With a vast marine area and thousands of islands, Vietnam makes a heaven for budget scuba diving & snorkeling. Diving centres, both (certified and uncertified) has increased around major coastal towns of Vietnam.
Notably, Nha Trang makes an ideal place for premier snorkeling and scuba diving in Vietnam. The sea-lovers should not miss its magnificent lagoons lapped by turquoise waters and a wealthy marine life. Some popular places for sea and sun seekers are Dai Lanh beach, Doc Let beach and Tran Phu beach. If your vacation is more than lounging and partying on the white sand, Nha Trang has several other delights for you. Scuba diving enthusiasts should come to Coco Dive Center at 2E Biet Thu Street. This qualified dive shop offers a full range of PADI courses for both certified and non-certified divers. It is fantastic to explore colorful coral reefs in marine areas around secluded islands like Hon Chong, Hon Tre, Hon Mun and Whale islands.
Apart from Nha Trang, the Cu Lao Cham Island (Hoi An), Cu Lao Cau (Mui Ne-Phan Thiet), Con Dao Island (Vung Tau) and Phu Quoc Island also boast rich marine ecosystem and hold great potential for scuba diving and snorkeling tourism. Professional facilities and services are already available albeit limited and more will be coming soon.
The best time for diving and snorkeling in Nha Trang is around May, June, July and August when the water is calm and clear. From September to November, the coast may experience some infrequent typhoons. It is advisable to deal with a certified diving centre.