After a refreshing few days in mountainous Dalat we head back to the coast to the picture perfect beaches and sun-tan-central city of Nha Trang.
A full day of Nha Trang was dedicated to Scuba Diving the warm blue waters. As a mermaid at heart I could not wait to spend some quality time with the ocean after almost a month of backpacking, treking, and landloving. Early in the morning we board our dive boat; a small group, large boat, and friendly staff set the mood for a great day of diving and forty five minutes later we reach a cluster of islands and dive sites for us to explore. Suited up and excited we splashed in, this would be my first warm water dive in over a year (a majority of my diving has been in the cold waters of B.C.) and Alistair’s first dive since certification, so even though the visibility was poor we were not discouraged.
An assortment of hard and soft corals awaited us under the sea, sprinkled with small colourful fish. We did find nemo – or his cousin – as well as a large trumpet fish, a well camouflaged scorpion fish, parrot fish, nudibraches, and endless amounts of long pointy urchins. The quantity of marine life was not jaw dropping but we both thoroughly enjoyed our dives and already look forward to our next dives in Thailand and Malasia.
After exploring a new part of the world under water, we rented a couple of well used Chinese style bikes the following day and explored a few new places on land too. Across the breezy bridge we head north to Hon Chong Promontory, a beautiful display of granite rocks on the coast that we climbed over, under, and around. Large boulders seemed to be balanced on each other, yet when cautiously proded held strong. While waves crashed over the outer rocks we puttered around a pool of water and counted small crustations (crabs shells and chitons).
Next stop was a short bike ride away to the Po Nagar Cham Tower, a 28m high tower built for hindu worship surrounded by rocks and garden. From the tower platform we had an amazing view of the river, city, and sparkling ocean. It was serene and peaceful if you could look past the other tourists.
After these few beautiful beach days in Nha Trang (and a slightly darker tan), we head further North up the coast to central Vietnam to hang out in Hoi An.