Cat Ba Island in Vietnam: What to do there

Cat Ba is the most beautiful island in Hai Phong province, with the majestic Lan Ha bay, and is famous for transparent seas, dense forests and ancient fishing villages. Indeed, this island is ideal for various activities.We recommend you to take Vietnam private tours for the best experience at Cat Ba Island,click here for more information. Below is a list of some of the best things to do on Cat Ba Island in North Vietnam.

Bathing on Cat Ba Island

There’s nothing happier than diving in the cool, clean water of the delightful beaches of Cat Co 1, Cat Co 2 and Cat Co 3. You can also choose to swim at cleaner beaches such as Kera Island or Lan Ha Bay. To get to the wide, wild beach, you can head to Beo Pier for a boat trip to the pristine island and bay. This trip can also be combined with a visit to the charming Bay of Lan Ha.

Book a cruise on Lan Ha Bay

As one of the most beautiful bays on the planet, Lan Ha Bay is part of Cat Ba Island, which borders the famous Halong Bay. Different from its famous neighbors, Lan Ha Bay has around 400 islands and small islands, all of which are still native and covered with greenery. It is possible to choose a cruise on Lan Ha Bay to discover this spectacular landscape. You can choose a day trip, 2 days 1 night or 3 days 2 nights, or even rent a boat for your group. The cruise schedule includes various interesting activities such as kayaking, swimming, rock climbing and exploring caves. During the cruise tour, be sure to visit the Dark and Bright Caves, Ba Trai Dao Beach, Ba Ham Lake, TrauBau area, etc.

Kayaking and diving

Kayaking on Cat Ba Island is an amazing experience. You might not forget the feeling of pedaling like in the middle of the sea, discovering the wild bay of Lan Ha and having peace of mind. The excitement of being in nature is also distinctive and memorable. Combined with kayak, you can snorkel or swim underwater using an air respirator.

Exploring Monkey Island

This little monkey island is quite beneficial because people like to swim on cool beaches. In addition, it is extraordinary to climb a mountain to admire the panoramic view of the corners of Lan Ha Bay. To get to this beautiful island, you can rent a local boat or even kayak because it’s not far from Cat Ba Island.

Watch the sunset from Cannon Fortress

The sunset on the beach is truly romantic, especially on Cat Ba Island, where the mountain tower is located. And, the perfect place to watch the sunset is from Phao Dai Than Cong (Cannon Fortress). From this tall fortress, it is truly amazing to enjoy the magical twilight above the giant emerald sea. This is also the remnants of war history to study.

Walk in the Cat Ba National Park

The Cat Ba National Park is home to endangered flora and fauna, some of which are listed in the Red Book. Trekking in the park allows you to make friends with Nature and contemplate images of forests, mountains and wildlife. In particular, Ngu Lam Peak is a special attraction that is beautiful to see the panoramic island from a higher dimension.

Eat Cat Ba Seafood

Besides fried squid, the island is famous for its mussels, mini crabs, nautilus, etc., all fresh and delicious. However, as the island becomes more populated in summer, the price of seafood will increase. It is therefore best to ask the price before buying. 

Now…are you ready to go to Cat Ba?

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