Con Dao Islands, also known as Con Dao National park, is an archipelago of 16 mostly uninhabited islets just off the southern coast of Vietnam, each of which offers expansive beaches shaded with evergreen trees. Great for savvy travelers looking to escape bustling city life, the main island also boasts miles of coastal roads, hiking trails and a wide range of outdoor activities.
The best time to visit Con Dao Islands is during the dry season (November to February), but if you’re looking to see turtles nesting on Hon Bay Canh Island, visit between June and September. February till July is ideal for diving excursions as the waters around Con Dao have visibility averaging between 20 and 30 metres.
Con Dao is ringed with lovely beaches, coral reefs, and scenic bays and remains partially covered in thick forests. Therefore, it’s an ideal place for
diving, snorkeling and relaxing on beaches. Con Dao prison has also been known under the name “The hell on earth”, was builtin late 19th century by French to imprison tens thousands of revolutionary through over a hundred years. The Con Dao National Park should also be must-see.
Address: Dat Doc Site, Con Dao District, Vung Tau
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Address: 06 Nguyen Duc Thuan, Con Dao, Vung Tau
Designed for both business and leisure travel, Con Dao Sea Travel Resort is ideally situated in An Hai Beach; one of the city’s most popular locales. The hotel lies 1 km from the city center and provides accessibility to important town facilities. With its convenient location, the hotel oﬀers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations
Getting there is easy, as Con Dao is approximately 230km from Ho Chi Minh City and the ﬂight to Con Dao takes approximately 45 minutes.
Bay Canh Hon is located in the East of Con Dao, with an area of 683ha, including two parts of the island connected by sand bars in the middle called Big Sand Beach. This is also one of the 14 spawning grounds of Con Dao sea turtle and is the beach with the highest number of turtles to lay eggs in Con Dao. During the breeding season (from April to September every year), at least 1-2 individuals night, many nights from 20-30 female mother turtles to the nest and lay eggs.
Con Dao National Park covers an area of nearly 6,000 hectares of land and 14,000 hectares of water area. The association of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves has created a favorable environment for breeding, breeding and preserving marine species.
Currently, Con Dao is the most abundant sea turtle area in Vietnam, with two common species being tortoiseshell and crowded. There are 17 sand beaches recorded as turtle breeding grounds, of which up to 4 beaches are recorded as having 1,000 mother turtles giving birth every year.
Con Dao prison is considered a "hell on earth" during the war against France and the United States. This prison system was built by the French to hold prisoners who were particularly dangerous to the French colonial regime such as political prisoners, death row inmates ... In the French colonial period, they held communist figures and patriots who opposed the colonial government and were later used by the Americans to imprison prisoners in the war against the US.
Located in the north of Con Son Island and 3 km from Con Dao airport. This is an airtight bay, deep inland, a harmonious combination between the sea and the surrounding mountains, giving the bay many poetic, mysterious landscapes, charming scenery and fresh environment.
Nui Mot Pagoda (Van Son Tu) is located on Nui Mot, which was built in 1964. Over a period of degradation, the pagoda was started to be embellished on August 13, 2010, and inaugurated on December 4,2011. Located on a mountain, the pagoda has sweeping views of the sea, overlooking the whole town of Con Dao and Con Son bay, An Hai lake.
Con Dao consists of different sub-islands such as Bay Canh, Tai, Tre, Egg, Trac or Cau ... where the convergence of coral reefs is the highest density in Vietnam, the ideal place to Explore the exciting ocean world. At the pre-explored dive sites, guests will be taught basic operations and dives with the instructor.
The waters of Con Dao in the South China Sea are very rich in seafood, promising an exciting voyage for the players. After that, you can enjoy your booty and just enjoy the peaceful space of the blue sea of white sand with your companion or relatives. In particular, some travelers challenge their courage with shark fishing. The most ideal place is Nhát beach, located on the famous Love Peak of Con Dao. According to shark experts from the islanders, the most suitable time to go fishing is when night falls, and big or small fish more or less depends on weather and water.
Con Son Bay consists of a system of 14 large and small islands with chains of islands of Hon, Trac, Rabbit, ... gathered as a big family and Hon Bay Canh, Bong Lan, Cau Cau, Egg, Tre ... majestic in the middle of the sea, the islands make up the poetic beauty of Con Son Bay and the marine ecological reserve with coral reefs is nowhere near the density and type.
Traveling to Con Dao, you can experience a quiet yet extremely charming night on Bay Canh island. You will see firsthand the sea turtles Chelonia mydas that people often call green turtles or turtles ... nesting and laying eggs on the beach. You can contact Con Dao National Park to book these tours.
Oyster porridge is a dish that tourists often transmit to each other to try when coming to Vung Tau in general and Con Dao in particular.
The main material of an oyster porridge is delicious rice, round seeds, a little glutinous rice to create consistency and consistency. Fresh oysters are caught from the sea, then cleaned, marinated and spiced for infusion. When the porridge is cooked, the oyster cooks stir fry it in and season it to taste.
The snail bears this name because it resembles a woman's breasts, this is one of the most attractive dishes from name to taste. Her breast screws have a straight, pointed pyramid, and the flesh inside the snail is white and plump.
Whether her breast is made by baking, broiling, stir-frying or making a salad ... is also attractive. However, according to many visitors, the best is still her snail breast grilled with onion. This is a famous specialty of Con Dao, so at any restaurant, you can enjoy.
Moon crab is a strange-shaped crab with many red spots on its back and bold pink. If you look closely and think of it, you will see that it is similar to the moon, perhaps that is why it is given the name.
Pineapple sauce is used to dip boiled dishes or rice paper rolls. When enjoying, you will feel the sweetness of pineapple meat, add a bit of the fish sauce of the sea, sour, fat interesting.
Red grouper is one of Con Dao's specialties not to be missed. Another name is grouper and is the most popular fish among the beaches in Con Dao with tough and sweet aromatic meat, often processed into very attractive sauces, grilled and salads.
Bat in Con Dao is a forest tree, leaves and fruits are very large.
Almond seed jam is a famous specialty of Con Dao. The flavor of jam is often crunchy, fleshy, aromatic and very interesting, a special gift bearing the impression of this place.
If the fish sauce dishes are familiar to visitors when coming to the seas, the oyster sauce dish will be a very unique dish. This is a familiar dish in the daily meals of the islanders. Oysters often live clinging to coastal cliffs, fishermen can only go to catch oysters at low tide. Oysters are peeled and peeled, washed then stirred with salt, paprika with other spices and put in bottles. After about 20 to 25 days, the oyster sauce will change color, the meat will float and the water that settles to the bottom will be bright red to be eaten. Oyster sauce served with rice, dots with vegetables or rice paper are very attractive. This is a certain dish that visitors must try and buy when participating in Con Dao tours.
Con Dao is home to many kinds of fresh seafood for visitors to enjoy and buy as gifts for families. The first dish that can be mentioned is her breast snail, this type of snail bought with grilled onions is the best. Boiled moon crab dish dipped with lemon pepper and salt.
- Services in Con Dao are heavily dependent on the delivery of land, so it is quite expensive and limited to nightlife activities. Therefore, you should be psychologically prepared that this is a vacation and exploring an island that is very pristine, incomplete services like the mainland.
- You should prepare boots if you want to explore the forest, anti-allergy medicine, personalized medicine or some, instant food because it is difficult to find food at night
- There is a more economical way for travelers to go to the wharf by themselves at 6:00 am or 2:00 pm, now ships come to buy fresh seafood at very cheap prices. Fresh seafood can be brought back to the hotel for processing.