• Con Dao Dive Centre

    Con Dao has a truly amazing diversity in dive sites, for the beginner and hardened pro. Dugongs, turtles and the best chance you have of seeing Pelagics in Vietnamese waters.The mysterious archipelago of Con Dao. When you fly in by plane (40 minutes direct from HCMC) its much like the opening sequence of Jurassic Park 3. By ferry, akin to the revelation of skull Island in King Kong. That’s Con Dao, magical and exclusive.

    Open March to September

    There are a host of beach front resorts from simple to Six Senses. Come here with a clear mind and a love of nature. There is little in terms of entertainment, but this is compensated by the amazing scenery and nature. Rainbow can offer all PADI courses and daily dive trips.

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Daily Diving Options

Exclusive Speedboat Diving

2 Boat Dives

USD$150

(7am-1pm)

3,270k VND

Refresher

USD$30

As part of 1st dive

650k VND

2 Try Dives

USD$150

(7am-1pm)

3,270k VND

A day with Rainbow Divers includes

  • Small divegroups with experienced Diveguides
  • Standard dive equipment as required
  • Individuals and groups welcome
  • Safe Diving Practices and professional PADI Training
  • Log book reviews and fish ID with your guide after the dive
  • Multiligual dive guides
Private Speedboat

All dives at our Con Dao Dive Centre are from our private speedboat

Private Speedboat

Snorkelling


$50 USD - 1,100k VND (minimum 4)

PADI Open Water

USD$550

Theory 1 day, Pool 1 day, Boat 2 mornings 4 dives

12,000k VND

Discover Scuba Diving

USD$150

Theory + Pool 1⁄2 day, Boat 1 morning 2 dives

3,270k VND

PADI Advanced Courses

Include PADI Nitrox Specialty for just $150


PADI Specialty Courses including: Project AWARE, Fish ID, Naturalist, PPB, Nitrox, Equipment, Deep, Digital Photography, Navigation, Search + Recovery, Night, VN Nudibranch, Vietnam Diver, Multi-Level/Computer, Compressor.


Due to the extortionate cost of importing PADI Manuals into Vietnam, we suggest that you purchase your Specialty Manual and study before arriving. Order from your local PADI Divecentre. Details from PADI

Con Dao Dive Centre

 

Con Dao Information

The remote Con Dao group of islands is about 180km from Vung Tau, and has a local population of around 5,000. The main island, Con Son, was a much-feared former penal colony until 1975. Most of the archipelago is now a National Park with some good beaches, clear water with pristine coral, lush tropical forest with many flowers and coconut groves. The National Park has an amazing variety of unique creatures – from Black squirrels, monkeys, butterflies, snakes and spiders. The Marine park boasts: Du Gongs, turtles, Reef shark and an abundance of Macro.

Once known as ‘Poulo Condor’ and long considered a Southeast Asian ‘Devil's Island’, Con Son is the largest island in the archipelago. The infamous Con Son prison complex was established by the French colonial authority early in the nineteenth century. From then until 1975 the French colonial administration, followed by the Saigon government, incarcerated political prisoners in brutal conditions, often in tiny underground boxes known as ‘tiger cages’. The Hang Duong cemetery holds the remains of the many prisoners that died there.

Throughout the colonial period and its use by the Saigon regime, Con Dao’s only inhabitants were the prisoners, their guards, and a small contingent of soldiers and administrators. The true extent of the appalling treatment of inmates only became known after victory and reunification in May 1975.

Since then, a small town has developed on the western side of Con Son in and around the old penal colony complex. It’s an attractive community with excellent civic amenities and a road layout that would put most Vietnamese towns to shame, despite its size.
There are no taxis on the islands, and virtually no ‘xe oms’ (motorbike taxis). However, it’s easy to hire a small motorbike to get around the island. Prices are somewhat higher than on the mainland.

Accommodation is basic and limited. Restaurants are few and far between, and the cuisine is rudimentary. Don’t be misled by tales of exotic fruits in abundance – it’s mainly bananas and coconuts. Everything else comes from the mainland. However, the seafood is first-rate.
Accommodation ranges from the basic room with shower to the US$900-a-night plus (plus, plus). From the drab + depressing looking 5 Star resort to friendly private Family Hotels, there is truly something for everyone. We are based at the Phi Yen Hotel, on the main beach road and can assist with booking you into this reasonable hotel or any of the others.

Check out the hotel offers on Hotels.com, Otel.com or agoda.com.
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We depart early in the morning to catch the best weather and water conditions. We will meet you at the central Pier ( 5 minute stroll from all resorts) around 7.30am. Afternoon trips from 13.30 and Night Dives at 17.30.

At the harbour, we will hop on the boat for a 30 minute ride to some of the best diving in Southeast Asia. Our Divemaster will introduce you to the crew and explain the particulars of the boat, after which your personal dive guide will run through your dive plan.

Once at the dive site, we will suit up for diving, snorkelling, or any number of courses we have available through our PADI 5-Star Course Development Centre. Enjoy the turquoise waters, the amazing marine life and incredible coral reefs.

Relax during your Surface Interval while we whisk you to the next exclusive dive site and prepare your equipment for Dive 2.

After the dives we will have you back at the mainland ready for lunch and an afternoon with friends/family. Perhaps a snooze before a night dive! Your dive team will ensure your logbooks are signed and stamped.
• Frogfish
• Paperfish
• Devil Scorpionfish
• Dragonettes
• Flying Gunard
• Cowfish
• Nudibranches
• Giant Moray Eels
• Clown Fish
• and more...

Rare, But There....
• Turtles
• Manta Rays
• Reef Sharks
The French wardens forced prisoners to collect live coral and turn it into lime. The coral reefs survived, but only to face further damage from uncontrolled and destructive fishing. The National Park was established in 1977, but protection extended only to the flora and fauna on land. The park now covers fourteen of the sixteen islands and their surrounding marine areas. The forest cover on the islands is dense: a sizable proportion is in pristine condition, particularly the humid hill forest growing above 500m above sea level. Even though control over the exploitative use of the sea was established as late as 1993, and despite the damage wreaked by the French, over a thousand hectares of Con Dao National Park's coral reefs survive in the shallow waters - a stark contrast to other areas of Vietnam that have low coral cover as a result of overexploitation, destructive fishing, and sedimentation. The entire marine area is rich in biodiversity: over 1,300 species of sea animals have already been identified. The ecosystems on Con Dao are favourable habitats for rare species such as the Hawksbill, Green Turtles & Dugong, the strange creatures popularly known as ‘sea cows’ and believed to be the source of the ‘mermaid’ legends from their habit of sunbathing on rocks.

CONSERVATION EFFORTS The World Wide Fund for Nature has been active in protecting sea turtles and dugong. Since 1995, more than 300,000 baby turtles have been released to the sea and nearly 1,000 mature turtles have been tagged. Con Dao National Park is now considered one of the best examples of marine conservation in Vietnam, complete with regulations to limit fishing activities and prohibit destructive fishing, and is a model for marine conservation throughout the country. There are plans for eco-friendly development within the park’s boundaries.

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