Con Dao Dive Centre
Open now for 2018!
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.
Daily Diving Options
Exclusive Speedboat Diving
2 Boat Dives
3 Boat Dives
As part of 1st dive
2 Try Dives
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
All dives at our Con Dao Dive Centre are from our private speedboat
PADI Open Water
Theory 1 day, Pool 1 day, Boat 2 mornings 4 dives
Discover Scuba Diving
Theory + Pool 1⁄2 day, Boat 1 morning 2 dives
PADI Advanced Courses
Include PADI Nitrox Specialty for just $150
Open Water + Advanced Courses
Boat – 2-3 mornings 5 dives
Advanced + PPB (Buoyancy) Specialty
Boat – 3 mornings 6 dives
Specialty Courses from
Theory 1⁄2 day, Pool 1⁄2 day, Boat 1 morning 2 dives
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
Theory 1 day, Pool 1 day, Boat 2 mornings
Theory, Pool + Boat: 2 weeks-3 months
Con Dao Information
- About Con Dao
- Where to stay
- Getting there
- A day with Rainbow Divers
- Common sightings
- National Park
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.
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.
Check out the hotel offers on Hotels.com, Otel.com or agoda.com.
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.
• Devil Scorpionfish
• Flying Gunard
• Giant Moray Eels
• Clown Fish
• and more...
Rare, But There....
• Manta Rays
• Reef Sharks
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.