Con Dao Island
Diving in Con Dao
The Con Dao Islands, located off the southeastern coast of Vietnam, are known for their pristine natural beauty, historical significance, and also offer excellent diving opportunities. Here's what you need to know about diving in the Con Dao Islands:
Hon Tai: This is a popular dive site with a diverse range of marine life, including reef sharks, barracudas, and various species of colorful coral.
Con Dao National Park: The marine park surrounding the Con Dao Islands is a protected area with rich biodiversity. You can explore coral reefs, underwater caves, and encounter various fish species.
The Con Dao Islands boast a healthy and diverse marine ecosystem. Divers can encounter a variety of marine life, including reef sharks, turtles, rays, nudibranchs, and various species of colorful fish.
Staying at Con Dao Island
Several dive centers operate in the Con Dao Islands, offering a range of services from beginner courses to advanced dives. These centers typically provide equipment rental, guided dives, and sometimes liveaboard options.
The main town on Con Son Island is Con Son Town. This is where you'll find most of the accommodation options, ranging from budget guesthouses to mid-range hotels.
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Best Time to Dive:
The best time for diving in the Con Dao Islands is during the dry season, which is from November to April. During this period, the seas are calmer, and visibility tends to be at its best. However, diving is possible year-round, with some operators continuing to offer services during the wet season.
The visibility around the Con Dao Islands is generally good, especially during the dry season (November to April). Visibility can range from 15 to 30 meters, providing excellent underwater views.
If you're a beginner or looking to advance your diving skills, many dive centers on the Con Dao Islands offer courses such as Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver.
The Con Dao Islands are committed to marine conservation, and diving operators often emphasize responsible diving practices to protect the delicate marine environment. Follow guidelines provided by dive centers to minimize your impact on the underwater ecosystem.
How to get there?
Flights to Con Dao: The most common way to reach Con Dao is by taking a flight. Con Dao has a domestic airport, Co Ong Airport (VCS), with flights connecting it to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) and Can Tho (VCA). Flight schedules can vary, so it's advisable to check with local airlines for the most up-to-date information.
Airlines: Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways are among the airlines that operate flights to Con Dao. The flight duration is approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the departure location.
Ferry from Vung Tau: There is a ferry service from Cang Dam Port in Vung Tau to Con Dao. The ferry journey takes about 4-5 hours. However, schedules can be irregular and are subject to weather conditions. It's recommended to check the current ferry status and schedule in advance.
Boat from Soc Trang: There is also a boat service from Tran De Port in Soc Trang to Con Dao. The boat journey takes longer compared to the ferry, and schedules may vary. It's essential to check the current boat status and schedule in advance.
Upon arriving on Con Dao, transportation within the island is usually by taxi, motorbike rental, or by arranging transportation with your accommodation provider. The main town on Con Son Island is Con Son Town, where you'll find most services and accommodations.
Con Dao Islands
This is a small map with the different dive sites offered here around the Con Dao Islands.