Starfish Beach on the island of Phu Quoc has fast become one of those attractions now on many a must-see checklist – and for good reason!
Before I continue, however, I have to point out that the various videos you may have seen online about having Starfish Beach to yourselves are already outdated.
This beach is fast turning into a chill-out location for many other tourists (not just you!), and the sun-beds (expect to pay 100K Dong) and kiosks have arrived (we’re talking March 2019, and hey, there aren’t that many sunbeds!).
There is some building work going on just behind the beach, but nothing major, so I presume no hotels or resorts will be going up just yet at Starfish Beach!
are there really any starfish on Starfish Beach?
Having said all of the above, Starfish Beach on Phu Quoc is still very much worth seeing! This place was apparently only discovered in 2014 but there are literally thousands of starfish in the sea – just don’t be a lazy tourist and Instagram the starfish located near the shore, head out a few meters and you’ll find you have to be careful where you tread!
It really is quite a special place, and also perfect fun for the kids, because, well, who doesn’t like a starfish? You can easily spend a few hours here, hunting for starfish and chilling out on a rather nice, white sandy beach.
And yes, please don’t be the ignorant tourist ass who takes the starfish out, plonks ’em on the beach, and lets them dry up in the mid-day sun. Yep, believe me, there are a few of those tourist asses out there, so please don’t join their ranks…
Is Starfish Beach lost to the masses?
As mentioned above, Starfish Beach is no longer the unknown gem it once was just a year or two ago.
What I found most disconcerting on my route to the beach was the number of tourists heading in the opposite direction. My heart sank just that little bit further with every passing rental…
There appear to be many Russian and Chinese tourists visiting here, but they seem fairly relaxed and in holiday mode. Not sure if I have a famous twin in China but I had TWO groups of Chinese tourists wanting to have their picture taken with me! So, yep, if you fancy being swamped by camera-snappy Chinese, head to Starfish Beach on Phu Quoc pronto!
And with the effort involved to get to Starfish Beach (see below), it’s definitely worth spending some time here!
How to get to Starfish Beach, Phu Quoc?
Getting to Starfish Beach ain’t the easiest, as it’s on the far northern side of the island and very much off-the-beaten-track. It’s certainly doable by motorbike, even by the automatics you’ll rent on the island, and I even saw some shuttle buses and taxis arriving at the mini car-park.
If you’re coming from the southern end of the island (I was staying at the fabulous Wanderlust Bungalows near An Thoi), expect a good 1.5 hours on the ride, which isn’t good on your bum and in the mid-day sun can be cruel. If you’re coming from the Long Beach/Duong Dong area, expect to be on the road for over an hour too.
It might not look far on the map, but the final stretch to the beach is off-road and I would advise to take it easy along there.
To get directions to the beach, use this map.