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Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Free admission
Đường xuyên đảo Cát Bà, Trân Châu, Cát Hải, Hải Phòng, Halong Bay

The Basics

Many travelers visit Cát Bà Island while on a cruise of Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, gliding through emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rain forests. Choose a full-day or multi-day cruise that includes land-based activities in Cát Bà National Park, such as climbing, hiking, and swimming in pristine lagoons. Some tours offer extras such as onboard cooking classes, bike adventures, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and stops at fishing villages.

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3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour
3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour
star-4.5
$231.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Halong Bay
This was our favourite place in Vietnam. The tour guide was very knowledgeable & kept us entertained. The food was very good & it was all very well organized with plenty to see & do but also some time to yourself to explore or just sunbathe on the boat. Would highly recommend the 3 day tour.
Louise_C, Nov 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Halong Bay

star-4
A DELIGHTFUL EXCURSION
John_B, May 2019
3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour
The tour to Halong Bay was in rainy weather but that did not hamper our enjoyment. The boat was comfortable and the catering generous. Our excursions to Monkey Island, Pearl Farm and Cat Ba Island were most enjoyable. A fascinating three days.
star-5
Beautiful scenery, well put together program.
Scott_O, Mar 2020
3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour
What a great trip, Annie was a wonderful guide who seemed to have impeccable timing and explanations for each activity in our itinerary. She was very sweet, and very friendly and professional. I'm a professional tour guide in the United State and I thought she managed everything flawlessly. We had a great group and we opted for the extended 3 day tour. Even though she wasn't with us for the extent of the whole 3 days, she passed us on to other individuals smoothly to continue our adventure to other locations in the area. This program was the highlight of our Vietnam trip.
star-4
Lovely trip but slightly disappointed by dated boat
Vicky P, Apr 2019
3-Day Halong Bay Cruise and Cat Ba Island Tour
Overall a good tour with really cool activities and a helpful tour guide, in the beautiful surroundings of Halong Bay. Only issue is the boat, which is quite dated. For example the windows wouldn’t shut fully in our cabin, which probably explained why we had unwelcome friends (cockroaches!) and the air con was leaking. So our first bedtime on the boat was a bit stressful. Tour guide was very helpful however and arranged for us to have a different room at the late hour, and the new room was completely fine. Food is quite average so if you’re a very fussy eater you may want to think twice about this trip. Day 2 involved a little waiting around at first to transfer onto the Cat Ba boat, but once we were transferred the activities were amazing!! So would really recommend the second day/night around Cat Ba if you’re torn between the 1 and 2 night tours. Hotel on Cat Ba Island was lovely too. Day 3 is pretty much just the long journey back to Hanoi, so pack a book and expect to have a chilled final day.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Cát Bà Island is an ideal getaway for those who love nature and enjoy local culture.

  • Much of the island is accessible to wheelchairs, and most buses and ferries have ramps.

  • Take local currency with you, as some ATMs on the island don’t accept foreign cards.

  • Take sun protection, insect repellent, and comfortable shoes and clothes, as well as a lightweight waterproof jacket for chilly nights and caves.

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How to Get There

Cát Bà Island is located in Lan Ha Bay. Most visitors get there on an organized day trip from Hanoi or as part of a larger tour of the bay. Alternatively, drive east from Hanoi for about two hours to Hai Phong or Halong, then take a 30-minute ferry ride to Phu Long pier on the island. From there, hop on a bus to Cát Bà town.

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When to Get There

Peak season on Cát Bà Island is April through November, when the weather is cooler and less cloudy. Monsoon season is September through November; although the threat of rain is present, crowds are fewer and the weather is generally pleasant.

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The Caves of Cát Bà

A hidden bombproof hospital and safe house for Viet Cong leaders during the American War, the 3-story Cát Bà Hospital Cave is a remarkable feat of engineering. Abandoned since 1975, the cave is now a museum showcasing the dark history of the region. In addition, don’t miss the nearby 740-acre (300-hectare) Trung Trang Cave, covered in sparkling stalactites and stalagmites.

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