Diving Vietnam

3 January 2022
Vietnam has a massive 3260 km of coastline, much of which is un-dived. As Vietnam is a relatively new destination for divers there are many areas of unspoilt diving.

One place where divers congregate is the beach resort of Nha Trang, and its nearby islands like the marine reserve Ho Mun.

Squat Shrimp
Squat Shrimp in Vietnam, Thor Amboinensis. Photo credit: Toshiyuki Tajima/Pixabay

Another marine reserve, and widely reputed to be the best diving in Vietnam, is Con Dao. This archipelago of 15 islands is around 180 km from the mainland. The driest time to visit Con Dao is from October to January, though the seas are calmest from February to June.

For most of Vietnam, from May to September is the rainy season when the weather is dominated by south to southeasterly winds. From October to April, the north monsoon is dominant with northerly to northeasterly winds, but little rain. There is a transition period between each monsoon season when winds are light and variable. Average temperatures from 20 to 35 degrees Celsius

You can dive Vietnam all year round. Most divers go from March to October. Water temperature is warm throughout the year. January is the coldest but even then sea temperature never falls much below a comfortable 24oC. During June the temperature can reach nearly 30oC.

Dive Sites of Vietnam Vietnam Dive Operators Vietnam Accommodation Further Reading Your Comments

Dive Sites of Vietnam

Nha Trang
"Nha Trang is the traditional home of diving in Vietnam. Famous in the mid 90ís as a diving destination and the Government embraced the sport in 2003 by establishing a Marine Park protected area on the Island of Hon Mun. Around a 40 minute cruise by boat, the Island offers fabulous scope for long dives with great macro life. "
Marcus Feigenbaum, Germany, 2012
Nha Trang
South Reef/Coral Garden

Reviews: 5 stars

" Probably the best quality hard coral reef in Nha Trang, Bay, Table Corals, Gorgonians, Nudibranchs, Pufferfish, Moorish Idols and Batfish. Hard corals from 2 -14 meters. Maximum depth of 23 meters."
Marcus Feigenbaum, Germany, 2012
Nha Trang
Fisherman Bay

Reviews: 5 stars

" Excellent for diving and snorkelling. "
Ross Conti, USA, 2007
Nha Trang
Madonna Rock

Reviews: 5 stars

" Nice dive site. Many colorful fishes. "
Ross Conti, USA, 2007
"Madonnas Rock - wow, wow, wow. I went with new shop Nitrox Junkies"
Eve, 2011
"Swim throughs, caves and tunnels, Hard and Soft corals, Octopus, Barracuda, Unicornfish, Surgeonfish, Cobia, Rays. Ideal dive site for Deep, Multi Level and Peak Performance Buoyancy dives. Maximum depth of 28 meters."
Marcus Feigenbaum, Germany, 2012
Nha Trang
Moray Beach

Reviews: 5 stars

" Good site with big moray and many corals. "
Ross Conti, USA, 2007
"Superb quality hard and soft coral reef with sloping wall, two resident Giant Moray Eels, Honeycomb, White eyed and White mouthed Moray Eels, Lionfish, Flying Gurnard, Clownfish, Sea Horses, Anglerfish and Sea Pens. Ideal for divers of all certification levels. Maximum depth of 18 meters."
Marcus Feigenbaum (Germany), 2012
Whale Island
Ho Trau Nam

A good place to see manta rays. If they are not around there are the beautiful soft corals and nudibranchs. Whale island is a tiny island two hours north of Nha Trang.

Flabellina Nudibranch
Flabellina Nudibranch. Photo credit: Arhnue Tan/Pixabay

Hon Tai

Reviews: 5 stars

" Nice swim throughs leading out to a beautiful soft coral garden. Loads of exotic fish that I thought I would never see. Brilliant "
Stuart, UK, 2005
Ram Man

Reviews: 5 stars

" Huge area site starting at about 22 m going all the way to 5 m. schools of big fish too numerous to name; shrimp and hermit crabs abundant. Can't wait to go again. "
Stuart, UK, 2005
Cham Island
" Dived in Cham Islands; great potential and underwater marine life; still lots of undiscovered sites. "
Lodovico, Italy, 2005

Vietnam Diving Operators

Nha Trang
Nha Trang Fun Divers
Nha Trang Fun Divers

SSI affiliated and has PADI instructors on the staff.

