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Top 7 Beautiful Islands in Nha Trang with Clear Water

Nha Trang Islands & Islets

Jane Pham
Jane Pham | Published: February 11, 2020

Wishing to be surrounded by sea on your next holiday? You may be surprised at how fascinating and unspoiled the islands in Nha Trang are. Each island here is an unique world, which would satisfy any tourist of any requirement. According to experienced visitors, going to Nha Trang but not visiting its nearby islands would definitely be a miss.

They are all yours to discover in this beautiful land with long stretches of golden and fine sand. There is always something just beautiful and magical about getting away from the mainland to explore the farther reaches of Nha Trang islands. Let’s take a tour of the most beautiful islands in Nha Trang with clear water to find a perfect offshore spot for your next trip.

1. Diep Son Island (Đảo Diệp Sơn)

Diep Son Island

Highlights:

Recently, the raw beauty of Diep Son Island has become more popular and widely published thanks to social media. Visiting the island, you can see a couple of guardhouses, a designated camping area, and some beach side eateries. The best time to visit the island is at low tide, when you can see the curving sandbar and 3 of the islets are connected by a “sand bridge”. It looks picturesque with its three green islands and a long sweep of white sand. The island is easily reached at many times per day by taking a speedboat from Van Gia Town. 

What to Do:

  • Choose and climb one of the small hills to enjoy the spectacular view of the archipelago
  • Go snorkeling to explore the underwater world with colorful small fishes, wild oysters and sea snails
  • Go camping with your friends at Van Phong Bay

Other Info and Tips:

  • For those who plan to spend more than 3 hours here, don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen as the island is very hot and sunny.
  • The best seafood dishes can be found at local restaurants along the beach.

2. Binh Ba Island (Đảo Bình Ba)

The beauty of Binh Ba Island

Highlights:

Binh Ba is a small island in Cam Binh, which is 60 km from Nha Trang city. The island has been so-called “Lobster Island” as it has long been famous for providing the freshest and most delicious Lobsters to the whole Khanh Hoa province. 

Used to be controlled by the army and recently opened to visitors, it still remains untouched and pristine with simple features. Nature is well preserved here, attracting hundreds of domestic and foreign travelers by its exquisite scenery. It has everything you need for a holiday escape: sunshine, blue sky, soft white sands, and stunning coastline. Now, the island is home to 5000 locals who earn their living by fishing and seafood processing. 

Visiting Binh Ba, travellers will have the opportunity to enjoy the most qualified seafood (especially lobsters) at the most reasonable price. More interestingly, to get the freshest seafood, visitors can go on the boats and pick sea creatures themselves. After that, these creatures will be cooked and served to culinary enjoyers right on the boats, or even right on the… sea! (which means you will wear a life jacket, floating on the sea while enjoying a seafood dish! Sound alluring, isn’t it?). All of these services would be provided at much more reasonable prices compared to other islands in Khanh Hoa. Therefore, there is no reason why visitors should not try these activities once in Binh Ba Island. Undoubtedly, enjoying the freshly cooked seafood while floating on the sea would be absolutely a unforgettable experience for any person!

Binh Ba Island is also a must-try for people wanting to escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Binh Ba beach, which lies far from the residential area, possesses a pristine beauty with an uncrowded beach. As a result, if you are tired of the crowded beaches lying on the city’s coastal line, this island’s beach would be a must-try choice.  

What to Do:

  • Sunbath on the beach 
  • Diving in Nha Cu or Sa Huynh beaches which have spectacular coral reefs.
  • Wake up early to witness the gorgeous sunrise on the stunning beaches of Binh Ba island
  • Rent a motorbike and head for a motorbiking tour around the island
  • Enjoy local seafood

Other Info and Tips

  • Address: Cam Binh, Cam Ranh, Khanh Hoa
  • Most suitable visited time: from March to September. In these months, the climate will be warm for swimming and catching lobsters.
  • Boat ticket: To get to Binh Ba Island, reach Ba Ngòi Port (tell the taxi driver the name and they will get you to the exact place) and get on a boat. The boat ticket is around 30.000 VND (~$1.5)/ a person
  • Recommended spent time: at least one day on Binh Ba Island

Note: Binh Ba is an important military island in Vietnam. Therefore, there are still restrictions on foreign visitors though the rules have been loosened.

