Experience A Summer Holiday In Hon Dua Island
Hon Dua is a small island in An Chan commune, Tuy An district. The island has rocky cliffs with many fancy shapes, colorful coral reefs, and a beautiful lake. The most special part is that this is the only island in Phu Yen with green pandan grass all year round, creating a wild and charming landscape.
|Hon Dua is a small island in An Chan commune, Tuy An district. Photo: Le Quoc Hung
In An Chan commune, Tuy An district, there are currently two other beautiful islands, Hon Chua and Hon Than, but the farthest from the mainland and also considered the most attractive is Hon Dua island. After nearly 30 minutes of traveling from the mainland, the first impression that tourists have is the beautiful rocks with many interesting shapes, a green grass hill, and a crystal blue sea.
Hon Dua area is much smaller than Hon Chua, surrounded by rocky cliffs surfacing on the water. The east is Hon Chua island, the north of the island is steep cliffs and the south is a long sandy beach. On the island, there are many thorny pineapples growing in clusters and grassy hills, which is why it got its name “Hon Dua” (Pineapples Island).
|Photo: Le Quoc Hung
The best time to go to Hon Dua island is in the dry season between November to April next year. During this time, the waves are really calm, combined with the not-too-hot weather, suitable for exploring this beautiful natural scenery. In addition, the sea is extremely clear and colorful that is waiting for tourists to visit.
From Duong Dong Town Center tourists need to take a taxi or car drive for about 30 minutes to An Thoi seaport, then take another 30 minutes cruising by boat to Hon Dua Island. Transfer by boat is an economical way with the price is only 50,000 VND/person/time (US$2.5). It is easy to buy a boat ticket at An Thoi seaport.
|Tourists can enjoy a relaxing moment sunbathing on the grassy hill. Photo: Le Quoc Hung
The rock shore behind the grassy hill of Hon Dua is loved by many young people for being the most ideal place to see the sunrise on the islands of Phu Yen. This place has both a blue sea, a natural sea lake, and wonderful marine life underneath, all of which have created a unique feature for Hon Dua island.
From Hon Dua island, visitors can see Da Bia Mountain, Tuy Hoa city, and the mountain ranges in the Tuy An district. They can even spot Hon Chua and Hon Yen islands from a distance.
Snorkeling is an interesting activity that everyone should not miss when coming here. Hon Dua is famous for its clear blue water and rich vegetation, especially beautiful colorful coral reefs. The snorkeling in Hon Dua can keep up to 30m and is suitable for adventure tourists who have enough health and scuba diving skills. The elderly and children can choose to snorkel near the shore.
|Camping is one of the tourist's favorite activities here. Photo: Le Quoc Hung
Kayaking is the best way to help you experience the unspoiled nature of Hon Dua Island. The best time for tourists to kayak is in the early morning when they can enjoy the fresh, quiet morning air or in the sunset when the sun pours down creating a very spectacular scene.
Compared to other beach destinations in Vietnam, Phu Yen is among the places that offer seafood at surprisingly reasonable prices. A must-visit destination for experiencing seafood is O Loan Lagoon, where tourists can both enjoy their meals and take in the cool, refreshing atmosphere.
|Photo: Le Quoc Hung
Some other notable dishes for breakfast at Phu Yen are banh hoi long pork (soft thin vermicelli with pig's tripes), bun cha ca (vermicelli with grilled fish pie), and banh chung he (chives soup). For lunch and dinner, consider trying out tuna eyes and fried chicken rice. At Phu Yen, tuna eyes are the specialty dish. They are stewed in a small earthen pot with some herbs, bringing out the sweet taste of the tuna eyes.
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