Top 3 interesting underwater paths in Vietnam

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When it comes to undersea paths in Vietnam (Việt Nam), you may think about that in Diep Son (Điệp Sơn) in Khanh Hoa (Khánh Hoà) province; however, Diep Son is not the single island having an undersea path in Vietnam. There are other places having such type of road like Diep Son. Take a look below!

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1. Diep Son Island - Khanh Hoa

Being a sequence of 3 small islands, Diep Son is located in Khanh Hoa province. Journey to explore this island will start from Van Gia (Vân Gia) Town. The beautiful Diep Son Island will gradually appear cutting such a clear display on the horizon after approximately one hour at sea. Let your boat anchored near the middle island, thenyou can step off the boat and start the journey to conquer the unique and interesting undersea path which is nearly 700 meters long, connecting the middle island and the large Diep Son Island. The winding path is about 1 meter wide and located under the blue sea about half a meter.

You can walk on the paths of the sea with an excited, nervous feeling. A little scare will appear when you step between the mighty sea. While doing so, you can watch the little fish swimming around your sides and see the fish jumping out of the water. The idea time to visit Diep Son is from December to July each year. Having approximately 80 households, Diep Son residents live majorly by fishing. Residents here count on the generators and each family just has 3 hours of using electricity every day.

2. Hon Ba Island - Vung Tau

Hon Ba is a small island with beautiful landscape, which isabout 5,000 m² estimatedly, located in Bai Sau (Vung Tau city), approximately 200 m from Nghinh Phong cape. On the Hon Ba Island there’s a temple named Ba Temple (also known as the Hon Ba Temple). For residents of Ba Ria - Vung Tau and other provinces such as Ho Chi Minh City, Dong Nai, Tay Ninh, Can Tho, Tra Vinh, Vinh Long ... Hon Ba Temple has been a holy address to worship and admire for years.

There are 2 ways to go to the temple:follow the Bai Sau or Bai Truoc then Halong road which is around Nho mountain, go through Bai Dua to Nghinh Phong cape. Overlooking the sea, you will find a lonely island among immense ocean – that’s Hon Ba Temple. If you are lucky enough to visit this island on the low-tide day, you can see the jagged stone path leading to the island. At low tide, there are always many people, including both locals and tourists, looking for ways to go on that road to the island.

3. Nhat Tu Son Island - Phu Yen

Nhat Tu Son is considered the most beautiful islands in Xuan Dai Bay, located in Song Cau Town, Phu Yen Province. The island looks like the letter I (means “1” in Chinese letter system), as if the talented hands of nature crossed a line on the blue sea, street on the blue sea, and perhaps the name of the island also born from its image. According to the local fishermen, the reason why Nhat Tu Son (Nhất Tự Sơn)was called as its name stems from the lying shape of the island like the word "Nhat" (Nhất) (First) in Chinese. With an area of approximately 6 hectares, Nhat Tu Son is also regarded as a screen protecting two fishing villages My Hai (Mỹ Hải) and My Thanh (Mỹ Thành) from wind. The unique feature about Nhat Tu Son (Nhất Tự Sơn) is the way across the sea to the island, submerges under water and just be revealed when the tide recedes, creating a spectacular and stimulating landscape for tourists. 

The island is only about 300 m away from the mainland, so you can fully wade or walk on a sandbar off the island, depending on the receding time in a day. From 1st to 15th of lunar month, the water will withdraw in the afternoon, and from the 15th to the end of the lunar month, the water will withdraw in the morning. The highest level of rising water is just waist-adult only, so you absolutely can rest assured while wading through here. Local people here still view Nhat Tu Son (Nhất Tự Sơn) as a god defending the estuary, so they are very conscious of maintaining and protecting the island. As a legend, there was a temple here, and today, there remains a grave located in halfway of the island, which is said of a Buddhist monk. Coming to Nhat Tu Son (Nhất Tự Sơn), visitors will be immersed in the wild, with the primeval forest covering the whole island, rare vegetation, along with the steep cliffs and numerous caves formed by the erosion of ocean waves. Looking the whole vista from Nhat Tu Son (Nhất Tự Sơn) Island, there are boats surrounding and the lobster cages the island. Like Song Cau (Sông Cầu) Town and adjacent Cu Mong (Cù Mông) Lagoon, this place is also one of the most famous seafood bowls of the region.

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