About Scuba Diving Vietnam
Scuba diving in Vietnam is a very natural, peaceful experience as people have only been diving there since the late nineties. Many of the dive sites are still relatively unharmed by divers and the dive experience is sure to be special. Vietnam has many beautiful beaches and there are numerous four and five star hotels and dive resorts in the country.
You can also stay in bamboo bungalows on the beach and dive centers offer night diving in some locations. As the dive industry is less developed in Vietnam the diving grounds are truly naturalized and there are rare sights to explore.
Vietnam is a truly historical place with many relics, ruins and wrecks from the Vietnam War. It is also known for its vibrant rain forests and huge French and English speaking population that is very sophisticated and urban in nature. You are sure to have an amazing time if you visit this country for scuba diving.
Where to go Scuba diving in Vietnam?
There are almost no currents in most of the dive sites along the coastline of Vietnam, which makes diving here perfect for beginners. The water temperature is between 21-25 Celsius so it is advised that you wear wetsuit. The wetsuit also protects your skin from nicks from sharp coral and also jellyfish stings. The peaceful weather and water also means that diving training and certification are available all year round.
When to go Scuba diving in Vietnam?
There is no bad season to scuba dive in Vietnam but some areas are better then others depending on the time of year you go.
- If you want to see the whales at Whale Island near Nha Trang then the best time to go is between February and October.
- If you want to explore the shallow waters of Phu Quoc Island or the beaches of Hoi Han then the best time to go diving is between September and April.
- If visiting the exotic, untouched Island of Con Dao is on your agenda then be sure to go between March and September when storms and strong ocean currents do not muddle the water.
Where to dive in Vietnam
- Nha Trang – There are coral pyramids and large pillars that are covered with coral in Nha Trang which is also sometimes called “The Diving Capital of Vietnam.” This is one of the more commercialised sites in the country that boasts many different hotels.
- Whale Island – This is the diving location for getting away from it all. It is fifty miles north of Nha Trang and is like visiting a desert island. Divers can stay for several days in white rustic huts on a sandy beach.
- Phu Quoc Island – This diving location is in a safe shallow location that is recommended for novice divers.
- Hoi An – This is a beautiful old city filled with French Colonial style architecture that features reefs, islands and beaches filled with coral and exotic fish.
- Con Dao Island - These remote islands offer a safe and unexploited diving experience. However the dive site is not always accessible due to weather and currents.
- Saigon – If you want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the big city at night and dive during the day then consider booking day trips off the coast of Saigon.
Notable Marine Life
- Sea Snakes
- Reef Sharks
How to Get to Vietnam for an awesome scuba vacation?
Flights from most countries are offered to and from Vietnam. Here are some tips about travelling to the country and also to dive sites.
Most international flights into Vietnam land in Ho Chi Minh city however you can easily get a domestic flight from there to anywhere else in the country. You can also travel to Vietnam by train but only if you are coming from China. The rail runs twice a week from Beijing to Hanoi, Vietnam. The Vietnam boat service which is used by locals and tourists is remarkably efficient and the country has over 17,000 miles of waterways than can be used for transportation.
Travelling by car is recommended as you can travel by road from China, Laos and Cambodia. You can get to just about any major dive locations by boat or by bus in Vietnam, especially if your plane flies into Saigon.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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