Best Beaches for Diving in Vietnam
07 Jun 2017
Vietnam’s idyllic tropical beaches have long been praised to be the most favored for intrepid travelers, especially for those who have a passion for diving. The Best beaches for diving are mostly found in the southern half of the country.
1. NHA TRANG, KHANH HOA
Located at the southernmost of South Central Coast of Vietnam, Nha Trang is widely well-known for the best beaches to spend amazing honeymoon in Vietnam. This coastal paradise is also home to amazing dive sites thanks to its broad area of coral and aquatic life at Hon Mun Marine Protected Area. Apart from this diving paradise, Nha Trang also boasts a plenty of beautiful islands and bays for you to explore.
Diving sites bottom out at only between 3 to 10 meters. Divers can clearly see the coral reef while standing on the rocks under the water. Diving on Dao Khi is easy as all you have to do is take a short walk along the rocky coast to your dive spot, the tour guide will instruct you in detail and dive with you. On your dive, you will have a chance to witness hundreds of coral and fish species, you may even spot the sight of large moray eels, lionfish and octopuses lurking under the ledges and shoals of glassfish filling the caverns.
Hon Trau Nam Whale Island is one of the best dive sites in Nha Trang. Apart from various species of fishes and corals, this spot is home to several rays including Manta rays, sting rays and eagle rays.
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2. CON DAO, BA RIA VUNG TAU
Con Dao is an enthralling isolated island of Ba Ria Vung Tau City, which is endowed with white-sand beaches, emerald water all year round and impressive areas of coral reefs for diving enthusiasts.
Diving experience in Con Dao archipelago, Vietnam
The water in the Con Dao archipelago is clear and temperate ranging from 24-30°C. On your dive you will see the coral-and-sponge festooned steel wreck lying at the depth of about 30 meters. It is also a perfect place for marine photographers to capture images of turtles swimming freely. The best time to enjoy the diversity of the Con Dao archipelago marine species is from March to July.
3. PHU QUOC, KIEN GIANG
The ideal season to go on scuba diving in Phu Quoc island is during the dry season between October to April as the sea is calmer and visibility is at its peak. Phu Quoc is the best place to discover small reef fish. Animals like small reef fish, schools of fusiliers, hard coral, banded sea snake, hermit crab, mantis shrimp, toad fish and many others.
Marine life diveristy in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam.
The Best dive sites in Phu Quoc:
There is a wealth of great dive sites in Phu Quoc such as Thom Island, Ganh Dau Island, Cua Can Island, May Rut Island. However, the best of them might be An Thoi Archipelago, thanks to its unspoiled condition and broad systems of coral reefs.
Another not-to-be-missed diving spot is Dry Island or Hon Kho. Located in the Southern part of Phu Quoc island, Hon Ko is home to an incredible marine life with a lot of species such as cat fishes, rays, nudibranchs, butterfly fishes, bamboo sharks, etc.
The Price of 1 hour scuba-diving for 1 person in Phu Quoc is around $50. Depending on the number of divers in your group, locations, equipments, the price can be changed a bit.
Lionfish in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam
Prices for diving in Vietnam are competitive and divers can also opt to go on private excursions. The local dive shops offer a wide range of professional services whether you are an expert in diving or on a holiday with your family and want to learn to dive. Vietnam beaches are the great places to learn or even get a PADI with many PADI open water diver course available.
4. VINH HY BAY, NINH THUAN
Vinh Hy is a lesser-known bay situated 40km from Phan Rang City, Ninh Thuan Province. The bay is endowed with an inconceivable marine biodiversity of over 300 coral species and various rare aquatic creatures. Once booked a diving tour in Vinh Hy, you will be transferred by boats to some isolated islands in the bay to start the exploration. For those who cannot swim, glass-bottom boat is always available to offer you a glimpse of Vinh Hy biodiversity.
The Unspoiled Beach in Vinh Hy Bay
Colorful Coral Reefs in Vinh Hy Bay
5. SON TRA PENINSULA, DA NANG
Located about 10km Northeast of Da Nang city with an area of 60 km2, Son Tra peninsula is also one of the places in Vietnam with excellent marine ecosystem that you should explore. With unique vegetation of various rare species, and splendid beaches, Son Tra Peninsula is actually a privilege that Mother Nature give to Da Nang. Dive deep into the water, the beauty appears everywhere, from the blue of the water to the fresh orange array, green with the purple array of brilliant wild coral. This place is not only the magical world of the coral with strange shapes but also the habitat of many marine animals and plants.
Swimming with Fishes in Son Tra Peninsula
6. CHAM ISLAND, HOI AN
Cu Lao Cham, located in Quang Nam Province - just outside of the ancient town of Hoi An, is known for its beautiful islands, cool climate all year round and its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna. Cu Lao Cham has a marine protected area of 5,000 hectares, of which 165 hectares are coral reefs and 500 hectares are seagrass beds with various marine species. This place promises to bring visitors memorable moments in the wonderful ocean exploration.
Diverse Coral Reefs and Fishes in Cham Island
» Hopefully you will have some ideas about where to dive in Vietnam. Make sure you have read our article about Best time to Visit Vietnam before planning your trip. Once you are ready, come to Vietnam and experience your amazing Vietnam Beach Holidays with us!