If you like to explore the beauty of nature, and find some tranquility near the sea and away from the beaten track, in order to escape the stifling atmosphere of the city, Whale Island is an ideal destination for you! Located in Van Phong Bay, 110km from Nha Trang, Whale Island, also known as Hon Ong, is considered a relaxing paradise in Nha Trang.
As one of the most attractive islands in Nha Trang, Whale Island retains its unspoiled beauty, with its sandy beaches with crystal clear water. It is surrounded by a natural “border” – green coconut groves along the beach. You can also see a buoy barrier that serves to prevent fishing and protect marine ecosystems.
Why the name “Whale Island”?
In Vietnamese, the whale is also known as “Cá Ông” (meaning a “Lord” fish). It is considered the genius of the sea in the coastal regions of central Vietnam. According to several anecdotes of the locals, the whales came to the rescue of the fishermen when their boats sank into the sea. Since then, the villagers worship this animal and this island is called the island of the whale.
How to get to Whale island?
It takes about 15-20 minutes to get from the land to this pristine island of Vietnam. You should go to Dam Mon pier, then a boat trip will take you to the island
Only one resort on the island offers you the nice bamboo bungalows located a few steps from the sea with two main views: the sea and the garden. You can also enjoy the panoramic view of these bungalows by venturing into the green canopy.
The attractions shouldn’t to be missed on the island of the whale
As an island with a relatively small area – about 40,000 ha, all the fun activities on Hon Ong Island take place on the main beach.
As the beach of the whale island is extremely cool, blue and calm, you can admire schools of fish swimming freely under the waters. It is highly recommended for tourists to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Whale Island.
Pristine white sandy shores and shady coconut groves help you relax, soak up the quiet life, and forget the chaos of the city..
If you are interested in nature, you can hike along the trails in the virgin forests to discover natural sites, observe all the richness of the fauna and flora that you can hardly see around the beach. You can find a large number of rare bird species such as woodcock, plovers, white eagle, pink parrot, … All are specially protected in this unique ecological area. It will take about 2 hours to do such a tour. Bring water and wear long-sleeved clothes to avoid the hot sun and insects.
In addition, you can also participate in other water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving,… To explore the diversity of marine life, it is better to go scuba diving. With only 60,000 VND/person, you will receive a set of diving equipment. You will contemplate marine creatures such as seahorses, cuttlefish, sea snails. Don’t miss the beauty of the colorful coral reefs around the island. It will be an enriching experience, an unforgettable memory!
Why not sail and discover this island? With the price of only 100,000 VND/person for 2 hours, you can take a kayak tour and contemplate the surroundings, immersing in the calm atmosphere.
The best time to visit Whale Island is between February and August. During this period, Whale Island and the whole coastal city of Nha Trang enjoy a warm and beautiful climate. These are also the driest months with the lowest rainfall of the year.
If you are interested and want to spend your vacation in Whale Island – one of the most unspoiled attractions in Vietnam, please feel free to check our following itineraries and contact us to plan together a unique program for you!