Welcome to Cat Ba Island

Almost half of Cat Ba Island (with a total area of 354 sq km) and 90 sq km of the adjacent waters were declared a national park in 1986 to protect the island’s diverse ecosystems. Most of the coastline consists of rocky cliffs, but there are some sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages hidden away in small coves.

Lakes, waterfalls and grottoes dot the spectacular limestone hills, the highest rising 331m above sea level. The island’s largest body of water is Ech Lake (3 hectares).

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Cat Ba Island activities

$434 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Halong Bay and Gulf of Tonkin Cruise From Hanoi

Day 1:     Lan Ha Bay (L/D)12.30:     Arrive in Halong Bay. Check-in at the cruise center, take rest and get ready to start your lifetime cruise.12.45:    Depart from Tuan Chau Island, meet the crew on board and receive the safety briefing.13.00:    Let the vacation begin with a delicious lunch as the boat cruises toward South East Ha Long Bay passing by Chicken Crock, Finger Islet, Toad Islet…15.00:    Explore Dark & Bright Cave by bamboo boat or kayak.    Optional: Traditional massage (chargeable), sunbathing on board or swimming around platform in Dark and Bright Lagoon.17.30:    Bar opens for the Happy Hour "Buy one get one free". 18.00: Traditional cooking demonstration on sundeck (or in the restaurant if weather does not allow) while The Au Co cruises back to overnight area.19.30:     Set menu dinner is served in the restaurant while the boat is anchored for our overnight stop.21.00:     Free time to be spent watching movies in the restaurant, squid fishing at reception area. Day 2:     Ha long Bay – Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)06.15:    Start your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee.07.30:     Have breakfast on-board while The Au Co cruises through the Bay passing a lot of beautiful spots. It’s good time to take amazing pictures.09.00:     Arrive at Cat Ba Island.  Cycling and exploring the tropical junk in national park with the guide from crew members.10.30:    Return to the boat. Take time to relax. 12.00:     Enjoy lunch in Ha Long restaurant while The Au Co slowly passes by beautiful karst towers. 14.30:    Our captain and chief engineer will show Bridge and Engine room. A special tour allowed by the captain. 15.00:    Visit Ho Ba Ham area by kayaking (If weather does not permit, alternative: Ang Du area).16.30:    Back to the boat for relaxation on board. 17.30:    Make the most of an extended Happy Hour (buy 1 get 1 free on drinking).19.30:    Enjoy the barbecue buffet in the restaurant while the boat is at anchor.21.00:    More free time to be spent watching movies in the restaurant, squid fishing at the reception area OR join our kitchen staff for the fruit carving session.Day 3:     Halong Bay (B)06.30:    Start the day with a Tai-Chi lesson on the sundeck or enjoy the breath-taking views of the bay while The Au Co cruises leisurely in Halong Bay.07.00:    Take your time over breakfast.08.00:    Explore one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay, beautiful stalactites and stalagmite in Surprise cave.09.00:    Back to the boat, prepare for check out: passenger’s bags must be put in the corridor.09.30:    Join a Vietnamese traditional tea ceremony before check-out.10.45:    Disembark in Tuan Chau port.

$422 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour

Day 1 Hanoi – Cat Ba Island (L/D)You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter at 08:00 to begin the drive to Dinh Vu Harbour. You will then take a 45-minute high-speed boat to Cat Ba Island. After that, you will go to Cat Ba town for lunch. In the afternoon, you will trek to Viet Hai Village through Cat Ba National Park enjoying bird watching, and sightseeing in the pristine forest and at Frog Lake. Along the way, you will have the chance to see native cats, squirrels, spotted deer, snakes, thousands of butterflies, and if you’re lucky, a Cat Ba Langur. You will have dinner and stay overnight in a bungalow in Viet Hai Village. Highlight and activities:  A 10 - 12 km trek. Cat Ba island, Cat Ba National Park, Viet Hai fishing villageDay 2 Cruise in Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)Breakfast will be served at 07:30 followed by a walk to the top of Marine Hill which offers panoramic views of Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. On returning to Viet Hai Village, you can try a fish massage or take some time to relax before cycling to Viet Hai Harbour. From here you will board the boat to explore the beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Lunch on board followed by kayaking around Hang Luon Cave, and if it is hot, the boat will take you to some beautiful wild beaches where you can enjoy swimming and snorkelling. You will have dinner and spend the night on the boat. Highlight and activities: A 3- 5 km trek, Viet Hai village, Army Mountain, Kayaking Luon Cave, Cruising Lan Ha bay.Day 3 Cat Ba Island – Hanoi (B/L) You can enjoy breakfast on board the boat with the sun rising in the background before continuing the cruise around Lan Ha Bay among the myriad of limestone peaks. Today, you will visit a fish and shellfish farm and the colourful floating village of Cai Beo. Lunch will be served on board (or on land if we have to embark new passengers). You will disembark at around 11:30. From here you will travel back to Hanoi City. Highlight and activities: Lan Ha bay, Cai Beo fishing village, Cat Ba isand

