Binh Ba island travel guide

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Cung Phuot- Binh Ba, a small island (3km2), is in Cam Binh commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province. The island locates in Cam Ranh Bay, is far about 60 km from Nha Trang and about 15 km from Ba Ngoi harbor. Binh Ba Island used to be military restricted area. Now, the rule is relaxed but foreigners are still banned to go in. Because of under military management, Binh Ba is a wild island with rustic sceneries which are not devastated by human beings. In recent years, there are a lot of visitors going here while the infrastructure is limited. Thus, tourism is causing some negative effects on the environment.

Bình Ba là một điểm du lịch được nhiều người lựa chọn trong những năm gần gây (Ảnh – Linh Lý Thành)

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General introduction about Binh Ba Island

Ảnh – Nhà Quê

Binh Ba, a small island (3km2), is in Cam Binh commune, Cam Ranh city, Khanh Hoa province. . The island locates in Cam Ranh Bay, is far about 60 km from Nha Trang and about 390 km from Ho Chi Minh City.

Binh Ba locates on the mouth of Cam Ranh Bay, above 0.5- 204 m to sea level. It is not fragmented and relatively flat and surrounded by sea. The peak in the island is Hon Du (Mao Du). There are mainly two types of terrain:

  • Mountainous terrain: is many mountain peaks such as Hon Du, Hon Co, Bai Ve… in 487.77 ha area, accounting for 83.7% the whole commune natural area.
  • Flat area is about 94.78 ha in large and accounts for 16.3% the whole commune natural area. There are many wild beaches where are tucked between the mountains and sea waist including Bo De, Nha Cu, Cay Me, Hon Co, Bai Chuong… As a result, people hardly set foot. Moreover, travellers have a chance to see wonderful corals beneath their feet. Especially, beaches in the islands are diversified shaped, color huge stones.
Đảo Bình Hưng (Ảnh – DBSSW)

Since 1786, people have lived more crowdedly, fishing has developed. According to word-of- mouth folk, a fleet of Quang Ngai fishermen is washed up on the island by storm. It did not make sense that sea was calm surrounding the island while storm in deep sea still was raged. Therefore, people named the island Ba Binh means breakwater. Then it was renamed Binh Ba. After that, residents in Binh Ba Island discovered other island which is far about 3 miles in the southwest. Several people scattered to a new island and named it Hon Ty (or Binh Hung island in current)

When should you travel to Binh Ba?

Nên đi biển vào khoảng tháng 3 (Ảnh – mBug0110)

The weather in Binh Ba Island is so similar in Nha Trang that you could travel both the destinations in the same time. March to September is the time of nice weather, calm sea and no big wave and heavy rain. The rest of year is hurricane season. Thus, this time is unsuitable for island travel.

Means of transportation to Binh Ba

Cảng Ba Ngòi (Ảnh – Tam Bui Photography)

In order to travel to Binh Ba Island, firstly you would go to Cam Ranh city by airplane, train or high- quality bus. Then you go to Da Bac harbor (there are 2 harbors in Cam Ranh: Da Bac and Ba Ngoi. While Ba Ngoi harbor is used for big ships, Da Bac harbor is used for short-distance ships). You could ask any taxi driver the way to Binh Ba, they will know where you would go off. There are 4 daily ships from Cam Ranh to Binh Ba. Depart time is 7:30 – 10:00- 13:30- 16:00 in Cam Ranh and 5:00- 9:00- 12:30- 16:30 in Binh Ba.

