Some Great Reasons to Visit Con Dao Islands
The remote and paradisiacal Con Dao Islands, located off the southern coast of Vietnam, offer visitors a rare experience not found anywhere else in the country. The isolated archipelago is comprised of 16 islands and is entirely a national and marine park which makes it well preserved and protected. Here are just some of the great reasons to choose Con Dao for your next escape.
Con Dao Islands is one of the few tropical destinations in Southeast Asia that remains untouched, peaceful and largely undeveloped. Con Son is the largest (and only inhabited) island of the archipelago with sheer granite cliffs, uncrowded beaches and crystal-blue water. Dam Trau Beach (Bai Dam Trau) is undeniably the island’s best. Clean soft sand and a broad expanse of glittering turquoise water, flanked on either side with rocky green hills.
Six Senses Con Dao is located on a private Dat Doc Beach which stretches over one mile with the dramatic backdrop of the Lo Voi Mountains. The golden sand beach is idyllic for long and leisurely strolls from your villa and enjoying water sports activities.
Con Dao is one of the best destinations for scuba diving and snorkeling in Vietnam with its amazing variety of its underwater life. With depths ranging from 16 to 99 feet (five to 30 meters), Con Dao offers divers a unique opportunity to explore the incredible variety of marine life; from green and hawksbill turtles and a scattering of rays, lion fish, vibrantly colored nudibranchs and the best coral coverage around Vietnam. Sightings of the rare dugongs are possible with just a little bit of luck.
Immerse yourself in Con Dao’s nature through its lush forest and try to spot some indigenous animal species. The main highlight is Dam Tre Bay, a charming and unspoiled nature spot that is set harmoniously between the immense sea and the surrounding mountains. You can enjoy snorkeling, see colorful corals and giant clams, or trek around mangroves for bird watching or climbing to high mountain peaks and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Dam Tre Bay and the neighboring islands.
Travel through the island by motorbike with a private local guide who will take you through the back roads, small dwellings, beautiful colonial houses and local agricultural plots. Some of the main sights to visit include Ben Dam Harbour where the majority of Con Dao’s seafood catch and all regular island supplies are brought in; Phi Yen Temple – where Vietnamese pay their respects to the former wife of Emperor Nguyen Anh and the local town open market to see what fresh daily produce is available to the island residents.
Six Senses Con Dao offers an unbeatable Stay & Fly Free package for a minimum three-night stay and receive complimentary round-trip domestic flights for two people from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao (a saving of $420). Terms and conditions apply. The offer is valid until October 31, 2018.
Mark Bibby Jackson
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