Tours : Scuba diving

HANOI-SAPA-HALONG-HOIAN-NHATRANG-HCM-CANTHO. CODE VSE.SCD-06

HANOI-SAPA-HALONG-HOIAN-NHATRANG-HCM-CANTHO. CODE VSE.SCD-06

The coastline of Viet-Nam is 3200kms long from Mong-Cai on the Chinese border to Ha-Tien on the Cambodian border, with many incredible beaches from south of Ha-Noi to just east of Ho-Chi-Minh, not counting the innumerable islands, many with their own sandy beaches. With the increase in tourism, many of these places are being amenaged into luxury resorts complete with beachsports, swimming and diving facilities. Below are our programs for your choice.

DAY 1:  ARRIVE IN HANOI (- / - / DINNER/ GUIDE)

Arrival in Ha Noi capital city and transfer to hotel, at leisure for the rest of the day

DAY 2:  HA NOI / LAO CAI (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

After breakfast, take a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital, thousand-year historical city.  The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where his body is kept here (Open time: in the morning, except for Monday and Friday. Temporary closed from Oct. to Jan. each year for maintenance), stilt house where he lived on and off from 1958 to 1969, One Pillar pagoda which was built by the King Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054.  Ethnology museum is well worth observing the depth of cultural diversity of Vietnam’s 54 minority groups. The morning trip ends up with a nice lunchtime in a local restaurant.

Afternoon, check out hotel, then visit Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and take the  cyclo in about 2-hour-tour in the main Streets.

Enjoy dinner in the local restaurant, after that transfer to train station for the night train Ha Noi-Lao Cai.  Overnight on the train.

DAY 3: LAO CAI - SAPA (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Early morning arrival in Lao Cai, beakfast in Lao Cai and transfer to see Chinese border, then straight up through a long snaky mountain-pass for Sapa, check-in to hotel in Sapa, at leisure the rest of the morning.

Afternoon take a visit to a waterfall in H’mong  Cat Cat village, ( Lunch and Dinner in the Local Restaurant )

DAY 4: SAPA – LAO CAI / HANOI (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

 After breakfast, take a striking to minority villages: Lao Chai of H’mong people, Ta Van of Dzay people. Lunch in the local restaurant.

Visit Ham Rong Mountain: colorful flowers, magnificent sights for picturing. Walking about 2,5 km up to the mountain top, you will see the panorama of the Fansipan Mountain, which at 3143m is Vietnam’s highest point.

Dinner at the local restaurant.  Transfer to Lao Cai for the night train to Ha Noi.

DAY 5: HANOI - HALONG (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Early morning arrival in Ha Noi about 5:30. Pick up and have breakfast in the local restaurant. Transfer to Ha Long, arrival in Ha Long about at 12:30, lunch on the junk.  Discover the night on the junk.

DAY 6: HALONG – HANOI / DANANG – HOIAN (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

After breakfast, take the private boat to visit the World’s Wonders- the beautiful natural caves created millions of years ago.  Moor at some beautiful quiet spots for swimming and a fresh seafood lunch served on board.

Back on land at 13:00, leave Ha Long for Noi Bai airport (Ha Noi) for the flight to Da Nang.

Pick up at Da Nang and transfer to Hoi An, check in to Hotel, overnight in Hoi An.

DAY 7: HOI AN (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Half day morning visit to the ancient town such as the former merchants’ homes, the 400-year old Japanese covered bridge, the Chinese temples, and the colorful market. At leisure for the rest of the day and briefing for next diving tour (check and fit all the dive equipment)

DAY 8: HOI AN (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

7:00 pick up and transfer to the harbour in the minibus. Take a speedboat to the Cu Lao Cham Island. The beautiful waters around there teem with aquatic life and it’s fantastic for divers who like to explore.

8:20 – 9:10: do the first dive in the 1st dive site      

9:10 – 10:15 have coffee break on board while transferring to the 2nd dive site

10:20 – 11:05: make the second immersion (dive in different depths).

11:05 – 12:45: take a speedboat back to the land.  Transfer to hotel, have lunch in the hotel restaurant and at leisure for the rest of the day.

DAY 9: HOI AN (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant.

7:30 – 8:20 pick up and transfer to the harbor by car. Take a speedboat to the Cu Lao Cham island in order to make the immersion in others 2 dive sites.  Choice of site depends on prevailing weather conditions on the day, and the experience levels of the divers

8:30 – 9:20: do the first dive in the 1st dive site.

9:20 – 10:30: have coffee break: soft drink, fruit, snack on board while transferring to the 2nd dive site

10:40 – 11:25: make the second dive in the day.

11:25 – 13:05: take a speedboat back to the land.  Have lunch in the local restaurant and then transfer to hotel.

15:00: take 2 hours for a boat trip to cruise on Thu Bon River and visit pottery, and carpentry villages to observe the way the locals make handicrafts. Get back to the land, discover downtown at night.

