We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“beautiful Island get away from Nha Trang!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whale Island Resort

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Whale Island Resort
Ranked #37 of 190 Hotels in Nha Trang
Certificate of Excellence
LONDON
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“beautiful Island get away from Nha Trang!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed on Whale Island for 2 nights.
The island and the beach and the calmness of the place makes it a paradise.
The service is also good and the atmosphere very relaxed.
Just a couple of things to note.
No air conditioning in the bungalow and the temperatures can be very high at night too.
And the heat keeps bugs quite happy in your bungalow (we had 2 cockroaches inside our net one night).
The food was sometimes quite average, we had an excellent pumpkin soup though.
In terms of number of nights I wouldn't go over 3 if you are quite an active person (unless you want to dive every day :).
Go if you hated Nha Trang, like I did.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Alessandra S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

399 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    157
    131
    56
    36
    19
See reviews for
92
192
13
4
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (49)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Vietnamese first
  • Any
English first
Kelowna, Canada
Level Contributor
15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2013

Had a bit mixed feelings about this place traveling with two teenagers was not sure if they would enjoy it. What a place !!! Just fantastic , simple bungalows right at the beach , crystal clear water ( very calm would be great with little kids) and and plenty of little trails to explore. If you are not much of a hiker you have to at least one trip to see the sunset (point of view) just stunning . ( Great photo oportunity ) Paths are easy marked make sure to carry a sip of water along. Time seemed fly away ... must do a Vietnamese massage, just like heaven ! We truly enjoyed our Vietnamese Food (you have to request it ) so good ! The only regret , that we didnt had an extra night booked. It was long trip for us to get there but would do it again tomorrow :)

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Susanne101
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Level Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great snorkeling outside our rustic bamboo bungalow on the remote island beach. The water was crystal clear (especially in the morning) and just off the resort beach is a diving park; filled with colorful tropical fish, a shipwreck, and coral reefs. Watch out for jellyfish and sea urchins. Smuggle in your own snacks and beer because food and drinks are double the mainland price.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Samoa23
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Uppsala, Sweden
Level Contributor
140 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

Late review. Went there with the family in October 2011.

We enjoyed it a lot. Our intention was 7 days but that was to much with kids so we stayed in Na Trang the last night. The kids got restless and there was not much to do on the island but swim, snorkling and scuba diving. And explore the island. But beware, if you visit other parts of the island you will probably end up in deep piles with garbage. On the north side of the island there is a small floating village (fish farming) and they just dumped the garbage in the sea and it ended up on the shores of Whale Island. Thankfully there was not that much garbage in the sea or on the beach in front of the bungalows. We have now been in Vietnam for 20 months and so far this has been the cleanest beach we have seen.

When we stayed there the resort had not thought about getting meals that is for kids. The food was alright, don't get me wrong, but they should think about the kids when it comes to food. And maybe get some more to choose from when it comes to buying snacks etc. They had only Pringles.

If you want to get away for a couple of days and relax this is the place. If it wasn´t for the beach and the location and all the small clown fishes (Nemo´s) at the house reef, I would have only given them an "average".

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Backmansinhanoi
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
85 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

After an adventurous trek in the mountains on pushbike through Hmong territory we had a few nights on Whale island. basic bungalows right on the beach, fantastic food and great diving on a boat trip. The snorkeling in the bay just at our doorstep was great too, plenty of Nemo's. The bungalow slept us (mum and dad and teenage daughter) comfortably with an open bathroom and deck chairs provided to sit out the front, mosquito nets. Free snorkeling gear, great cocktails especially at sunset on the deck. 3 meals a day with way too much food for us, especially lunch but better too much than not enough. Some snacks from the mainland was a good idea for afternoon drinks at our room with some mineral water. No pool much to the disappointment of our teenage daughter. Amazing great value massage. Great place, would visit again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank ingrid08_11
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Kelowna, Canada
Level Contributor
89 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

What a place. It is a peace of paradise away from all. Huts by the beach and great local food. Beside some great diving there are also some trails. Leading to spectacular views. The staff is very friendly and likes to make the stay memorable. As for the dinner options. If you are adventures try the local cuisine. Very memorable. Stay!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank pinotn
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Vancouver
Level Contributor
8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

This review is mixed. On the one hand, the beach and the resort are beautiful, but on the other hand, the staff and management really need to make an effort to improve the customer experience.

THE BEACH: The most beautiful beach we have seen in Vietnam. The sand is white and fine, the water is pristine clear and calm and the setting is spectacular (a lagoon with shallow water and corals, perfect for snorkelling or diving). We saw a few pieces of plastic and bottles floating in the water when we were swimming, but it was nothing compared to the other unmaintained beaches nearby. We understand the staff here do their best to keep the beach clean.

THE BUNGALOWS : Scattered along the beach, the bungalows are simple and rustic, and also very charming and comfortable. We liked the open shower concept with no shower curtain or roof. The fan was making a bit too much noise at night, but we turned it off as the outside air flows through the open roof on the sides of the bungalow.

TRANSPORTATION: The driver arrived on time to pick us up as our flight landed in Nha Trang airport. However, we then had to wait for more than an hour in the city of Nha Trang, as the driver dropped us somewhere to pick up other people who where supposed to join us, but who never showed up. In the end, it took us 5 hours to reach the resort and when we informed the manager of the situation, he did not apologize. He just said the price would be a direct transfer price (more expensive than the shuttle) because apparently we were not supposed to pick up those people, and he left, seemingly angry about his staff, without any other comment or apologies.

