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Rainbow Divers - Nha Trang Dive Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Rainbow Divers are the longest established PADI Divecentres throughout Vietnam. The centre in Nha Trang is the only PADI CDC + 5 Star IDC centre. Daily divetrips, Try-Dives, snorkelling + all PADI Training courses and residential Divemaster and Instructor programs. Contact us directly or book thru your Hotel reception, but insist on Rainbow. Daily dive trips to Whale Island. Full Restaurant + Bar facilities all day, from 6am - 12 midnight. Also in Whale Island, Con Dao, Phu Quoc + Saigon.
Reviewed June 28, 2013

We used this company for my son to dive and I for snorkeling. They are reasonably priced and well run. A short drive to the harbor and then a 40 min. boat ride to the dive site and marine park. The equipment was very good as well as a great ladder for getting back on the boat. As mentioned in other reviews, the Viet Nam waters have been over fished. It was hard to find any fish in some portions of the marine park. This was a great disappointment. The only down side, was the baguettes also contained a lot of ants.

1  Thank Kathryn B
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RainbowDivers, Owner at Rainbow Divers - Nha Trang Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

We'll try to avoid so many ants in the future :-(
The waters of Vietnam have been overfished for way too long and the government is doing nothing about it. It will never be an aquarium, but will still offer divers the opportunity to spot smaller and rare critters including loads of Nudibranches :-)

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Reviewed June 17, 2013

Went for a last minute dive here in February. Booked 2 boat dives.

The staff were professional, good set-up and organised, good quality shuttle bus and safe driver. Pick-up is at Rainbow Divers then a short 20 minute or so drive to the harbour where you get briefed and put onto the dive boat. The boat is large with a good sun deck up top and adequate safety equipment including lifejackets that are compulsory to be worn while departing the deep harbour and channel.

I wasn't overly impressed with the dive sites, the coral was dead and the fish life had been fished out (thanks Vietnam), but unfortunately this is common umongst dive locations throughout Asia.

My biggest critiscism was that we were told we'd be back by about 1pm to the dive shop in town, These timing worked with our other plans for our last day in Nha Trang. After our second dive were de-kitted and the boat took off for what we thought was back to the marina. After about 10 minutes of motoring the boat stopped and it looked like a few divers were getting ready for a dive. We asked a divemaster who stated that they had some tanks leftover and a few divers were going for a third dive. It was 1230pm at this stage. He then said they there werent enough tanks for the rest of us and they all went off for a dive for an hour while the rest of us were stranded on the boat and there was no food or drink left. Now this may not seem like a big deal seeing as we were all relaxing on holidays but that little unplanned spur of the moment detour ended up seeing us back at the shop at around 4pm and we missed our last lunch with our friends who were departing for Northern Vietnam that afternoon. Had we known those timings we would not have dived that day. I think its important for Rainbow Divers to have accurate timings on their day trips and even so, maybe the staff could have been a little more apologetic instead of saying "it is what it is mate, get over it".

Anyway, rant over, if you must go diving in Nha Trang, these guys arent cowboys and are safe. Just keep your afternoon open just in case there are tanks leftover.

1  Thank casperluc
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RainbowDivers, Owner at Rainbow Divers - Nha Trang Dive Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2013

Thanks for the 'rant', It's important for me to get this feedback as it's impossible to be on the boat every day.
We will improve our communication skills and brief everyone when they book as to whether we are making a 2 or 3 dive trip and remind them on board.

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Reviewed May 22, 2013

By pure chance I arrived in Nha Trang and checked in to a hotel directly opposite this fine diving school/bar and to be completely honest the staff are amazing and friendly. I immediately booked a PADI open water diving course and haven't looked back. I would recommend doing your course here over others which may be cheaper elsewhere as the instructor to student ratio is 1:1 (not always though). It's a tad pricier than the local dive schools but the English speaking staff are very accommodating, friendly and show a genuine interest in your experience. All of the arrangements have been made for the course as well as a booking to whale island to complete our open water dives. When visiting ask for Steve and Ruth. Oh and for the Guinness lovers out there this is one of the few establishments I have found in Vietnam that sell it!

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Reviewed May 13, 2013

urgency, accuracy, helpfulness and friendliness are what I'm looking for when diving..what ever level of diver, rookie to more experienced diver this dive ctr does exactly what it says on the tin...you pay pay a couple of dollars more but you get what you pay for...fully D.A.N, ,,equipped boat with speed boat assistance, all divers on the boat E F R diver rescue trained-i diver Mr Elvis lookalike over 25,000 dives. they are the professional diver team in Nha Trang. the dive shop has a cute sized food are and licence bar for a cheeky beer or juice to quench your thurst whilst writing up your dive log and sharing your days experience---Rainbow divers national geographic 5 star dive ctr--try it, dive it, love it---11 out of 10..... ps ther were 19 yes 19 Dutch girls all doing there open water course whilst i was there--i rest my case

1  Thank Tim M
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have dived with Rainbow Divers on a number of occasions at several places over the last couple of years. Last year, our elder son got certified as Junior Open Water diver with them. And this most recent trip, our younger son did a try dive with them too. Having done more than 500 dives with different operators in different places, I would say that Rainbow Divers have always been consistently competent and professional.

The coral life in Nha Trang is generally not fantastic, but do have nice macros like nudibranchs, pipefish, etc. The dive masters at Rainbow Divers are great at spotting these critters. This trip, we also did a dive at Madonna's Rock, which had a nice swim through. The waters in Nha Trang is usually a bit colder than most other parts of South East Asia (25 deg Cel this trip), so if you dislike cold like me, a hood would come in handy.

If you have a few more days to spare, head up to Whale Island where Rainbow Divers have a dive center. Since you can do beach dives off the dive center, a few more dives can be done and also much easier to do night dives.

1  Thank HTH17
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