Vung Bau Beach (Bai Vung Bau), also known as “Circling Beach”, is beautiful crescent shaped semi-wild beach located in the north western part of the island. This beach between Ganh Dau Beach and Cua Can Beach and just south of Dai Beach. The beach is remote enough to feel like you have the area all to yourself yet it is close enough to a few resorts in case you feel like staying overnight or grabbing a bite to eat. From the beach you can see Nail Island (Hon Mong Tay), also known as Fingernail Island.
The sand is powdery and dark yellow in color and the beach is relatively clean without too much ocean or human debris scattered about. The foliage around the beach is also interesting, with a mix of tall grass, various coastal flowers, and a combination of poplar and coconut palm trees. The shoreline is approximately 4.5kms in length.
The sea here is calm during the dry season and quite rough during the wet season and the color of the water is a combination of various shades of blue. The slope into the sea is quite low making it safe for kids and non-swimmers alike to enter and exit the ocean without fear. On the ocean floor you may encounter starfish, conch, and maybe a few sea urchins so please be careful where you place your feet.
What To Do
Snorkeling: If you are looking for adventure then you can rent or borrow a kayak from Vung Bau Resort and paddle to nearby Nail Island. If you have your snorkeling gear with you then you can also snorkel this island. The currents are strong so please be careful. If you want to dive Nail Island then there is a dive shop, which is open during the peak season, located on the main road and will take you there and as well as Turtle Island for a small fee.
Where To Eat & Drink
Due to Vung Bau’s remoteness and lack of infrastructure and development, there are not a lot of places to eat apart from the restaurants found at the nearby resorts (see below).
How To Get To Vung Bau Beach
Vung Bau Beach is about 20kms from Duong Dong town and getting there can be a bit tricky but thanks to the development of the VinPearl resort located in Dai Beach the roads are mostly paved.
To get to Vung Bau Beach you have to first go to Cua Can Village via the Cua Can Road which starts in Duong Dong Town. The Cua Can Road will take you not only to Vung Bau Beach but also all the way north to Dai Beach & Ganh Dau Village.