Vung Tau - Con Dao
Vung Tau is the administrative, economic and cultural center of Ba Ria-Vung Tau province. The seaside city of Vung Tau is a hundred kilometers south-east of Saigon, surrounded by the 42 km coastline. It is one of Vietnam’s most popular domestic tourist destinations.
Con Dao archipelago - destination of pristine beaches
Belongs to Ba Ria - Vung Tau province, Con Dao archipelago is 97 nautical miles from Vung Tau city. During the colonial period, Con Dao was the place where the Vietnamese soldiers were imprisoned. Nowadays, the Con Dao Archipelago becomes a very beautiful destination, surrounded by the turquoise color of the sea and pristine beaches.
ATTRACTIVE SITES IN CON DAO
The marine ecosystem of the Tai islands is the colorful painting of corals mixed with living marine beings. Come to the Tai island, visitors can also see ebony squirrels - an endemic animal species found only in Con Dao, lizards, geckos ... and many species of seabirds, red face monkeys - a rare monkey species nurtured at Tai island.
Bay Canh Island
Bay Canh island is the second largest island among the 16 islands of the Con Dao Archipelago, where a large number of sea turtles climb to lay eggs. The whole island is covered by the primitive tropical forest, the fauna and flora are very rich. Come to Bay Canh Island, tourists can discover the mangrove ecosystem and do scuba diving. The corals here are very diverse including several species listed in the Vietnam Red Book. The boat trip from Con Dao Island to Bay Canh Island lasts about 1 hour.
Cau island is a famous site because it was an ancient village under the reign of King Gia Long. Cau Island is the only place of the Con Dao Archipelago that has the underground water source. It is also an important place for the conservation of rare wild species such as the sea turtle, the salangane. Come to Cau Island, visitors can discover interesting ecosystems and enjoy pristine landscapes.
If you want to see the corals, the Tre island is the most ideal place, as there are abundant coral species here. Arriving at the Tre island, you will see the sandy ground where the turtles lay their eggs, relax or bathe.
Dam Tre Bay
The Dam Tre Bay is located to the northeast of the Con Son island - the largest island and the center of the Con Dao archipelago. Come here, visitors can discover the mangroves, do scuba diving to see the corals, see how the salanganes nest during the breeding season ... On the way, visitors will be able to admire the beauty of the Con Son Bay, Lo Voi promontory, Dat Doc beach, Chim Chim promontory, Northeast Bay ...
Dam Trau beach
Dam Trau is the most beautiful beach of Con Son island. The sea is blue and transparent more than anywhere else. Here, tourists can also do scuba diving.
Con Dao has two distinct seasons: the rainy season, from May to November, it is the hottest in May. The dry season from December to April of the following year. The temperatures are rather mild, the average annual temperature is 27oC, the highest is 34oC in May.
The best time to visit Con Dao island: between March and September - the rainy season, yet the rains of Con Dao last only one hour. The important thing, in this period the sea is calm, favorable for swimming, scuba diving or cruising...
How to get there
The Con Dao archipelago is 97 nautical miles (180 km) from the Vung Tau city. There are 2 ways to go to Con Dao: by sea and by air.
- By sea, the boat departs at 5:00 pm from the Cat Lo port - Vung Tau city, arriving at Ben Dam port (Con Dao) at 5:00 am the next morning. There are currently 2 boats: the Con Dao 9 boat and the Con Dao 10 boat with air-conditioned berths and chairs. The rate is between 150,000 - 200,000 VND / person. These boats operate only on days when there are good weather conditions.
- By air: from Saigon airport there are flights to Con Dao last 1 hour. You can also leave from Can Tho airport, the flight takes 50 minutes.