A Tour to Ngoc Vung Island

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Ngoc Vung Island is about 50km away from the tourist wharf of Ha Long. Ngoc Vung (halo of a gem) Island in Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province has a natural beautiful landscape, attracting a great number of visitors.

Its name comes from the fact that in the old days this area had many categories of rare and precious oysters whose pearls brightened the whole area. Today, people in the surrounding area still dive for oysters to retrieve the pearls, although the oyster-rearing farms for pearls are developing.

Playing in the sea waves.
Playing in the sea waves.

Ngoc Vung Island is a soil island covering 12km2. It has the old wharf of Cong Yen which is in the old Van Don system of commercial ports from the 11th century, and relics of the ancient citadel of the Mac and Nguyen Dynasties. During the anti-US resistance war, Ngoc Vung Island was among the outpost islands defending the eastern airspace of the country. It has been awarded the title ai???Heroic Islandai??? by the State.Crabs and oysters are local specialties.

Crabs and oysters are local specialties.
Crabs and oysters are local specialties.

To visit Ngoc Vung Island, visitors can take a 5-hour boat ride and arrive at Cong Yen Wharf. Since there are no cars or motorbikes on the island, visitors are provided with bicycles when disembarking the boat and they often first head to the beach, 5 kilometres away.
Cycling along a concrete road that snakes around the island, visitors are surrounded by the islandai??i??s beauty. They enter a small fishing village with houses roofed with red terracotta tiles or grey concrete. The Island has a population of over 1,000 people who are friendly and hospitable and work together to make the island community survive. They are ready to invite visitors to their house to have a meal or lead them to visit relics on the island.

Part of the fishing village on Ngoc Vung Island.
Part of the fishing village on Ngoc Vung Island.

Ngoc Vung Beach is crescent shaped, nearly 3km long and has a casuarinas forest. The beach is clean, natural and beautiful. Visitors to the island will enjoy fresh and delicious seafood which are caught or reared by the locals and sold at a cheap price. Tu hai (mollusca family), oyster, lobster and sandworm (Spunculoideas) are specialties of the island.

Sunrise over the island.
Sunrise over the island.

Visitors will feel passing a shorter way because the road is clear and they enjoy the beautiful scenery around.

Cong Do fishing village is another attraction in the tour. To visit the village, each visitor will row a small kayak. Sitting on the kayak he/she can easily touch the water. As professional boat rowers visitors ride the kayaks through the fishing village. Sometimes they stop to talk with hospitable villagers.

Cycling on the island is a relaxing pastime.
Cycling on the island is a relaxing pastime.
Due to the blissful surroundings, tourists say that a day on the island passes quickly and many want to stay longer on the island to enjoy the magnificent masterpieces bestowed by nature.