Vietnam is truly a paradise for divers and non-divers alike. Vietnam has an incredibly rich culture, delicious national dishes, friendly locals and unmatched natural beauty.
Dive sites in Vietnam are accessible all year round, although the main diving season is March through to October. Divers in Vietnam can expect to see dugongs, bamboo sharks, basslets, barracuda and a variety of nudibranchs.
As Vietnam is a relatively new destination for divers expect to be amazed by its untouched waters. Visitors will fall in love with Vietnam, and after your first trip expect to come back again and again.
Top dive sites in Vietnam to explore
Moray Beach, Nha Trang:
Divers visit Moray Beach for its abundance of nudibranch species and incredible corals. Expect to see many fish species such as scorpionfish, clownfish and black frogfish. The Moray cave at this site is home to pipefish, razorfish and devil scorpionfish. The average depth of this dive is around 18 metres/59 feet and is suitable for divers of all levels.
Madonna Rock, Nha Trang:
At this site there are several caverns situated at various depths. These caverns provide shelter for the many fish species that breed here. Look out for giant morays, lionfish and scorpionfish. This dive site is accessible only by boat and has a maximum depth of around 25 metres/82 feet.
Ho Trau Nam, Whale Island:
Ho Trau Nam is frequently visited by manta rays, eagle rays and sting rays. There are also beautiful soft corals and sea slugs deeper down at this site. Depths of this site range from around 20-35 metres/65-114 feet.
Whale Island Bay:
Whale Island Bay is a perfect site for seeing clownfish and anemones. The large rocks are also home to trevally, groupers and snapper. This dive has a maximum depth of 15 metres/50 feet and is suitable for divers of all levels.
Hon Nhan, Hoi An:
In Hoi An the diving takes place from the Cham Islands. These dive sites are reached by a boat trip of around forty minutes. The pinnacle at this site drops to a depth of around 40 metres/131 feet and is home to large schooling fish as well as an abundance of nudibranchs.
Hon Mo, Hoi An:
This is a truly spectacular site, expect to see stunning hard and soft corals, pipefish, clownfish, seahorses and nudibranchs. This dive site ranges in depths from around 4-35 metres/13-114 feet.
Dry Island (Hon Ko), Phu Quoc:
From the surface, the few rocks sticking up out of the water may not look like much, but under the water there is an incredible reef system that is home to mitre shells, rays, bamboo sharks, nudibranchs, catfish and scorpionfish.
Nudibranch Gardens, Phu Quoc:
This site is found on the east coast of Phu Quoc, and is a great dive for those interested in smaller marine life. Look out for nudibranchs as well as bamboo sharks that often hide underneath the rocks at this site. The maximum depth of this dive is around 12 metres/39 feet and is suitable for all levels of divers.
Instructor Development Courses are available in Nha Trang, Hoi An and Phu Quoc. These locations are ideal for completing your IDC, offering a relaxed learning environment with the course program, as well as stunning topside attractions and great diving opportunities. PADI Instructor Development Centres in Nha Trang, Hoi An and Phu Quoc all offer competitive package deals for completing your Open Water Scuba Instructor Course and have a reputation for the quality training they provide.
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