3. Hon Yen Island (Hòn Yến)

Yen Island in Nha Trang

Highlights:

An hour by boat from Cau Da Port, you will come to Yen Island – a nesting island in Nha Trang. The natural characteristics of the island have attracted so many salangane come here and make their nests. Every year, these nests are harvested to make healthy food. Besides, the island stands out with the one and only twin beach in Vietnam. The beach is especially divided into 2 sides: a hot water side and a cold water side. To get a happier and more interesting experience, let’s visit the island with your family or groups of close friends.

What to Do:

  • Conquer 220 steps to Du Ha Mountain and enjoy the surrounding panoramic sea from the top.
  • Buy local products made from natural salangane nests such as salangane nest drinks and wine of salanganes’ nests and seahorses.
  • Enjoy swimming in the twin beach

Other Info and Tips

You have to wake up early as the ships depart at Cau Da port to Yen Island at 7:30 am

4. Hon Tre Islet (Hòn Tre)

VinOasis in Tre Islet

Highlights:

Tre Islet is well known as one of the most touristy islands in Nha Trang. Just 5 km from the center of Nha Trang city, it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Vietnam which has the hidden and unspoiled beauty of nature. Many tourists choose this place for their eco tour in Nha Trang. Apart from stunning seascapes, Tre islet is also an entertainment paradise with plenty of luxurious hotels and modern resorts. You will surely enjoy your holiday here with all-inclusive services.

What to Do:

  • Visit Vinpearl Land – the longest gondola across the sea in the world
  • Get more local experience at Con Se Tre tourist village which is mainly made of bamboo architecture. 
  • Try different water sports activities such as riding a water motorbike and go snorkeling.
  • Swimming at Bai Tru beach 

Other Info and Tips

  • The best way to discover the Tre Islet is by motorbike. You can rent one with VND 5/ day.
  • The cable car ticket for traveling to Vinpearl Land costs around USD 37, but the joy you get there is worth the money.

5. Hon Mun Islet (Hòn Mun)

Diving in Mun Islet

Highlights:

An experienced traveller used to say that: Do not say you have gone to Nha Trang if you have never seen Nha Trang’s coral reef. Among all coastal areas in Vietnam, Nha Trang is famous for owning one of the most fabulous coral reefs. And, the most popular places for observing coral, of course, is Hon Mun islet – one of famous islands nearby in Nha Trang.

Just 10 km from Cau Da port, it takes 45 minutes to travel by boat. It wins tourists’ hearts with an exotic beauty. Thanks to this beauty, Hon Mun scenery can take every first-time tourists’ breath away.

The eastern side is home to many species of Salangane while the southeastern side has many high cliffs. Most rocks in the island are as black as ebony giving you a strong feeling. With favorable climate and terrain, the islet is an ideal spot for those who wish to explore different marine species

Its blue sea water plays a perfect role in being the scheme for its marine life, which is recognised as the most diverse one in Vietnam. Diving into the fresh, clear sea water, you will have a chance to swim with the gentle colorful fishes as well as freely enjoy the multi-shaped marvelous coral reefs. Their beauty, as well as the relaxing feeling of immersing into the freshwater, evidently, will offer you a “real” escape from the busy daily life.

Thanks to the reasons above, Hon Mun becomes one of the first choices for beauty-seekers and couples who search for a romantic but interesting experience. 

What to Do:

  • Play on the beach, take a rest on deck chairs and listen to the waves
  • Contemplate the colorful paradise of coral reefs and fishes by diving in Mun islet – the first marine biodiversity area in the country.
  • Get a brand new experience with a glass bottom boat in which you can observe the real setting of underwater life.
  • Join the floating bar with fellow tourists and eat right on the water. 

