Sailing By Catamaran Blog

Sailing in Vietnam by cruise, overnight yacht or day-time catamaran seems to be more popular to date. However, most catamarans you join are gasoline-powered, not friendly with the underwater environment. There comes green ecotourism, sailing by Catamaran mostly powered by the wind and cost-effectiveness in Phu Quoc island.

For you, does sailing rhyme with adventure but by respecting this beautiful world around you? If yes, sailing by Eco dingy or catamaran sailboats in Phu Quoc island is made for you. 



Up to North Vietnam, most of the sails are taken by luxury cruise/ overnight yachts, no adventurous experience you’ll gain from.

In South Vietnam, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, and Vung Tau in particular are renowned for Surfing and Sailing thanks to strong winds there. Phu Quoc Island is bestowed with one of the most beautiful seas in Vietnam. However, before 2019 and even until now, you probably haven’t heard of genuine sailing in Pearl Island. Or else, there are limited sources mentioning about this amazing sport in Phu Quoc. 

Frankly, it’s true as Phu Quoc Island is beneath Ca Mau Cape thereby Phu Quoc is almost hidden from strong winds but only affected by monsoons. Unfortunately, when each seaside of the island is affected by strong & dangerous monsoon, sailing journeys hardly happen on that seaside. 

The average wind speed in Phu Quoc Island on the calm side is 8 – 11 km per hour. In the days of strong wind, it would be around 16 – 18 km per hour or it depends on which side of Phu Quoc that you sail. 

Learn more about Phu Quoc Weather to know: how monsoons take effect on Phu Quoc Island sea.

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Understand the weather is a primary key to sailing in Phu Quoc


We would say that you can sail all year round in Phu Quoc Island. As the monsoons change constantly, thereby the appropriate locations for sailing also can be changeable. 

To be clarified, in the Dry season (from October until April), it’s safer to do Sailing in the West side of Phu Quoc, but due to it becoming calm in the Dry season, you probably only enjoy a wind of 8-11 km per hour there. On the other hand, if you do Sailing on the East side of the island, there’s much stronger wind but also more dangerous for amateurs or first timers. So, usually in the Dry season, we could do Sailing in the Northern side of Phu Quoc Island, where you can start to sail to the West side and enjoy a wind speed of 16 – 18 km per hour but pretty wavy, not for the faint of heart.

In the Rainy season (May – October), we strongly recommend you not to do sailing in the West side due to huge winds and big waves if you are not a senior sailor, of course sometimes in the season the sea might become calm. Meanwhile, on our experience, it’s safer for sailing adventures on the East side in this rainy time. 


To further understand Phu Quoc seaside in particularly, check out the map also.



Here we only mention Sailing options and advice in terms of Eco-friendly Catamaran, not gasoline-powered Catamarans are recommended. 

There are 3 top Operators in Phu Quoc that you could rely on and ask for Sailing by Eco-friendly Catamaran that guests approve of.


1. In North Phu Quoc Island

VietSail Phu Quoc located in Sea Breeze Phu Quoc resort, is a professional French Sailing sailor-run Sailing Instructor in Phu Quoc island, Mr.Pierre from France has brought his love and strong passion on Sailing to Phu Quoc Island. Pierre has brought Phu Quoc his 5 sailing boats, they are all Eco-catamaran:

  • Optimist: to make introduction of Sailing to children from 8 – 15
  • New Cat 16: a 2-hull Catamaran for small group of  2 – 4 people
  • Booxy: For beginners to learn and experience very first sailing experiences in a “high” feeling
  • 5o5: A vintage Catamaran with the hull made of wood for light sailing trips such as Sunset Sailing
  • RS600: for professional sailors and thrill-lovers to show their excellent skills with the sail

VietSail Phu Quoc offers you incorporation of Sailing and Snorkeling, Sailing and Hidden-beach exploring and Sailing and Sunset-catching. They have GoPro to help you to record amazing moments of a sailing trip too. 



2. On the East side of Phu Quoc Island

Sailing Club Phu Quoc (don’t get confused with the Sailing Club which is next to InterContinental Phu Quoc, it’s just a beach bar): a club of professional sailors and Vietnamese Catamaran Markers from Vung Tau and Nha Trang have set their very first footprint on Phu Quoc Island. The Sailing Club is located at Cay Sao Beach (on the East side of Phu Quoc Island) next to Rory Bar Phu Quoc.

Sailing Club - Cay Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Sailing Club – Cay Sao Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam


With their rich experiences in Sailing and Sailboats crafting, professional sailors from Vung Tau and Nha Trang Vietnam have brought their intense love to Phu Quoc and set up a club for sea and sailing-lovers. Sailing Club Phu Quoc is also a small family-run resort, thereby you could stay here and learn sailing, they have many kinds of sailboats with both small and big size.

Make sail along the East side with them to contemplate the wild beauty of the untouched Eastern Phu Quoc Island.


3. On the West side of Phu Quoc Island

OnBird Phu Quoc: Unlike VietSail and Sailing Club who are mainly specialized in Sailing experience, OnBird works in collaboration with both Sailing Instructors in order to craft unique Sailing and Snorkeling Experiences by Catamaran for responsible travelers in Phu Quoc island. Thanks to deep understanding of specific weather conditions, Phu Quoc coral reef map, and underwater locales in Phu Quoc Island, OnBird designs distinct journeys & makes the most of island offerings: Sailing & Snorkeling with Sunset-catching following unique routes on the sea. 

sailing by catamaran in Phu Quoc with OnBird
Sailing by Eco-friendly Catamaran in Phu Quoc with OnBird


Exploring Phu Quoc doesn’t need to cost you much in this smart way. On a single trip to North Phu Quoc with OnBird, not only could you sail by Catamaran, reach a deserted island, you also have a great chance to stop for snorkeling with underwater guide supports to explore healthy coral reefs with respect in the Northwest Phu Quoc.

Phu Quoc Turtle Island – Top snorkeling & diving & sailing site


Touristy-avoiding routes, genuine experiences in a right manner with profound knowledge of the locales are what make OnBird outstanding among other tour operators in Phu Quoc. 

Besides sailing by eco friendly-Catamaran on the West side of Phu Quoc island, you are able to reach OnBird for snorkeling, kayaking and deep-sea fishing experiences as we are currently ranked Number 1 of 136 tours in Phu Quoc, chosen by our previous customers on TripAdvisor.


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