Whale Island 30th December 2007 to 2nd January 2008

Whale Island Travel Blog

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The boat we rode in on

We decided to splurge on Whale Island for new year and were lucky enough to receive an Xmas gift to cover much of the cost, so it was pretty much a guilt free pleasure. The deal included the transfer to and from Nha Trang which takes about two hours depending on the death wish of your driver. Our pick up was spot on time, maybe even a few minutes early which caught us off guard!! We picked up four others at another hotel then it was off on a very pleasant trip through the always beautiful Vietnamese countryside. Paddy fields, farmers, wandering animals and the crazy sights you see on the roads never get dull. We arrived at the dock then had a 15 minute boat transfer to Whale Island itself and it was a little bit rough so Steph was slightly on edge.

Our beach on Whale Island
Our first glimpse of the Whale Island Resort came as we rounded some crazy rocks and a stretch of white sand beach and some cute beach hut roofs came into view. Just what we were hoping for, our own little plot of paradise for a few days.

We were shown to our room and we were both instantly struck by how much it reminded us of our honeymoon accomodation in Zanzibar which brought back some wonderful memories for us. The only problem was the weather which was windy and overcast and threatening a bit of rain which we were quite okay with at first as we both have some sunburn to recover from, but when we were told that it was due to last for several days it was a bit disappointing.

The resort is lovely; the rooms are spread across a sandy bay, some are right on the front, others including ours, are set back and are in very well tended and pretty gardens.

The bar area of Whale Island Resort
The bar area is right by the sea at the edge of the bay and some seats are under a grass thatch roof and others are in the open on a patio. There is also an enclosed pool and billiards room to one side which given the weather we took advantage of during our stay. The dining areas are split into three spaces, one inside and two outside under the same grass style thatched roofs. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating and it was nice to check our passports and money into the safe of reception and not have to worry about carrying and guarding cash for a few days.

On our second day we decided to embark on a trek around the Island on what they describe as a 'well worn path', not so sure about that one. It was totally beuatiful at first with hundreds of colourful butterflies of all shapes and sizes and we got to visit a different beach and climb up to a rock outcrop at the top of a hill, but as for the well worn path.

Our bunglow
..!! At times it was quite overgrown with some seriously evil bushes with three inch long thorns. To be honest the first half hour was fantastic but it went on through some more thickets, round bays and over more peaks and then more and more. Two hours later and having past one poor guy with four kids we arrived back at the resort totally exhausted and in dire need of a cold beer!!

The food at the resort was great with one exception and sadly that was New Years Eve. We were told there was a special buffet at 7.30 in the evening which we tucked into thinking it would give us plenty of time to let the food go down and the booze to take effect ready for new year. Unfortunately the buffet was the starter and then there was a sit down but not until 10pm!! Of course by that time we were totally full and really didn't feel like eating.

Us relaxing outside our bungalow
  Worse still Steph was served a dish which contained cheese which she realised after one bite and despite spitting it out, it was obviously severely upsetting and made her feel sick. We ended up seeing in New Year alone back at our room with Steph frantically brushing her teeth trying to get the taste of cheese out her mouth. When we spoke to the resort manager in the morning about it he was totally apologetic and understanding of how serious a matter it is us and at least we didn't have to pay the New Year supplement for the night!!

True to form the weather continued to be windy, overcast with the odd bit of rain but we made the most of our kick back time and sped through a couple of books, played lots of backgammon and generally gazed at each other lovingly the whole time in what is a totally romantic and beautiful setting and felt like a mini second honeymoon.

Virginiagoodings says:
Darlings:
It does truly sound wonderful there! Too bad about the weather and the food incident!
Much love to you both
Mum/Virginia xxxooo
Posted on: Jan 03, 2008
barrieandann says:
Thanks for photos, seems to be a great location. Seems that you have got over the effects of the sun. Hope so!
Lots of love Mum and Dad (Ann & Barrie) xxxxx
Posted on: Jan 02, 2008
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The boat we rode in on
The boat we rode in on
Our beach on Whale Island
Our beach on Whale Island
The bar area of Whale Island Resort
The bar area of Whale Island Resort
Our bunglow
Our bunglow
Us relaxing outside our bungalow
Us relaxing outside our bungalow
A beach we came across during our …
A beach we came across during our…
Adam enjoying the breeze after our…
Adam enjoying the breeze after ou…
Steph keeping close to the rockfac…
Steph keeping close to the rockfa…
One of the countless butterflies w…
One of the countless butterflies …
Views around the Island
Views around the Island
Us enjoying a well earned beer fol…
Us enjoying a well earned beer fo…
A friendly gecko in our room
A friendly gecko in our room
Adam immediatley after a handful o…
Adam immediatley after a handful …
Adam: post-wasabi cashew
Adam: post-wasabi cashew
Whale Island
photo by: stephandadam