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Seawalking in Vietnam’s Nha Trang a new tourist draw

Monday, March 09, 2015, 10:40 GMT+7

A diving firm in Nha Trang City in central Vietnam has piloted a new service which allows tourists to walk on the seabed and explore the rich marine life at the same time.

The service is being run by Holiday Diving Co. Ltd. on a 90-day pilot basis, starting on Sunday.

Le Hong Tai, the company director, said yesterday that the rafts on which the service is provided are positioned on Hon Mot Islet in Nha Trang Bay.

What holiday seawalkers need for such a trip, which lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, is an oxygen tank and a specially designed helmet.

The helmet weighs up to 40 kilograms but gives the seawalkers the feeling of bearing the weight of merely four kilograms while walking underwater.

Guides will accompany tourists on their trip, which provides them with a rare chance to admire schools of fish and coral at close proximity in a sea expanse of around 50 square meters.

Truong Kinh, director of the Nha Trang Bay Management, believes the new service is a highly compelling, ecologically-friendly tourist activity.


Tourists are pictured enjoying a seawalking trip in Nha Trang. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Since January, many visitors to Nha Trang, the capital city of Khanh Hoa Province, have included these two forms of entertainment in their must-try list: sea diving and exploring the craft of pearl mollusk culture.

Hoang Gia Pearl Farming Co., a local travel company, has offered tours that provide tourists with the chance to experience sea diving and behold pearl-yielding mollusks in the city.

The experiences include exploring how pearl mollusks are cultivated, catching the invertebrate, and slicing them open to get their pearls.

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