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.
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.
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.
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%.