Having sun-kissed white sand and crystal-clear water, Fingernail Island (Hon Mong Tay island) has won the hearts of numerous domestic and international visitors to become one of Phu Quoc‘s most gorgeous islands. For those seeking a trip that goes beyond sunbathing, this magnificent island will bring the ultimate journey. For a detailed guide to this destination, read on.
1. About Fingernail Island in Vietnam
1.1. Where is it? How to get there?
Fingernail Island (or Mong Tay island in Vietnamese) is one of the most well-known islands situated in the south of An Thoi Archipelago, Duong Hoa Commune, Phu Quoc City, Kien Giang Province.
Mong Tay Island is hidden from the shipping lanes, so there are few ships passing by, and even fewer human influences. Thus, the natural wildness of this secluded island is completely retained.
- Origin of the island’s name
The reason why Fingernail Island has such a strange name is that there used to be many bantigue trees (or fingernail trees in Vietnamese) growing on the island. Therefore, those who discovered this wonderful island named it after the tree’s name.
- Means of transport and directions to get there
To get to Fingernail Island, go to An Thoi Port, which is located in the south of Phu Quoc Island. Then, take a ship or canoe to Mong Tay Island.
Traveling by canoe only takes approximately 20-30 minutes, and is also more comfortable than taking a ship. Therefore, if you are prone to seasickness, it is advisable to take a canoe to Fingernail Island.
1.2. When is it the most beautiful?
The ideal time to travel to Phu Quoc islands in general and Fingernail Island in particular is from November to April. During this time, there are almost no storms. Temperatures range from 25 – 28 degrees Celsius, which makes it extremely comfortable for travelers to explore and participate in many entertainment activities on this glamorous island.
In March, the seawater at the island is so clear that you can see coral reefs and starfish from the shore. It is worth noting that at the end of April, there may be sudden rains because it is the time of season change, so if you choose to travel to Fingernail Island during this period, you should check Phu Quoc’s weather forecast in advance.
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2. The TOP 5 things to fulfill your day in Fingernail Island in Phu Quoc
2.1. Take a dive into the sea to refresh yourself
As one of the most splendid islands in Phu Quoc, Fingernail Island’s white sand stretches and crystal-clear water surprise visitors by how much it resembles Maldives – the world-famous island state. Hence, being immersed in the sea here will definitely be one of the most unforgettable experiences in your Phu Quoc trip.
2.2. Contemplate the wild beauty of Mong Tay Island
Here, another must-try activity is watching the sunset and capturing this breathtaking moment. When dusk comes, the vibe of this secluded island gradually shifts from the exhilaration of day to the romanticism of night.
The waves are colored vermilion with an undertone of Prussian blue, while the sky’s colors are a combination of plum red, deep purple and light yellow. Because of its splendor and magnificence, the sunset on Hon Mong Tay in Phu Quoc has left numerous tourists in awe.
2.3. Snorkel to see coral reefs
If you are fond of exploring, don’t forget to try snorkeling to discover the fascinating aquatic world. With different varieties of coral reefs and anemones, the ecosystem in Fingernail Island is widely recognized as one of the most diversified in the world.
This picturesque and colorful underwater world can be found under two to four meters deep. Aquatic life turns out to be even more diversified at greater depths. When the sun shines, while standing on the boat, you can see the coral reefs that are 8-10 meters underwater. However, it is still highly recommended that you book a snorkel tour to see the reefs up close.
2.4. Immerse yourself in many exciting fun activities
Besides pristine beaches and incredible marine creatures, Fingernail Island offers a long list of must-try activities for visitors coming here.
- Fishing in Mong Tay Island
The location of this secluded island makes it a favorable place for fishing. You don’t have to be a professional angler to catch a bucket of fresh seafood, since there are a great number of fish around the island. There is nothing better than fishing and immediately enjoying your great catch on a beautiful beach.
- Taking part in team-building activities
At Mong Tay Island, there are countless fun activities that help strengthen the bond with your family or team. You can organize a BBQ party, camp overnight, make a campfire, dance and sing together, or lay down on the fine white sand to gaze at the twinkling stars at night.
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2.5. Stop by some islands around Fingernail Island
Given that Hon Mong Tay is situated within the An Thoi archipelago, you can also explore several well-known islands nearby, such as May Rut or Dam Ngang.
May Rut Island is opposite Fingernail Island. It is popularly regarded as the “hidden gem” and the well-known Phu Quoc attraction. This island impresses tourists with its unspoiled natural scenery, peaceful sea waves, golden sand stretches, and crystal-clear water. The weather here is always pleasant, which makes it an ideal place to have a long and relaxing walk.
Dam Ngang Island is located in the southern part of An Thoi Archipelago. This splendid island seemingly has the most coral reefs off the coast of Phu Quoc. It has many rocks of strange shapes, which were carved by the winds and waves.
Dam Ngang island is quite untouched by human exploitation, with some beaches retaining their pristine beauty. The system of coral reefs of Dam Ngang Island ranks first in Vietnam in terms of abundance, with 17 species of hard and soft coral and sea anemones.
3. Recommended places to stay during your Phu Quoc trip
It may not be easy to decide where to stay on Phu Quoc Island, as this attractive tourist destination offers a wide range of accommodations for visitors to choose from, from homestays, motels, hostels to 5-star Phu Quoc resorts. Among those, the luxurious and all-inclusive hotels and resorts of Vinpearl Phu Quoc are the perfect places to stay on your trip.
At Vinpearl Phu Quoc, you have an opportunity to experience world-class accommodation and all sorts of amenities, such as outdoor swimming pools, children’s playgrounds, babysitting services, restaurants, bars, gyms, and so on. With an all-in-one system, Vinpearl Phu Quoc can satisfy the most demanding needs of customers.
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Fingernail Island is a paradise for travel enthusiasts who want to explore the amazing nature, thanks to its pristine beauty and diverse ecosystem. Hopefully, this article will help you make plans for a fantastic vacation in Phu Quoc.