Since the end of August, a new speedboat to Con Co Island was officially launched in the central province of Quang Tri in Vietnam, facilitating tourist travel from Quang Tri mainland to Con Co Island. Con Co is famed for its marine reserve which protects amazing coral species and sea turtles.
Speedboat to Con Co island
Con Co high-speed boat, code name QT 00666, was built at a total cost of VND24.1 billion. The aluminum-hulled vessel measures 27.5 m in length, 5.5 m in width and 2.5 m in height and boasts a 1,200 horsepower engine. It was designed to have a maximum speed of 25 knots.
The boat can carry 80 passengers and five crew members and is capable of operating in windy conditions up to a wind speed of 29-38 km/h.
The launch of the Con Co tourist high-speed boat is expected to meet the travel demands of the Islanders while creating important conditions for local tourism development associated with the consolidation of national defense and security in the island district.
About Con Co island
Although little known, Con Co Island is an interesting tourist destination for travellers. The island has been declared a Marine Reserve back to 2009 and it became operational on April 21, 2010. Con Co is consequently being protected by the authorities of Quang Tri province as efforts are being made to preserve and restore marine resources in the Con Co Island Marine Reserve.
Under a research project on restoring coral reefs in the reserve, conducted by the reserve’s management board and the Research Institute for Marine Fisheries since 2011, scientists planted 360 coral colonies with a survival rate of 71 percent. Some colonies have grown to cover part of the seabed. The area of newly-formed coral reefs has been zoned off for protection. Other types of coral also revived in the area.
The province also established volunteer groups to protect sea turtles, operating not only in Con Co island but also coastal communes.
The reserve covers 4,532 hectares and offers a rich biodiversity worth to discover for visitors. The reserve now boasts 113 coral species, 57 species of seaweed and seagrass, 67 zoobenthos species, 19 crustacean species, 224 species of saltwater fish, 87 species of coral reef fish, 164 phytoplankton species and 68 species and groups of zooplankton. Of which, numerous species are considered rare.