A Reef in Vietnam Has Been Destroyed by Illegal Tourism Project

In Ke Ga beach, located at the South-Central province of Binh Thuan (Vietnam), an irreplaceable natural wonder has been destroyed as a consequence of an illegal embankment project devised by a thoughtless tourism industry investor.

The 200-meter-long reef, named Da Nhay (jumping rock), is quite popular among Vietnamese and international tourists alike because of its charming rocky landscape: Rocks and stones of various shapes and sizes, naturally placed adjacent to each other. These unique geological formations have been eroded and sharpened by the persistent winds and the ebb and flow of waves of the South China Sea over thousands of years. When the agitating force of the waves crashes against these rocks, they resemble playful frogs jumping over them; thus their very appropriate nickname “Jumping Rock”.

Their intrinsic beauty, however, has been damaged beyond repair, as many local residents have recently reported. A stretch of 30 meters along the reef has been smashed by the construction of an embankment. In 2019, a tourism investor started pumping sand at the beach to raise the foundation and level out the ground, so as to have easy access for their project (allegedly, of the hospitality kind) towards the beach. Now, white artificial sand and blocks of concrete can be seen, as well as debris of what once were these wonderful geo-formations.

The chairman of the Tan Thanh Commune, Hong Thanh Huyen, has explained that this project, was in fact carried out against the law: “It is now confirmed that the investor has been building the project illegally”, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has forced the investor to halt the project for inspection. Nevertheless, no authoritative bodies have explained how this project has been ongoing for a full year without legal scrutiny nor repercussions.

Most of all, this type of indictable tourism development poses a great threat to wildlife and its respective ecosystems, as well as the locals who depend on it. A local fisherman has expressed his utmost sorrow in losing this part of the reef: “It is such a pity that the magnificent reef has been completely destroyed.”

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