HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has approved an extension of the pilot tourism submarine service in Nha Trang Bay in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa until July 2024.
The decision will give authorities more time to finalize the regulatory framework and conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of the pilot service.
Initially, the submarine service received approval for a two-year pilot period starting in February 2021. However, it was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Between February 2021 and April 2023, there were a total of 159 safe dives, with the actual period of service execution spanning 69 days. No incidents were reported during this time.
The service, operated by Vinpearl Joint Stock Company, offers passengers the opportunity to explore marine life within a transparent acrylic hull at depths of up to 100 meters.
The 24-seat submersible, originally known as the Triton DeepView 24, provides passengers with a 30-minute dive around Nha Trang Bay’s Bai Bang and Hon Mot islets.