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Dive Review of Rainbow Divers/Phu Quoc Island off Vietnam in
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January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Jan R Shaw, WA, United States
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 900
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Washington State, British Columbia, Florida,California,Mexico plus Socorros
Islands, Bonaire, Bahamas,Galapagoes Islands, Microneasia, Thailand
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive guide (Instructor) required . 60 minute maximum bottom time. Areas
dove were no deeper than 35 feet. Okay to dive with your own computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Rainbow Divers has been active in Vietnam in the Nha Trang area (a marine
reserve on the East Coast of Vietnam)for over 10 years. Phu Quoc is an
island off Vietnam's Southwestern Coast located in the Gulf of Thailand. 
This branch of the operation has been present for just over a year and runs
out of the Phu Quoc Saigon resort.

The multilingual staff onboard the boat was friendly,knowledeable, and 
very competent.  Although the website  states that
January is the poor seasson for Na Trang (it's often rainy) and the good
season for Phu Quoc(it was hot and sunny), both the limited visibility
(15-30 feet max) and lack of marine life (most fish were about 2 inches
long other than a lone Angel fish seen once a day) were a bit of a suprise.

The reason became apparent after we anchored in an area in between two
fishing boats. I dove for two days in the North of the island for two dives
a day. Saw more fish in fish trap that we opened undereater than anywhere
else. The soft corals were magnificant and there were occasional
nudibranches.  The weather got better and we were able to go the South part
of the island the third day for two more dives. South has much better
visibilty (up to 25-30 feet) and  greater variety of fish. Also a nice 45
minute bus trip to that dock. 

The above water climate was great for January, warm (over 85 F) bright sun,
palm trees, sandy beachs. I stayed at the Tropicanna resort.  You have to
leave your passport with the on shore people to dive.  RAinbow Divers
accepts VISA (with a 3% fee) and give a  10% discount if you dive with them
for three days.  I rented everything  including the 3mm suit except my
mask. It was all new and well maintaned gear.  

If you're in Vietnam and want to get wet by all means go dive.  It's just
not like diving in Thailand.  But then how many people can say that they've
dove in Vietnam?
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