Phu Quoc Bee Farm
The Phu Quoc Bee Farm on Phu Quoc Island is an eco tourism destination that is part honey bee sanctuary, part educational facility, and part retail business that serves drinks, snacks, and honey related products. As the first ecological honey bee farm in Phú Quốc, this organization is working on building an educational sightseeing experience specializing in honeybee conservation. The staff provides its guests a high level overview of the importance of bees, bee life cycle, and the enemies of their bees (both natural and human). They are open from 9:00am to 6:00pm and there is no entrance fee.
Tour of the Phu Quoc Bee Farm
What To See
The Phu Quoc Bee Farm is a relatively small place and one only needs to spend less than 45 minutes in order to experience what this attraction has to offer.
The protected bee sanctuary
Owner displaying seedlings – they also have an organic garden on site:
The Phu Quoc Bee Farm Cafe
Products for sale:
Wine made from enemy bees/wasps:
How To Get There
The Phu Quoc Bee Farm is located in Cua Can Village next to the Ut Phuong Ecological Hotel. Drive north along the Cua Can – Ganh Dau highway and once you cross over the mighty Cua Can River, make a right. Travel 8mins east along the paved road and watch for the signs to either Phu Quoc Bee Farm or Ut Phuong Ecological Gardens.
Honey is made by transforming nectar through a process of regurgitation and evaporation. Bees store the honey inside their beehive and it is used as a source of food. There are many types, colors and flavors of honey, depending upon the origins of its nectar and the environment.
About Honey Bees
In each beehive there is only 1 queen and the queen is the only bee that has full developed ovaries in order to lays eggs – up to 2000 eggs/day. The queen only mates once with several male bees and has a life span of up to 5 years. Fertilized eggs become female (worker bees) and unfertilized eggs become male (drone bees). When the queen bee dies or reaches maturity where she can no longer produce eggs, the other bees in the colony will “make” a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a diet of “royal jelly”. For queen bees, it takes 16 days from egg to emergence.
All worker bees are female as they do not have the ability to reproduce. Worker bees literally work themselves to death (hence the term “busy as a bee”) and live for only 4 to 9 months during the winter season, but only 6 weeks during the busy summer months. Nearly all of the bees in a hive are worker bees. A hive consists of 20,000 – 30,000 bees in the winter, and over 60,000 – 80,000 bees in the summer. The worker bee has a barbed stinger that results in her death following stinging, therefore, she can only sting once.
The male bee, or “drone bee”, are kept on standby during the summer for mating with a virgin queen. Because the male bee has a barbed sex organ, mating is followed by death of the male bee. Usually there are only 300 to 3000 male bees in a hive, which is less than 10% of the overall bee population. The male bees do not have a stinger.