Red starfish, which is why this beach takes its name and fame

Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc Island

This peculiar and amazing Starfish beach was discovered in 2004 and quickly became popular thanks to the number of red starfish that float under its shallow and crystalline waters.  Originally a fishing village, it know has quite a few floating restaurants reached by wooden pontoons, good places to gulp down seafood with the coasts of Cambodia in the background.

A quick word to photographers: starfishes die quick when not in the water. Real quick. Don’t take them off the water. Many cameras or even smartphones are waterproof until 3 m/10 ft. Underwater selfies are a great way to show off your skills.

Phu quoc beach, Vietnam.
Phu Quoc Beach, Vietnam.
Starfish BEACH, pHU qUOC
Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.

Where is the Starfish Beach located?

The peculiar Starfish Beach is located in the picturesque floating fishing village Rach Vem, in the province of the same name, 20 km from Duong Dong city, on north side of  Phu Quoc island, Vietnam.

How to get to Starfish Beach?

From the city of Duong Dong, take the main road to the north and turn left at Xom Moi onto the cement road direction northwest. After 2 km/1 mi you’ll be on a red dirt road  and around 5 km/3 mi from Rach Vem fishing village. Pass it and you’ll  arrive to the beach in 5mn. The whole trip should take about 1h.

a beach vendor in Starfish beach, Vietnam
Saleswoman on the Starfish Beach, Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island.

Things to do in Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc?

Ganh Dau Fishing Village

from Rach Vem, take the Suoi Cai dirt road towards the northwest for about 12 km/7 mi. About half-way you’ll see a big Phu Quoc National Park sign that mark the start of the Ganh Dau Trail, going south. Ganh Dau is quiet and gives yet another taste of local life; don’t expect a postcard beach there, the point is to enjoy the road through the forest and getting away from the tourist areas of the south.

Discover Hon Mot Island

Hon Mot is tiny islet connected by a wooden bridge (often referred to as ‘monkey bridge’ by the locals) to Phu Quoc’s northeastern coast. It is around 15 km/9 mi from the Starfish Beach. Bring your snorkeling gear, water, and some shoes to explore the trail that goes around the island. You can easily park your motorbike in Bai Thom village. Some wade their way to the island at low tide instead of using the 200 m/700 ft long bridge.

Rach Vem, Floating Fishing Village, Phu Quoc Island.

The best time to visit Starfish beach, Phu Quoc island.

The Best Time to See the Red Starfish in the beach is from November to May, because it is the Dry Season and in addition to not raining, the waves are soft, there are you can find infinity of these beautiful animals. Between June and September it is not advisable to visit Starfish beach because it is the Rainy and Typhoon Season, and in these months both the rains with the waves are very strong and there will not be a single starfish.

Fishermen in their traditional boats, Rach Vem, Phu Quoc, Vietnam.

Where to stay on Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc Island?

At the starfish beach itself, at the moment, there is no place to stay, in the surroundings there are some offers and especially in the city of Duong Dong, which is 20 km from the beach, there are many offers on Airbnb Vietnam.

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