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Why Hon Doi Moi is special ?
Hon Doi Moi (Hòn Đồi Mồi), or Turtle Island is probably the best north of Phu Quoc with MAX12 m depth. The water around this island is very shallow and quite murky but it is one of the better discovered snorkeling spots in Phu Quoc. Before mass tourism the reef around Turtle Island was heavily fished using dynamite which not only destroyed a vast majority of the reef but also killed a lot of the larger fish species. Today the reef here is recovering and it's a popular spot for diving and snorkeling. The visibility here is often poor, like at most places in the Gulf of Thailand, and the depth range is between 2, to 10m. The water temperature is at a comfortable 28C year round.
What to explore at Hon Doi Moi?
Turtle Island’s reef runs from just below the surface to 12 m depth which is probably the best site in the north of Phu Quoc. Here we find a big variety of tropical fish and big shoals of fusiliers and damselfish. At a depth of 7 to 10 meters there is a group of big rocks forming some nice « canyons » making the topography of this place very entertaining. At a shallower depth you can see beautiful hard coral formations with a big anemones colony with their respective pink anemone fish. Diving is possible all around the island.
How to get to Hon Doi Moi?
There are two ways to reach Turtle Island: By adjoining a "Snorkeling the north" tour or By going to Dai Beach (40 mins by motorbike from Duong Dong Town) yourself and paying a local to take you out to the island.
hòn Đồi Mồi tp. Phú Quốc Vietnam