With the purpose of expanding our coverage of the ferry network in Vietnam, we are integrating sea routes to Con Dao islands in partnership with Phu Quoc Express and Superdong Speed Ferry, the two leading speedboat companies in Southern Vietnam.
Situated about 185 km from the coast of Ba Ria–Vung Tau province in Southeastern Vietnam, Con Dao archipelago includes 16 mountainous islands and islets with a local population of only 5,000.
The group of islands was first mentioned by Marco Polo in the description of his voyage from China to India in 1292. Later in the 18th century, the British East India Company founded a settlement in the largest island, Con Son Island, as a trading post for ships sailing the route between India and China, known as Pulo Condore.
Through the Treaty of Versailles, the Emperor Gia Long ceded the territory to the French in 1787. During the times of French Indochina, Con Son Island was knows as Grande Condore and served as a prison island for political prisoners. During the Vietnam War, the South Vietnamese government continued to use the island for the same purpose. The prison was closed in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon.
In 1984 the islands were given protected status as part of Con Dao National Park, which establishes a marine protected area to preserve coral reefs and species of sea turtles and dolphins while developing sustainable eco-tourism.
The island’s management policy is strongly oriented towards sustainability, hoping to learn from experiences in other regions of Vietnam and balance tourism development with nature conservation.
Most of the inland area of the archipelago is composed by primary jungle and magmatic rock. Around it, beautiful beaches and hidden lagoons can be found. Given its remote location and the difficulty to access there are relatively few tourists, making Con Dao a paradise off the beaten track in Vietnam.
How to get to Con Dao by ferry
The number of flights connecting Co Ong Airport in Con Dao with Ho Chi Minh is limited to few days per week. The route is only flown by turboprop aircrafts operated by VASCO, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines.
Con Dao is accessible by ferry from the port of Vung Tau with Phu Quoc Express in 3 hours 15 minutes, as well as from the port of Soc Trang with Superdong Speed Ferry in 2 hours 30 minutes. Passengers can combine bus + ferry routes if coming from Ho Chi Minh to Vung Tau and Soc Trang respectively.
Book your ferry tickets to Con Dao islands
Phu Quoc Express and Superdong Speed Ferry operate daily ferry services connecting the main ports of Vung Tau and Soc Trang with Con Dao islands.
Phu Quoc Express operates a fleet of VIP Catamarans with European design, powered by Roll-Royce engines and boat hull made of Aluminum alloy. The vessel Con Dao Express 36 has capacity for 600 passengers, with seating options for economy, premium economy, and VIP classes. Complimentary cold towel and mineral water are provided.
Superdong Speed Ferry fleet consist of 12 vessels. All the cabins are equipped with air conditioning, modern interior, and entertainment system to relax through the journey. Complimentary cold towel, mineral water, and free wifi are provided.
Baolau integrates online ticket booking in partnership with Phu Quoc Express and Superdong Speed Ferry. Travellers can book by internet and receive the e-tickets via email. The e-ticket is a valid boarding pass and can be used to board the ferry. Passengers must print the e-ticket in advance and carry the printout to the port.
We recommend passengers to confirm the schedule with the operator on the same day as departure, especially during the typhoon season (June – November) since ferry services may be interrupted due to weather conditions.
Let us take you to discover Con Dao islands.