Saigon to Con Dao

Situated about 185 km (115 mi) from Vũng Tàu and 230 km from Saigon, the group includes 16 mountainous islands and islets. The total land area reaches 75.15 km2 (29.02 sq mi) and the local population is about 5,000.

The islands are composed of magmatic rocks of different ages. Hon Bay Canh, Hon Cau, Hon Bong Lang composed of Cretaceous microgranit rocks. The Northern part of Con Dao Island composed of quartz diorite and granite - granodiorit of late Mesozoic- early Cenozoic age, and is partially covered by Quaternary marine sediments. The Southern part of this island and Hon Ba island are composed of the riolit and intrusive formations of unknown age. On the western slope of Con Dao Island, there exist of outcrops of diorite and microgranit penetrated by big quartz bands.

The island group is served by Côn Đảo Airport situated on the largest island in the Archipelago: Côn Sơn Island.

Many of the islands were given protected status in 1984 as part of Côn Đảo National Park. This natural preserve was subsequently enlarged in 1998. Endangered species protected within the park include the hawksbill turtle, the green turtle, dolphins,[4] and the dugong. Ecosystems represented in the park include seagrass meadow, mangrove and coral reefs.

Côn Đảo National Park is working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Vietnam to further protection in the marine areas, with programs to establish a Marine Protected Area that protects coral reefs, seagrass beds and species, while also developing sustainable nature-based ecotourism. The island's management is strongly geared towards sustainable use, hoping to learn from previous experiences in Vietnam and the region to balance development with conservation.

Beaches in Con Dao are scattered in different areas. Each beach has its own beauty appealing tourists. And, all these beaches are pristine and hardly impacted by the development of Con Dao tourism. Famous beaches in this island are Dam Trau Beach, An Hai Beach, Lo Voi Beach, Suoi Nong Beach (Hot Spring Beach), etc. These beaches welcome tourists to travel at any time during a year.

Located in the center of Con Dao District, An Hai Beach has a white sandy beach with cool and turquoise waters. This beach is an ideal attraction in Con Dao for tourists to relax and explore natural landscapes in this island. From the center of the district, it takes you about 10 minutes to approach An Hai Beach. This beach possesses a crystal seawater and calm waves by dint of high mountains sheltering. Along with An Hai Beach, Lo Voi Beach situated at the end of this district's center, creating a gorgeous Con Dao beach. The advantages of Lo Voi Beach are its favorable position and unspoiled beauty. This beach has a calm, clean and clear blue seawater with old green trees silhouetting to the sandy beach. For those who are fans of picnics, this beach is really a good choice. Meanwhile, those who want to relax after a day of exploring Con Dao Island can indulge with beautiful nature at Nhat Beach and contemplate beautiful sunset. Nhat Beach only appears for a few hours per day as the tidal level. Meanwhile, other time of the day, the beach is submerged in water to “looking forward” the discovery of tourists. Bike Trips Saigon to Con Dao Island - Cycling Tours HCM to Con Dao Island

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