Trekking & Hiking
With endless green and blue vistas, Con Dao is a haven for hikers and those who enjoy the great outdoors. In Con Dao you have numerous hiking options: hike up to the archipelagos highest mountain, hike through the Con Do National Park, or hike along the coast to reach a deserted beach. While hiking, keep your eyes open for the islands’ unique flora and fauna species such as Con Dao nicobar pigeon, black squirrels, crab-eating macaques just to name a few. Most hikes are lead by park rangers and guides can be arranged by visiting the Con Dao National Park office at 29 Vo Thi Sau Street.
The hike to Ong Dung Beach is one that should not be missed. It is a simple 30-45 minute hike down to the beach through a small section of the Con Dao National Park. The well-marked path to the beach is paved and can be slippery at times due to algae growth. Keep an eye out for termite mounds, wild orchids, carnivorous plants, macaques, squirrels and other flora and fauna. At the end of the hike, you will reach Ong Dung Beach, a gorgeous wild beach with calm seas inundated with underwater life.
Dam Tre bay is located north of Con Dao Airport. The trail begins just east of the airport and it is approximately 3 kilometers in length. This coastal wild trail is moderately marked and can be done on your own, as it does not involve trekking through the forest. Remember to pack your snorkeling gear, as there is great snorkeling in Dam Tre Bay.
On Bay Canh Island, the 2nd largest island in Con Dao archipelago and the island famous for its turtle sanctuary, lies one of Con Dao’s most important historical landmark – the Con Dao lighthouse. Located 226 meters above the sea level, this lighthouse was built in 1883 and is still in operation as of today. The hike to the lighthouse involves a 2.5hr trek though the lush Bay Canh Island rainforest. While hiking this trail, keep an eye out for the rare and beautiful nicobar pigeon.
If you are considering hiking in Con Dao please note that the climate is very hot and dry so bring plenty of water and also mosquito repellent and remember to wear solid shoes.