Wide Eyed and Legless
Nha Trang Travel Blog› entry 14 of 19 › view all entries
After all our recent travelling we felt in need of a little R&R and maybe some scuba diving. In Vietnam Nha Trang seems to be the best place to go and is conveniently on the main rail line from Saigon to Hanoi.
We book a train ticket at the helpful Vietnam railway office which is only a few yards from our hotel in Saigon. The journey time is about 7 hours so we decide to take the afternoon train so we can see a little of the countryside en-route. The train is surprisingly fast, very smooth and runs dead on time pulling in to Nha Trang just after 8pm.
When we arrive it is pouring with rain so we are thankful that there are taxis right outside the station and surprised to find that they use meters.
In the morning I shop around the town for diving and sign up with Angel Dive which is run by a French guy called Fred. His next day trip is going to Lighthouse Rock and Madonna Rock which are considered to be the 2 best local dive sites; Lighthouse Rock is one of the deep dive sites so is not often visited. There are only 5 of us on the boat (Fred had promised that it would be a small group) and Fred decides to come with us and dives with me and one of the local DMs.
The diving here is pretty good, though not great. The small fish life on the reefs is excellent with plenty of morays, nudibranchs and a few leaf fish which I can't recall ever seeing before. Lighthouse Rock sometimes attracts some larger fish but the current is weak today and there are just a few batfish and a couple of barracuda.
The islands off Nha Trang are very beautiful, the water crystal clear and the weather here fine and sunny. Though there are plenty of day-trip boats around most have only a few passengers and the marine park large enough to mean that is is not busy apart from in the harbour. Most people in Nha Trang seem to go for the "Funky Monkey" booze cruise which don't sound great but are a steal at $10 and everyone we meet who has gone on one really raves about them; OK then I'll do one next time we're here.