Half-moon Beach (Vung Bau) lies in-between Casuarina Beach (Bai Dai Beach) and Cua Can Beach belongs to the Northwest of Phu Quoc Island, located on the upper west coast just past the town of Cua Can commune and approximately 20 km from Duong Dong. A wide crescent bay backed by dense tropical foliage, Half-moon Beach is located on the underbelly of Vung Bau Cape and at the further side of the cape is Casuarina Beach.
Calm blue water, white sand, and thick tall grass growing by the shore make this a peaceful and private as well as untouched beach, so many foreign visitors who make the trip here don’t feel the need to do swimwear. Bring a simple picnic and a good book, and find yourself a hideout to while away the day among the grass. If you get hungry there are a couple of large but makeshift seafood restaurants along the beach, typically Vung Bau Restaurant. Or if a day at Half-moon Beach isn’t enough there are a number of mid-range resorts here: Vung Bau resort, Wild Beach bungalow, Gold Sand bungalow, Bamboo cottage, Mai Phuong, Nam Nghi resort, Fusion resort.
(Check out our trip: Explore Phu Quoc Northern Fingernail Island and Vung Bau Bay in Sunset time by Kayaking)
One of my favorite visits to here was to experience kayaking in Vung Bau bay – a crescent bay. Check out the way leading into Half-moon beach here, we went to Gold Sand Bungalow, actually this is just one of optional places to rent a kayak with unlimited timing, you can find kayak rental at Mai Phuong or Vung Bau restaurant located right at the turning point of dirty lane leading into the Half-moon Beach (Vung Bau).
During Dry season (check out Phu Quoc Weather here), the crescent bay becomes quite calm like a vast reservoir when the afternoon comes, an ideal place to stroll along the coastline but you can do some other extremely amazing experiences instead. And from my opinion is kayaking on the sea. Through the photo below you can find how clean the water is.
Instead of whiling away time on the beach with useless books of sort of those things, we could put Northern Fingernail Island which is away about 1 km off the beach on target, let’s get your girlfriend on kayak and take her to a remote place on the sea.
What do you need to prepare for 1 – 2 hours voyage? Yes, bear in mind the principle: ”safety first” life vests are always on you regardless of how good you are capable of swimming and a couple of bottles of water, you won’t die for lack of food but freshwater at least for few days! Just kidding, all will be fine, you will be there and come back whole at easy.
OK! As everything is OK, put kayak to the beach, arm yourself with patience, self-confidence and of course the paddle is indispensable in this “voyage”.
Before paddling, let’s have a glimpse of the map of course you won’t have aerial map like this, through our experience it takes about 30 minutes to reach Fingernail Island by kayaking under convenient conditions of calm water, light wind.
Now get on your boat, start our voyage, aim the paddle at Northern Fingernail Island. Around Fingernail you even can do snorkeling as you see a fringing reef about Northern Fingernail Island through the photo below.
And reveal another thing you will run into, especially when approach the pier here is a lot of schools of Atherinidae.
Another experience that you will obtain is to reach the sand beach of Fingernail Island, just a small beach on vast ocean, sound amazing.
Another view of Northern Fingernail island and the small beach afar.
Take some photos at the beach.
You could do some things here such as taking photo, swimming, Phu Quoc Northern Fingernail Island is also the location of Phu Quoc Rock Island Club – one of the most ideal place for admiring sunset, but its opening time is in the evening thereby it seems to be not suitable for you to stay here until the opening time. On account of dark then when the sun starts to go down, you should start to paddle back the beach.
Kayaking around Northern Fingernail Island you will have opportunity to admire the beautiful architecture of Nam Nghi resort situated on Vung Bau cape which lies in a vast green forest.
You could make use of backing time to admire the pristine scenery of Vung Bau Bay of the late afternoon, look at dense foliage along the beach and see white smoke flying up from housings of local people behind line of coconut trees, casuarina trees. It is quite a peaceful atmosphere.
Bright sunset beyond the Northern Fingernail Island, on the way back don’t forget to rear your head for sunset and the beautiful coastline of around 3 km long backed by a dense casuarina trees.
For me, we did paddle back to the smooth watery at the front of Fusion resort and enjoying quiet atmosphere with my friend right on the sea, we looked at each other, smiled sweaty together and of course didn’t missed sunset at the behind.
Fuzzy air cover Half-moon beach during sunset time in Vung Bau bay, make everything miraculous.
Sunset view from the beach at Fusion resort, not far from our departure point, kayaking in sunset time in Vung Bau bay, along Half-moon Beach (Vung Bau) is absolutely must try if you visit Phu Quoc.
Come back whole after enjoying sunset on the bay, you could enjoy last moments of sunset time on the beach.
You could have a dinner here, a not bad idea after kayaking, but put case of dark in your account if you will be staying far away from Half-moon Beach – Vung Bau.
In rest interval after kayaking time and before dinner you could tell friend some stories.