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.

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Nature Excursions

BEACHES : Phu Quoc is still undeveloped 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, Sao, Cua Can, Bai Dai, Bai Thom, and Bai Vong.

DIVING : This is generally available from October through to April and is done at the outlying islands in a protected preserve. The clear turquoise waters are home to many varieties of coral, multi-colored fish, anemones and starfish. Discover Phu Quoc’s precious dive sites with our partner, Area11DiverPQ – a Diving Center and Southeast Asia’s first and only ESA Diving College. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Area11DiverPQ offers a variety of ESA and PADI courses, as well as specialty dives to make your underwater adventure a memorable one. Just head on down to The Malabar where they conveniently are, and customize your dives with Area11DiverPQ’s experienced Instructors.

WATERFALLS : The Da Ban Waterfall (Suoi Da Ban) is a good place for a swim, especially when the falls are flowing during the rainy season – stream tends to dry up before the rainy season arrives each year. The Suoi Tranh Waterfall is a 4-metre-tall waterfall within the Ham Ninh Mountains. It is surrounded by lush greenery, natural caves, and rock pools. You can explore the diverse fauna and flora (find wild orchids and exotic mushrooms) and there is even a bat cave.

PHU QUOC NATIONAL PARK : This is one of Vietnam’s national treasures and a biologically sensitive area which has been recognized by UNESCO. It is home to a variety of wildlife, plants and ecosystems. A great way to experience the extensive park is with organized hiking and trekking tours.

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.

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.

DINH CAU 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.