Phu Quoc Bee Farm
Bee Farms on Phu Quoc
On Phu Quoc Island in Vietnam there are a couple of Phu Quoc honey bee farms which tourists can visit independently. They are considered eco-tourism destinations found within the interior of Phu Quoc and exist to serve 3 functions: 1) eco-tourism business via tours 2) a products shop and 3) a educational facility. All facilities have a retail component as well as a onsite restaurant/cafe that sells honey related products. Children can come to the Phu Quoc Bee Farms and learn about honeybee conservation, life-cycle, and the ecological importance of bees in a up close and personal manner. There is no entrance fee to visit these Phu Quoc Bee Farms found around the island.
Phu Quoc Bee Farm Tour:
Location of Phu Quoc Bee Farm
There are two Phu Quoc Bee Farms on Phu Quoc, the i) Phu Honey Bee Farm and the ii) Phu Quoc Bee Farm (see map below):
Phu Quoc Honey:
Address: Đường 47, ấp Suối Mây,xã Dương Tơ
The Phu Quoc Honey bee farm (Trang trại nuôi ong lấy mật từ hoa rừng Quốc gia Phú Quốc) is located just north of the Phu Quoc International Airport, close to the popular tourist area of Long Beach. It is easy to reach this bee farm by taxi, motorbike, or even bicycle. The Phu Quoc Honey Bee farm has a fruit farm on site, and if you haven’t seen a rambutan fruit tree before then this is a good place to visit.
Phu Quoc Bee Farm
Address: là nông trại giữ ong mật đầu tiên ở đảo ngọc Phú Quốc ngụ tổ 2 ấp 2, xã Cửa Cạn.
The Phu Quoc Bee Farms are relatively small places and visitors only need to spend less than 45 minutes in order to experience what this attraction has to offer.
The protected bee sanctuary
The Phu Quoc Bee Farm Cafe
Phu Quoc Bee Products:
Wine made from enemy bees/wasps:
How To Get To The Phu Quoc Bee Farms
As mentioned above, both bee farms are easily accessible as the roads are all pave. If you need a map, we have created this one for you.
About Phu Quoc Honey
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. The honeybees found on Phu Quoc make honey from the islands flowers.
About Phu Quoc 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.