Dai Beach (“Bai Dai” or Long Beach”) is a beach located on the north west coast of Phu Quoc Island. It is situated in between Vung Bau Beach and Ganh Dauh Village and faces the Gulf of Thailand. Dai Beach was once considered one of the most pristine beaches in the world however that has changed now as most of the surrounding area has become a construction camp and a parking lot for heavy machinery. Regardless you can still find beautiful remote sections of the beach and have it all to yourself.
For the most part, the beach is very clean and the sand is yellow and fine here at Dai Beach, however due to the ongoing construction of a few big resorts and the makeshift camps that have been setup, there is a lot more trash on the beach and in the ocean. If you are looking for a tranquil abandoned stretch of beach, like the ones written in the guidebooks, you can still find it here. These idyllic stretches of beach can be found closer to Vung Bau Beach to the south just past Cape Mong Tay. You can also see Turtle Island (Hon Doi Moi Island) from the beach here, which has known to be a good diving and snorkeling destination.
The sea here is warm and the color of the water consists of various shades of blue and green. The slope into the ocean is also low making the sea easy to access for kids and non swimmers a like. There is little to no current in the waters surrounding Dai Beach.
What to do
- Kayak, Snorkel, Dive – You can snorkel, dive, or kayak to Hon Doi Moi Island, also known as Turtle Island, which is teeming with underwater wildlife and a variety of coral species.
- Golf – At the Vinpearl Phu Quoc resort, you can golf at a world class golf course.
Where to eat & drink
There are a lot of small restaurants in Ganh Dau Village and along the beach catering to the construction crew working at VinPearl. Snacks and meals are relatively cheap.
How to get to Dai Beach
From Duong Dong Town there are two ways to get to Dai Beach and it all depends on where you want to go and how adventurous you are. Both of these routes involve crossing the Duong Dong River and reaching Cua Can Road. The Cua Can Road is a well paved road complete with street lights that will take you all the way to Ganh Dau Village in the far north. From Cua Can Road you can access: Cua Can Village, Cua Can Beach, Ong Lang Beach, Vung Bau Beach, and Dai Beach.