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Nha Trang Snorkeling

March 15, 2023 - 8044 views

Snorkeling is one of the most excellent activities that you should never miss when traveling to Nha Trang. Nature has endowed Nha Trang with many islands with white sandy beaches and the fantasy coral reefs under the ocean. With these advantages conditions, Nha Trang becomes a hot spot for people who love snorkeling.

The below article is about snorkeling in Nha Trang, the best places for you to go snorkeling, and some tips to help you have the best experience snorkeling in Nha Trang.

Scuba diving under Nha Trang island

Snorkeling under Nha Trang island


Overview of snorkeling in Nha Trang

Nha Trang is without a doubt one of the most attractive beach cities in Vietnam. Crystal clear water with perfect visibility, beautiful tropical fish, and coral make Nha Trang one of the best places in Vietnam to go snorkel. It will be a lot of fun when you go snorkeling with your friends. It is really cool to see the life underwater at the deep of 30 meters, taking beautiful pictures of many lovely creatures living deep in the sea. Even at the lower depth of the water, about 15 meters on good days, you still be able to see a variety of fishes and coral reefs.
Snorkeling services in Nha Trang is well developed with many professional suppliers. You can also feel assured about the safety of this fascinating sport, even if you cannot swim as professional guides (both Vietnam and foreign) who have qualifications and experiences, are able to help you enthusiastically. There are a lot of tour operators who run snorkeling tours. You can choose a tour that combines sightseeing and snorkeling like Islands & Snorkeling Tour Full Day where you will be able to visit Tri Nguyen Aquarium on Mieu Island, snorkel in Mun island.
The best time for snorkeling in Nha Trang is from April to October that is the best portion of the year for visibility and will have the largest variety of fish. July to August is not a bad time when you can enjoy the amazing sunny weather with a bit of wind and good visibility in the water. Do not snorkel between December to the beginning of March. There are still some tours at this time but do not expect too much.

Best Place to snorkeling in Nha Trang

1. Monkey Island (Lao Island)

Monkey Island is located in Nha Phu lagoon and called Hon Lao. There are about 1200 monkeys living on this island so people often call this island Monkey Island. It is chosen by many tourists for snorkeling because of its very clear and blue seawater. Besides, it also has many beautiful coral reefs, pristine rock ground, and many species of marine fish. This snorkeling area has a depth of 3-5 meters so travelers can explore the Nha Trang sea without fear.

2. Mun Island

Mun Island is famous for snorkeling because here travelers can snorkel to gaze at the beauty of this island. With a total area of 160 km2, Hon Mun Island is one of the most diversified marine ecosystems in Vietnam. This island is home to more than 1500 types of coral reefs 230 species of reef fish, 112 species of mollusks, 112 species of crustaceans, 27 species of echinoderms, 69 species of algae, and 7 species of seaweeds. If you do not like snorkeling, you can also see the coral from a boat with a glass bottom at Nest Island – Noi Island. However, the feeling of sitting on the boat cannot be compared with directly snorkeling into the sea, touching the fish and coral reefs with your own hand. In Mun Island, travelers must have a higher level of snorkeling because the depth on this island is more than 20 meters.

Hon Mun island

Hon Mun island

3. Hon Ong or Whale Island

Hon Ong island is located at Van Phong Bay, the north of the city, about 100km, it is a quiet escape from all the bustle and noise of the city. The island has turquoise waters and untouched nature. There are a few resorts on the island where you can relax while enjoying the island vibe. Snorkeling here is great, especially for people who are looking for a tranquil atmosphere because the waters aren’t filled with flocks of boats and tours.

Whale island

Whale island

Tips & Experience

Before snorkeling:

  • Do not drink alcohol because it can cause unpredictable complications
  • Do not eat too much because it is easy to be sick or tired, it is also very dangerous.
  • Do not go snorkeling if you have heart diseases because it is very dangerous
  • Take at least 5 minutes to get familiar with air on the sea before snorkeling.
  • Prepare professional equipment such as wetsuit, snorkel and scuba mask, snorkeling fins

While snorkeling:

  • Absolutely not dive alone, you should dive with other travelers or in a group
  • Compliance with the rules of guides
  • Do not swim too deep or too slow
  • You should close your mouth and gently breathe through your nose after snorkeling

Nha Trang Snorkeling gear

Snorkeling gear

Hopefully, some tips above can help you get useful knowledge and have your own suitable choices for discovering islands in Nha Trang.

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