Ha Long Bay is a group of spectacular islands, the result of thousands of years of geological formation. Each island here is like a wonderful gift that Mother Nature has given to people. However, there is an island maintaining the wild beauty and hiding many interesting things that few people know, namely Dragon Eye Island.
Located in the southern part of Halong Bay (Quang Ninh Province), adjacent to Lan Ha Bay Area (Cat Ba, Hai Phong), Dragon Eye Island is also known as Hon Bai Dong. The island is an extremely popular destination for most Halong Bay tours.
Wilderness and primitive views are the attractions and specialties of the island. Viewed from above, the island looks like the side of the dragon head with a circular pond resembling the dragon’s eye. That is also the reason why people call this island by the name Dragon Eye Island.
The Dragon Eye Island from high above
Dragon Eye Island has an area of about 30 hectares. The bow-shaped island is covered by two large rocky mountains and smooth white sand. There is a natural white sand beach, stretching from 300 to 400 meters with unique and magnificent natural scenery. Along with that, the island has a primeval green forest, flora, and flowers along the beach and on cliffs.
The highlight of this island is the Dragon Eye Lake holding green water between the rocky mountains and primary forest. From the pier, passing the forest road about 100 meters will lead to Dragon Eye Lake. Far away, the lake is like a green jade. Visitors will be fascinated by the clear blue water because they even can see the bottom.
If wanting to get inside the “Dragon Eye”, tourist have to follow the ladder system to reach the top of the mountain and then drop down.
The “Dragon Eye”
Setting foot on the island, visitors will be impressed immediately by the fresh air and cool sea water of the island. The blue water is a factor attracting visitors, especially for those who are keen on doing Kayak to explore the diverse ecosystem in the island. White sandy beach, blue water with the waves connecting each other creating the poetic beauty.
The white sandy beach in the Dragon Eye Island
Dragon Eye Island has many birds, they sing all day in the grove. Guests can lie on the sand, feel the pure wind getting through each mountain, hear birds singing, which is so comfortable. In a peaceful space, immersing yourself in nature and examining the pristine, diverse ecosystem is definitely a memorable experience for everyone.
Bai Dong has long been identified as a destination for the Halong Bay tours and is one of the conservation areas in the Halong Bay. However, this place is still an off the beaten track spot in Halong which is one of the reasons why the island still preserves its wild beauty. No phone waves, no restaurants, no hotels and no service; Dragon Eye again makes many people want to conquer, especially those who are adventurous.
If you want to have a lively BBQ party on the beach, you should prepare food in advance, bring drinks and supplies as they are not available on the island. Singing together, gathering with family, friends or colleagues amidst the vast sea will definitely unforgettable moments. And remember to clean up garbage before leaving here in order to keep the inherent beauty of the Dragon Eye island.
At present, projects for catering needs have been built by many investors, however, they have not been put into operation yet. The biggest difficulty is providing the fresh water for tourists. Expected in April 2016, the island will provide Halong Bay cruise services such as kayaking, float boats and more likely activities to welcome more guests this year.
To discover entirely the beauty of Dragon Eye Island travelers should choose the right time. Although nature here is amazing in four seasons and not all time visitors want to come here. Due to the type of tourism, getting here also depends on the weather.
Tourists should not come here in June and July because storms often happen, so boats can not reach. March, April and from August to October is the best time to visit Halong. You will find quite cool and comfortable because of the fresh air at this time.
At Bai Chay pier, tourists can buy tickets to Dragon Eye Island. From the mainland, it takes about two and a half hour to get to the island. Alternatively, from the Jumbo Ocean Pier visitors reach Cot 5 Street (Ha Long city) for high-speed train tickets to the island, which takes only 45 minutes.