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Bay Canh

"The steep concrete path up to the Bay Canh lighthouse ran along the cliffs. I stopped to marvel at the view of the sea and neighboring Hon Cau Island. What an incredibly beautiful but lonely oceanic outpost this must have been for the French lighthouse keepers. At the top, a low stone wall encloses a garden and the lighthouses with its beacon, as sturdy as more than a century ago. Thick walls supported the massive vaulted entrance and long windows that opened onto a long, wide corridor."


Con Bay Canh Beach

          Bay Canh Island - is located in the east of the island of Con Son, the Con Dao archipelago, with a total area of over 680 ha. It is known as the 2nd largest of 16 islands of Con Dao. The system of vast virgin forests covering almost the entire island makes it a green part of the archipelago's expansive sky.
Unlike the other islands, Bay Canh is divided into the 2 parts connected in the center by a sandbar called Cat Lon Beach. Mother Nature has given the island a rich nature with many different species, such as coral reefs, snails, seaweed, fish and sea cucumbers, etc. There are no less than 882 plant species and almost 150 animal species.

Visiting the island gives you the chance to discover different types of environments, from marine life to different types of flora and fauna in the tropical forests.
The island has a high biological diversity that has been strictly preserved. Especially the rich coral reefs and the many colorful fish species, clams, etc. will certainly surprise you and make your diving even more pleasant. In addition, the ecosystem of its mangrove forest is also worth exploring. It is so distinctive that you can easily walk into the magrove forest at low tide.

 


View from the lighthouse

You have plenty of interesting activities to do so that you don't have boring moments on Bay Canh Island.
The beautiful beach of Cat Lon has charming white sand stretching and clear blue water, creating favorable conditions for swimming and snorkeling. In summer, there is nowhere better than swimming in this cool, refreshing water.
The island is home to a wide variety of sea life making snorkeling a more enjoyable trip. You will discover colorful coral reefs and schools of fish of different shapes and sizes. The vibrant underwater world will clearly appear before your eyes and create an unforgettable experience.


Have fun to cool down

Marine life on the island, in particular, is rich in many types of corals, some of which are listed in the Red Book of Vietnam. You can also find sea creatures such as green turtles, dugongs (manatees), dolphins, holothurians and Chaetodons, etc.
Moreover, Bay Canh also houses the largest number of sea turtles in Con Dao islands. You will have the chance to see turtles lay eggs on the shore. In the breeding season there are up to 30 mother turtles. This point of interest attracts many local and foreign visitors to the island, especially those who are curious and want to learn more about the turtle breeding process. If you have enough time, you can release the baby turtles in the sea.

For those looking for something active, consider climbing a mountain on Bay Canh Island. As the second largest island in the Con Dao archipelago, it offers great routes for travelers. On the way to the top of the mountain, you will have the chance to see the beauty of the immense sea from afar and discover many different plants of the primitive forest. If you follow the path, you will see the lighthouse in the northeast of the mountain. Built by the French in 1884, it helped guide the boat in this area.

 


Bay Canh seen from the plane

From a travelogue:

"I walk up the steep concrete path of Bay Canh up the cliffs. I stopped to marvel at the view of the sea and neighboring Hon Cau Island. What an incredibly beautiful but lonely oceanic outpost this must have been for the French lighthouse keepers. At the top, a low stone wall encloses a garden and the lighthouses with its beacon, as sturdy as more than a century ago. Thick walls supported the massive vaulted entrance and long windows that opened onto a long, wide porch all around. Inside, a spacious corridor flanked by rooms on either side led to the spiral staircase and up to the beacon tower. I climbed the giddy staircase and just below the beacon room I looked at the French technical inscriptions and trademarks of 1887 embossed on the rotary machine that now becomes a modern beacon."

 


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