If you’re fond of diving, then you have all the reason to visit Vietnam. The county is a diving paradise and has lured thousands of divers from around the world. Aside from its colorful and diverse marine life, most of the water is still unexplored. Besides, Vietnam has a coastline of 2,025 miles, which is much longer than Thailand. Whether you’re a professional diver or not, you’ll absolutely have a great time diving along the waters of Vietnam.
There are plenty of diving spots in Vietnam that are ideal for all kinds of divers and here are some of the best ones.
1. Nha Trang
When it comes to diving in Vietnam, Nha Trang usually tops the list. Home to Hon Mun Marine Protected Area, Nha Trang Bay has 12,000 hectares of coral reefs. The diving sites in Nha Trang are ideal for beginners who are still trying to learn diving, thanks to its shallow waters. Of course, it’s also a great diving spot for professional and experienced divers! During your dive, you can expect to see a wide range of tropical fishes, from butterflyfishes to pufferfishes and eels!
The best way to reach Nha Trang is to travel by either bus or train from Ho Chi Minh. It should take 7 – 10 hours. There are also lots of domestic airlines that fly to Nha Trang daily coming from Vietnam’s major cities. The best time to dive in Nha Trang is between the months of July and August where the water is clear and you can enjoy great visibility underwater.
2. Con Dao Island
Con Dao is another diving spot in Vietnam that’s famous for its beautiful coral reef views. The archipelago consists of 16 different islands each having its own unique ecosystem. Most of the islands are part of the Con Dao National Park and are fully protected. There are more than 20 diving sites in Con Dao and each has varying difficulties. When you dive in Con Dao, you will not only be treated to a gorgeous view of colorful coral reef formations but you’ll also come across some shipwrecks.
There are plenty of local airlines that fly to Con Dao Airport daily coming from the major cities of Vietnam. Flying is the best way to get to the islands. You can take the ferry coming from Vung Tau, which is a 3-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh, but the boat tickets are limited since locals are prioritized.
3. Phu Quoc
Phu Quoc is known for its beautiful beaches and is also a great spot to dive in Vietnam. The island is near Cambodia and the coral is often abundant of marine life. During your dive, you could spot a variety of marine life species, such us octopus, crustaceans, scorpion fish, cuttlefish, eels, and more. Most of the diving spots in Phu Quoc are ideal for beginners because the water here is calmer.
The fastest and most convenient way to reach Phu Quoc is by flying from Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, and other major cities in Vietnam. But if you prefer the cheaper route, you can take a bus from Ho Chi Minh going to Rach Gia. From there, take the ferry from Ha Tien Pier going to Phu Quoc.
4. Vinh Hy Bay
Vinh Hy Bay is among the lesser-known diving spots in Vietnam. But the beautiful bay is blessed with majestic scenery and glorious coral reefs. Aside from diving, the place is also famous for surfing and island hopping. The best part about diving in Vinh Hy Bay is that there’s usually less crowd so you can fully enjoy the stunning views of nature.
To reach Vinh Hy, take a bus or train from either Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi going to the city of Phan Rang. There are also direct flights going to the airport of Phan Rang. From here, take a bus at Phuoc Loc bus station that will take you to Vinh Hy. You can also hire a motorbike and drive all the way to Vinh Hy Bay.
5. Cham Island
Cham Island is home to a 5,000-hectare of a marine protected area, which includes 500 hectares of seagrass beds and 165 hectares of coral reefs. There are a hundred different species of fish that have been spotted on the island, which makes your diving experience even more exciting. Cham Island has three popular diving sites, Hon Island, Long Island, and Tai Island.
Cham Island is in the town of Hoi An. The best way to get here is to fly to Da Nang and then take a bus or taxi going to Hoi An. From Hoi An, you can charter a private boat that going to Cham Island. You can also travel by canoe or by wooden boats. There are lots of local travel agencies in Hoi An that can arrange a tour going to Cham Island.