Island-hopping tours take you to some of Nha Trang’s neighbouring islets, offering a full day of sightseeing, live entertainment, and fun-filled activities with fellow tourists. Thanks to Nha Trang’s relatively calm waters all year long, there are numerous tour operators that organise boat cruises on a daily basis.
Priced at VND 200,000 onwards, the boat cruise is inclusive of lunch, hotel transfers, and snorkelling gear rental, stopping at Mun Island, Mot Island, Tam Island, and Mieu Island for about an hour for each one. After hotel pickups, visitors are taken to the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam for a brief visit before a shuttle speedboat transfers them to Mun Island.
After an hour of leisurely snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing at the island, the next stop is Mot Island where lunch is served with complimentary drinks and seasonal fruits. Live entertainment by local guides is also provided on the boat. During the entire island-hopping tour, you can see Nha Trang’s colourful coral reefs and various marine life through the boat’s glass flooring.
At Tam Island, visitors can enjoy water sports such as jet-skiing and kayaking, relax by the beachside, or see the local fishermen at work catching cuttlefish, shrimps, and flower crabs. Before heading back to the main island, the boat stops at Hon Mieu Island, which hosts the Tri Nguyen Aquarium. Built in 1971, it resembles a massive pirate ship that’s made of concrete, housing hundreds of marine species and a manmade pond on the ground floor, souvenir shops on the second, and a restaurant on the top floor.
Do note that entrance fees to Tri Nguyen Aquarium (VND 90,000), Mun Island (VND 22,000) and Tranh Mini-Beach (VND 30,000) are not inclusive in the tour package. A popular boat tour is The Funky Monkey, which offers a unique floating bar, where patrons can enjoy an array of cocktails and beers as well as live entertainment. Also known as a booze cruise amongst backpackers, it is priced at VND 200,000 per person.