Without a doubt, the Con Dao Island's is home to some of the most idyllic and beautiful beaches in Vietnam. With so much geographic diversity among Con Dao’s 16 islands, how do you make sure you get the ultimate tropical island beach experience that you are looking for? The good news is that in Con Dao the majority of beaches are located on the main island of Con Son, the largest island in the archipelago and the only that has facilities for tourism. Some of these beaches are easily accessible and others require a short hike through the Con Dao National Park.
The following is our visual Con Dao Island beach guide. We went to all the beaches in Con Dao, captured photos and even made videos so that you can see what each beach looks like before making a decision on visiting them. Some beaches such as Nhat Beach and Dam Trau Beach are definitely worth visiting while others such as Dong Beach are not. Enjoy our visual guide and please share on social media.
The following beaches are easily accessible and are the most popular among locals and tourists alike. All of the beaches listed here are located on Con Son Island.
Bai Nhat Beach (Bãi Nhát) is one of Con Dao's most picturesque beach. Located about 6 km from the Con Son town center towards the Bến Đầm harbor and just off the main road, Nhat Beach is not to be missed. Bãi Nhát Beach consists of a series of small beaches broken up by dark boulders. The beach only appears a few hours a day at low tide when the water recedes and the best time to come here is between 2:00pm to 7:00pm. Here at Bai Nhat you will find a clean white sand beach dotted with both small and large boulders, shallow turquoise seas which is perfect for swimming, spectacular natural scenery, and quite possibly the most beautiful spot to watch the sunset in all of Vietnam (see our video below). Nhat Beach is made famous not only by its natural beauty but also by its mountain backdrop known as “Love Peak” or “Mountain of Love”, a mountain which is actually located on Hon Ba Island just south of Con Son Island. Locals believe that this mountain resembles a couple embracing each other and as such it symbolizes love which is why we think this place is perfect for wedding pictures, announcing engagements, or just being with your significant other. Just park your motorbike/bicycle/car at the side of the road and walk down to the beach.
An Hai Beach (Bãi An Hải) is the main beach on Con Son Island and located on the eastern coast of Con Son Town. This is where most of the beach front resorts are located. The salt and pepper sandy beach here stretches continuously for quite a distance so if want to escape the resort crowds then head further south, where you will also find a cleaner patch of sand. Although this beach is popular it is not the cleanest as you can often find trash along its shore – some brought in by the tide and some as a result of ignorant tourists. An Hai Beach is also plagued with sand fleas, so make sure you pack your deet-based insect repellent with you if you want to enjoy this beach. Finally Bai An Hai Beach is naturally beautiful and the sea is turquoise in color but the view is ruined by the newly constructed concrete pier, needless to say it was not our favorite beach but it is one of two beaches in Con Dao that has seafront accommodations, the other being Dat Doc Beach home to fabulous Six Senses Con Dao Resort.
Lo Voi Beach (Bãi tắm Lò Vôi) is located in the northern part of Con Son Town center directly in front of some Con Dao's famous prison complexes. There are no hotels directly on this beach which makes Lo Voi beach much cleaner than An Hai Beach. The sand here is darker, there is a bit of seaweed, and this beach is affected by tides. The best time to explore this beach is during the morning just after sunrise when the tide recedes and you can walk really far out along the sand. At this time you can forage for your very own shellfish like the locals do! The best time for swimming at Lo Voi Beach is during the sunset hours when the tide comes back in.
Dat Doc Beach (Bãi Đất Dốc) is a small crescent shaped beach located 6 km north of Con Son Town Center. This beach is famous because it is were the uber-luxurious Six Senses Con Dao resort is located. Half of the beach is only accessible to Six Senses resorts guests and the other half is public. Dat Doc Beach is a visually stunning beach as you can see a few of Con Dao's islands from shore. Located in a small cove, Dat Doc Beach's sand is a bit darker and inundated with seaweed and it is relatively trash free. To get here head north along the main road that takes you to the Con Dao Airport towards the Six Senses resort. Shortly after you pass the resort you will see a giant public access beach sign. Stop here and park your vehicle and head down the bank towards the beach.
