Cast Away On Whale Island | Short Getaway
Looking for a picturesque, relaxed, remote island? We have found just the place. Near Nha Trang lies the beautiful Whale Island, a chilled out place with pleasant (eco)cabins along the beach and beautiful tropical fishes in the water in front of you.
So you have visited the charming village of Hoi An, did an adventurous cruise in gorgeous Halong Bay and explored the Mekong Area, but you would like to see a bit more of Vietnam? Whale Island is the perfect place to spend a few days.
Explore Whale Island
Whale Island is a small island, ideal for enjoying the beach life. Next to that, you can swim and do some hiking (although it qualifies more as a long walk). The sea here is clear and shallow, making it ideal to watch the beautiful fish with the little ones. If you’d like to do some more serious snorkeling or even diving, that’s also an option. The snorkeling excursion is also great with kids. The resort has all the gear and organizes daily snorkeling and diving trips, so you can release your inner Jacques Cousteau whenever you want.
How to get there
The best option is to fly to Thuy Hoa. From there it is an 80-minute drive to the jetty, via a beautiful, scenic route. Alternatively, you can fly to Nha Trang, which is a 3-hour transfer to the jetty. From there, a small boat will take you to the island in about 15 minutes. You can arrange the complete transport via the Whale Island Resort.
Where to stay on Whale island
That’s an easy one, beacuse there’s only one place to stay at Whale Island and that is the Whale Island resort. It’s basic but pleasant, with a nice bar overlooking the bay. There is a set (Vietnamese) lunch and dinner, with some kids menu options. Note that most staff only speak Vietnamese, but we managed, so you’ll be fine.
When to go to Whale island
You can go throughout the year but expect a bit more rain and cloudiness from June to August.