam Ghi Islet in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists visit an islet south of Phu Quoc island in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Tourists visit an islet south of Phu Quoc Island in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Boats wait for tourists to go swimming and snorkeling in the waters near Gam Ghi islet, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

Boats wait for tourists to go swimming and snorkeling in the waters near Gam Ghi Islet in Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s eye view of islets located south of Phu Quoc island off the southern province of Kien Giang. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

A bird’s-eye view of islets located south of Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Hoang Giam / Tuoi Tre

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