Discover Vietnam’s Hidden Gem: The Con Dao Wildlife Expedition


Discover Vietnam’s Hidden Gem: The Con Dao Wildlife Expedition

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Join us now for the Con Dao Wildlife Expedition!

Nestled off the southeastern coast of Vietnam lies a biodiversity treasure waiting to be explored: Con Dao National Park. This tour offers an in-depth look into the Con Dao Wildlife Expedition, a journey that promises not just sightings but an immersive experience in nature’s wonders and historical places.

Why Con Dao is a Must-Visit Destination?

Con Dao National Park, recognized as Vietnam’s 6th Ramsar Site, is a sanctuary of diverse ecosystems. From dense forests and shimmering mangroves to sun-kissed beaches, it’s a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to rare species like the Dugong, the mesmerizing Nicobar pigeon, and a plethora of endemic creatures.

Highlights of Con Dao wildlife:

Endemic Wildlife: Encounter creatures unique to Con Dao, such as the Black Giant Squirrel and the park’s endemic Long-tailed Macaque.

Birdwatching Spot: With species like the Pied Imperial and Nicobar Pigeon, bird enthusiasts are in for a treat.

Nocturnal Exploration: Discover the island’s nightlife, from geckos to mysterious snakes.

Island Adventures: Explore Bay Canh and Tre Lon Islands, each offering unique wildlife experiences.

Itinerary: 3 days

Day 1: Dive deep into Con Dao’s wilderness, spotting creatures like the Giant Squirrel and vibrant birds. As night falls, embark on a nocturnal exploration to discover species like the Pulo Condore Bow-fingered Gecko.

Day 2: Board a boat to Bay Canh Island, focusing on the Nicobar Pigeon. In the afternoon, journey to the Ba Temple area to spot a variety of bird species.

Day 3: Begin with an early bird-watching session, followed by a farewell lunch, marking the end of a memorable expedition.

When is the best time for the Con Dao Wildlife Expedition:

While Con Dao National Park offers a rich tapestry of experiences year-round, the optimal time to truly immerse oneself in its natural splendor is from April to September. During these months, the weather conditions are most favorable, ensuring not only comfortable exploration but also heightened wildlife activity. Whether you’re keen on birdwatching, nocturnal adventures, or island hopping, this period promises the most vibrant and rewarding encounters.

Schedule Details

Day 1: Co Ong Airport - Con Dao
11:00 AM: Arrive at Con Dao airport where our team will warmly welcome and pick you up.
11:30 AM: Transfer to the Nicobar Hotel for check-in.
12:00 PM: Enjoy a delightful lunch to energize for the day ahead.
Afternoon: Embark on a wildlife observation journey in Con Dao National Park. Witness the Giant Squirrel, two species of Finlayson’s Squirrel, the endemic Long-tailed Macaque, and a variety of birds including the White-rumped Shama, Chinese Blackbird, Forest Wagtail, Gray Wagtail, Green-billed Malkoha, and Small Minivet.
Evening: As night falls, we'll venture out to spot a range of reptiles and amphibians. Highlights include the Pulo Condore Bow-fingered Gecko, Con Dao Round Eyed Gecko, Con Dao Kukri Snake, and the Oriental Whip Snake.
Day 2: Con Dao
07:00 AM: Set sail for Bay Canh Island, a short 15-minute boat ride away.
Morning: Dedicate the morning to spotting the exquisite Nicobar Pigeon on Tre Lon Island.
11:00 AM: Return to Con Son Island and savor a delicious lunch.
Afternoon: Explore the Ba Temple area, where you can spot bird species such as the Dark-necked Tailorbird, Eurasian Kestrel, Green Imperial Pigeon, and Pied Imperial Pigeon.
Evening: Dive deeper into the nocturnal wonders of Con Dao National Park. Look out for the Collared Scops Owl, Common Woolly Bat, Least Leaf-nosed Bat, and the Large Flying Fox, which is listed as Near Threatened by the IUCN.
Day 3: Con Dao - Co Ong Airport

06:00 AM: Start the day with an early morning bird-watching session in Con Dao National Park. 11:00 AM: Relish a hearty lunch. 12:00 PM: Check out from the hotel and proceed to Con Dao airport for your onward journey.


What wildlife species can I expect to see during the Con Dao expedition tour?

During the Con Dao expedition, you'll have the opportunity to observe a diverse range of wildlife. This includes mammals like the Giant Squirrel and the endemic Long-tailed Macaque, a variety of birds such as the White-rumped Shama, Chinese Blackbird, and Nicobar Pigeon, and reptiles like the Pulo Condore Bow-fingered Gecko and Con Dao Kukri Snake. The evening sessions will also introduce you to nocturnal species like the Collared Scops Owl and the Large Flying Fox.

I'm particularly interested in bird-watching. Which day of the itinerary would be most suitable for this?

While all days of the itinerary offer bird-watching opportunities, Day 2 is particularly rich in avian experiences. The morning is dedicated to spotting the Nicobar Pigeon on Tre Lon Island, and the afternoon at Ba Temple area allows sightings of the Dark-necked Tailorbird, Eurasian Kestrel, Green Imperial Pigeon, and Pied Imperial Pigeon. However, Day 3 also starts with an early morning bird-watching session in Con Dao National Park, ensuring ample opportunities for enthusiasts throughout the tour.

Are there any specific items or equipment I should bring for the wildlife observation sessions, especially for the nighttime explorations?

For the best wildlife observation experience, we recommend bringing a pair of binoculars, a camera with a good zoom lens for daytime, and a flashlight or headlamp for evening sessions. If you have night vision equipment or a camera with night mode, it would enhance your nighttime wildlife spotting. Additionally, wearing comfortable walking shoes, insect repellent, and light, long-sleeved clothing can make your exploration more comfortable.

What's Included

  • Accommodations
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • Expert guide
  • Meals
  • Private car

What's Excluded

  • Other services not mentioned
  • Personal expenses


  • Birding
  • Herping