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Mun Island

Situated in the southern part of Nha Trang Bay in Khanh Hoa Province, Mun Island has many coral, which is great for diving.  Below the depth of 5 metres the coral is a spectacular sight.  This island is managed by Marine Protected Area (MPA) Nha Trang.

Mun Island Nha Trang

We went out on a speed boat that my local friend was able to obtain from the same company that takes Vinpearl resort guest to Mun Island. You can also go with the diveboat that takes people here for scuba diving. Today my girlfriend and I decided to doa little snorkeling at Mun Island. If I didn't know better, I would think that Liendaughter was born in the ocean. Nhi swim like a fish and she is only 7 years old. Ican see the gills growning on her. There is no worry looking after the few youngpeople that went with us as the water was very calm, and the snorkeling veryenjoyable. Nhi and her cousin quickly learned to dive under water to look at the fishwith the snorkel masks. I see other group visiting Mun Island to go diving but wedecide to do the snorkeling thing instead. I think it was more enjoyable watchingthem than looking at the fish and coral myself. The boat crew was great. Not only didthey crew the boat but also (you can also charter a boat with the dive company likeCoco Dive or Rainbow diving) also cooked and prepare the meals. I will definitely notbe loosing weight anytime soon on this trip to Nha Trang.

We came back to the my friend's house for dinner and a quick nap before first. The street they lived on was quiet and there was not much traffic going back and forth.once everyont was fully rested back to the beach we headed for more swimming and a cold beer. There was even people selling BBQ lobster on the beach. The venders carry pots and hot coals from her shoulder as she balance the whole cooking assembly on her back. Another familiy member followed behind with the cooler filled with sweet snails, lobster, crab, prawns and other great looking shellfish I have never seen before. We ate again and the food was gone in no time. The lobster lady assured us that the lobster was fresh and we were getting a great deal. Around Mun Island you can see lobster walking on the seafloor. It is against the law to bring any home but my friend told me of storys about one of their other friend that would sneak a few under his diving jacket home for a feast.

Location: Mun Island is situated on the south of Nha Trang Bay, Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province.

Description : Named Mun Island because in the south east of the island, it has high-rise cliffs with dangerous wattles forming caves and grottoes, especially its stones are as black as ebony, which could rarely be found in other areas.

Detail : In the black-stone caves of Hon Mun, every year flocks of swallow migrate to the area and build their nests. Due to the island's location adjacent to the hot sea-currents from the equator, suitable to the development conditions of corals and various types of tropical sea creatures, the sea bed of Hon Mun is home to an abundant and diverse group of marine species, an interesting and useful place for researchers, oceanographers and tourists to observe and explore more of the sea creatures' life.

In Hon Mun, visitors can dive 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.

Mun was included on a list of 16 proposed marine protected areas compiled on behalf of the former MOSTE (Nguyen Chu Hoi et al. 1998). Finally, a proposal to establish a marine protected area at Hon Mun was included in the Asian Development Bank's (ADB 1999) marine and coastal protected areas systems plan for Vietnam. In this proposal, the area of the site is given as 10,500 ha, comprising a marine component of 7,500 ha and a terrestrial component of 3,000 ha (ADB 1999).

Hon Mun proposed marine protected area is also home to a number of globally species, including Hawksbill Turtle Eretmochelys imbricata (ADB 1999). A number of the small, rocky islands off the coast of Khanh Hoa province provide suitable nesting habitat for Germain's Swiflet Collocalia germani and Black-nest Swiftlet C. maxima (Casellini et al. 1999); several of these islands are located within Hon Mun proposed marine protected area (ADB 1999).

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