Other Info and Tips:

  • Address: Vinh Nguyên, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
  • Recommended visiting time: July to September, at that time, the sunny weather as well as clear water would be ideal for enjoying the coral reefs. 
  • Ticket: 300.000 VND (~$15)/ a person if you go by cano; 250.000 VND (~$10)/ a person if you go by boat

Note: Don’t forget to bring your waterproof camera because there are plenty of photo chances here. 

6. Hon Tam Island (Hòn Tằm) – Island Of Nature And Culture Beauty

Hon Tam island - islands in Nha Trang

Highlights:

Hon Tam or Thủy Kim Sơn Island, which is located about 7 km away from Nha Trang, is an ideal destination for tourists searching for a pristine relaxing place. Having the divine beauty, this is one of the most famous resort areas for visitors. The mild waves, long beach as well as breathtaking nature here create a perfect condition for people wanting to have a relaxation.

Unlike most areas in Vietnam, Hon Tam possesses a mild yearly climate, which is neither too high nor too low. Its climate can be described as being cool in winter and warm in summer, which allows tourists to come to and have a comfortable time here roughly all year round. Moreover, along the beach, there will be several spots where activities like kayaking and motorboating happens. If you are an adventurous person, this will be an appropriate place for you.

Apart from the breathtaking beach and blue seawater, Hon Tam also impresses tourists by its cultural beauty. Going to Hon Tam, tourists are suggested to visit Hoang Hoa Village (Hoàng Hoa Thôn), which is a famous historic destination in Nha Trang. With a scale of about 400 meters square, this Old Village involves five over-100-year-old houses. Among these houses, there is one with 36 old pillars and old furniture, which have all fully remained. Visiting these houses, foreign visitors will have a priceless chance of acknowledging how ancient Nha Trang’s locals lived. Cau Ngu Festival, Vua Hung Festival, making ceramics, weaving, playing zither and so on are activities that will “bring you back” to the ancient time, help you enjoy the happy atmosphere of locals on this island in the past.

What to Do:

  • Enjoy kayaking and motorboating
  • Visit the historic Hoang Hoa village in Nha Trang which is home to 100-year-old houses
  • Join festivals to get back in time to immerse in the locals’ life in the past

Other Info and Tips

  • Ticket: A wide range of choice, at about 600 000 VND (~$27)/ a person. Boats going to Hon Tam depart hourly from 9 a.m to 4 p.m from Hon Tam Port.
  • Address: Vinh Truong, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa

7. Whale Island (Hòn Ông, Đảo Cá Voi) – Truly Hiding Area From Urban Life

Whale island - islands in Nha Trang

Highlights:

Located about 100 km away from Nha Trang, Hon Ong – Whale island is suitable for people who are not into crowded places. Unlike other islands, Hon Ong has no citizens. All tourism activities happening on this Island are held by its only resort: Whale Island Resort. Therefore, Hon Ong would not be suitable for adventurous visitors as the Resorts can only hold some simple thrilling games like: kayaking, motorboat, and so on.

Especially environmental protection is one of the most concerning issues on this island. As a result, visitors to Hon Ong would not be able to go fishing or hunt birds. If you are looking for an energetic place where you can spend days and nights at bars or crowded places, this island will not be recommended for you. However, if you are looking for a pristine island, where you can hide yourself from the urban life, the modern hustle, this is definitely a paradise for you.

What to Do:

  • Take part in kayaking and motorboating
  • Get away from the hustle and bustle of the urban life

Other Info and Tips

  • Note: As there is merely a resort with about 30 rooms on this island, you had better make a booking if you are truly into this island. The resort is mainly made of wood, bamboo, and some kinds of dried leaves, so you will have a chance of immersing yourself deeply into nature.
  • Ticket: To get to the Island, go to Đầm Môn Port, there will be a resort’s boat taking you to Hon Ong, FREELY!
  • Recommended visiting time: February to August, as there will be little storm at that time.
  • Address: Van Thanh,Van Ninh, Khanh Hòa

We hope that you can choose one of the above beautiful islands in Nha Trang as your next destination for your summer. If you have any other suggestions for beautiful caves in Nha Trang, please let us know so we can share them with other travelers. 

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