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Diving in Hoi An has only been established in the last 4 years and as such it is relativley undiscovered as a diving destination in Vietnam. This is great news if you are looking for new diving destinations that are not swamped by lots of boats and divers. Hoi An has the potential to become one of Vietnam's biggest diving & snorkelling destinations.
Diving and snorkelling takes places around the Cu Lao Cham islands, some 15km's out to sea.
The best time of the year for diving is from April through to October when seas are calmest and sediment reduced so that visibility is good. You do occansially get good conditions a few months before and after this short season.
The diving around the islands catters for all levels of divers. Shallow reef and muck to wall, drift, and submerged pinnacle diving. Currents can be strong in places.
Like most of Viet Nam, diving here is mostly macro diving, don’t expect to see any big sharks, turtles, rays. The reefs are in excellent condition however, and some of the more common marine life you can spot includes, Bump Head Parrots, Frog Fish, Morays, Scorpion Fish, Pipe Fish, Baracuda, Giant Groupers, Nudibranches, Crustaceans, Cray Fish, Cuttle Fish, and Octopus. Dolphins, Whale Sharks, and Pilot Whales have been spotted around the waters of Cu Lao Cham, but they are infrequent sightings.