$393 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour from Hanoi

Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Long (-/L/D) The shuttle bus will pick you up at the hotel and drive you through the scenic countryside to Ha Long Bay. The wondrous Ha Long Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive sights. Heading out of town, we will embark by boat for an exploration of legendary Ha Long Bay. This exciting five-hour cruise will provide a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery. Ha Long Bay is home to some 3000 limestone islands that rise out of the clear emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way, we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and enjoy a visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the cruise. Day 2: Ha Long – Cat Ba (B/L/D) After breakfast, you may enjoy your morning with swimming or sunbathing. Then get on a ferry to Cat Ba Island and enjoy the photo opportunities along the way. Upon arrival at Gia Luan pier, you will be picked up by a bus to travel to Cat Ba National Park, where you can enjoy some soft hiking. Next, we will travel to the center of Cat Ba city, to your hotel for check-in and relaxation. Enjoy some free time in Cat Ba or go swimming at Cat Co Beach. Have dinner at your hotel. Day 3: Cat Ba – Ha Long (B/L/-) After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a free morning exploring or relaxing. Have lunch at a local restaurant before getting on a hydrofoil to Hai Phong where the driver will pick you up and return you to Ha Noi.

$616.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Hanoi to Halong Bay Bike Tour Including Boat Ride

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay 30km (L,D) In the morning we’ll transfer out of the city, and off of the busy roads, to the peaceful land of Hai Duong. We’ll unload the bikes and begin our cycle to the historical Tonkin Sea. Along the way, we’ll stop to enjoy a quick lunch. Then, we’ll keep riding to Ha Long Bay where we will stay overnight. Day 2: Ha Long Bay (B,L,D) After breakfast we’ll take a boat trip to visit Dau Go Cave, where you’ll have free time to kayak and explore. Day 3: Ha Long – Hanoi 45km (B) We’ll leave the hotel at sunrise to begin our final biking day. A wonderful route, you’ll cycle around the island and take in the variety of landscapes the land has to offer. Then, we’ll board a ferry to Hai Phong port city for lunch. The day will end with a transfer back to Hanoi to conclude the trip.

$207 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lan Ha Bay 2-Day with La Pinta Cruise

Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Halong bay - Lan Ha Bay (L/ D)9:00-9:30 pick-up arrangement around Hanoi old quarter by La Pinta Limousine service team. Check-up guests list, personal belongings then depart. 9:30-11:45Heading on the new national highway 5B from Hanoi capital to Cat Hai island. 11:45 Limo arrives at Got Pier, La Pinta lounge staff offer tea break (tea, lemon juice or purified bottled water). 12:00 Transfers to La Pinta Cruise. 12:15 On board La Pinta Cruise. Enjoy welcome drink then receive cruise briefing andsafety instructions before check-in. 12:30 Savor a delicious lunch at the restaurant while enjoying the beauty of the canals and islets on the way such as Da Chong, Con Vit and Gia Luan 14:15 We progress to Trung Trang cave by our bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave. After Trung Trang Cave. We take few short trekking at the entrance of Cat Ba National Park in order getting to know more about the typical creation of tropical forest. 17:00 La Pinta Cruise gets in the less populated area at Tra Bau where is located in Lan Ha Bay. You will enjoy the green emerald and cool water by swimming. 18:00 Join La Pinta chefs for a cooking show where you could learn how to make of some Vietnamese traditional dishes and taste it. Also, you are welcome to take part in our special activity or any activity at your choice. 19:30 Dinner is served on board. 20:30-23:00 After finishing dinner, you could view the bay at night up on the top deck, relax with romantic music, enjoy drinks from the bar while watching Top Gear Vietnam Special - a TV series by BBC or try your luck at squid fishing. Or you could also grab some drinks and have your leisure time outside your cabin private balcony. Overnight on board. Day 2: Lan Ha bay - Hanoi (B/Br)6:00 Wakeup in the middle of the bay, inhale the fresh air, watch the sunrise on broad horizon and admire the breathtaking seascape. 6:30 You would spend about 10 minutes travelling on our tender to nearby fishing area to see how to catch fish from the Chã. On sea scape you could observe a man and a woman in fishery classic costume netting 7:00 Back to the cruise. 7:15 Breakfast with light buffet. 8:00 Transfers to Dark & Bright cave, explore this lovely cave by bamboo boats. 8:45 Back onto cruise, please join our special activity** or any activity at your choice on board. 9:15 Pack & check-out. 9:45 Farewell brunch is served at the restaurant. You could observe the scenes at different angles and grab this chance to do a photo hunting as the boat slowly cruises passing by many islets of Halong Bay on her waterway back to pier. 11:45 La Pinta cruise returns at Got Pier. 12:00 Disembark and then transfer back to Hanoi. 14:30 Arrive in Hanoi old quarter, drop off at your hotel.

$229 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island

DAY 1: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay (Lunch, Dinner)7:45-08:15: Meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby.12:30: Embark at Tuan Chau pier, Ha Long City. Get transfered to Cruise. You will be greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get a cruise briefing and check in to your cabin.13:15: Enjoy a set lunch onboard while cruising on bay, then freely relax with the sea wind in your face.14:50: Drop anchor at Vung Vieng fishing village (Belong Bai Tu Long Bay) to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing village on Halong bay. Explore the lives of local fishing villagers and then visiting the farm of pearls processing.15:10: Return drop anchor, there, some options for extra activities such as: Kayaking, Swimming (* jump on from tender or at the beach nearby Vung Vieng village) with joyful time.17:30: Get back the cruise, take a shower, then join in a sunset party while the cruise is moving to the area of Hang Trong (Drum Cave) for overnight.18:00: On board: Cooking class and Happy hours on sundeck with owl-light.19:30: Dinner, then freely relax with other choices: Squid fishing or Karaoke or chating & drinking to each other on sundeck.DAY 2: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Island (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)06:30 Enjoy the sunrise over Ha Long Bay or take part in a Tai Chi session on the cruise's sundeck.07:00 Enjoy a new day with complementary tea and coffee served. Have breakfast on board.7:45: Visit Sung Sot's amazing cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites – one of the biggest and most beautiful caves on Halong bay.9:30: Travel back to the cruise, check out of your room and change onto a Day-boat going Lan Ha Bay. Visit Monkey Island with endangered wild monkeys.Stop at Viet Hai harbor. Enjoy 5 km of cycling ride through wonderful jungle to Viet Hai village. Make a short trek inside Cat Ba National Park. Do cycling 5 km back to the harbor again. Enjoy lunch on board in Lan Ha bay.Arrive at Beo harbor for a bus drive to Cat Ba town. Stay overnight in a 3 star hotel or Resort.19:00: Have dinner in the hotel restaurant and enjoy free time at night to discover Cat Ba town.DAY 3: Cat Ba Island - Ha Long Bay, Hanoi (Breakfast / Lunch)07:00: Enjoy the spectacular view of the morning landscape of Cat Ba town while having breakfast.08:00: Check out of your hotel. The bus takes you to the harbor and you can get on the transfer boat to Ha Long Bay again. Change onto Day boat . Relax and photograph wonderful pictures of Ha Long on the way back.11:00: Have lunch on Junk while cruising back to the harbor and leave the day boat. Start your bus drive back to Hanoi. Have a rest half-way to free your legs.17:00: Drop you off at your hotel.