Best snorkeling sites in Vietnam – are your swimmers and gears ready for this underwater adventure?
Being at a beach is one thing but being able to snorkel and even dive is another. There are tons of beaches in Vietnam that are equally stunning but in terms of snorkeling sites, these are the best places to be.
Considered as one of the most popular diving and snorkeling sites in Vietnam, Phu Quoc is known for its clear waters, white sands, and 30-meter oceanic depth.
Its seawater is generally calm and offers great visibility underwater, however, the diving area is quite vast which entails permission to be underwater from northwestern to a small archipelago in the south.
Diving is often said to be best in the northwestern part, but snorkeling is encouraged in the archipelago area. There aren’t many large fish to be seen, but you will find numerous schools of small fish along with large coral reefs here.
Snorkeling in the Phu Quoc Islands costs about VND 800,000 VND. The best beaches for snorkelers include Long Beach, Ong Lang Beach, and Bai Sao Beach.
Ha Long Bay
Snuggled in the heart of Halong Bay is the Cat Ba island – the perfect spot to visit the underwater realm and leaving the stress behind.
The spot is 30 KM away from Haiphong and 25 KM from Halong. Cat Ba island was recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2003.
Expect to see some of the most popular sea creatures such as abalone, pearl, spiny lobsters, and fishes of all colors in bright, dazzling coral reefs.
These coral reefs look fascinating but more so, they are essential to facilitate the reproduction of fish and other marine organisms.
Monkey Island, located close to cat Ba is the most common destination for snorkeling in Halong Bay. The cost of snorkeling here in a group is VND 600,000.
Monkey Island Resort on Monkey Island has a specialized Diving Tour and the facility to hire a Diving Guide or Diving Instructor for VND 1,000,000. You can go snorkeling in Cat Co 1 Beach.
Hoi An does not come short when it comes to its natural scenes may it be above or below water. Thus it comes as no surprise that Hoi An is one of the best snorkeling sites in Vietnam.
Hoi An’s Cham islands are host to a large variety of marine wonders and snorkeling in this region strikes a fine balance between lazing around and acquiring the perfect tan and exploring the deep blue depths of the oceanic paradise.
Snorkeling in Hoi An often includes free meals at a local seafood restaurant and costs about VND 1,000,000 for two sites.
The most notable beaches for snorkeling in Hoi An are Cua Dai Beach and An Bang Beach. Cua Dai is said to be slightly better owing to clearer water. However, due to its popularity, it is also flocked with travelers.
Another well-known snorkeling site is the beach town – Nha Trang. The perfect spot to be is the Hon Mun Island.
You can expect to see a diverse sea water creature from coral reefs and a swarm of fishes. Some of which will be happily swimming with you.
The Hon Mun Islands also offers a unique experience wherein you can ride on a glass-bottom boat and get a clear view of the fish and the reefs.
The entire area is pollution-free owing to the fact that it is a Marine Reserve. It has over 12,000 hectares of water and is suitable for all kinds of people with varying degrees of experience.
The cost of snorkeling here is around VND 2,000,000, with the best beaches being Bai Dai Beach and Nu Tien Beach.