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ALL ABOUT PHU QUOC ISLAND

Phu Quoc, or Phú Quốc as it’s written in Vietnamese, refers to the island’s diverse natural environment. ‘Phú’ meaning ‘fertile land’ and ‘Quốc’ meaning nation. Its diversity is one of the reasons the island has three distinct nicknames:
  • Pearl Island (Đảo Ngọc), due to the abundance of pearls hidden in oysters off its coastline, which have historically been a source of prized treasure for able-bodied freedivers.
  • The Island of 99 Mountains, because of the multitude of mountainous terrain to be explored, from the north of the island right the way down to the south.
  • Emerald Island, due to the island’s lush tropical jungle that’s teeming with spectacular wildlife and adventure.

Phu Quoc is located on the southwest sea territory of Vietnam, bordering Cambodia and Thailand. The island has a long coastline with many famous and pristine beaches, as well as deep sea waters suitable for the development of fishery and seaport systems. The island city is surrounded by 150 kilometers of coastline and has 22 large and small islands, dotted with famed beaches like Bai Truong, Bai Khem, Ganh Dau, Bai Sao and Cua Can, earning it the “pearl island” moniker.

Phu Quoc district gained worldwide popularity after opening an international airport in 2012 and has been implementing a 30-day visa-free policy for foreigners since 2014.

In December 2020, the National Assembly Standing Committee passed a resolution establishing Phu Quoc city from March 1, becoming the first island city in Vietnam. It will be developed in two phases. Phase 1 focuses on building a city to quickly meet the basic criteria of a Grade 1 urban area. In the second phase, Phu Quoc city will be developed into a regional integrated centre.

By 2025, it strives to achieve total fishery output of 201,000 tons per year, with State budget revenue increasing 11.7% each year on average. It also aims to welcome 10 million tourists, up 15% per year, 4 million of which will be foreigners. The rate of poor households is to be under 1%.

Phu Quoc city now have a population of over 179,000 people, with nine commune-level administrative units. It will include two wards, namely Duong Dong and An Thoi, and seven communes including Ham Ninh, Duong To, Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Cua Duong, Can Can, and Tho Chau.

Duong Dong Town with a population of 60,415 will become the city’s Duong Dong Ward. An Thoi Ward will be established by merging Hon Thom Commune with An Thoi Town. Duong Dong is the island’s economic, political, cultural, and social center while An Thoi serves as its marine transport hub.

A huge amount of capital has been injected into Phu Quoc city for years, most of which comes from strategic investors like Vingroup, Sun Group, BIM Group, and CEO Group.

All nationalities traveling directly to Phu Quoc Island can visit the island for 30 days visa-free. To do this you will need to show an outbound ticket on arrival in Vietnam.

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Accessing the island is relatively easy.

Visitors can choose high-speed boats travel between the island and the Mekong Delta towns of Rạch Giá and Hà Tiên. It’s around 45 kilometer express boat ride from Ha Tien City or a 120 kilometer sea journey from Rach Gia, Kien Giang’s capital city.

Those who don’t have their sea legs can opt from one of the ten international routes currently connecting Phu Quoc with Russia, China, Singapore, South Korea, and several European countries or Vietnam domestic flights to Phu Quoc, click to see more details.

As it’s located in the South of Vietnam in the range of tropical climate, Phu Quoc has 2 main seasons: Rainy and Dry season.

As usual, Dry season lasts from October to the end of April, and the rest of the year is the rainy time. But, recently under the influence of climate change, it is supposed that the effect of the Dry season is getting longer as the number of sunny weather increased.

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Phu Quoc island is best visited between November and April when rainy season is not yet in effect.

Peak season for foreign travelers typically occurs in December and January. From our experience, from April to July you can still find sunny days in the South of Phu Quoc. Especially, Rainy season or summer time is also when the sea gets sandy beaches of islands in the An Thoi archipelago accreted, which makes the island more beautiful on sunny days.

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Being a beach break destination, there are not so many attractions to visit in Phu Quoc Island. In fact, you can easily tick off all tourist destinations in a day or two.

However, when it comes to less adventure and more relaxation, it’s tricky to tell exactly how long you should stay here! If you’re short on time and budget, you should still spend at least 2-3 days in Phu Quoc if you truly want to enjoy everything on the island. A one-day trip to the Southern part and another short trip to the North is enough to get the whole island covered.

But first, get the island further explored from here.

Being a popular beach vacation destination, it is not difficult to find accommodation in Phu Quoc. From affordable hostels to luxurious beach resorts, Phu Quoc has a variety of accommodations suitable for your taste and budget plan.

Read our comprehensive guides about where to stay in Phu Quoc.

