The HA coatings were heated separately in vacuum, air and water vapor. The dissolution of the HA coatings was investigated by immersion in Tris buffer and SBF The dissolubility of HA coatings in the solutions decreased in this order: as-received, heated in vacuum, in air and in water vapor. The nucleation of bone-like apatite on the surfaces of HA coatings after immersing a period of 11 days in SBF was observed by SEM. The microenvironment with a sufficient supersaturation of Ca and P ions was crucial for the nucleation and growth of apatite in SBF. The dissolution of amorphous phase in coatings played an important part in establishing the supersaturation of Ca and P ions.