Hon Mun Island is famous for its long white-sand beaches, diverse marine ecosystem and worthwhile tourism services. Visiting this picturesque island with your family and friends will give you one of the best traveling experiences ever in your life. Check the information below for more details about Hon Mun Island and activities for tourists.
1. About Hon Mun Island
Hon Mun Island is located to the Southeast of Bong Nguyen Island. It has a total area of 160 square kilometers, including the 122-square-kilometer sea surface area and the 38-square-kilometer area of smaller sub islands.
The name “Hon Mun” derives from the color of the rock cliffs here which are as black as ebony. The caves formed by the cliffs are places where swiftlets, as well as many other creatures, come to roost or make their nests.
2. The beauty of Hon Mun Island
Hon Mun Island is one of the most famous islands in Nha Trang to have clear water and poetic scenery. Looking from above, you can see a breathtaking landscape created by blue waves and green trees. Coming there, you will certainly get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the wonderful nature.
The diverse marine ecosystem is another attractive feature of Hon Mun Island. It is assessed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as the area with the most marine biodiversity in Vietnam with about 1,500 marine species. Hon Mun is the first marine conservation area in Vietnam and the planning sea area where fishermen are not allowed to fish.
In particular, it possesses a variety of corals with unique shapes on account of its association with the hot ocean currents pushed from the equator. Thanks to the rich amount of corals, Hon Mun Marine Park is likened to the Indo-Pacific's center of coral diversity. Hence, it not only attracts tourists but also allows oceanographers to study and explore the seabed.
3. Top 5 interesting activities in Hon Mun Island Nha Trang
Below are the top 5 activities you should try at least once when visiting Hon Mun Island:
3.1. Hon Mun Island snorkeling
Snorkeling, also called shallow diving, is considered a highlight of the tour Hon Mun Nha Trang. This service gives you a chance to explore the vibrant aquarium of rich coral reefs as well as the extremely diverse flora and fauna there. The service charge ranges from 300,000 VND to 400,000 VND with snorkels and specialized swimming goggles included.
As for this type of Hon Mun Island diving, it is completely possible for non-swimmers since it only requires swimming on the surface of water and looking down below. You can rest assured that you will be guided carefully before diving. For those who know how to swim, you can choose scuba diving to see the corals more clearly at the depth of 6 - 8 meters.
3.2. Joining floating bars
It is such a pity if you don’t join a floating bar off the coast while visiting Nha Trang. The floating bar is part of a popular all-day boat trip to Hon Mun Island where tourists can sit in buoys, drink Vietnamese wine and enjoy romantic moments in the midst of vast nature. You can see hordes of tourists here and they are so hungry for the mix of alcohol and the sea.
Joining floating bars is an amazing experience which can rarely be found in other destinations. Therefore, this service costs a bit higher than other ones in Hon Mun.
3.3. Sea walking
Visitors can also choose to go sea walking to explore the marine world at 5 meters beneath the surface or deeper. It allows visitors to simply experience underwater life without any scuba diving skills. Equipped only with a 33-kilogram helmet, you can walk under the sea for about 20 minutes to contemplate its beauty while admiring the marine plants, corals, starfish and tropical fish.
The sea walking tour takes place daily from 9 a.m. to around 4 p.m. and tourists have to go in groups for that. The ticket price of this service in Hon Mun Island Nha Trang is around 600,000 VND or more.
3.4. Taking glass bottom boats
If you are afraid to dive directly into the water, taking a glass bottom boat will be the ideal alternative for you to enjoy the brilliant scenery of coral reefs and sea creatures. In this activity, you just sit on the boat and see the whole brilliant landscape below through a glass pane. This tourism service is suitable for the elderly or children who cannot participate in either snorkeling or scuba diving.
The ticket price of this interesting service is 60,000 VND per person.
In addition to these above activities, if you have a thirst for adventure, you can try parasailing to see the scenery from above and get the feeling of being suspended in the air. Specifically, in this activity, you will wear a parachute with protective gears and be pulled behind a motor boat in order to sail through the air at the altitude of 70 - 100 meters.
Parasailing gives you a chance to challenge yourself and get an exciting experience while traveling to Hon Mun. Depending on the number of participants, the fee of parasailing varies from 600,000 VND to 800,000 VND.
4. Tips to have a wonderful tour Hon Mun Nha Trang
Before hitting the road, you need to prepare carefully to have the best experience in Hon Mun Marine Protected Area:
4.1. How to get to Hon Mun Island in Nha Trang?
Hon Mun is 10 kilometers away from Cau Da Port. At the wharf area, you can find a lot of canoes and boats transiting to Hon Mun with reference prices as follows:
- By canoes: 300,000 VND/trip
- By boats: 250,000 VND/trip
4.2. When is the best time to visit Hon Mun?
Thanks to the mild climate of Hon Mun Island, you can go there at any time of the year. Yet, the best time to visit Hon Mun is from July to September, especially in August. At that time, the weather is sunny and cool so it is extremely suitable for experiencing beach tourism as well as participating in the fantastic activities above.
4.3. What to eat in Hon Mun?
Hon Mun is one of the best places to enjoy tasty seafood in Nha Trang. You can buy fresh seafood and have the fishermen process it, or else, you can buy and cook it on your own. Some dishes you should enjoy when visiting Hon Mon are boiled lobsters, boiled king crabs, grilled oysters,...
4.4. Where to stay near Hon Mun Island?
Hon Mun Island is befitting for a half-day or daytime excursion. Therefore, you should combine it with other tourist destinations to get a complete experience in Nha Trang. For this purpose, Vinpearl Nha Trang is one of the best options for your accommodation.
You can choose to stay in Vinpearl Discovery Golflink Nha Trang, Vinpearl Luxury Nha Trang,... in Hon Tre Island. From there, it will take you only 5 - 10 minutes to go to Hon Mun Island by canoe. In addition, it’s a good idea to experience high-class services in hotels and resorts in the center of Nha Trang, including Melia Vinpearl Empire Nha Trang and Vinpearl Condotel Beachfront Nha Trang.
Staying in Vinpearl Nha Trang provides tourists a chance to explore hundreds of super exciting entertainment activities in VinWonders Nha Trang and a unique golfing experience in Vinpearl Golf Nha Trang. Also, this place is so convenient for you to explore famous attractions in Nha Trang City such as Ponagar Tower, Institute of Oceanography, Long Son Pagoda,...
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Nha Trang tour will not be complete without visiting Hon Mun Island and trying some interesting activities here. We hope that you find the information above useful for your upcoming trip to this beautiful island. For more convenience, you can book voucher, combo, tour to Nha Trang in advance and be ready to indulge your wanderlust.