With dense tropical forests, luminous green paddies, prominent mountain peaks and deep valleys, Con Dao offers some remarkable trekking and wildlife experiences for those of any level of fitness. Some of the trails on offer are well marked and so can be explored independently, whilst others such as the trek to Thanh Gai Mountain, the island’s highest peak at 577m, require the services of a local guide. For guided treks, we suggest the following options;
Trekking to the Lighthouse – Are you ready for an experience that will take you to the past as well as put your level of fitness to the test? A 30 minute ride by speedboat will lead to the beautiful island of Bay Canh where the adventure begins; a2 to 2 ½ hour trek through the dense forest leads you to one of Con Dao’s most important landmarks, the Bay Canh Lighthouse. The lighthouse was constructed between 1883 and 1885 is located one of the highest points in on Bay Canh island at 226 meters above sea level. Enjoy the most amazing views and let your eyes wander over Con Dao archipelago and the South Sea. Have a rest in the lovely garden surrounding the Lighthouse and meet the keepers, who are always delighted to receive guests.
Hit the High Spots – Immerse yourself in Con Dao’s nature through the forest and try to spot some of the three endemic animal species on the island. Listen carefully and you will be able to distinguish many different types of birds and cicadas. At the So Ray platform – an old fruit plantation site – it is very common to see the Con Dao Long Tailed Macaque Monkey. At a height of 260 meters above sea level, the old lookout is the perfect place for panoramic view over Con Son Bay
Up & Over Con Dao – For the energetic, rather than stopping at the So Ray Platform we can continue to hike deep into the jungle sorting through lianas and lush vegetation through to the far side of Con Son. This additional trail takes you where few others go. On the far side you can relax in the clear waters off the peninsular between Ong Cau and Ong Dung Bay.