Vietnam :: Whale Island
On a peninsula around 80 kilometers north of Nha Trang is the idyllic paradise resort of Whale Island.
The area has been associated with scuba diving for many years and it was here that Jacques Cousteau first discovered his passion for the underwater world.
Diving is ideal for beginners and more experienced divers with gentle sloping beach dives, deep drop offs and high adrenaline drift diving. Marine life is equally as impressive and there is also the chance of spotting whale sharks or even whales and sharks as the waters soon get deep off the coast here.
There are several dive sites around the area including the following:
Hon Trau Nam (Three Kings): Swimthoughs and caves, rays often seen resting.
Hon Kho Trang: Two dive sites, coral gardens, good visibility and marine life.
Hon Tai (Ear Island): Coral plateau, nurse and whitetips often spotted, sea slugs.
Napoleon Rock: Sheltered site with sandy bottom, resident napoleon wrasse.
Raoul's Reef: Wall covered in feather stars, ghost pipefish found here.
Bai Su: Caves at 15m, good for spotting nudibranchs, nice to dive at night.
Hon Ong: Good night dive spot with seahorses, shrimps and spanish dancers.