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Con Dao islands

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Visit con dao islands

Considered as one of Vietnam’s most promising destinations, Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands located in the South China Sea, just 40 minutes by air from Ho Chi Minh City, and defined by miles of undisturbed beaches, wild jungle and turquoise waters. The archipelago makes up one of Vietnam’s most pristine Marine National Parks, put in place to protect Sea Turtles which nest each year on the region's uninhabited islands. In addition to hiking, diving and exploring deserted coastal roads there are excellent wildlife-watching opportunities, such as the black giant squirrel and endemic bow-fingered gecko.
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Located off the southern coast of Vietnam, the remote and utterly beautiful Con Dao Islands offer visitors a rare experience not found anywhere else in the country.
Nam Nguyen
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Things to See and Do in Con Dao islands

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Dive in Con Dao island

During February to July, the waters around Con Dao are at their clearest for diving, with visibility averaging around 70 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters).

Diving in Con Dao island offers a glimpse of its stunning coral reef - generally considered to be the best diving in Vietnam. Here, divers can explore most of the uninhabited islets and spot various wildlife such as stingrays, moray eels, and dugongs. There are also rays, cobia, cuttlefish, turtles and giant barracuda, as well as a wide variety of tropical reef fish.
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Visit the historical relics at Con Dao islands

It’s difficult to believe that such a beautiful island had such a violent history. Formerly a prison camp, when the French, Vietnamese, and Americans all used Con Dao islands as a place to keep their “enemies”. Phu Hai Prison, the largest of the 11 jails on the island, dating from 1862 with its looming guard towers and thick, high walls, is one of many former prisons around the island. The notorious cells dubbed 'tiger cages' were built in 1940 by the French to incarcerate nearly 2000 political prisoners. There are 120 chambers with ceiling bars, where guards could poke at prisoners like tigers in a Victorian zoo.
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See the turtles

The remote Con Dao islands, most of which is classified as a National Park, has the largest population of marine turtles in Vietnam and the island archipelago is home to many protected breeding sites for them. Every year, these sea turtles travel from Philippines to Con Dao islands just to nest. A vital turtle breeding program can be found on Bay Canh Island, which lies near Con Dao Island. Watch the turtles as they hatch, and cheer them on in their subsequent race to the ocean.
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Explore Con Dao National Park Wildlife

Con Dao's National Park extends from forested hills to vibrant coral reefs. Macaques and black squirrels abound, as do more exotic animals including the white-rumped shama, greater racket-tailed drongo, the rare pied imperial pigeon, and the even rarer red-billed tropical bird. With the total area of around 15,043ha, including 9,000ha marine and 6,043ha forest, the park's terrain is primarily hills and mountains. The weather is characterized by tropical monsoons with direct influence from oceanic climate; the average temperature during the year is 26°C the mean humidity: 90%.

Best Time to Visit Con Dao islands

The best time to visit Con Dao Islands is during the dry season (November to February). However, if you’re looking to see turtles nesting on Hon Bay Canh Island, visit between June and September. February till July when the seas are at their calmest is ideal for diving excursions as the waters around Con Dao have visibility averaging between 20 and 30 metres.
Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
28
Feb
28
Mar
30
Apr
31
May
31
Jun
31
Jul
30
Aug
30
Sep
30
Oct
29
Nov
29
Dec
28
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
15
Feb
4
Mar
9
Apr
44
May
223
Jun
298
Jul
264
Aug
320
Sep
327
Oct
293
Nov
183
Dec
56
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
28ºC
15mm

FEB
28ºC
4mm

MAR
30ºC
9mm

APR
31ºC
44mm

MAY
31ºC
223mm

JUN
31ºC
298mm

JUL
30ºC
264mm

AUG
30ºC
320mm

SEP
30ºC
327mm

OCT
29ºC
293mm

NOV
29ºC
183mm

DEC
28ºC
56mm

Festivals, Events and Seasonal Reasons to Visit

  • 01

    Con Dao has been a designated marine reserve for decades and its unspoilt seas are home to endangered species such as the elusive sea cow and turtles. If you’re visiting between June and September, you may even get a chance to watch turtles laying their eggs.
  • 02

    Delicious seafood and cuisine: The specialties of Con Dao are very different and attractive, such as: ‘vu nang’ snail, ‘mut hat bang’ (roasted seeds from Malabar almond trees), peanut worms, ‘mam hau’ (fermented oysters)… and countless delicious dishes made with moon crab, shrimp, crab, fish…