Hostels in Binh Ba Island

Ở Bình Ba hiện giờ đã có nhiều dịch vụ lưu trú cho khách (Ảnh – Giang Pham)

Most hotels in Binh Ba Island were homestay several years ago. And now, there are many hostels as a result of tourism development. The list of hostels in Binh Ba Island as following:

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Mrs. Tuyen Hostel (Quan Gio Bien)
Telephone number: +84 914 493 793
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mrs. Lan Hostel
Telephone number: +84 169 406 7384
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Bien Xanh Hostel or Thin Hostel
Telephone number: +84 903 081 117/ +84 962 858 684
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

My Tram Hostel
Telephone number: +84 965 006 749/ +84 914 811 344
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Hanh Phanh Hostel
Telephone number: +84 163 943 7878
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mai Huy Hostel
Telephone number: +84 168 587 0955
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Suon Nui Hostel
Telephone number: +84 949 998 0370
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Tu Khanh Hostel
Telephone number: +84 983 858 994/ +84 972 332 202
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Bay Ho Hostel
Telephone number: +84 983 858 941
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mrs. Dung Hostel
Telephone number: +84 972 232 202
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mrs. Tuyen Hostel
Telephone number: +84 914 493 793
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mrs. Ut Tang Hostel
Telephone number: +84 942 016 958
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mrs. Nhoc Tu Hostel
Telephone number: +84 942 016 958
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Bien Xanh Hostel
Telephone number: +84 903 081 117/ +84 962 858 684
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Thuy Ngan Hostel
Telephone number: +84 935 337 978
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Hai Au Hostel
Telephone number: +84 164 285 8080
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Mr. Hau Hostel (floating house)
Telephone number: +84 123 315 7654
Address: Binh Ba, Cam Ranh district, Khanh Hoa province

Travel cost to Binh Ba Island

Tourist destinations in Binh Ba Island

(Ảnh – Giang Pham)

There are many wonderful beaches with white sand, clean water and blue sky in wild Binh Ba Island. Because tourism was limited, the island reserved its’ wild beauty. The island is a perfect place for peacefulness, relaxing and staying away from hustle of busy life. Especially, the residents are very conscious of protecting environment. Beaches and piers are clean.

Sa Huynh beach

Sa Huynh beach looks as a piece of a new moon embracing calm blue sea. It is a great clean sandy beach with clear water, gentle slope. Both sides of the beach are covered by spectacular and diversified shaped stones. It is possible to see colorful coral shelf near the cliffs without diving. It often takes about 5 minutes on canoe from Binh Ba centre to Sa Huynh beach. If you have time, you could try wooden boat.

Chuong beach

Bãi Chướng (Ảnh – Hùng Nguyễn)

In spite of deep beach and beautiful seascape, there is few visitors travel to Chuong beach. This is because of strong waves, dead coral washed into beach and long distance from the residential area. The beach welcome the earliest dawn on the island. Therefore, you could camp here and then wake up early to welcome a new day.

Nom beach

Bãi Nồm (Ảnh – Thiên Bình)

You go straight about 300m to Nom beach from the market. White sand, clean water, rocks, cliffs and trees surrounding the beach make romantic scenery. Especially, on every Saturday evening, it is very wonderful that the residents hold party for travellers under colorful lights, romantic music and vibrant dance in the seascape. Moreover, there are coral and big waves for swimmers. This is also the best place for camping during February to July. The rest of year is so windy season so camping is challenging.

Nha Cu beach (Old house beach)

Bãi Nhà Cũ ở Bình Ba (Ảnh – nguyenvietlam)

This is the most beautiful beach with coral reefs, warm flowing, calm waves and big stones. The beach is very so wide to swim and look the sunset. Nha Cu beach is more special and different from other islands. This is because natural combination a lots coral and sea urchins with green of waves approaching the shore creates unique ombre color. For many visitors love the sea and beauty of Binh Ba Island, risk of being bleed by urchins could not stop their steps to this wonderful beach. The white sandy beach locates in rocky outcrops, which forms a great picture.

Binh Ba village pagoda

Đình làng Bình Ba (Ảnh – changngoc0608)

In 1851, the people worshiped Nam Hai who was ordained as “Nam Hai cu toc tuong quan” by the King Tu Duc. In addition, Mr. Nguyen Phung and his wife, Mrs. Phan Bac, are recognized as the founder of the village. Binh Ba village pagoda is remained until today and has undergone many restorations. Nam Hai’s tomb was restored and recognized as the provincial cultural relics by Khanh Hoa People’s committee in 2006.

