Scuba Diving Centres in Vietnam
Scuba Diving Centres in Vietnam
Moving like a spacewalker, under water. That’s just one description of what it’s like to scuba dive.
The popularity of diving is exploding in Vietnam, a country with an impressive coastline of 3500 km and turquoise waters surrounding Phu Quoc, Con Dao and the islands off Nha Trang. It’s easy to see why more and more recreational and professional divers are choosing to explore under the water in Vietnam.
Diving conditions in Vietnam depend on the time of year. From November to April, the island of Phu Quoc sees optimum conditions. The waters off Nha Trang, including Whale Island, are good all year but best dived from March to October. Con Dao (sea conditions permitting) the best weather between April and September. No matter the time of year there is always somewhere to go diving in Vietnam.
Many diving centres encourage you to learn the theory of scuba diving online before you fly to Vietnam or head to one of the country’s diving locations.
The south coastal city of Nha Trang is considered by many to be blessed with Vietnam’s best diving conditions – it’s no surprise that most of the dive centres listed here have their headquarters in Nha Trang. Some of the famous dive sites around Nha Trang include Tiger Wall, Debbies Beach and Seahorse Bay. Underwater scenery in the waters of Vietnam includes corals, rock formations, pinnacles, fish, eels, nudibranches (soft-bodied molluscs), turtles and, occasionally, sharks and manta rays.
Contact the dive operators listed below for more information about scuba diving in Vietnam.
With its head office in Saigon, Rainbow began serving recreational divers in 1996 and is widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the Vietnamese scuba diving industry. Today the company boasts four PADI National Geographic Ocean diving centres in Nha Trang, Con Dao, Phu Quoc and Whale Island. Booking offices are located in Hanoi and HCMC (the latter city offers pre-ocean pool training for PADI courses). Rainbow Divers offers trial dives, children’s programmes, pleasure dives and a full slate of PADI certification programmes. An experienced team of international, multilingual instructors is trained to pro PADI standards with 5000-20,000 dives in local marine parks under their weight belts. The company can also arrange air transport, hotels and custom dive packages across multiple regions of Vietnam. They speak English, French, Russian and Chinese.
Tel: +84 0913 408 146
Dive! Dive! Dive!
Established in 2011 on Con Dao (and the sole foreign-owned business on the island), Dive! Dive! Dive! boasts a small, knowledgeable staff, modern equipment and a custom-made dive boat named Quynh that can transport up to 20 divers. You can dive at 16 different islands and over 35 dive sites around the Con Dao Archipelago. Dive! Dive! Dive! caters to all levels of expertise and will take large groups on remote, exploration dives. Offers daily dives, wreck diving, PADI and SSI courses and gear rentals.
Tel: +84 254 383 0701
In operation since 2002, Cham Divers in Hoi An offers a variety of dive and hotel packages as well as airport transfer from Da Nang International. Runs five PADI courses (Openwater, Advanced, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver, Divemaster) and daily dives to the nearby Cham Islands, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve comprised of eight islands with only one inhabited. Overnight, multi-day dive trips and private tours are available. Book dive tours at The Dive Bar in Hoi An’s old town centre. The international dive instructors speak English, French, Vietnamese, Italian and Spanish.
Tel: +84 (0) 510 391 0782
Based in Nha Trang, arguably Vietnam’s best diving spot, Angel Dive offers discovery dives plus a full range of PADI, SSI, SDI and TDI programmes. Their staff are experienced, professional and speak English, French and Vietnamese. All boats are outfitted with first aid oxygen and a dive master/instructor stays aboard on dives. Plunge into the deep blue at a dozen discrete sites in the waters off the nearby islands of Hon Mun and Hon Tre. See the hard and soft coral gardens of Moray Beach, Clown fish, Scorpion fish, Moray Eels – maybe even Barracuda. Angel Dive is fully licensed and carries international scuba diving insurance for all divers.
Tel: +84 (0) 58 522 461
Mobile: +84 (0) 9 82 340 322
Mark Scott’s Diving Center
Based in Nha Trang, Mr Scott has been diving since he was 15 and has been a Divemaster and instructor since 1984. Courses include Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver Certification, Open Water Diver Certification, Rescue Diver Training and more. MSDC is a member of SSI (Scuba Schools International), one of the world’s largest recreational scuba diving membership organisations. Scuba teaching courses consist of three months of training based under the guidelines of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council). Fun dives are also available.
Scuba Zone features international PADI instructors and dive masters who speak English, Vietnamese and Spanish. Scuba Zone was founded by Mr Nguyen Van Loc, who established the mooring buoy system for the Nha Trang Bay Marine Park Association. Scuba Zone offers an assortment of daily dives to nearby islands and diving courses including EFR (Emergency First Response), Open Water and Rescue Diver. Dive boats carry a maximum of 30 people and are equipped with emergency oxygen and fresh water showers.