- 1. Best things to do in Starfish Beach Phu Quoc? Top 5 unmissable experiences
- 2. Essential guides for first-timer visitors to Starfish Beach Phu Quoc Vietnam
Phu Quoc Vietnam has been praised as an attractive beach getaway in South East Asia (CNN) thanks to its alluring coastlines. Located in the southern end of Phu Quoc, Starfish Beach, known as Bai Sao Beach, should be at the top of the sun-soaked beach list for holidaymakers to the pearl island. Why is it worth a visit? What does it offer? Here is all the useful information you need to know for your escape to Starfish Beach Phu Quoc.
1. Best things to do in Starfish Beach Phu Quoc? Top 5 unmissable experiences
1.1. Swimming and sunbathing
Starfish Beach is known as one of the most relaxing swimming places in Phu Quoc. The site is sheltered from the Southwest wind, affording calm waves and shallow water where beachgoers can immerse themselves in the clear turquoise water or lay out their beach blankets and bask in the warm sun. Notably, at Bai Sao Beach, visitors will have a one-of-a-kind experience of getting closer to the wild marine creature – sea stars and swimming with them in their natural habitat.
1.2. Admire the splendid sunrise and sunset on Bai Sao Beach
Starfish Beach affords a great vantage point to watch the sunrise and sunset with a sweeping panoramic view of the ocean and idyllic natural settings. Here you can get away from your busy days to enjoy the fresh smells of swaying palm trees, the pleasing sounds of waves, and the sensations of sand between your toes. It would be such an extraordinary time when you have a picnic or walk along the water’s edge while admiring the magnificent beginning and end of the day on the beach with your loved ones.
1.3. Joyful watersports
Thanks to the calm waves and protected coastlines, Starfish beach has become a sought-after spot to play surface water sports, especially for beginners. The site offers plenty of water activities for sport enthusiasts, of which kayaking, jet-skiing, and parasailing are some popular ones.
Kayaking is an easy, low-impact aquatic sport that is great for everyone at Bai Sao Beach. A kayaking adventure is a fun way to build a strong bond with your friends and family while exploring the ocean. This water-based exercise also benefits your physical health by increasing upper-body strength through paddling movements. The average cost to rent a kayak for an hour at Bai Sao Beach ranges from 130,000 VND / a single kayak.
- Jet Skiing
Jet skiing is an exciting family activity in which kids can ride in tandem with adults. When driving a watercraft, you can feel the wind in your hair and sea spray on your face. Jet ski rentals at Starfish Beach cost approximately 450,000 VND per hour.
A parasailing excursion is a good option for those seeking more adrenaline surging. A parachute towed by a motorboat will keep you flying high above the sparkling waters while you admire the spectacular panoramic views of the sea, surrounding islands, and tropical wildlife. The price for a parasailing experience starts at 650,000 VND per person.
1.4. Fantastic snorkeling at Starfish beach
Starfish Beach is thriving with an abundance of exotic marine life underneath which facilitates scuba diving and snorkeling. There are reefs accessible from the beach where tourists can vividly observe the astonishing ocean world and come face-to-face with friendly creatures in their habitat such as eye-popping coral, needlefish, little squid, shellfish, and sea stars. Snorkeling at Bai Sao Beach is priced at 300,000 VND ~ 1,500,000 VND / person.
1.5. Capture picture-perfect moments with starfish at the Phu Quoc beach
As Bai Sao beach features a high concentration of sea stars, it will be an unforgettable experience for visitors to observe these attractive creatures at such a close distance and capture photogenic moments with them.
- How to find starfish at Bai Sao Beach Phu Quoc? The ideal time to find sea stars is low tide when you can easily see orange starfish resting on the sandy seabed at a shallow water level. You may need to check the local tide timetable for the appropriate time to look for them. Also, starfish are likely to be washed up ashore periodically depending on the sea waves or ocean water temperatures.
- Note: When you approach the starfish, DO NOT grab, move, step on, or lift them out of the water. As starfish have a tiny and fragile body structure, human’s touch will possibly hurt them. Sea star has been listed as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. They are facing extinction. Thus, your consideration will help with the protection of this vulnerable species and the ecosystem of Phu Quoc island.
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2. Essential guides for first-timer visitors to Starfish Beach Phu Quoc Vietnam
2.1. How to get to Starfish Beach?
- Location: Starfish Beach, Bai Sao hamlet, An Thoi town, Phu Quoc city, Kien Giang province.
The most convenient means to get to the beach is by motorbike, either as a moto-taxi (xe om) or rental bike. Motorbikes can be rented from most hotels and bungalows for 120,000 VND ~ 150,000 VND per day.
Sao Beach is located in An Thoi province, approximately 25 kilometers away from the center of Phu Quoc, Duong Dong town. The road is easily accessible but a little bumpy for new drivers.
From the town, head south along Tran Hung Dao street to Highway 46 and continue South for about 25 minutes to Bai Sao village. Then, go ahead through the market until you see a large “7UP Restaurant 150 meters” billboard, and follow the sign. At the end of the road, you will find an intersection of 3 routes: “Long Beach” (the easiest route rated by past tourists), “Lang Toi”, and “My Lan restaurants”, any of which will lead to Sao Beach. The locals around the village are always willing to help if you get lost.
2.2. Best time to visit Starfish Beach
This Phu Quoc beach is a decent destination to travel to all year round. The best time to visit Starfish Beach is the dry season (November to March) with an average temperature ranging between 25 and 28°C. Since millions of visitors flock to Phu Quoc island during this peak season, it is necessary to have your accommodation booked in advance.
Summer (mid-April to June) is also a good time to enjoy Bai Sao beach, despite the weather being a little bit hot and humid. While the rainy season (June to October) is the preferred option for those who want to avoid the crowds. During this time, Bai Sao remains relatively calmer than other beaches in Phu Quoc. Its secluded beauty and tranquil atmosphere will ensure a memorable escape for travelers.
2.3. Best food to try at Starfish Beach
Besides the stunning landscape, Starfish Beach also offers a plethora of scrumptious fresh seafood that comes with Vietnamese distinctive flavors. You can choose to enjoy your meals at outdoor beach restaurants or seafood vendors at reasonable prices. Among dozens of dishes, below are some seafood delicacies at Bai Sao beach that no foodies should miss:
- Herring salad
- Grilled sea urchin
- Grilled saurel
- Noodle soup with fish cake
- Fresh coconut and sugarcane juice
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Starfish Beach is a not-to-be-missed destination in Phu Quoc, boasting primitive charms, a chill vibe, and spectacular natural landscapes. This Phu Quoc beach is totally worth spending a whole weekend to leave all of your stresses behind and enjoy an amazing time in the tropical weather. Don’t forget to book vouchers, combos, tours to Phu Quoc for the best deals!
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