Ong Dung Beach (Bãi Ông Đụng) is located on the west coast of Con Son Island, 2km from Con Son Town Center, and it is part of the Con Dao National Park. Although there is not much of a beach here the scenery more than makes up for it as Ong Dung Beach is surrounded by lush rain forest, wildlife, and 700m out at sea lies a small coral reef that you can snorkel and explore (keep an eye out for parrot fish and giant clams). There are a lot of boulders at Bai Ong Dung, a small ranger station with a live green turtle on display, and even a guest house. Also watch out for the few mischievous macaques in the area who have been known to steal tourists belongings. Ong Dung beach makes for a good base to arrange for fishing trips, snorkeling or scuba diving opportunities, or to explore the nearby islands (Tre Lon Island and Tre Nho Island) as the rangers that are stationed here have inflatable rafts and for a fee they can take you out. You can also rent kayaks from them.
In order to access this beach you must first stop at the Con Dao National Park Office and obtain a free permit. After you have received the permit continue following the road north and make a left at the small intersection that has a giant “Con Dao Island Map” billboard. Look for the Ong Dung Beach signage and follow that road to the Con Dao National Park checkpoint. A park ranger will check for your permit here. While you are here, just west of the check point lies Ma Thien Lanh Bridge, a historic site worth checking out. Continue west along the road towards the Ong Dung Beach entrance signage and park your vehicle. Finally walk down the 700 meters concrete steps that take you into the Con Dao National Park and at the very end you will reach Ong Dung Beach.
Dam Trau Beach (Bãi biển Đầm Trầu) has some of the deepest and softest yellow colored sand in all of Vietnam. This gem of a beach is an excellent place to watch the sunset, have a drink at one of the few restaurants found here, camp on the beach, snorkel the reefs located 700m from shore, and watch the Vietnam Airlines airplane land close to shore as the Airport is located nearby. Bai Dam Trau Beach is located 15km north of Con Son Town Center near the Con Dao Airport. The path to get to the beach consists of sandy road so if you are coming here via motorbike, drive carefully. Although it is a bit of a trek to come here we think the journey is worth it as Dam Trau Beach is another clean and beautiful beach not only in Con Dao but in all of Vietnam, and clean and pristine beaches are quite rare in this country.
Dong Beach (Bai Dong Beach) is long stretch of beach located on the north eastern coast of Con Son Island on the way to the Con Dao Airport. Most of this beach is barren and inundated with trash brought in by the surf. If you have time, Dong Beach may be worth checking out but due to the amount of trash found here we do not think you should bother.
Dai Beach (Bai Dai Beach) is located near the Ben Dam harbor at the south western tip of Con Son Island. It is a long barren beach consisting of boulders and some patches of sand. Although not as nice as the other beaches found in Con Dao, Dai Beach does have its charms and it is also a great place to watch the sunset.
Bai Ben Dam Beach is a small beach located next to Ben Dam Harbor at the southern tip of Con Son Island. It is not a nice beach but nonetheless worth mentioning.
The following beaches are located “off the beaten track” and requiring some hiking in order to reach them. During March to June, most of these beaches are off limits due to the risk of forest fires.
Bang Beach is located north of Ong Dung Beach and part of the Con Dao National Park and as such you will require a permit. Permits to this beach are rarely given out these days due to the beaches remoteness and the risk of forest fires. If you can obtain a permit then the hike to this beach is worth, especially if you a wildlife enthusiast. From the beach there is some snorkeling opportunities but be careful as the currents here are quite strong.
Dat Tham Beach is located north of Bang Beach and also part of the Con Dao National Park. Like Bang Beach, Bai Dat Tham is often not accessible to tourists due to high risk of forest fires. The hike to this beach is quite nice as it is through a denser section of the Con Dao National Park via this hike you are more likely to spot some of the islands rare animal species such as the giant squirrel.
Ong Cau Beach is located north of Bai Dai Beach and extremely difficult to reach on your own. As of 2016 this beach was off limits to tourists.
Ong Cuong Beach is located north of the Con Dao Airport and it is very difficult to reach unless you have the assistance of guide.