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Hoi An, Vietnam

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Country: Vietnam  Area: Vietnam

Water Temp: 18 - 30°C (64 - 86°F)

Visibility: 5 - 25m (16 - 82 ft)

Depth Range: 3 - 35m (10 - 115 ft)

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The most northerly point on the Vietnamese Coast where you can scuba dive, Hoi An is a beautiful town rich in culture with the old town listed as a World Heritage Site.

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Hoi An has a tropical climate with a dry season from end of January till end of September and a monsoon season from mid October to the mid end of January. This monsoon season brings strong winds, heavy rains and choppy seas so dive schools tend to shut down during most of this period. There is a high probability of floods and typhoons especially during October and November.

The water temperature varies from 18-30C. The coldest water is December to February and the warmest peaking in the summer months from June until September.

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Other Year round Marine life

Reef fish, barracuda, grouper, snapper, trevally, trigger fish,  hump head parrotfish, mooray eels, frogfish,
lots of nudibranches,tuna, batfish.

Reef fish, barracuda, grouper, snapper, trevally, trigger fish,  hump head parrotfish, mooray eels, frogfish, lots of nudibranches,tuna, batfish.

 
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Day Trips

The Cham Islands off Hoi An’s coast is where Hoi An’s diving takes place and can be reached by a 40min boat trip and the day usually consists of two dives with lunch during the surface interval.

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The sites have a selection of swimthroughs, caves, and beautiful colours in the shallower waters. The reefs have an abundance of hard corals and small reef fish. Although this area is not great for large pelagic there is a great macro selection of marine life and many weird and wonderful brightly coloured nudibranches.

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Some of the sites you can visit are Hon Nhan which is a pinnacle plunging to greater than 40m deep and where you have large schools of fish and thousands of nudibranches everywhere. Hon Mo with pipefish, seahorses, clownfish and again many, many nudibranches, or Hon Thai South Signal point with has barracuda, ribbon eels, crabs, triggerfish, lionfish, clownfish, and yes more Nudis!

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How to Get there

The closest airport is Da Nang which has great, regular domestic flights and also international flights to Bangkok, Singapore, Cambodia and charter flights to China. It’s easy to catch a taxi from Da Nang Airport to Hoi An and expect to pay around $15 US dollars, and bear in mind it tends to be cheaper in the opposite direction. This is one time you should haggle for a set price rather than use a meter as it tends to be cheaper.

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There is no train station in Hoi An, again the nearest in is Da Nang so then taking a taxi or bus from Da Nang will easily get you to Hoi An.

There are many buses travelling to Hoi An from destinations such as Hue, Da Nang and Nha Trang. You can easily book these through your hotel.

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Where to Eat & Drink

In Hoi An, very popular touristic destination lot of hotels bar and restaurants.

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Other Activities

Hoi An is a wonderful town full of history and culture and there is much to see and do. Scuba Diving is not the main draw to this town at all. To visit the historical sites you have to purchase coupons which allow you visit a selection of the sites. One such site is the Japanese Covered Bridge which is the symbol of Hoi An and was constructed in the early 1600’s by the Japanese community.

Other popular activities include Cooking classes, lantern making classes, bike tours and river cruises.

If you are around on the 14th of every lunar month, one day before full moon, there is a Full Moon Festival in the Old Town. The streets are shut and lined with lanterns and the people all celebrate with music, plays and parties.

Hoi An is also one of the top places in Vietnam to purchase made to measure clothing from suits, shirts and dresses.

Pagode Hoi Quan Hai Nam, Hội An, Credit

Elephant Trekking & Abuse

On a general note, while in Asia, please do not support Elephant abuse by riding Elephants or supporting Elephant performance.

In Thai culture, the Phajaan or ‘the crush', is the torture method elephants undergo to become a part of the tourism industry. Essentially this involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time to make the Elephants submissive to humans.
Asian Elephant spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
There is responsible Elephant tourism in Thailand - a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them. 
Any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings means they have undergone horrific abuse in order to get them to where they are
Please do not support Elephant torture and make your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry.
  • The 'training' Elephants go through to become a part of the tourism industry involves cruel physical and mental abuse over long periods of time starting as a calf
  • Asian Elephant's spines cannot support the weight of people. Carrying people on their backs all day often leads to permanent spinal injuries.
  • That said, there is responsible Elephant tourism to be found in Asia, a good rule to remember is that if a tourist outfit offers anything other than getting to spend time with elephants, it is not friendly to them.
  • Remember; any outfit that offers riding, circuses or paintings it basically means the Elephants have undergone horrific abuse in order to get there

You can help these magnificent animals by making your travel companions aware of what lies behind this industry; the main problem is a lack of awareness.

Dive Report is committed to raising awareness to the abuse suffered by Elephants used in the tourist industry. If you want to know more you can find out more hereherehere and here. Also see a PETA documentary video here.

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Diving/Snorkelling Hoi An end Dec-begin Jan

I understand it is off season during this time. Does that mean that there are no possibilities to go diving or snorkelling at all? Will the Diving centers be closed?

Is there nothing to see? To rough weather?

Diving in Hoi An or Nha Trang in January

I was thinking about becoming certified in the beginning of January but it appears there is no wildlife to see, would it be worth it? Is there anything to see?

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Catherine Jones

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Unlikely to see the big things - bit rarer there compared to other places in SE Asia.. but it should be good nevertheless! :)

Diving in Hoi An, October

Hi! From the write up, October seems to be the beginning of the wet season. Would it still be advisable to dive during that month in 10-12 Oct?

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Thailand Divers Lomas

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October is fine just across the way in Thailand. the monsoon season here is ending by then. Also here in Phuket we dive all year round and the monsoon can bring in some great dives, less people and it does not rain all the time the time. It jusy

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Desmond Metzler

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If you can find a dive center that is open.. I think a lot of them close during monsoon.. to be safe I would talk to some and ask.. but otherwise try and book a better diving season.

Diving in Danang, Sept

Hi, from the overview, Sept seems to be in between wet and dry season in Da nang. am planning a diving trip 10-17 Sept, is it recommended? are the dive centres operating in this period? thanks in advance!

Alice Swisher

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I think you should be fine! I think most dive centers are open practically all year. You will probably find that if it is lower season you will find it easy to book some diving and get a good price too.

Mei Fhong Wong

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thank you Alice!

Janine Dickson

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Go to Phu Quoc Island instead. Cheap flights and cheap diving: http://www.phuquocislandguide.com

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