Bai Dai Beach, Nha Trang

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This was my second time to Nha Trang and the second time I noticed good waves at Bai dai from the plane window. Both trips were during different seasons of the year. Fortunately this time I took a better look. The wave was alot of fun and clearly has potential. The locals were nice, and very curious about surfing. The local children were wonderful spectators applauding with each ride. Beach cafes cooked great seafood at a very cheap price. A nice surf addition to a Vietnam scuba trip.

Upon arrival by plane look out the window and you will know if a northeast swell is wrapping around the islands and cliffs. The waves will also be visible when landing. Have your taxi driver stop, prior to venturing further to your hotel for a better observation. Language barriers can be a problem. Wearing a T-shirt with a surfer design helped me with my translation and within forty five minutes I was in the water with a Bic rental board. Mana Mana Watersports in Nha Trang provided me with a 7'8 board. $30 per day was not cheap but Than, the owner had the only boards in town. The board worked wonderful for 3 hours of lonely fun.

Additional Info:
A good beach break with alot of potential. The waves generated enough power for a short or longboard. Excellant for beginners or those looking for adventure besides scuba diving. Locals claim it gets much bigger during winter months.


Take taxi from airport north about 15 kilometers or taxi from Nha Trang Beach south about 30 kilometers. Taxi will drive along dirt road and park at entrance to multiple beach cafes. Walk through any cafe for beach access.

WalkInstant access (<5 min)
Public accessYes
4x4 requiredUnknown
Boat requiredUnknown
Wave Characteristics
TypeBeach break
DirectionRight and left
FrequencyRegular (100 days/year)
Normal lengthDon't know
Good day lengthDon't know
Ideal Conditions
Wind directionUnknown
Swell directionUnknown
Swell sizeLess than 3ft - 8ft+
TideLow and mid tide
Tide movementRising tide




Nearby spots
Dark Reef

3.22 miles away

Direction:Right and left
Bottom:Reef (coral, sharp rocks etc.)
Frequency:Sometimes breaks (50 days/year)