Con Dao National Park, Con Dao

Con Dao National Park

Type:  National Parks From City Center: 0 m

The National Park The French wardens forced prisoners to collect live coral and turn it into lime. The coral reefs survived, but only to face further damage from uncontrolled and destructive fishing practices. The island’s forest preserve was upgraded to a National Park in 1993 to include the fourteen islands and their surrounding marine areas. The forest coverage on the islands is dense. A sizable proportion of it is in pristine condition, particularly the humid hill forest growing at more than 500m above sea level. Even though control over exploitation of marine areas was only begun as late as 1993, and despite the damage wreaked by the French, over a thousand hectares of Con Dao National Park's coral reefs survive in the shallow waters - a stark contrast to other areas of Vietnam that have low coral coverage as a result of overexploitation, destructive fishing practices, and sedimentation. The entire marine area is rich in biodiversity: over 1,300 species of sea animals have already been identified. The ecosystems on Con Dao are favourable habitats for rare species such as the Hawksbill and Green Turtles, and Dugong, the strange creatures popularly known as ‘sea cows’ and believed to be the source of the mermaid legends from their habit of sunbathing on rocks.

Top Destinations

Ho Chi Minh City
54 Accommodations

Viet NamHo Chi Minh City

Ha Noi
13 Accommodations

Viet NamHa Noi

Nha Trang
11 Accommodations

Viet NamNha Trang

Da Nang
9 Accommodations

Viet NamDa Nang

Phu Quoc
9 Accommodations

Viet NamPhu Quoc

Phan Thiet - Mui Ne
7 Accommodations

Viet NamPhan Thiet - Mui Ne

Ha Long Bay
5 Accommodations

Viet NamHa Long Bay

Da Lat
5 Accommodations

Viet NamDa Lat

My Last Viewed Hotels

FaLang translation system by Faboba