DAY 10: HOI AN – DA NANG / NHA TRANG (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Pick up from the hotel in Hoi An for flying to Da Nang. En route visit Marble Mountains, five sacred hills containing dozens of Buddhist shrines.  Lunch in Da Nang. Fly to Nha Trang, arrive in Nha Trang, and check in hotel. At leisure and briefing for next diving tour.

DAY 11: NHA TRANG, MUN ISLAND(BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Nha Trang, the ecological reserve, is also one of the most beautiful bay of the world classed by UNESCO as World Heritage. Enjoy the beauty beneath the surface: large and vibrant hard and soft coral, more than 100 soft coral with different colours. The diversity of fish: moray eel, lion fish, octopus, ghost pipe fish, sea-horse, especially there are a lot of different sorts of nudibranchs…

7:00 – 7:15: pick up and transfer to the habour after breakfast.

7:15 – 8:00: take a day boat to Mun Island- the famous marine park with the beautiful coral reef. 1st dive site

8:00 – 9:00: do the 1st dive.

9:00 – 9:30: have a coffee break on board while transferring to 2nd dive site

10:00 – 11:00: make the 2nd dive

11:00 – 11:30: have a lunch break on board while transferring to 3rd dive site

11:30 – 12:30: Do the 3rd dive

13:00 – 14:00: on boat and back to harbor. Pick up by bus and get back to the hotel and at leisure for the rest of the day.

Note: The picked up dive sites will be determined to the weather condition and visibility. They will be confirmed before the dive

DAY 12: NHA TRANG, ELECTRIC NOSE or PYRAMID (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

7:00 – 7:15: pick up and transfer to the harbor after breakfast.

7:15 – 8:00 (speed boat) / 9:00 (regular dive boat): take a day boat to 1st dive site. Drop off from surface to over 40meters

8:00 – 9:00 (speed boat) / 9:00 – 10:00 (regular dive boat): do the 1st dive.

9:00 – 9:15 (speed boat) / 10:00 – 10:30 (regular dive boat): have a coffee break on board while transferring to 2nd dive site

9:15 – 10:15(speed boat) / 10:30 – 11:30: make the 2nd dive in the day.

10:15 – 10:30(speed boat) / 11:30 – 12:00 (regular dive boat): have a lunch break on board while transferring to the 3rd dive site.

10:30 – 11:30(speed boat) / 12:00 – 13:00 (regular dive boat): do the 3rd dive

11:30 – 12:10 (speed boat) / 13:00 – 14:40:  on boat and back to harbor. Pick up by bus and get back to the hotel.

15:30 – 17:00: Have a short visit to the Oceanographic Institute founded in 1923- it has an aquarium and tanks are home to diverse live specimens of local marine life including seahorses. The Cham towers of Ponagar were built in between 8th and 12thcentury, used for Hindu worship in early times, and recently is used for worship to Goddess of the City. Visit and shop in Dam Market.

18:00: Have dinner in the local restaurant, and then transfer back to the hotel and at leisure.

Note:

Electric Nose: Highly recommended for the Advanced Open Water Diver. The Open Water Diver can make the dive but cannot go deeper than 18 m.

Pyramid: Only for the Advanced Open Water Diver

DAY 13: Whale Island (with lunch in Whale Island resort restaurant)

5:30: pick up at the hotel and bus transfer to Dam Mon harbor

7:30: take a day boat to Whale Island. 

9:00: arrives to the 1st dive site

9:00 – 10:00: do the 1st dive.

10:00 – 11:00: transfer to the 2nd dive site

11:00 – 12:00: make the 2nd dive in the day.

12:00 – 13:00: return to the Whale Island resort for lunch

16:00: leave Whale Island resort and boat transfer to Dam Mon harbor. Then, bus transfer to the hotel, at leisure for the rest of the day.

DAY 14: NHA TRANG / HO CHI MINH (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

After breakfast, leave Nha Trang for Ho Chi Minh City by plane.

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City; visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, Old Saigon Post Office en route.  Check in hotel.  Have Lunch in the local restaurant.

At leisure until 14:30, take a half day city tour to visit the museum, former President Palace, visit Thien Hau temple and Cho Lon market.

Enjoy Dinner

DAY 15: HO CHI MINH – VINH LONG – CAN THO (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

Leave Ho Chi Minh for Cai Be, boat trip to Vinh Long, wholesale big boats at Cai Be floating market will be seen in the trip, recognized by what they sell through its wooden poles hanging samples of their products.  Cruise up to Vinh Long visit to the pottery firm. Then transfer to Can Tho for check-in hotel.  Overnight in Can Tho.

DAY 16: CAN THO – HO CHI MINH (BREAKFAST/ LUNCH/ DINNER/ GUIDE)

A half-day boat trip leading to Cai Rang floating market, where hundreds of boats all size gather to exchange their agriculture products.  Another way back to Can Tho through small water coconut shaded canals; stop at a farmer’s house to enjoy some tropical fruits.  Cruise back to Can Tho, then back up to Ho Chi Minh City, check in Hotel.  Overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.

DAY 17: HO CHI MINH – DEPARTURE(BREAKFAST/ -/ -/ GUIDE)

At leisure for shopping until transfer for departure