Things to do
Con Dao island is a famous island for its history and scenery. Con Dao becomes a tourist destination that attracts many foreign and domestic tourists in recent years. There is a list of thing that you should do when traveling to Con Dao.
1. Discover Con Dao’s beaches
Con Dao has some of the best beaches in all of Vietnam. Most of the beaches here have soft white powdery sand, and crystal-clear water making it the perfect spot to spend the day. From remote jungle beaches to resort beaches, Con Dao has it all
2. Visit Con Dao Prision & See the Tiger Cages
Con Dao’s dark past can be observed on Con Son Island. There are numerous prison complexes to explore, museums to get informed, as well a few engineering marvels to discover. Majority of these historic buildings have been restored and are open to the public and serve as a stark reminder of the horrors of war.
3. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Con Dao has a reputation of being one of the best destinations for scuba diving in Vietnam! The regions corals are untouched, the underwater life is the only place in Vietnam where you might encounter a green or hawksbill turtle, whale shark, and manta ray while diving.
If snorkeling is your thing then you will be pleased to know that Con Dao has both reefs located close to shore as well as off shore with plenty of marine life. You can either snorkel on your own or join a tour.
4. Exploring Con Son by motorbike
Con Dao is undoubtedly a place for exploring. Rent a scooter and drive along the two roads around the island, discovering beaches as you go along. Roads are still mostly quite here, aside from the occasional “rush hour” when a plane lands and a few minivans and taxis make their way to the airport. Your main road dangers are the strong winds around the capes of the island and the occasional wild animal – we came across chickens, cows, a whole family of monkeys and a lone wild pig standing on the road during our rides.
5. Hiking through the Con Dao national park
Almost 80% of the land area of the Con Dao archipelago is a protected park. On Con Son Island and Bay Canh Island you can hike through lush rainforest and have an encounter with numerous wildlife, some endemic to area.