Else, just pick up some of the most distinguished ones from our recent reviews about hotels, resorts in the area.

Phu Quoc has a handful of beautiful beaches where you can enjoy a variety of fun activities!

Here are some of the most popular ones:

IN THE NORTH:

IN THE CENTRAL WEST

 

IN THE SOUTH

There are much more to discover here!

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Phu Quoc Island offers some of the best snorkeling and diving in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. The island is home to more than 22 small islands which create a vibrant ecosystem that makes diving and snorkeling here one of the most exciting activities on the island.

Let check out top snorkeling & free-diving spots! South Phu Quoc Snorkeling and Free-diving

1. Phu Quoc Undersea Coral Mountain – Phu Quoc Best Snorkeling spots 2. Phu Quoc Half-moon Reef 3. Phu Quoc U-Turn 4. Phu Quoc Crystal Reef – boat wreck 5. Phu Quoc Coral Covered Cliff 6. Phu Quoc Golden Leather Coral covered Canyon 7. Phu Quoc Coral Continental Slope 8. Phu Quoc Shallow Reef North Phu Quoc Snorkeling and Free-diving 9. Turtle Island – Doi Moi Island 10. Fingernail Island

TRAVEL WITH ONBIRD

Whether you’re 6 or 75, our tours are great for all ages!

Our tailor-made tours are for all those who are keen on “Genuine sea exploration” – “Privacy-centric experiences” – “In-depth Snorkeling” – “Peaceful atmosphere”. However, please be advised that:

* Due to the nature of this activity, it is not recommended for persons with impaired physical mobility or those in wheelchairs

* It’s not recommended for those with medical conditions (high blood pressure, epilepsy, etc.), pregnant women, or seniors,…

Please contact us to discuss more about your conditions, we’re sure to help you out.

With a defining criterion of: “Accountability – Privacy-centric experience- Genuine sea exploration– Distinct & Touristy-avoiding Route”, our dedicated team has kept investing time and effort into discovering untouched spots to offer you an expansive portfolio of expenditures which carefully crafted to showcase the very best of Phu Quoc Island and offer unique experiences:

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Our most favorable experience aka best-selling tour is Private snorkeling trip in An Thoi Archipelago, Phu Quoc by speedboat.

Read more guests’ reviews of this authentic private snorkeling tour with Distinct & Touristy-avoiding route on Tripadvisor and you’ll get to know WHY.

Ýes, it’s definitely better to reserve in advance. Our reservation process is quick and easy. You only need to follow these simple steps to make the reservation:

  • Select the departure date you want to take the tour and the number of guests.
  • Fill in personal information of you team, hotel/ pick-up address, email, and phone number.
  • You’ll then receive our response via email/ Whatsapp, Facebook page, Zalo,… ASAP.

As we offer “Reserve now, pay after the tour” policy, you don’t need to pay in advance, we accept cash after you finish the trip with us. However, in some peak periods when seats are limited, you might be required make a deposit before the departure date.

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made at least 24 hour(s) before the selected departure date. We may cancel the tour in case of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances (e.g. extreme weather conditions).

In this case, you will be given the option to reschedule or request a full refund. Refunds and changes in date or time may be accommodated in cases of cancellation due to force majeure or unforeseen circumstances (e.g. flight cancellation).

Absolutely YES! We price all of our tours according to the value we provide. Most tour companies have hidden fees and don’t provide high quality services. As we do privacy-centric experiences following distinct & touristy-avoiding routes, and especially underwater guide, you’ll gain best trips you desire for.

When traveling with OnBird, you won’t be reaching for your wallet as everything will be covered in the tour price. We also help out to promote the sustanabilities in Phu Quoc while doing the business practices.

The maximum capacity of our speedboat is 25 people per boat. However, as we want to ensure you will have the most comfortable and safe experience, we only transport maximum 8 people per boat for small-group joining trip. Also, as we mainly do private tours, the number of people on the speedboat will definitely depend on your group size, even 2 or 10 people.

Please visit Tripadvisor to read our guests’ reviews about their experience with us. Thanks to their nice feedbacks, we’ve been ranking #2 of 135 tours in Phu Quoc Island on TripAdvisor.

To reach our team in most convenient ways, please give us a call or drop us a message:

  • Hotline 1: (+84) 39 652 6078 (Call, WhatsApp, Zalo)
  • Hotline 2: (+84) 98 288 1194 (iMessage, WhatsApp, Zalo)
  • Reservation or more inquiries via mail: [email protected]

Our aim is to respond to all inquiries within 12 hours. Please note that our response times may vary during peak periods such as after product launches or promotions. Thank you!

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