10:03, 28/03/2021

Peace on Whale Island

If you are looking for a peaceful place in Khanh Hoa Province, Whale Island (in Van Thanh commune, Van Ninh district), called Hon Ong in Vietnamese, is one of ideal destinations.

If you are looking for a peaceful place in Khanh Hoa Province, Whale Island (in Van Thanh commune, Van Ninh district), called Hon Ong in Vietnamese is one of ideal destinations.
Place for green life
One Saturday morning, traveling over a journey of nearly 100km from Nha Trang to arrive at the northern port area of Van Phong, then boarding a cruise ship for more than 15 minutes, we set foot on Whale Island. The island is located in the Van Phong Bay area. The best time to come here is from March to October annually. Seen from above, Whale Island is shaped like the head of a giant whale, so local people often call it Whale Island. Some people also believe that the name of Whale Island is because whales often appeared in this place before. Whale Island still retains the pristine look of natural forest. On the uninhabited island, there is only one resort with an area of about 2 hectares called Whale Island Resort.
Whale Island Resort is built in the trend of green living in harmony with nature, so the materials used are mainly bamboo. More than 30 bungalows are roofed by leaves and shelter among trees. The sea surface area separated by a row of protective buoys is like a small marine reserve area. Therefore, it’s very easy for tourists to see fish and sea creature by the shore. All guests must comply with the green living rules here. Plastic bags, vehicles consuming much energy, activities affecting the natural environment and some modern games are not allower here. TV, air conditioner, refrigerator and hot water heater are not seen here... Room furniture simply includes bed, small wooden table and luggage shelf.


Visitors enjoy peace on Hon Ong island
Visitors enjoy peace on Hon Ong island
Exploring Whale Island
Most visitors coming to Whale Island want to come to nature, enjoy the fresh and peaceful atmosphere to refresh themselves after their busy and noisy daily life. Under the sunset or at dawn, visitors dip their body in the clear blue sea, stroll on the white sand or row kayak to renew their energy. Those who like to explore the beauty of the coral reefs can use the diving service here. In particular, those who love exploring the desolate beauty of this island can take a trekking around the island. On that journey, visitors can stop at the highest cliff of the island to enjoy the panoramic view of Whale Island and Van Phong Bay, or go to the sea to take beautiful pics. Going further, visitors can come to a beach with a lot of mango trees. At night, visitors can get to the bar the resort to enjoy a glass of water and soothing concert music.
The desolate and peaceful beauty of Whale Island is the gift that nature has bestowed on Khanh Hoa Province, and the people here have known how to use it in the right direction and respected the nature. In 2020, the U.S magazine Forbes voted Whale Island as one of the 10 must-dive destinations in the world.
Giang Dinh
Translated by T.T