If you travel in Halong bay, you should not miss Dau Be Island because of natural attraction and exciting things in the island.
Located in the southeast of Halong Bay, Dau Be Island is 500 m to the east of Hang Trai Island, 28km from Bai Chay Cruise Port, in an archipelago located in the bay outside Ha Long Bay. Island has an area of 22 863 m2 with 139 meters at the highest peak. The steep island cliffs stand like walls to shield the island from the waves rushing from the east into the Gulf.
What to see and do
It has an area of 22, 86 square meters, and its highest peak reaches 139 meters. When speaking of the island, it is impossible not mention to Ba Ham Lake, a famous spot which people had known long time ago.
Situated on Dau Be island and is 25 kilometers far from Tourist Wharf, Ba Ham Lake is famous for its beautiful scenery. There are three lakes connected by three entrances. Tourists can visit this cave by the small bamboo boats.
The lake is a system comprising three wide and round pits, linked together by a narrow and meandering tunnel. Stalactites hang from the ceiling in a myriad of strange, colored forms. The silence is disturbed only by the sounds of the boat’s oars. On the island are many species of plants such as orchids, Benjamin figs, banyans and cycads, which blossom throughout the year. It is also the home of yellow-haired monkeys, birds, flying squirrels and bats. Under the deep blue surface of the water are the animated lives of shrimp and fish.
Despite of 25 kilometers from the shore, it has long been considered an ideal tourism zone. The entrance is an open semi-circular hole in the flat stone wall on the north-west side of the island, 4 to 5 meters above the sea.
Starting from the entrance, tourists enter the first tunnel, which boasts a forest of stalactites and stalagmites in different shapes and various colours. They fall down the water surface like the roots of banyan or ficus trees. The deeper one pushes into the tunnel, the darker it becomes. The river is deep yet so clear that one can see shoals of fish swimming.
Some 100 meters from the entrance one finds a shaft of light coming from the roof of the tunnel, which reveals different kinds of orchids clinging to the cliff, cycads growing here and there, “trúc đuôi gà” (a kind of reed with cock’s tail-liked yellow leaves) flourishing in clumps. In the southeast cliff of the second tunnel there grows an old carambola tree, which bears fruits all year round. Tourists can find groups of monkeys, flying squirrels, or silver-headed parrots gathering in its branches. Lying one cliff away from the second one, the third tunnel is home to various species of bats and butterflies.
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