Phu Quoc Island, an island that was practically unknown except to locals a few years ago, is fast becoming a destination hot spot if you are looking for island tours in Vietnam. The island feels totally different compared to the rest of the Mekong Delta. An isolated tropical island of sunshine, white, sandy beaches, palm trees swaying and crystal clear waters make it a tropical paradise. Phu Quoc Island is Vietnam’s largest offshore island and is 45km from Ha Tien in the Mekong Delta. Today the tear shaped island of Phu Quoc is home to over 80,000 people and is famous for its exported black pepper and fish sauce.
November through May is prime time on the island so it is best to make reservations for lodgings and flights ahead of time. One of the reasons that make it prime time is the sun is shining, and the water is perfect for diving and snorkeling. Phu Quoc Island is known for having Vietnam’s best sites for diving. You can enjoy seeing parrot fish, butterfly fish and bamboo sharks as well as many others. The temperature is 77-82 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity is low and makes for perfect diving and snorkeling weather. From July to September it is monsoon season and unless you like the mud and slippery roads with almost constant rainfall it wouldn’t be a good time to travel there.
Although Phu Quoc Island’s tourism is expanding and has shops, bars, numerous dining options, five star resorts and bungalows, it is still isolated. There are a number of traveling possibilities available for you to travel on the island and some places are accessible only by dirt roads. There are boat services, car rentals, cycling, motorbike rentals and taxis as well as hiking and a basic bus service. There are many places that you can visit such as the temples and the national park.
Most of the hotels and resorts are along the west side of the island and are able to accommodate every budget. There are various places to eat across the island where the menu offers fresh and simple seafood and vegetables. Also it’s important to know if you decide to purchase some of that famous fish sauce it is not allowed on some airlines because of the overpowering odor. You can find more information about Vietnam tours and beautiful Phu Quoc Island by looking in travel guides or by calling a travel agent.
Janet Mcferron travels, blogs, surfs, and works for pet transport company Airpaws