If seeing starfish in their natural habitat is something on your bucket list, then you definitely are in the right place. Phu Quoc Starfish Beach is the perfect place to observe these little creatures and admire their beauty.
The beach has only been recently discovered but it instantly gained popularity among tourists due to the countless red starfish that can be found here. The white sand and the palm trees add to the beauty of this place.
In this guide, I’ll share with you everything you everything you need to know about this unique and fascinating beach. If you’re traveling to Phu Quoc, make sure to add the Starfish Beach to your itinerary!
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1. What you need to know about the Phu Quoc Starfish Beach
This beach is one of those place that makes you forget about all the worries. It’s isolated, pristine, and a well-hidden secret. Few tourists make it here. However, you’ll find a few sunbeds and shops on the seashore.
The Starfish Beach was the highlight of my trip to Phu Quoc and one of the best memories I have from my one and half year trip around Asia. The water here is extremely clear and you can easily see lots of starfish.
It’s important to remember that nature is not ours to play with. The Starfish Beach is an amazing place and it would be a shame if future generation won’t be able to enjoy its beauty. This is why, I recommend keeping in mind a few things before visiting it in order to avoid hurting the marine life.
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Do not step on starfish
You might be temped to take a swim in the clear water and there is nothing wrong with that. Just make sure that you are not stepping on starfish along the way. These creatures are very fragile.
Do not take starfish as souvenirs
You might think that this is stupid but I have actually seen people removing starfish from the water and putting them in plastic bags as souvenirs.
While I believe that some people are ignorant and are not aware that starfish are actually living creatures, it is our duty to stop this from happening. We can do this by informing these people about the effects of their actions.
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Do not remove starfish from the water
There has been much debate whether or not taking the starfish out of the water hurts them or not. The only thing I know for sure is that starfish are marine animals and this means that they are build for living in water.
Taking them out of the water means that you are exposing them to an environment they are not used to. If you want to read more about how removing starfish from the water can damage them click here.
The main reason why people are taking starfish out of the water is to take photos or selfies. I believe that the best photos you can take are with the starfish in their natural habitat. Check out a few of my photos from Phu Quoc Starfish Beach. If you want to take underwater pictures, I recommend the following accessories:
- for Go Pro – I recommend using a Go Pro Dome – click here
- for mobile phone – I recommend using a waterproof case – click here
- for camera – I recommend using a waterproof camera case – click here
2. Things to do at Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc
Apart from admiring the starfish, there are a few activities you can do on the island. Phu Quoc is a big island with a lot to offer in terms of tourist attractions. If you have a few days to spend on the island I recommend the following activities:
- Snorkeling and fishing tour to the South of the island – click here
- Phu Quoc Cruise Adventure – click here
- Phu Quoc Nature Discovery Tour – click here
Now let’s talk a bit more about one of the most beautiful beaches on Phu Quoc – the Starfish Beach. Below are a few things you can do here.
Eat at a floating restaurant
Are you craving some seafood? You are definitely in the right place! Right on the Starfish Beach there is a floating restaurant with tasty food.
Take a walk on the beach at sunset
There is nothing more romantic than taking a walk on this white sand beach at sunset while gazing at the orange sky.
Visit the nearby floating village
On our way to the beach, we got lost and we were lucky to discover this hidden gem. Right near the Phu Quoc Starfish Beach there is this beautiful village built on wooden stilts. It is definitely worth a visit. For the exact location clik here.
3. How to get to Phu Quoc Starfish Beach
If you are wondering where is the Starfish Beach, please check the map above for the exact location. The road is mostly good and easily accessible. There are many options to get to the Starfish Beach. Please find all the details below.
By organized tour
Since the Starfish Beach started becoming more and more popular, there are a few guided tours available. Please keep in mind that these tours are usually more expensive than going there by yourself.
However, if you want a hustle free experience, then an organized tour is definitely the right choice for you.
Renting a car without a Vietnamese driver’s licence is not possible. However, you can hire a private taxi with a driver for one day. The price for this service starts at around $25 per day. Click here for more details.
By motorbike – recommended
Exploring Phu Quoc Island by motorbike is the best option. It is cheap and convenient. You can rent a motorbike directly from your accommodation.
If not, try and ask at a few hotels or hostels and you will definitely find one to rent. The price per day for motorbike rental is about $10, depending on your negotiation skills. Please beware that driving a motorbike without a helmet is illegal.
4. Where to stay on Phu Quoc
I’ve searched for the best accommodation on the island. Below are my recommendations:
- Budget – Cottage Village – beautiful pool, good location, breakfast & dinner included
- Mid-Budget – Lahana Resort – incredible infinity pool, amazing view, spacious rooms, excellent breakfast
- Luxury – JW Marriott – amazing beach pool, beach access, luxurious rooms with modern design, excellent breakfast, friendly staff
I hope that you have found this guide about the Starfish Beach useful. Enjoy this beautiful place and don’t forget to respect the nature around you.
May the travel bug bite you!
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