Join a fishing tour for a relaxed afternoon and a hearty meal.
Pier of Ham Ninh Fishing Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: Frank Fox (cc-by-sa)
Fishing is traditionally the main source of income of the islanders, so supplementing the income by taking tourists out on the sea for a fishing trip is quite common. To join a fishing tour is one of the easiest things to do once you arrive on Phu Quoc. Any tour operator or the tour desk/ receptionist at your hotel can help you finding what you are searching for. I believe if you have a native guide to get you in contact with some real fishermen, it is more adventurous and authentic. However, most of us don't have that luxury, so booking with one of the tour operators of the island is a good idea.
Fishermen at Rach Vem Beach on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Nightly Squid Fishing
While some people prefer to go fishing during the day and catch normal fish, some travellers prefer the adventure of angling for squid at night. Almost every larger settlement offers a nightly squidding tour - however, whether you catch anything or not is questionable.
Like every cultist of Cthulhu, I find squid delicious. Check it out and try to catch some yourself!
Rach Vem Village on Phu Quoc Island | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
Catch it if you can!
If you are more of a self-sufficient adventurer and know what you are doing, just check the local market for fishing line, hooks and bobbers. There are plenty of tiny fish and squid for sale as bait and whether you rent a small boat or just head for a rock near the coast as your vantage point of fishing - it is an option for a lazy day. Don't forget a heat against the sun and a cool box of drinks.
I cannot guarantee a catch and I also can't guarantee that you will not be annoyed by some more or less official dude who thinks he can make an extra buck, but I know people are frequently doing exactly that.
Relax and kick back at the seaside while simultaneously catching their dinner.
If you are unlucky in your attempt to catch some fish (or cephalopods for that matter), you can always visit the local market and get some freshly caught fish and squid. Check out our shopping on Phu Quoc Island section.
Rach Vem beach | photo: (cc-by-sa) Frank Fox
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