Vietnam may not be the first country to spring to mind when picturing scuba diving destinations, but diving here can be very good. It has diverse marine ecosystems, warm tropical waters and year-round diving, as well as a huge stretch of coastline, offering many untouched reefs and undiscovered sites. Vietnam is home to an impressive marine biodiversity: nearly half of all the species of coral on the planet found here and the marine life includes sharks, morays, rays and all the regular reef visitors like frogfish, scorpionfish, dragonets, flying gunards, nudibranchs and clown fish. The Cham Islands, off Hoi An, offer the most northerly dive and snorkel sites. The dive sites consist of many caves, swim-throughs and hard corals swarming with small reef fish. The Hon Mun Marine Park, which covers the islands surrounding the central coast, is home to some amazing dive sites like the steep drop-off of Green canyon, the coral gardens of Moray beach, the Madonna rocks, swim-throughs and the many beautiful colors of the fauna and flora. In Nha Trang there are shore dives, wall dives and pristine hard and soft coral gardens teeming with small reef fish, perfect for new divers. Although it is not frequent to spot large pelagics here, dugongs have been sighted in the area. The Con Dao Marine National Park has over 20 dive sites, from simple dives to challenging offshore drifts and deep dives, as well as the only diveable wreck in the country. It’s the only location in the country where pelagics like turtles, sharks and rays are common sightings. The best time to visit Vietnam is mid-September through early May, when visibility is at its best.
Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest and Cambodia to the southwest. Vietnam is large enough to have several distinct climate zones. Tropical monsoons are from May to October in the north and south; and from September to January in the center. Temperatures around the country can reach up to 40°C in the height of the hot and rainy season, from May to September, but the northern highlands and Hanoi can often seem chilly and damp in the winter.
To enter Vietnam, a passport valid for at least one month after expiration and a visa are required by all nationals. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or your country's Vietnamese Embassy or Consulate.
Vaccinations against Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Rabies, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis B are advised. Malaria, Japanese encephalitis and Dengue fever are common in many areas of Vietnam. It is advisable to protect against mosquito bites. There have been outbreaks of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in poultry. Please consult your doctor before traveling.
It is expensive to call home from hotels but international calls from post offices are much better value. Prepaid phone cards are available. Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Internet cafés are widely available throughout the country.
220V/50Hz American plug in south, European plug in north.
In Vietnamese law, anyone found in possession of even a small amount of drugs can face the death sentence.
Which are the best scuba diving locations in Vietnam? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Vietnam, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.
Which locations in Vietnam have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Vietnam and for each location a list of underwater photos.
Which marine species can I observe in Vietnam? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.
Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Vietnam? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Vietnam.
Which liveaboard can I dive with in Vietnam? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Vietnam. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.
Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Vietnam? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Vietnam. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.