With fresh and clean natural environment, friendly people and special food, Phu Quy - a beautiful island in central Binh Thuan province - is promising to become a paradise for kite-surfers.

Kite-surfering in Phu Quy Island (Source: Do Minh/Vietnamplus)

Anatoly Goryanov and Kostya Eshov, two Russian visitors, expressed their satisfaction at coming to the island, where they can play the sport.

They came here along with their friends to enjoy the nature on the wild island, while breathing in the island’s pure air.

Eshov said he stayed on the island for three months last year and plans to be here for two months this year.

Falling in love with the sunshine and wind on the island, where he meets many new friends from Australia, Switzerland and Italy, he intends to return again next year to somersault through the air and throw himself at waves on his kiteboard.

Russian tourists in Phu Quy Island (Source: Do Minh/Vietnamplus)

Phu Quy Island is located in the middle of the East Sea. It is surrounded by white sandy beaches and nine isles. The island covers an area of 18 square kilometres and has a population of over 27,000. It is also an important in-between logistical destination linking the mainland to Truong Sa archipelago.

About 56 nautical miles from Phan Thiet city and near the coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the island has huge potential for developing sea and island-based tourism, especially resorts, ecological and adventure tours.

Not only does it have great potential for exploiting seafood with large fish reserves, Phu Quy is also famous for its picturesque landscapes and historical sites as well as typical intangible and tangible cultural heritages of the south-central region. It deserves the description as one of the country’s most attractive tourism destinations.

To fully tap the island’s potential, local authorities focused on repairing and embellishing its historical and cultural sites, while further developing its infrastructure system and upgrading roads to tourism areas such as Hon Tranh, Trieu Duong Bay, Ghenh Hang, Mo Thay and Linh Son pagoda.

The locality has also created a plan for tourism development from now until 2015, aiming to turn it into its spearhead economic sector, thus contributing to promoting its economic structure change and creating more jobs for local people.

Under the plan, the district will continue calling for investment to better its infrastructure and develop a system of high and medium-speed ships to reduce travel time between the island and mainland.

It has also paid attention to diversifying products to attract more visitors.-VNA