Ultimate Guide to Scuba Diving Vietnam


Welcome to Vietnam!

One of most popular tourist destination in Asia, Vietnam is a stunning country with practically unlimited potential for every kind of tourist activity, and scuba diving Vietnam is one of those.

In more recent years, scuba diving has been increasing in popularity, and even though it’s not yet as advanced as it’s in the Philippines or Thailand, it’s still an incredibly satisfying experience.

Vietnam has a massive coastline of over 3000 kilometers, and several islands and islets where there are many excellent dive spots.

The pristine beauty of Vietnam’s landscapes has translated to its underwater world, which is why there’s an growing allure to diving here.

Where to Scuba Dive in Vietnam

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1. Nha Trang

Located in Khanh Hoa Province, Nha Trang is Vietnam’s most popular diving location. It consists of over 12,000 hectares of reef filled waters of varying depths that are known as the Hon Mun Marine Protected Area.

2. Hoi An

Found in the Quang Nam Province, the coast of Hoi An is teeming with life of all sorts, so naturally, these warm waters make for excellent scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities.

3. Phu Quoc

Located in Kien Giang Province, Phu Quoc is known for its healthy waters and abundance of hard coral and fish life. Visibility isn’t generally great, and that’s because of the run-oof from the Mekong River.

4. Whale Island

A 90 minute drive north of Nha Trang, the idyllic Whale Island is nestled in Van Phong Bay. This beautiful and sheltered bay, with its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, is the definition of true island getaway.

Also read: A 2018 Hanoi Food Guide

Vietnam Travel Information


scuba diving vietnam

Vietnam is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia, with the total land area of approximately 331,230.8 square kilometers.

With an estimated 94.6 million inhabitants as of 2016, it is the world’s 14th-most-populous country, and the ninth-most-populous Asian country.

Vietnam is a Southeast Asian country on the South China Sea known for its beaches, rivers, Buddhist pagodas and bustling cities. Vietnam is a truly historical place with many relics, ruins and wrecks from the Vietnam War.

Capital city of Vietnam: Hanoi

Closest neighbors to Vietnam: It is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, Thailand across the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, and the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia across the South China Sea to the east and southeast.

Best times to visit Vietnam: Vietnam is an incredible year-round destination. Travel to any part of Vietnam during any season is possible. You surely have an amazing time if you visit this country for scuba diving. The water temperature is between 21-25 Celsius so it is advised that you wear wetsuit.

How to get to Vietnam: Getting to Vietnam has numerous land crossings with all of its neighbors and international flight connections of direct flights to Vietnam’s three main international airports – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Da Nang coming from to Australia, Cambodia, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Laos, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the USA (among others). You can also enter by boat from Cambodia and by train from China.

Visa requirements for Vietnam: The extensive majority of foreign tourists enters Vietnam on a tourist visa. This visa must be issued before arrival and the common visa is valid for 30 days. Visas are not required prior to arrival for most visa-exempt countries, for staying less than 30 days.

Currency of Vietnam: The currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong

Official Language of Vietnam: Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam

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