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