Diep Son Island Nha Trang Vietnam – An increasingly huge number of tourists have chosen Diep Son Island in Van Phong Bay off the central coast province of Khanh Hoa as an exotic destination in Vietnam.
In the middle of Van Phong, there are three islands – Diep Son, Hon Giua and Hon Duoc, with each covering several hectares. The biggest among the three is Diep Son but local residents refer to it as Hon Bip as it is home to a lot of bim bip (Clinacanthus nutans) trees. A sandbank will emerge between Hon Giua and Hon Bip in low tide.
Diep Son is 250 meters long and 50 meters wide. In the center of the island is a mountain which is 130 meters above sea level. There are dozens of families living on the island and fishing is their subsistence livelihood. Since earlier 2016, the islanders have been able to earn extra income as more tourists have come to Diep Son to admire its stunning landscape.
Tourists should travel 60 kilometers from Nha Trang to Van Gia fishing port where they take a speed-boat ride to Diep Son at a price of VND200,000 per group. On Diep Son, they can rest at some cottage homes on the mountainside. There are some free umbrellas on the beach. Travelers can climb a watchtower to have a panoramic view of the island or wander around for some pictures.
Diep Son offers some basic facilities and services such as restrooms, wifi, electricity, seafood and vegetables.
Each day, electricity is only available from 6:00pm – 9:00pm thanks to a dynamo. There is one school for all the children from kindergarten to Grade 5. Every afternoon, small wooden boats from the mainland will carry people from Tan Dan Village to Diep Son to collect the daily fishing harvest and this is the most bustling time at this tranquil village.
A rustic island that never attracted much attention from tourists, Diep Son suddenly became very famous from some photos posted on social media networks, and has since seen a marked increase in visitors who have become enamored with the humble residents and beautiful natural landscape. However, this has brought its own set of consequences in the form of increased noise pollution and littering of plastic and waste.
Many tourists come to Diep Son to marvel at its beautiful winding path which is half submerged in the crystal waters, and dries completely when water subsides. There are also many hidden coves and caves scattered across the island that are perfect for exploration from a curious and determined visitor.
To get to the island, tourists can take a boat from Van Gia Port (60km from Nha Trang center).
From Van Gia Port, tourists can take Phuong Dong Boat which departs around 9 am and returns to the mainland at 5 pm.