The modern development of Whale Island began a couple of decades ago when Vietnam was starting to grow its tourism industry. Vietnam beaches were being discovered and many of the best ones are in the south-central part of Vietnam. Nha Trang, which has its own airport, is just two hours distant from Whale Island. The closest major international airport is Ho Chi Minh City. Whale Island not only offers sandy beaches but there are also great water sports and walking trails around the island. The Island is in Van Phong Bay which virtually encloses it.
The transport infrastructure of Vietnam ensures that Whale Island is very accessible with good rail and coach timetables to get overseas visitors to the Island from other parts of Vietnam. The short ferry trip completes an easy journey, and for those on organised Vietnam travel packages, all the arrangements will be made for you.
As already mentioned, there are a few things to do on Whale Island other than simply to enjoy the beach but there is no pressure on tourists to do anything other than relax. There are well-walked trails around this rugged island that you are certain to enjoy but take plenty of water with you on a hot day.
If you decide to go snorkelling, you will be rewarded with an array of colourful fish. You can actually get your certificate for scuba diving here if you are a beginner and that will allow you to go scuba diving anywhere in the world. If you prefer to keep above the water, you can sail, rent a kayak or a canoe.
The obvious thing to look at on any menu if you are enjoying a Vietnam beach holiday is the seafood because it will be certain to have come out of the sea that same day.
When it comes to Vietnam weather, the rainy season in this part of the country is October to January so you should pick the other eight months of the year ideally. Scuba diving will be off limits in the rainy season by the way.
There is so much to see and do in Vietnam that you may well enjoy a couple of days of doing nothing midway through your holiday, or at the end of your holiday before your flight home. Whale Island is one of the places worth considering to do exactly that.