The Best 5 Beaches for Diving in Vietnam

Vietnam has a long coastline of over 3,000km and is a rising star among the scuba diving destinations in Southeast Asia. It attracts both avid divers and non-divers with its pristine and well-preserved diving sites. The tropical climate allows divers to explore the emerald waters and the vibrant underwater world all year round. Here are some of the best places to dive in Vietnam that you should check out.

Nha Trang

Nha Trang is considered the most perfect destination for scuba diving in Vietnam due to the pleasant water temperature of around 28°C, clear waters, and calm currents. Furthermore, there are over 20 diving operators located in the city providing various courses and packages for tourists at attractive prices. People who want to get open water certificates have chosen Nha Trang as it is known for having some of the cheapest PADI courses in the world. The most popular diving areas in Nha Trang include Hon Mun Marine Park with macro and reef life, Whale Island with the diverse marine life, and Nha Trang Bay with plenty of sites to explore.

Nha Trang beach

Danang and Hoi An

Danang and Hoi An receive not many diving enthusiasts every year so, both of the diving areas and potentiality here remain unexplored. The most well-known diving sites in Danang are situated around Son Tra Peninsula - 10km from the city center to the northeast. Diving off the coast in Hoi An, you will be surprised to see different types of coral and fish living in the warm tropical waters. Around 20km far from Hoi An, Cu Lao Cham Marine Park comprises 8 islands in the South China Sea and the most famous diving site among them is Cham Island thanks to its varying ranges of depth and current challenges. Diving in this area, you will have the chance to unexpectedly encounter some types of fish, shellfish, octopus, corals, and other special sea creatures.

Xuan Thieu Beach Danang

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Con Dao Islands

Located down south of Vietnam, the Con Dao Islands enjoys a well-protected status and is an extremely less explored territory for diving. Being known for owning beautiful coral reef formations and a unique ecosystem, there are around 20 diving areas with different levels of difficulty for you to challenge. Diving in the pristine beach, you will have an unforgettable moment when some beautiful rare sea creatures lively appear in front of your eyes such as barracuda, moray eels, Moorish idols, well-camouflaged stonefish, and turtles for some times. The best scuba diving sites in Con Dao that you should not miss are Bay Canh, Con Son Bay, Tai Island, and Cau Island.

Con Dao

Phu Quoc Island

Having the best marine life in Vietnam, Phu Quoc Island’s waters still mostly remained unspoiled and amazingly, new sites are discovered every season. The clear and calm sea is the perfect condition for first-time divers. The most popular diving areas here are Hon Ko (Dry Island), Nudibranch Gardens, Whale Island, and White Rock that bring you the opportunity to see a variety of sea creatures including cuttlefish, octopus, scorpionfish, crustaceans… The An Thoi Island consists of 15 islets is an ideal place for divers who are seeking a more challenging environment as it has the possibility to encounter bamboo sharks or blue-spotted rays after strong currents.

Beach break in Phu Quoc

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Vinh Hy Bay

Situated 45km from the city of Phan Rang (Ninh Thuan), Vinh Hy is a small bay possessing magical stunning coral reefs that make it a great destination for divers who love adventure traveling and the relatively unspoiled landscape here. The blue sea, mild waves, and pleasant weather offer the ultimate settings to explore the beauty of the underwater world. In case you want to experience the different ways of admiring the sea creatures while breathing the fresh sea breeze, try the glass bottom boat.

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