Bot Cua

Standing in Bot Cua, you could see panoramic stunning Cam Ranh Bay. This is not only a border among Binh Ba Island and 4 naval areas but also set up the electricity network to islands.

Delicious food and cuisine in Binh Ba Island

When travelling to Binh Ba Island, you are not ignorable Lobster as a specialty. The people in Khanh Hoa province often said: “Salanganes Nest in Hon Noi, duck in Ninh Hoa, lobster in Binh Ba, dried deer in Dien Khanh” about 4 famous specialties in this province. Moreover, Binh Ba has all kinds of seafood to serve tourists.

Lobster

Tôm hùm là đặc sản của Bình Ba (Ảnh – Khai Hoan Hotel)

Binh Ba has nickname “Lobster Island” because it is well-known for lobster. There are plenty of lobster farming houses in the island. The lobster is very delicious. Some of them are as big as adult’s calves. The most simple and tasty cooking method is to grill. Lobster meat is naturally sweet and chewy. Even blood of some big lobsters could be put in white wine then drunk. Moreover, remaining shrimp shell is used as cheerful ornaments. Besides grilled lobster, lobster soup has special favor which you would remember in your lifetime.

Steamed King Crab

Ghẹ hấp (Ảnh – beghe)

King Crab is a kind of crab but has slimmer body and softer shell, sweet flesh. Therefore, King Crab is a material for many delicious dishes. One of the most simple dish is steamed King Crab. The King Crab is washed, put into the steamer then add some citronella.

Deep herring salat

Gỏi cá mai (Ảnh – thy khuê)

In Khanh Hoa province, deep herring salat is very popular and used for guest welcoming. Deep herrings are often as big as thumbs, smooth body. They seem look like anchovies but no oar. They are mainly used for salat.

It takes a lot of time to prepare good deep herring salat. Deep herring is very fresh, already been from sea. The hardest part is boning each of deep herring then using tissue to make them dry.

Dill dipped fish roll in pizza paper

The information is being updated.

Fried squid

Mực lá chiên giòn (Ảnh – 24hseafood)

Squid stem is as short, big as a leaf. The thick meat is as red as cockroach wings. They seem look like cuttlefish but have oval thick fins extending around almost of the entire mantle. However, squid is sweeter than cuttlefish. Beside sweetness, the squid is crisp but soft, as sweet as chewing. Squid is cooked many dishes such as grilled, cut into small piece to fry…

Grilled blood cockle

Sò huyết (Ảnh – ArTuan.com)

Blood cockle is very healthy. The nutritional ingredient could strengthen your muscle and provide energy.

Notes for trip to Binh Ba Island

Một chuyến tàu đi Bình Ba (Ảnh – Thiên Bình)
  1. Binh Ba Island is a military area. Therefore, foreigners are not allowed to visit the island.
  2. If you go with a big group, you should prepare a list of members (including their full name, birthday, identified card, address…) then print some copies in order to hand out to border post.
  3. If you buy a tour, you should asked carefully the price and discuss about each requirement so as to avoid any additional cost.
  4. If you want to bring your motorbike to the island, you should take ships 9:00- 16:30 (Binh Ba- Cam Linh) and 7:30- 13:30 (Cam Linh- Binh Ba) because these are allowed ship to carry motorbike, personal things and lobster babies.
  5. People’ Committees regulated that the maximized price for hiring a private ship to Binh Ba Island was 1.500.000 VND (updated in 2013). You should check the price with contact to People’s Committees in Cam Binh Commune: + 84 58 385 8903
  6. You should book your accommodation and food if you go at weekend and in holidays. There might be no vacancy in high seasons.

 

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