One of a cluster of islands that stud Nha Trang Bay, Hon Mun island is the epicenter of the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area. Spanning 30,000 acres (12,000 hectares) of protected ocean, the zone is home to colorful coral and marine life. Visit to snorkel one of Vietnam’s favorite underwater spots.
Shallow, warm, and generally calm waters with decent visibility make the Hon Mun marine park one of Vietnam’s best places for beginners to dive. Try your hand at scuba on an intro dive or get certified on an open-water course. There are other ways to enjoy Hon Mun island. Go snorkeling or fishing, ride a glass-bottom boat, or visit the cliffs and caves where swiftlets build edible nests, a prized ingredient in Chinese cuisine.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Hon Mun island draws divers, snorkelers, and island-hoppers alike.
- The most colorful coral is in the marine protected area, which requires a fee. For the best views, book a tour that enters those waters.
- Boats around Nha Trang are generally not adapted for travelers who use wheelchairs.
How to Get There
Hon Mun sits about 6 miles (10 kilometers) southeast of downtown Nha Trang, just south of Hon Tre, the island that houses Vinpearl Land Nha Trang. There are no ferries, so travelers visit either by private boat or on an island-hopping cruise.
When to Get There
As with the rest of Nha Trang, the best time to enjoy Hon Mun island is between January and August, when the weather is warm but the rainy season has yet to begin, keeping the water clear. Many opt to beat the heat and the high season crowds by visiting in May or June.
The Best Islands in Nha Trang
Many travelers find an island-hopping trip a must-do. The largest of the Nha Trang islands is Hon Tre, also known as Bamboo Island or Vinpearl Island. A cable car connects Hon Tre to the mainland, and it's home to Vinpearl resort and amusement park. Most Nha Trang island-hopping cruises focus on smaller islands, including Hon Mieu, known for its seafood restaurants and aquarium; Hon Mot, home to fishing villages; and Hon Tam, beloved for is long sandy beach.