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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$434 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

Day 1: Halong Bay (L/D)12:30 Arrive at Bhaya Group Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau International Passenger Port. Relax in your VIP lounge. 12:45 Embark on the cruise. Enjoy welcome drinks while our Cruise Manager informs safety briefing. 13.00 Start your cruise with a set-menu lunch while the ship cruises towards the southwest of Halong Bay. 15:00 Visit Cua Van floating fishing village by kayaking or traditional rowing boat. Cua Van has been listed among 16 most beautiful coastal destinations in the world by Travel and Leisure magazine. 17:30 Back to the ship and join happy hour - buy one get one free and enjoy complimentary snacks. 18:00 Join exciting “Master-Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration, learn and try your hands with authentic Vietnamese food. 19:30 Set menu dinner is served in the restaurant while the ship is anchored for our overnight stop. 21:00 Free time to be spent watching movies or squid fishing at the reception area. Day 2: Ha long Bay – Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)06:15 Refresh your body and mind with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee. 07:00 Have breakfast on board while The Au Co Luxury cruises through the bay, passing beautiful spots. 09:00 Take a dip in the green emerald water in Ho Ba Ham. 10:30 More time for swimming and kayaking in Ho Ba Ham area 11:30 Return to the boat. Take time to relax. 12:15 Enjoy lunch in Halong restaurant while The Au Co cruises slowly past beautiful karst towers. 14:30 Arrive at a local island, where a pretty small village nestles and waits for you to explore. You will have time to cycle around the village and get to know the local life. 17:30 Bar opens for happy hour with buy one get one free on drinks. 19:30 Barbecue party is ready on the sundeck. 21:00 Free time to be spent watching movies in the cinema, squid fishing at reception area or a fruit carving session with our kitchen staffs.Day 3: Halong Bay (B)06:15 A second chance to join the Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee. 07:00 Breakfast buffet is prepared in the restaurant. 07:45 Discover Tien Ong Cave which is also an archaeological site. Covering an area of 1,000 m2 with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 09:00 Back to the ship and prepare to check out. 09:45 Join a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony while the ship sails back to the port 10:45 Disembark in Tuan Chau port. Farewell.

$644 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1 Hanoi - Cat Ba National Park (L/D)Stop At: Cat Ba National Park, Cat BaYou 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 which is a haven for both bird watching and sightseeing amidst 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, one of the rare Cat Ba Langurs. Rounding out the day, you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a bungalow in the local village of Viet Hai.- Highlights and activities: Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Viet Hai fishing village, and a 10-12km trek.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A bungalow in the local village of Viet Hai.Day 2: Day 2 Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)Stop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat BaBreakfast will be served at 07:30 followed by a walk to the top of Marine Hill which offers panoramic views of both 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 will be served on-board followed by kayaking excursion around Hang Luon Cave, and if it is hot, the boat will take you to some beautiful wild beaches where you can spend some time swimming and snorkelling before having dinner on-board and spending the night on the boat.Highlights and activities: Viet Hai village, Marine Hill, Hang Luon Cave, Lan Ha bay, a 3-5km trek, and 1 hour of kayaking.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Cruise on Lan Ha BayDay 3: Day 3 Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba - Hanoi (B/L)Stop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat BaAfter enjoying breakfast on the boat with the sun rising in the background you will continue the cruise around Lan Ha Bay, weaving among the myriad of limestone peaks. On this last day you will also get to visit a fish and shellfish farm and the colourful floating village of Cai Beo. Lunch will again be served on-board (or on land if we have new passengers waiting to embark). You will disembark at around 11:30, return to Hanoi, ending your tour of Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island.- Highlights and activities: Lan Ha bay, Cai Beo fishing village, Cat Ba Island.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$457 Multi-day & Extended Tours

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

ItineraryDay 1: Ha Noi – Ha Long (-/L/D)Stop At: Halong Bay, Halong Bay, Quang Ninh ProvinceThe 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.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Twin/double/triple shared accommodation (2 - 3 pax/room)Day 2: Ha Long – Cat Ba (B/L/D)Stop At: Cat Ba Island, Cat BaAfter 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.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Twin/double/triple shared accommodation (2 - 3 pax/room)Day 3: Cat Ba – Hai Phong - Ha Noi (B/L/-)Stop At: Cat Ba Island, Cat BaAfter 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.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$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

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Halong bay - Lan Ha Bay (L/ D) Stop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba9:00-9:30 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 LuanDuration: 3 hoursStop At: Trung Trang Cave, Cat Ba14:15 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.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba17:00 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.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: La Pinta cruiseDay 2: Lan Ha bay - Hanoi (B/Br) Stop At: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba6:00 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 netting7:00 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.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$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.