Diving in Vietnam: the best places and advice for a beginner
When the usual dive sites have been studied and bored, a sophisticated diver begins to think about exotic distances such as Indonesia, Australia or the islands of Oceania. The road from the post-Soviet space there is long and expensive, as, indeed, the way back. This stops many. And here comes to the aid of Vietnam, less popular than Egypt, and more affordable than Australia. About diving in this country and will be discussed.
The main reason: cheap. Vietnam attracts tourists (and not only divers), first of all, affordable prices. At the same time the underwater world near the Vietnamese coasts is able to surprise the most experienced depth researcher. A huge number of rare species of fish and other marine life are abundant here: sea horses, sea mice, frog fishes, devil fish, as well as leisurely turtles and a rugged variety of corals of all possible colors. Some divers are lucky, and they find on the bottom of the shell with real pearls.
Such diverse flora and fauna developed due to the favorable climate of Vietnam. And here’s another reason to choose Vietnam: in almost any season, you will find a suitable area for diving. Spring, summer and autumn (through October inclusive) are a good time to dive in the vicinity of Nha Trang and in the water area of Hoi An Island. And, for example, the South China Sea near the island of Fukuok can be explored, beginning in November and up to the summer.
Where to go dive?
Diving in Vietnam is equally suitable for beginners and experienced divers. The most popular place, especially among beginners, is the city of Nha Trang and its surroundings. Then you can name the islands and archipelagoes next to the coast: Kondao, Hoi An, Hong Moon, Fukuok.
Quite popular is Hong Moon, which is within the reserve. The fauna of this marine territory includes more than 100 species of corals, almost 200 species of rare fish, as well as many species of mollusks and crustaceans. They all live in a relatively shallow depth. For independent underwater surveillance, they will need a special permit. An easier way is to use the services of numerous dive centers, which organize excursions to the island with subsequent diving. The minimum cost of such an excursion is 45 dollars. It is best to go there early in the morning – at this time and the people are less, and the water is quieter.
An independent sortie to Hong Moon will cost you more, given that the entrance to the Moon is paid (about 20 thousand dong). Boats are rented on the southern pier of Nha Trang, in the immediate vicinity of which the island is located. The main underwater attractions of Hong Moon are the Madonna Rock rock with underwater tunnels, Mushroom Reef, where you can observe sharks, the Coral Garden reef with a rich variety of hard corals and its colon-eating fish, moray eels, squid and other interesting inhabitants.
An option for beginners is the island of Fukuok and its surroundings. The maximum depth of the coastal part in the north of the island is 10 m. The South will also be interested in experienced divers. In the vicinity there are large jellyfish.
Away from Nha Trang is a whole area for diving, which is located on the island of Wale. Several well-equipped places for immersion will be interesting for both professionals and beginners. The depth of the dive ranges from 9 to 30 m. On Weyl there is a turtle farm, and the island itself is 80 km from the city.
A bit about snorkeling in Vietnam
What is good about Nha Trang is that it’s easiest to get to Hong Moon Island (or simply Moon), which is probably the most accessible location for beginners and for those who want to do snorkeling. Snorkeling (or snorkeling) is a type of dive with a small snorkel (snorkel), when the person remains for most of the time on the surface from which the entire underwater life can be surveyed. Constantly clear and transparent water in the vicinity of Moon provides such an opportunity.
If you prefer self-immersion, it is more advantageous to co-operate with other people when renting a boat. The cost directly depends on the number of passengers, and the more of them, the cheaper it will cost to rent a person. Unlike the option with an excursion, all accessories for snorkeling, in the reliability of which there is complete certainty, are advised to have with you. Although both the tube and the mask with fins can also be provided for use by the owner of the boat. Among other things, you need not forget to bring your camera and sunscreen.
We sum up. Diving in Vietnam is a good alternative to expensive and inaccessible places for an experienced diver and just a great option for a beginner. Both for deep-sea diving, and for shallow snorkeling, ideal conditions were created throughout the year. It is important to determine the terrain, but there are plenty of options in Vietnam.