Con Dao Beach, Con Lon Island
Con Dao Beach, Con Lon Island

Con Dao Island

Con Dao is an archipelago of 16 islands in southern Vietnam. Con Dao is 180km from Vung Tau, 230km from Ho Chi Minh City and 83km from the river-mouth of Hau Giang River in Can Tho City. The total land area of Con Dao archipelago is 75km2, the biggest island of the archipelago, which is called Con Lon or also called Con Dao, is 51km2. Con Dao is a district of Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province.

Con Dao Island Vietnam
Con Dao Town on Con Son Island of Vietnam

The center of Con Dao is Con Dao Town located to the eastern side of Con Dao Island, half way between the top-north and the bottom-south. Con Dao Town overlooks the blue sea of Con Son Bay.

Con Dao Town from distance
Con Dao Town from distance

Con Dao possesses turquoise blue sea water and fine white sand beaches which makes it a perfect  destination for beach holidays. The archipelago has 5,990 hectares of forest land; 14,000 hectares of marine water and 20,500 hectares of marine buffer zone classified as Con Dao National Park. The park is home to a number of bird, mammal and marine species that could be learned about by joining into a number of tours such as trekking through the forests, hiking through the mountains, scuba-diving into the water of Con Lon or other islands of the archipelago.

The main beach close to Con Dao Town
The main beach close to Con Dao Town

Con Dao has a tropical climate with two main monsoons: the north-eastern monsoon from October to April and the south-western monsoon from May through October. The rainy season of Con Dao is from September through October. Con Dao has temperatures ranging from 26-29 Degrees Celsius which are perfect for beach holidays.

 View of Con Son Bay from a beach resort
View of Con Son Bay from a beach resort

There are daily 40-minute flights by ATR72 between Con Dao and Ho Chi Minh City. And there are 3 helicopter flights between Vung Tau and Con Dao per week, the trip takes 45 minutes. The overnight boat trip from Vung Tau to Con Dao is 10 hours and can only be done when the sea is calm.

Bai Nhat Beach on Con Dao Island
The fine white sand beach of Bai Nhat on Con Dao Island

Con Dao has a number of hotels and resorts, mostly around Con Dao Town. Some resorts are located right on the beach, while others are separated from the sea by the main road which runs along the waterfront of Con Dao Town.

A fresh water lake on Con Dao Island
A fresh water lake on Con Dao Island