Con Dao, located off the southern coast of Vietnam and one-hour flight from Ho Chi Minh City.  It was the Portuguese who first landed in Con Dao in 1516, the French then occupied the area in 1861 and used Con Son to imprison anti-French fighters. During the Vietnam war, thousands of political dissidents were also sent to the prison on the island until it was closed in 1975.

 

Today life carries on for 8000 inhabitants on Son Son island, mostly military officers and fishermen who spend their days at sea. Con Dao offers a perfect beach break destination, and rare experience not found anywhere else in Vietnam. The sandy beaches and crystal clear waters in Con Dao make it the best diving spot in the country. Visitors to the island has chances to see stingray, moray eel, batfish and dugong.

Images of Con Dao Islands

Ideas for experiencing Con Dao Islands

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Explore the untouched and pristine corals of Con Dao Islands, take photos of turtles, rays, cobia, giant barracuda, batfish and small bamboo sharks, as well as a whole host of tropical reef fishes which you won’t see elsewhere in the country.

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Sunset at Nhat Beach

Nhat Beach is Con Dao’s most picturesque beach, which famous for its white sand, shallow turquoise seas and spectacular spot to watch the sunset – one of the best spot for sunset in the country. It's also a favorite place for wedding photos, proposals and engagements.

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Con Dao Prison

While you are here, enjoy your own time at the wonderful beach resort Six Senses Con Dao, then a visit to Con Dao Prison will give you some historical perspective of how the island was a hellish place for thousands of prisoners for more than a century.

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Map of Con Dao Islands

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