Island Activities around Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is so much more than just a beach. We spent years exploring the island and our knowledge of our family retreat is second to none. If you’re interested in exploring, come and see us at the reception. We can organize tailor-made tours for you and your party. If you prefer to make your own way, we can assist in car or motorbike rental and point you in the right direction.

Malabar-(13)-Cassia Cottage - Boutique Beach Resort on Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Nature Excursions

SQUID FISHING is a great and unique experience. Cruise into the sunset for an exciting night. As the night falls, learn how to get your catch, exactly like how the local fishermen do to earn their living. And have your self-caught dinner grilled on the spot!

DIVING/SNORKELLING is generally available from October through to April (though you can dive all year round) and is done at the outlying islands in a protected reserve. The clear emerald waters are home to many varieties of coral, multi-colored fish, anemones and starfish. Your excursion will be under the guidance of a certified dive master or instructor. A variety of training courses are also available.

Phu Quoc is still underdeveloped for the time being and there are still plenty of remote and empty BEACHES – some with villages and some with great seafood. Discover Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Bai Sao and Bai Vong.

The BA DAN WATERFALL (Suoi Da Ban) can be found 10 minutes north of Duong Dong town. This is a good place for a swim when the falls are flowing – stream tends to dry up before the rainy season arrives each year.

The SUOI TRANH WATERFALL is not the most dramatic, but it has its own charm and is quite peaceful. It’s a 4-meter tall waterfall within the Ham Ninh mountains, surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves and rock pools. Find smaller waterfalls and streams with fish and freshwater shrimps. Get off the beaten path and explore the diverse fauna and flora of wild orchids and exotic mushrooms. There is also a bat cave further up from the waterfall site.

Cultural Escapades

FISHING VILLAGES : Experience the daily life of local fishermen at Ham Ninh village or Cua Can village. You might even try their seafood prepared in a typical Phu Quoc style.

COI NGON MUSEUM is just a short walk away from Cassia Cottage and offers a selection of artifacts from 1700 onwards and dedicates areas of the museum based on the artifacts dates and on timeperiods such as wars.

TEMPLES & PAGODAS in Phu Quoc are interesting. A unique one is Dinh Cau Temple that is part shrine and part lighthouse, built in honor of Thien Hau (the Goddess of the sea) who provides protection for the fisherman. Perched on top of rocks at the mouth of the Duong Dong River it has a shrine, the lighthouse, as well as terrace overlooking Duong Dong Town, the port, and the sea.

Built under the architectural style of Holy See Temple Tay Ninh, Cao Dai Temple is an impressive tourist attraction in Phu Quoc. Phu Quoc is the birthplace of Caodaism, a monotheistic religion which combines Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Christianity, and Islam. Its central tenant is that we may follow different religions but we all share one true God.

Su Muong Pagoda was founded in 1932 by Nguyen Kim Muon, a well-respected accountant turned monk. Climb up over 60 stone steps to reach the main hall, built on a 3 meter thick stone. To enjoy spectacular views, go to the back of the property and follow the path up to the old pagoda to the first level.

Situated near Sao Beach, Coconut Prison was built by the French during colonial times. But it is most (un)famous for its role in both the Vietnamese-American war and the war between Vietnam & Cambodia where it was used as a prisoner-of-war camp. The museum is very graphic and may not be suitable for young children.

Commercial Tours

PEPPER FARMS : The Pepper from Phu Quoc is reputedly one of the world’s finest and a visit to any one of the farms on the Island is well worth it. You’ll find pepper plantations mostly around the central and northern parts of the island and most farmers won’t mind you stopping to take photo’s or viewing these amazing storks of pepper trees or the drying pepper. Organised tours also visit the Khu Tuong pepper gardens for a close look at the pepper gardens and cover the overall harvesting and drying process.

PHU QUOC PEARLS : Find out how Phu Quoc offers the ideal breeding ground for oysters, discover the process of harvesting pearls and transforming them into pieces of jewellery. If you want to buy pearls, you will find that the quality varies, and there are also fake pearls. There are numerous pearl shops, most in Duong Dong town. Pick up a wide variety of pearl gifts from bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings at very reasonable prices. Some shops feature high quality South Sea pearls with high price tags to match.

FISH SAUCE DISTILLERY : Fish sauce is an important condiment in Vietnamese cuisine and a significant contributor to Phu Quoc’s economy. Various distilleries are now open to the public. Her you can learn how this vital ingredient is produced. Gift shops sell different grades of fish sauce so you can bring a taste of Vietnam back home.

PHU QUOC BEE FARM: Opened in 2014, this farm offers an ecological experience. Here you will find out all about the honey bee and information about the importance of honey bees. The farm has fruit orchards on site, with rambutan, durian, mango and grapefruit fruit trees. There is also a store and cafe that sells honey related products.

PHU QUOC NIGHT MARKET is famous for fresh seafood, pearl souvenirs and famous local specialties such as fish sauce, pepper and Sim wine. If you’re looking to buy souvenirs there are booths selling T-shirts, slippers, jewellery and handicrafts, as well as prepacked snacks such as Phu Quoc’s fish sauce, dried seaweed, black pepper and cashew nuts.