Ba Trai Dao Islets (Three Peach Islets) lays near Cat Ba Island, within the territory of Halong City, Quang Ninh Province. It is 22 kilometers Southeast of Bai Chay Tourist Wharf. This islet is a group of three small mountains which, seen from afar, resemble three giant peaches – a fact that accounts for the name “Ba Trai Dao” which literally means three peaches in Vietnamese. The average height of three mountains is 23 meters giving the islet a majestic beauty. It boasts its own three small beautiful sandy beaches (Ba Trai Dao Beach), embracing small islands.
There is also a myth behind the unique name of Ba Trai Dao Islet. The local residents of Halong Bay still tell the old story of how the fairies escaped from Heaven and came here for sight-seeing and swimming. The youngest fairy, who was very pretty and virtuous, fell in love with a poor fisherman on Ba Trai Dao Islet. Her deep love empowered her to do something she had never thought of: stealing the eternal peaches from heaven to give to her lover so that they could live together forever. However, when she was waiting for the fisherman at the place where we see Ba Trai Dao Islet today, the King of Heaven showed up. It turned out that he had known everything about the robbery. The King turned the three peaches into three stone islands and forced the young fairy to return to Heaven. Too desperate and helpless, the young fairy complied. Therefore, the locals named the islet as “Ba Trai Dao” Islet (Three Peach Islet).
Engulfed by tides rising most of the day, Ba Trai Dao Islet only reveals its own beaches for 2 – 3 hours each day. The beaches are beautiful with white sand and crystal blue water where on sunny days, visitors can see through to the bottom. Compared to other beaches on Halong Bay, Ba Trai Dao Beach is shallower and the water is just knee deep in most places. Shaped as a bow embracing the islet, the surrounding peaks not only create a stone shelter for the beach but also add to its stunning beauty with their abundant green vegetation and vibrant wildflowers. The combination of the mountains, the white sand, and the ocean gives this spot an unprecedented stunning landscape.
Ba Trai Dao is becoming one of the best-loved destinations for those who are looking for a serene and primitive stopover, a place to explore the wilderness with many interesting and relaxing activities such as kayaking, swimming or just sunbathing on the beach.