Here are some of the recommended adventurous activities in Phu Quoc if you are an adventurer soul to the core. Beware that some of these is moderately dangerous and should not be exercised alone and without caution. Some of these require a set of safety rules so be sure to follow them if you do not want to end up with a few broken bones or worse.
Motor bike riding
This may not sound like the most adventurous activity on the planet, though once you get out on those Phu Quoc red dirt roads and find those out of the way places on the island, you’ll understand why hiring a motorbike is an adventurous activity. We’re not trying to turn the island into a motor cross rally, of course, it’s just probably the best and most interesting way of exploring Phu Quoc.
Of course, you need to find the right places for adventure, so in the spirit of adventure, it’s best to find your own. However to give you a start, some of the best off the beaten track places will be found on the up north, including:
- Riding around Bai Dai Beach and Ganh Dau headlands in the top northwest and riding back through the national park area.
- The even more remote Bai Thom Beach Area at the top of the island, with lots of sandy tracks leading to the beaches through cashew nut plantations.
- Riding around the old bridges of Cua Can Village is an interesting experience, just watch out for on coming traffic.
Hiring your own boat
This is an island, and where there’s an island there’s fishing, and where’s there’s fishing there are boats. So find yourself a keen fisherman and hire him and his boat for the day or a couple of hours wherever you are. Half the adventure is bargaining a price, the other half is exploring what’s out there, though no doubt the fisherman know some interesting places, otherwise, just go fishing! Here are a few places that might do the trick;
- An Thoi Town: you can’t really go wrong here, boats leave all the time to the islands down south, however, why not hire your own, they come in all sizes so find one that suits you. Plenty of fisherman here that would be keen to take you for a spin.
- Duong Dong: Another good place to try just because of a large number of fishing boats, it’s not as close to some of the small islands around Phu Quoc, so you might end up fishing, though viewing the Duong Dong river is another interesting alternative.
- Cua Can: Plenty of fishing boats, however, it might be possible to find someone to take you around the scenic river around town, and there are a couple of small islands a little further north.
- Vung Bau Beach is close to Turtle Island (Doi Moi) and you might be able to get across for a snorkel or a swim. The guy running the dive shop might be able to take you for a spin for a fee as well.
National Park walks
There are a couple of basic walking tracks in the national park, however, if you’re thinking of attempting any walk on your own through the thick jungle, please make sure you’re very prepared (tell someone where you’re going, take water, food etc). There are plans in the future for a walk to the highest point on the island at Mount Chua 603m with a viewpoint, though this is still some way off.
Of the National park walking tracks, one with the best access is found on the road to Ganh Dau Village (forest walk).
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