Côn Đảo has a warm tropical climate, with a dry season (Nov–Mar) and a wet season (Apr–Oct). The peak of the turtle nesting season is Jun–Aug. Calmer weather Mar–Jul produces good diving conditions.
Dam Trau Beach
Bãi Đầm Trầu
Located on the north side of the island near the airport is the Dam Trau Beach. If you want a good place to relax and see the propeller planes fly by, then this is the place to visit. It’s a neat experience to have them fly right overhead and so close to you.
An Hai Beach
Bãi An Hải
Bãi An Hải (An Hai Beach) is a sandy continuation of the harbour front that stretches southwest of Con Son. Fringed by palm trees and overlooked by green mountains, this beach is dotted with the only beachfront accommodation on the island (apart from Six Senses Resort). However, even if you’re not staying at one of the beachfront resorts you can still access this beach by walking or driving to the southernmost section of sand, where the road nearly meets the sea. The water here is clear and cool like aftershave, and great for swimming. Sandflies can sometimes be a problem, especially in the morning and late afternoon.
Van Son Temple
Daily 7:30 am – 11:30 am; 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Founded in 1964 by Ho Chi Minh Buddhists from Vinh Nghiem pagoda, the pagoda was meant to meet the spiritual needs of the living local population as well as those who have passed away. Surrounded by green forests and mountains, Van Son is scenic and peaceful.
This large hilltop temple complex enjoys fine views over Con Son town and islands offshore to an ocean-filled horizon. A steep staircase (of over 100 steps) leads up to the traditionally designed pagoda structures, each supported by thick wooden columns and topped with an elaborate tiled roof.
Côn Đảo National Park
Ba Ria - Vung Tau, Vietnam
Côn Đảo National Park (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Côn Đảo) is a natural reserve area on Côn Đảo Island, in Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province in coastal southeastern Vietnam. The park includes a part of the island and the surrounding sea. The national park is characterized by a diverse ecosystem. Many species of corals and especially the sea turtles, dolphins, and endangered dugongs are found here.
Hang Duong Cemetery
Nguyen An Ninh street
Some 20,000 Vietnamese prisoners died on Con Son and 1994 of their graves can be seen at the peaceful Hang Duong Cemetery, located at the eastern edge of town. Sadly, only 700 of these graves bear the name of the victims.
Vietnam's most famous heroine, Vo Thi Sau (1933–52) was buried here, the first woman executed by a firing squad on Con Son, on 23 January 1952.
Côn Sơn Prisons
French commandant's residence
American Tiger Cages
French Tiger Cages
Phu Hai Camp
Con Son Island was once called the “Devil’s Island” for its role as a brutal political prison under the French who ruled Indochina from 1862 until 1954. The term was borrowed from France’s other penal colony, the Devil’s Island of French Guiana. The Americans took over Con Dao’s prison in 1955, built additional jail systems, and then left after the American-Vietnam war concluded. Together with Phu Quoc prison, Con Dao is one of the places of detention and torture of communist fighters in Vietnam. As a penal institution for more than a century, the Con Dao archipelago avoided development, bomb attacks and chemical attacks and as such Con Dao has a vast old-growth forest and pristine coral reefs
Today most of these prisons are still intact and you can freely visit them from 7:00 to 11:30 & 13:00 to 17:00 on your own or you can visit the Con Dao Museum and hire a private tour guide familiar with the islands’ dark history.