Diving & Snorkeling
Hon Mun Island, Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province, VietnamPrices
USD45 for the trip
Hon Mun (or Mun Island) is among the most picturesque islands off the coast of Nha Trang, identified by the black rocks covering its shores, and it is one of the most visited destinations for the area’s divers.
Anyone who’s been to Nha Trang recently can attest to the growing popularity of snorkeling and diving around the bay’s nine major islands. However, according to diving experts, so far Mun Island is the most beautiful location of them all – in addition to its white, sandy shores and blue skies, it also has a veritable underwater “palace” that is among the most attractive in Southeast Asia.
Located 10 kilometers from the city, it takes 15 minutes to reach by boat and is so popular that it’s likely to have ten boats moored off its shores at any one time. The island is the scene for well-known sites such as “Madonna Rock” and “Coral Garden” where divers can view a kaleidoscope of bright fish and coral. In the black stone caves of Mun Island, every year flocks of swallows arrive in migration to build their nests. Due to the island’s location adjacent to the hot sea currents of the equator, suitable for the development of corals and an abundance of sea creatures, the seabed of Hon Mun is home to a wealth of marine species. It’s an interesting and useful place for researchers, oceanographers and tourists to observe and explore more of our aquatic world.
New divers are taught how to snorkel and communicate via hand signals. Trainers are in the water to follow divers closely and ensure that they don’t touch sea anemones or pocket coral and to help them out should any trouble arise. The ecosystem, plants and animals here are extremely plentiful. According to statistics, there are 2,000 different kinds of coral in the world of which 1,500 can be found in Hon Mun. Experienced international divers are often quite astonished at the splendid diving available here.
Tourists must attend a quick course in diving so that they can explore the underwater world – it lasts about 30 minutes. Newbies to diving can be reassured by the presence of diving experts who wills support and guide them to places with lots of coral.
Reaching depths of five to ten meters, tourists can enjoy the wonderful sights of the underwater world thanks to the multicolored and diverse beauty of the coral. “I didn’t feel like myself, it was as though I had dissolved in water,” first-time diver Hung said while freely amusing himself with fish shoals of all kinds and colors.
Diving deeper, tourists might bump into the occasional ten-kilo grouper as it lurks near the coral, or meter-long eels and huge anchovy shoals. If you have a more adventurous spirit, you can dive deeper to around 15 to 18 meters, past the corals to reach the sea caves. Diving experts often remark as to the uniqueness of Hon Mun’s caves, in which visitors can see creatures living inside such as shrimps, octopus and skates with the assistance of a lamp.
Hon Mun (Ebony Island) is a prime diving and snorkeling site and is a protected area. Due to its proximity to hot-sea currents, the sea bed is home to an abundant and diverse group of marine species. Dive shops organise half-day trips to the island for diving and snorkeling. Alternatively, you can rent a private boat for USD45 for the trip.
Visitors can go diving (scuba diving is optional) or take grass-bottom boat to admire the colour coral and sea creatures. All the diving centers come and stop near this island: visibility is always excellent there and there is an impressive variety of corals of all colors, with numerous pretty tropical fishs. This is the island where all dive sites already mentioned in the Nha Trang section are located. It also has a couple of other sites such as Rainbow Reef and Tiger Wall.
Now, many diving centers in Nha Trang run night tours. Plunging into the dark sea, all you can do is follow the light of a lamp, and newbies always feel a little startled with images flickering through their minds of fictional leviathans or very real sharks. As a reward, though, the dark blue sea looks beautiful with creatures searching for food at night that you cannot see in the daytime. While introducing the nightlife of the sea, Mr. Quynh, a local diving instructor, said he inherited his love of the sea from his grandfather and father, both fishermen. “My aspiration is to raise my son to be a good diver and a sea lover like me!” he grinned.
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