Ganh Dau Beach
On the remote northwestern-most tip of the island, Ganh Dau Beach is a gorgeous corner of flour-white sand fringed by palm trees and home to a discreet, elegant resort, called Peppercorn Beach. Reached via a bumpy dirt track from a dusty fishing village, Ganh Dau Beach is sheltered and shaded, the water calm and shallow with a cluster of wooden fishing boats just offshore, and the Cambodian islands lying only a few kilometres in the distance
Ganh Dau Beach (Bai Ganh Dau) is located in Ganh Dau Village up in the northern part of Phu Quoc Island and it is widely considered to be one of the best beaches on the island. The beach is surrounded by pristine forest & mountains and it also famous for its revolutionary past, where a Vietnamese fisherman named Nguyen Trung Truc set up a base near by and fought off the French.
Ganh Dau Beach is a great place to observe the great sea eagle flying high above you. In the water you will find a lot of different fish species such as parrot fish, crabs, clams, etc. Hard coral is abundant here and the coral is healthy.
What To See
From the shore you can see two islands, Ban Island (Hon Ban) and Mouse Island (Hon Thay Boi). You can also see the Cambodian coast and Cambodia’s Mount Ta Lon. Nearby you will find the Nguyen Trung Truc Temple, Ganh Dau Village, and Phu Quoc National Park all of which are worth a visit.
What To Do
Besides enjoying the view and swimming, you can rent a boat and take a tour along the coast and snorkel at two points. The hard coral here is healthy and the water is calm making it very easy to snorkel. Depending on the season and ocean currents, you can also rent a boat to visit the two island seen in the distant as mentioned above.
Where To Eat & Drink
There are two beach front restaurants that serve a good selection of seafood and Vietnamese dishes. Dishes start at around 100,000VND and up.
Name: 725 Restaurant
Location: Right on Ganh Dau Beach
Name: Bien Hai Quan Restaurant
Location: Right on Gan Dah Beach
Near town you can eat Pho, Bun Bo Hue, and other traditional dishes for only 35,000VND.
How To Get Here
Getting to Ganh Dau Beach from Duong Dong is easy. Just take the Cua Can Road from Duong Dong Town all the way up until you reach Vinpearl Phu Quoc. Stay on the paved road and keep heading north and you will eventually reach Ganh Dau Beach. The total journey is approximately 30kms from Duong Dong.
Need To Know
At Ganh Dau you will find 2 pharmacies, a hospital, as well as 2 Petrolimex gas stations. Currently there are not ATM’s at the moment but that is bound to change.