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Hon Ong Things to Do

  • I am the lizard king... I can do...

    I am the lizard king... I can do anything. This surely appies to the red lizards on the islands... I have noted two sorts of lizards, the red ones and the green-greyish ones... the red ones seem to dominate, chasing all the others away and ignoring the dogs chasing them... obviously oblivious of the people sunbathing and walking right beside them....

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  • F for flowers

    Given the fact that you will spend most of your time in beach or water activites, and that there is really not many other options anyway, you can spend some time admiring the beautiful flowers and plants on the island.You may even walk the path all around it, it takes about 90 minutes and you'll need sports shos, and see some more flowers and...

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  • The three "S"

    Swim, snorkel, sunbathe... this is all you have to do on Whale Island, and it is beautiful to spend a couple of days doing nothing... just recharging the batteries, enjoying the views, walking and relaxing by the beach.No honking motorbike, no unfamiliar or familiar noises, nothing... The island has only a beach, quite a large one, in fact, and it...

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Hon Ong Restaurants

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    The only food option on the island is provided by the Whale Island restaurant... and it is inclusive in the room price - that is three meals a day. Drinks are extra. While the food is plentyful, the cuisine is very much French-oriented, which one may or may not like.

    One negative aspect is that you don't have a choice, so what they serve you is what you get... the restaurant staff speaks almost no English at all, which means that asking for something as simple as a mango or pineapple rather than dessert can be quite hard.

    Favorite Dish: Generally you will be served a salad, a starter (a soup or some hors d'oeuvres), a main dish and a dessert... fish is not always part of the meal, strangely, and occasionally it may be three half prawns in the salad. I was not really impressed.

    My favourite food ended up being a fish curry rather than their French cuisine... a lot of curry and very little fish,, but nonetheless it was delicious.

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Hon Ong Nightlife

  • enjoy the sunsets

    The most amazing sights, on an island full of amazing sights (both overwater and underwater) are the sunsets... the most incredible I have ever seen. First it starts with the water, which channge colour and turn into all shades of pink of purple, then the sky starts to change colour... slowly... until it gets very intense... a flaming red sky with...

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  • not much to do, except... playing pool...

    Let's face it, nightlife on Whale Island is more thna non-exixtent... it's dead... and there's no television, either. The only thing you can do is sit at the bar, have a drink or two, play cards or other board games, or else pool - on a very old table. But don't liger around too long... one night, at the very late hour of 9.30 PM, we were shown by...

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Hon Ong Transportation

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    Whale Island is a privately-owned island, hence no transportation is available unless you stay on the island. In this case, included in the price, you have transportation from Nha Trang to Dam Mon pier by car, and then from Dam Mon Pier to the island by boat.

    The boat trip takes only 20 minutes in sheltered waters and it's possible at any time you desire, including at night-time, when it's particularly suggestive. Private boats cannot dock on the island... some day tours to Whalle Island are sold in Nha trang, but they can't actually take you to the island, you just admire it from a distance.

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Hon Ong What to Pack

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go to Whale Island do not forget to bring "coral shoes"... there are many massive sea urchins which can be painful if you step on them. Aside from this you'll only need a swimsuit.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all the medicines you may need, as there is nowhere to go and buy some

    Photo Equipment: An underwater camera can be useful and it is not on sale.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a torch, too... the paths to the bungalows are poorly lit at night, and anyway you'll need one to place your key in the locker and open the door.

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Hon Ong Off The Beaten Path

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    Dam Mon must be the smelliest place in Vietnam... in its harbour the smell - actually stink - of fish is unbearable... because of the fish sauce factories located there... and yet it's one of the most scenic spots I have seen in the country...

    Forget Mui Ne... it's not the only place to see sand dunes in Vietnam... for a more "private" dune experience Dam Mon, where the boats leave for Whale Island, it's perfect... tall dunes of white sand with no one in sight, and a most blue and turquoise sea... just amazing.

    Don't worry, the farther you go from the pier and harbour, the least you'll smell the fish sauce.

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Hon Ong Sports & Outdoors

  • swimming in perfect waters

    Swimming at Whale island is wonderful.. perfect water, very clear and calm and no jellyfish, at least in July. The water is neither too shallow nor too deep, and there's no boats are aquascooters to worry about. it's really suitable for all, including children and non-swimmers. Bring a swimsuit, high factor sunscreen and not much else. Towels are...

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  • snorkeling

    Whale Island is a great place to snorkel... you can join the morning snorkeling boat trip or else you can snorkel right from the island's beach, where there are still plenty of fishes and corals to see without going far.The added bonus of not joining the snorkeling trip is that you will have the entire island to yourself.. most people come here to...

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Hon Ong Favorites

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    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 19, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Hon Ong is the local name for the French-run Whale Island/Ile de la Baleine Resort. It's a beautiful private island of serene beauty, isolated... peaceful and regenerating, with an excellent beach, pristine waters, corals and coconut trees. Background music: the sound of the ocean.

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is having the beach to ourselves, in the morning... swimming and snorkeling, admiring the colourful fishes and the corals... in particular seeing my first clown fishes, in a coral close to the shore.

    Another fond memory is at night, when in the bay we could hear some really big fish (a dolphin? a whale?) swimming and leaping happily... we never saw them in the darkness, but it made us happy just to know that they were there.

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