Snorkels and scenery at An Thoi Archipelago

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Snorkels and scenery at An Thoi Archipelago

Beautiful islets and fishing, breathing the fresh sea air, eating seafood and snorkeling under the warm shallow water to see colorful fish and coral is what awaits you on a boat trip to An Thoi Archipelago located south of Phu Quoc Island.

Snorkels and scenery at An Thoi Archipelago

By Kieu Giang in Phu Quoc

Anissa Ledure, a tourist from Belgium laps up some rays at the boat’s stern
Beautiful islets and fishing, breathing the fresh sea air, eating seafood and snorkeling under the warm shallow water to see colorful fish and coral is what awaits you on a boat trip to An Thoi Archipelago located south of Phu Quoc Island.

Tour companies based on Phu Quoc Island offer everything from tours to the north, scuba diving, catching squid at night, stream and waterfall tours - but a snorkeling trip from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to the south of the island is a must for your first trip.

A tourist uses only a plastic coil of fi shing line attached with fresh squid to lure fish
The price is normally US$17 but some agents knock off two dollars for a group of four people or more. The fee includes transportation from your hotel and lunch on board, a Sao Beach visit, an English-speaking tour guide, snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel and flipper), a bottle of mineral water and fishing tackle.

The boat will leave from An Thoi Port and it has a seating area on the roof if you fancy catching some rays, while the cabin space is equipped with long benches and tables for those who love to read, listen to music or enjoy some snacks.

Tourists enjoy lunch on board
After an hour, the boat will stop for the first time to allow travelers to experience a unique way of fishing. Tourists will receive some colorful plastic coils of fishing line attached with fresh squid to lure fish. Then you throw the fishing line as far as you can and wait for some hungry fish.

The next destination is Dam Trong Islet where tourists can snorkel at a shallow sea depth from four to five meters to see colorful fish and coral reefs located near the islet. If you don’t have sea legs it is recommended you take anti-motion sickness medication as the boat rocks a lot during the trip.

Cau gai nuong mo hanh or grilled sea urchin with onion priced at just VND20,000 will be served to tourists during the boat trip - Photos: Kieu Giang
At the third and final snorkel stop before the boat heads back to the port tourists will enjoy a tasty lunch of seafood sauté noodles, sour fish soup, fried fish, fried egg and sauté water morning glory prepared by the crew.

Tourists can also try cau gai
nuong mo hanh or grilled sea urchin with onion for a dollar. Soft drinks and beers are also available from VND20,000.

Nearby the anchor point is a beautiful coconut islet that tourists can visit for just VND10,000 each on a junk boat.

The last stop is the seven-kilometer Sao Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the south of Phu Quoc Island. The sickle-shaped beach has such soft sand and pure green water that tourists might think that God poured tons of white powder instead of sand on the beach. Water sports activities like jet-ski are priced at VND450,000, VND850,000 and VND1.3 million for 10 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes respectively and a jetboat (canoe).

The perfect time to visit Phu Quoc in general and have a scenic and snorkeling trip at An Thoi Archipelago in particular is between October and March to enjoy the pure green and sparkling water and sunlight and avoid rain, strong winds and high waves.

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