Attraction Thùy Vân, tp. Vũng Tàu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam Published on: 27-07-2016
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Why Hon Ba Island is special ?
Hon Ba - Islet of the Goddess, just off Nghinh Phong tip between Bai Dua and Bai Sau, can be reached only on foot when the tide is low. It has the shape of a tortoise and is home to a temple built by fishermen in honor of the Goddess of the Sea.
There is no electricity and water system. It’s a small island with a small temple, but it’s definitely worth visiting. The atmosphere is truly unique and the view from the top of the island is stunning. Also you can enjoy a nice morning walk along the beach. Taking the steep stairs up will bring you to the mysterious temple on the top of the mountain.
What to explore at Hon Ba Island?
Hon Ba Island is located approximately 200m from Small Mountain. When the tide is low, it is possible to walk to this tiny island. On the 1st and 15th of each lunar month, people go to the island and burn incense for luck. Hon Ba is a lovely scenic spot in Vung Tau.
The location of the island is also quite unusual. Splendid sea view, Small Mountain with Jesus Statue on it and Back Beach can be seen from its top. The Back Beach is famous for kite-surfing station, the only one in Vung Tau with European bar next to it
For locals the island can be interesting for Mieu Ba temple. Several English resources call it Lady Temple. It’s dedicated to goddess – patroness of sailors and fishermen.
- Hon Ba island - adventure and good luck
- Peace from war
- Divine Island
- Lucky Place
- The feeling is good. Just to look from far away
Thùy Vân, tp. Vũng Tàu, Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu, Vietnam
Tips for you
“Hon Ba island - adventure and good luck” Hon Ba Island is one of the least known and utilized attractions of Vung Tau. Situated just past the point between Back and Front beach (on the back beach side) it is the Asian equivalent of the French Island of Mont St Michel. It has two similarities to its French counterpart - it can only be reached at low tide and it is a place of pilgrimage. Also called the Lady Island it has female Buddhas and is said to bring good luck to all who visit. I got a great job the week after my adventure. Its an exciting crossing because except on the rarest of extreme low tides the crossing involves walking through water and across quite treacherously slippery and sharp rocks. Good solid tennis shoes are advised. You are also advised to be ready to cross 2 hours prior to the low tide and must return before the tide turns because when it turns waves come at you from two different directions - from the back beach and the front beach which can make it quite difficult to keep your balance. I arrived at 6.30 two hours before a reasonably good low tide and was lucky to cross with local fisherman and women. There were 7 of us making the crossing. They gave me a stout bamboo stick and showed me how to balance by digging the stick into the sand between the rocks. At one point a Vietnamese man took my arm and literally lifted me across the worst of the rocks to the shore. Bless him. Its a little bit of a climb up the steps to the temple but you are greeted by the guardian, given a bunch of incense and left to pray or wonder at will. Later they gave me a mat and a cold drink on the balcony overlooking the ocean. The huge statue of Jesus on the mainland headland looks down on Hon Ba/Lady Island so it is quite a special place to spend an hour or two. The guardian and his family are very friendly and if you take a vietnamese/english dictionary with you they are only too pleased to try for a conversation. I do not know anyone in Vung Tau who has been over to the island (not even vietnamese friends) so I feel pretty good about my journey and I have certainly had the best of luck since my visit. I highly recommend this adventure and this temple. It is very special.