THE FOOD: Upon our arrival, we were directed to our table and were automatically assigned the set menu. Nobody informed us that we could have a Vietnamese menu until our third meal. The set menu was an odd combination of French and Asian cuisine (fatty duck rillettes with a thick sweet pancake, spaghetti with crunchy shrimps...). The Vietnamese menu was MUCH better (fresh grilled seafood, a soup, rice... simple and healthy). It's also worth mentioning we found chunks of aluminum in our plates. When we brought up the issue to the resort manager, he got the kitchen manager to apologize to us and he talked to her in such a slavish way that we felt pity for her.

THE STAFF: Apart from one girl from the kitchen staff who was proactive and efficient (I think her name was Thao but I am not sure - she offered to serve us a Vietnamese dinner instead of the set menu, promptly served our meal and interacted with us in a friendly manner), all other staff seemed unhappy and non-existent. We had several talks with the resort manager (in French) and he struck us as an arrogant man who barely cares about his customers (let alone his staff).

THE PRICES: We were expecting it to be an expensive stay, but we had no idea we would get charged more than the price quoted at the time of reservation. We had to dispute the bill at the time of check-out and struggle with the receptionist to get a discount on the transfer following the transportation issue, as a token of their apologies. Overall, the food was overpriced (17$ for a mediocre dinner), and of all Vietnam, this was our most expensive stay. We spent the same amount of money here for one night that we spent in Phu Quoc for three nights.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank MissTine_K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
lxportier, Manager at Whale Island Resort, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review which will contribute to improve our the quality of our organization and our relationship with our guest.
I am glad to understand that you liked the location and the beach bungalow, that we charge you at the garden rate, of our resort.

Unfortunately, it is seemed often secluded and far for our guest that flight to Cam Ranh (Nha Trang Airport).
Your email give me the opportunity to advice our future guest to prefer Tuy Hoa airport located only at one hour from our jetty if that will feet their schedule and to stay at least two nights if they will travel this way.
We are not making any benefits on the transfer that we arrange. Our guest are more than welcome to find their own way of transportation and to chose a cheaper option if they can find one. We provide free boat transfer to any guest of the resort anyway. If they choose our services, they should be agreed with our policy that is to organize as less transport as possible to reduce their cost (the price of the petrol nearly increases of 100 % in Vietnam for the last 5 years) and on the same time the traffic and pollution. We organize two shuttle buses a day from Nha Trang city and special transfer from the airport to group, when it is possible, our guests. The schedule of the people who were supposed to travel with you changed at the last minute.
I again, as you have not heard my apologies, apology for your useless wait during your transfer.

The set menu is a Vietnamese one that we have arranged and still improve accordingly to the taste of our usual guest. But like you do, few guests don’t like these arrangements. As soon as these guests let us know, we change their menu.
The pieces of aluminum that you found in your plate were coming from the cover of the special container of our fresh duck “rillettes”. I joined my sincere apologies to the kitchen staff manager and hope you did not suffer of any prejudice following this unfortunate accident.

I do also apologize for my Vietnamese that still basic and can seemed to be rude (my french accent maybe?): I do practice it with the Whale Island Staff when we find some free time to share and my family when i am off. It will hopefully sound more pleasant and less arrogant.
I hope that you did not find me distant: we do welcome a lot of couple for a romantic (sometimes honeymoon) stay and I try to not be intrusive and be respectful . I thought it was your case.

I still available to talk with you about your experience, if you wish to.

Finaly, I wish to both of you a enjoyable snake year, lately, as you left before the new year’eve.

Kind regards

AP.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Nha Trang
34.5 mi away
MerPerle Hon Tam Resort
MerPerle Hon Tam Resort
#28 of 190 in Nha Trang
4.5 of 5 bubbles 339 reviews
17.1 mi away
Wild Beach Resort and Spa
Wild Beach Resort and Spa
#1 of 1 in Ninh Phuoc
3.0 of 5 bubbles 121 reviews
31.9 mi away
The Summer Hotel
The Summer Hotel
#29 of 190 in Nha Trang
4.0 of 5 bubbles 388 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
12.5 mi away
Some Days of Silence Resort & Spa
21.8 mi away
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
#2 of 190 in Nha Trang
4.5 of 5 bubbles 1,025 reviews
27.0 mi away
Amiana Resort
Amiana Resort
#5 of 190 in Nha Trang
4.5 of 5 bubbles 672 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Whale Island Resort? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Whale Island Resort

Property: Whale Island Resort
Address: 2 Me Linh | Van Ninh District, Nha Trang, Vietnam
Location: Vietnam > Khanh Hoa Province > Nha Trang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Nha Trang
#12 Family Hotel in Nha Trang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Whale Island Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An idyllic tropical paradise on a small island in stunning Van Phong Bay, Whale Island, also known as Ile de la Baleine or Hon Ong, is a low-key, initimate resort two hours north of Nha Trang. Offering a desert island experience, Whale Island nestles amongst swaying coconut palms and a pristine sand beach.Thirty one traditional-style bamboo thatched bungalows offer beds with mosquito nets, pillar fans, plus en-suite bathrooms with shower. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Hotels.com, Travelocity, Expedia and Agoda so you can book your Whale Island Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Whale Island Hotel Nha Trang
Whale Island Nha Trang

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing