Phu Quoc’s Starfish Beach
On the northern coast of Phu Quoc, we discovered a gorgeous beach, totally devoid of other people. After laying down our towels, we stepped cautiously into the water. It was shallow and perfectly warm, but we had to enter extremely slowly, to avoid stepping on the hundreds of starfish strewn about the floor.
Starfish Beach is definitely not its official name, but I doubt this beach even has one. It feels absolutely forgotten about, and this sense of isolation is perhaps deliberate. If the locals are keeping it secret on purpose, we’d understand. Starfish Beach is not a place you’d want to have hundreds of families splashing about. Just offshore, lives an amazing starfish colony. The water is totally clear, so it’s easy to see and avoid the starfish, but you do have to pay attention to where you walk.
As if the underwater galaxy of starfish wasn’t enough, this beach features a beautiful cluster of palm trees, and a small shack on stilts, which sells food and offers hammocks to the few tourists who make it here. Swinging in this little shop, with the sea breeze on our faces, giant coconuts cradled in our arms, a view of pristine coastline and no sounds other than the waves below us, I don’t know if we could have been happier.
The Starfish Beach is found close to a group of floating seafood restaurants. It’s perhaps easiest to park your bike here, and walk along the coast until reaching the beach. We didn’t try the seafood restaurants, but these looked like fun. Also along the road to the beach, you’ll see a few Pepper Farms. Alongside fish sauce, fresh pepper is one of the products for which Phu Quoc has become known, and the owners of these farms won’t mind if you stop for a picture.