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Activities in the South China Sea

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Diving

Nha Trang is the dive centre of Vietnam, as is well evidenced by the number of dive companies that operate here. It’s best avoided October to December, when the strong currents stir up the silt and reduce visibility, but during the dry season (Jan–May) there are dive boats kitting out and casting off every day to one of over twenty dive sites in the region. A typical day out, including a couple of dives and lunch, costs around $80, with snorkelling around $25; PADI courses are also available, from basic Discover packs (around $100) to Open Water (4 day; $360).

There are well over a dozen operators in Nha Trang and some are downright dangerous – there have been cases of divers left behind, and even a couple of deaths since the turn of the millennium. The places listed below have stellar reputations; both also offer PADI courses.

Rainbow Divers 90a Hung Vuong t 058 352 4351, w divevietnam.com.
Sailing Club Divers 72-74 Tran Phu t 058 352 1629, w sailingclubdivers.com.

Watersports

If you’d rather get your kicks above water, various points on the beach rent out watersports equipment (the section by the Louisiane Brewhouse is best). For a mere $10 you can scare the wits out of swimmers by zapping them with a jet-ski spray for thirty minutes, but keep in mind that you will be held responsible for any injuries or damages. Less environmentally disastrous are the sports of parasailing ($16), windsurfing ($30) and riding a banana boat ($35/boat), with prices varying according to activity.

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