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HON MUN

4.5 miles from Bao Dai Villa

HON MUN. 12°10.217N, 109°17.571E

Anchorage can be found in 4-8 metres at either end of the north coast of this island lying south of Hon Tre. Hon Mun has very clear water and is popular with the plethora of dive shops based in Nha Trang town. The coral and variety of fish here make it one of the most visited diving and snorkelling sites in Vietnam.

Dive companies have laid mooring buoys at both anchorages, but their boats usually disappear by mid-afternoon. Feel free to use them overnight. At the western anchorage there is a basic restaurant and a marine museum.

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Hon Dung and Hon Cau (Le Pyramid)

Northeast of Hon Tre, these steep islands rise up out of 60 metres of water and are riddled with fissures and caves which are home to tens of thousands of swallows.

Both islands are managed by a bird’s nest collecting agency and are jealously protected. It is safe to sail close by the islands and marvel at how the tiny shacks clinging to the cliff faces are actually someone’s home. Attempting to anchor here is not recommended. The guards have shotguns. Millions of dollars for the owners are at stake for these bird‘s nests, so do not go too close.

To the east of these islands, approximately five miles north of the Black Rocks Cardinal Mark (northeast of Hon Tre) is the Grand Bank Shallows. At high tide, there is no danger to yachts, but there is no good snorkelling and net fishing makes it an area to be avoided.

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