The uniquely tranquil waters off the coast of Phu Quoc are also the ideal place for the rich development of marine life. But mouthwatering seafood isn’t the only commodity that has had islanders plunging into the shallow depths throughout the years. They have also long sought natural oysters for pearls, even if the odds were against them: only an estimated one in 15,000 oysters contained a natural pearl. Still, that’s why Phu Quoc is known to Vietnamese as ‘Pearl island’. Since the turn of the century, pearl farming has become a budding industry, so the sourcing of pearls and mother of pearl is performed more efficiently thanks to the application of advanced technologies. At the night-market Duong Dong – the island’s capital city – you will see how pearls have been made into rings, necklaces, earrings, bracelets. Mother of pearl (also sourced from mussels) from Phu Quoc is also used throughout Vietnam in the crafting of furniture and decorative art. As for the oysters, well, naturally, they’re extremely delicious and highly nutritious.