Teach from entry level up to divemaster / DCS level. They also offer internships for dive pro training.

They offer a long bottom time on each dive, free hotel pick ups from Nha Trang City Centre and lunch on the boat.

Nha Trang Fun Divers has held the certificate of excellence of Trip Advisor since the start of its operation. Find them in the centre of the tourist area of Nha Trang.

Nha Trang Fun Divers
Diving with Nha Trang Fun Divers

Nha Trang Fun Divers
Nguyen Thien Thuat 54A
Nha Trang
Tel: +84 (058) 625 2023
Viber/Whatsapp/Wechat/Telegram message to: +841267077893
info@ntfundivers.com Business Hours: 7:00am-9:30pm 7 days

Review Nha Trang Fun Divers…

Rainbow Divers
Nha Trang | Whale Island | Hoi An | Con Dao

Reviews: 5 stars

Rainbow Divers, The Rainbow Bar
90a Hung Vuong Street
Tel: +84-58-524351
Fax: +84-58-524714
E-mail: info@divevietnam.com

Dive centres in Nha Trang, Whale Island, Hoi An, Con Dao and Phu Quoc Island. Offer PADI Courses, daily dive trips, instructor training and Tec diving. Best Season: Feb - Nov, but open all year.

" Dived with Rainbow Divers in Vietnam; excellent dive operator. International dive safety awareness. Very Professional. They have centres throughout the country. "
Paul Smith
" Rainbow Divers, Nha Trang, Vietnam. I dived with a few different shops while I was in Vietnam, and while Rainbow was probably the most expensive dive shop in Vietnam it is still really good value for money. The equipment is well maintained and in great condition, the instructers and dive guides are knowledgeable, sensible and aware. This dive shop stands head and shoulders above its "competitors" in Nha Trang - I would not dive with anyone else in Vietnam. I also did a day with their Hoi An shop which I found to be of equal standards in service (however the diving in Nha Trang is much better). "
Vanessa Hayes, 2008
Nha Trang

Oceans5 Instructor Training Centre
Yersin 5
Nha Trang,
Tel: (0084) 583 811 969
Email: scuba.manager@hotmail.com

" Oceans5 is the newest Instructor Training Center in Nha Trang, Vietnam. We're not the biggest Dive Center in Vietnam for a good reason, our goal is to offer a higher standard of diving to smaller groups. Complete with state of the art classroom including online learning, multimedia room, the latest dive gear from Hollis, dive computers for all of our customers and multilingual instructors.
Oceans5 has an on site swimming pool surrounded by traditional Vietnamese gardens, is less than 1 minute from the beach and only 45 minutes by Oceans5 dive boat to Hon Mun Marine Park.
Mission Statement:-"To offer our divers the best service using the best dive equipment and the best facilities while maintaining the highest safety and environmental standards."
Our policy is to follow all local laws and adhere to, or exceed, all diving and Scuba Schools International (SSI) standards.
We don't just want to teach you how to dive, we want you to be the best diver that you can possibly be. "
Marcus Feigenbaum (Oceans5), 2012
Hoi An
Sailing Club Divers

Sailing Club Divers
72-74 Tran Phu
Nha Trang
Khanh Hoa
Tel: +84 58 352 2788

Vietnam Accommodation

For discounted hotel rooms in Vietnam see the Agoda site...

Viet Value Travel Co., Ltd

Viet Value Travel Co., Ltd
8B/52 To Ngoc Van
Tay Ho,
Tel: 84437150753
Fax: 84437150754
EMail: Trung@vietvaluetravel.com

Further Reading

Coral Reef Fishes, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean
by Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers, Harper Collins, 400 Pages, Paperback
An excellent, comprehensive guide to reef fishes, which is small and light enough to pack regardless of amount of diving equipment. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify the fish they see whilst diving the tropics.
Read the full review...
Reef Fishes of South-East Asia
by Elizabeth Wood and Michael Aw, Bloomsbury Publishing, 144 Pages, Paperback
This compact book, illustrated with vibrant 300 colour photographs, includes concise descriptions of 270 species of fish, corals and invertebrates. Clear line drawings are provided for quick identification of fish families, and a short introduction covers reef conservation and practical tips to help you get the most out of your visit to the region.


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