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Diving/Snorkeling in Nha Trang or Hoi An in Jan.?

  • dnovsky

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    Is anyone familiar with diving in Vietnam in either Nha Trang or Hoi An in early January?

    Originally I was going to go to Nha Trang Mun Island; but now I'm thinking of extending my stay in Hoi An and checking out the Cham Island instead.

    I'm not into the party scene. I'll be disappointed if I go to Nha Trang and the diving isn't excellent.

    I'm also not sure if Hoi An is warm enough or clear enough for diving (or snorkeling) in Jan.

    Any suggestions?

    #1 Posted: 17/12/2008 - 08:35

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  • somtam2000

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    I'm not a diver, but have dropped a mate who is a line -- will report back when I get some more info -- I have heard (informally) that the diving off Cham Island (ie near Hoi An) is quiet ok.

    #2 Posted: 17/12/2008 - 14:50

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    Ok, I heard back from my diving oracle (Chris at Southeast Asia dive site, DiveHappy) and he had the following advice:

    "I've dived Nha Trang, not Hoi An -- Cham Island might be better as there's not so many fishing boats, but neither of these places come up as "must see" dive spots"

    So they're you go -- hope that helps!

    #3 Posted: 17/12/2008 - 15:08

  • burkey

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    mmm...ok where are the "must see snorkeling spots...if you don't mind me asking, we are planning on being in s e asia area almost 3 months...have yet to confirm a port of entry, but leaning toward hanoi via cathay pacific, but could start our vacation almost anywhere and could tailor it to a must see snorkeling list if you have one...and if you do i'll buy the 1st round...
    cheers

    #4 Posted: 14/6/2010 - 00:26

  • KazAussie

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    I don't think Hoi An is an option in January. All the dive shops close at that time of year. About the only dive spot is off phu quoc, we were there last December, wouldn't go out of my way to dive off there again, over-fished oceans lead to not much life and the coral although okay is not great.

    #5 Posted: 14/6/2010 - 05:34

  • Pablot

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    Hoi An is normally still in the grips of monsoon season in January - so stike this destination off your list! Snorkeling is good in summer off Cu Lao Cham (Cham Islands) but it is not really a good dive destination (no wrecks, etc.). In general VN is not great for snorkeling or diving in large part because it is fished out and nothing is being done to protect what little remains! try somewhere else in SE Asia as you have 3 months....

    #6 Posted: 14/6/2010 - 17:57

  • abc

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    I don't dive but they say Nha Trang has the best diving in Vietnam,it's very cheap.Jan should be ok as the rainy season will have passed.

    #7 Posted: 21/6/2010 - 16:50

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    Well there are some Good replys and Yes the raining season is Here during January so the days Conditions Might Be Hit or Miss but Snorkeling is almost Always Good in Nha Trang and we do Both Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Year Round Here just sometimes Alittle wetter than others so visit http://www.DivingVietNam.com and Contact Me for Curent conditions and Hopefully will See You Guys in the water here in Nha Trang.
    Aloha From Mark Scott's Diving Viet Nam where we Dive with Aloha.

    #8 Posted: 29/3/2011 - 17:24

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