Halong Bay Sea and islands (Part 2) - Halong Junk Cruises

Halong Bay Sea and islands (Part 2)

Tuan Chau Island

Tuan Chau Island is a soil-schist island on Halong Bay and about 4 kilometers far from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf to the southwest. The island is connected to the mainland by a 2-kilometer road built in 1998.

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Tuan Chau Island has the original size of 2.5 square kilometers and it now covers an area of 4 square kilometers. On the island, the weather is cool all around the year. It’s featured with 2-square kilometer green pine forest, white sand beach stretching 6 kilometers. These all features make Tuan Chau Island an ideal place for visiting and relaxing on Halong Bay.

Beside the aesthetic value, Tuan Chau Island also has historical value with many archaeological relics. Archaeologists found many stone tools and pottery which are the evidences of Halong Culture dating around 3.000 – 2.000 BC.

Nowadays,Tuan Chau Island is being planned to be an international resort island and event-holding center. The tourism services on the island are rapidly developed with a hotel and resort area of 5-star standard (200 rooms); a water recreation park with activities such as motor racing, canoeing, parachuting, water skiing, etc.; an (artificial) beach with 4 km long. In the future, Tuan Chau Island will be widened to the size of 675 ha.

Cong Do Island

Cong Do Island is on the southeastern Halong Bay, about 25 kilometers from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. It’s included in the core area of Halong Bay, which is recognized as the World Natural Heritage Site.

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Cong Do Island covers an area of 23.36 square kilometers. The island features with a 172-meter hill which is covered by an ever-green tropical forest. Moreover, the lagoons around Cong Do Island are also home to various species such as shrimp, crab, fish, squid and aquatic plants. Particularly, at the southwestern coast of the island, there is a pristine coral reef with the size of 700 meters long and 300 meters wide. The coral reef involves many rare species of coral (like red coral). This is also the habitation of seahorses and many kinds of fish. The coral reef is preserved in good condition.

Cong Do Island is the paradise of holiday. On the island, tourists can have trekking up to the hill and enjoy a panoramic view at the hilltop to charming scenery on Halong bay. It’s also an ideal place for kayaking to discover the hidden lagoons on the island and its bio-diversity. Scuba-diving service is very potential to develop on Cong Do Island.

In the southeast of Cong Do Island, archaeologists found many trails of the ancient commercial port of Van Don. These evidences prove that Cong Do Island in the past had been a transit point of goods in the system of Van Don Commercial Port.

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