island is a less known island in Bai Tu Long bay. Ngoc Vung
Island (Luminescent Pearl Island) is located in Van Don
District, Quang Ninh Province. It's about 34 kilometers far
from Bai Chay Tourist Wharf.
According to an old story told by the locals, Ngoc Vung
Island used to be the residence of a rare species of pearl
oyster. The number of pearl oyster is too much that the
coast was brightened by the light of pearls. Therefore, the
inhabitants named it as “Ngoc Vung” Island (Luminescent
Ngoc Vung Island is in the shape of crescent and has an area
of around 40 square kilometers. On the island is Van Xuan
Mountain with the height of 182 meters and a 2-kilometer
beach with pure white sand. Ngoc Vung Beach is one of the
most beautiful beaches on Halong Bay. The local residents on
Ngoc Vung Island live on fishing and pearl farming.
Therefore, there are many fishing boats and floating pearl
farms near the island.
On Ngoc Vung Island, tourists will have chance to enter the
enchanted world of mountain and beach; enjoy quiet and
peaceful atmosphere there. Moreover, tourists can relish
delicious dishes made from fresh sea products provided by
local fishermen. The best way to explore Ngoc Vung Island is
by cycling on small roads around the Island.
Besides the value of tourism, Ngoc Vung Island also has a
wealthy historical value. Archaeologists found many relics
of Halong Culture (dating around 3.000 – 2.000 BC) on the
island. In addition, they also found the trails of ancient
Cong Yen Port, one in the system of Van Don Commercial Port
(in 12th century).