Cat Ba National Park & Island- primary nature among Halong Bay

Cat Ba National Park & Island- primary nature among Halong Bay

Things to do - general

Cat Ba Islands is the most famous destination in Halong Bay with 367 big & small islands and islets. It is a huge region with plenty of fresh beaches, forested zones, freshwater swamps, caves and waterfalls. Cat Ba Island is really suitable for adventure tours that you can choose swimming, snorkeling, climbing, walking sea at night, sightseeing from Than Cong fortress, visiting Lan Ha Bay, Monkey Island, Cat Ba National Park and caves.

Cat Ba National Park is a Biosphere Reserve Area that is recognized by UNESCO since 2004. It brings itself an untouched nature and full of limestone islands, coral, mangrove swamp, seaweed matting, seagrass, caves, etc. Moreover, it owns a list of 76 kind of reserved animal.

Cat Ba National Park.

Cat Ba National Park – a famous destination on Cat Ba

What is the best time to visit Cat Ba Island?

It is similar to other places in Halong Bay, Cat Ba climate is cool and comfortable on the period time of October to the next April. If you can afford the high degree of the northern Vietnam, May to end of September is ideal time for visiting this island with more saving travel cost. However, summer is the peak time of Vietnam domestic tourism. Cat Ba will become crowded at the weekend with Vietnamese.

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How to go to Cat Ba Island?

Departure from Gia Lam/Yen Nghia/ Ha Dong bus Station (in Hanoi) to Hai Phong City. Bus ticket: ~$5/person. After that, you can choose to transfer by hydrofoil or twice time of ferry:

  • Go to Cat Ba by hydrofoil: You need 45 minutes, cost: $10/ticket.
  • Go by ferry: You need circa 2 hours, cost: less than $1/2 times of ferry.

You also can go to Halong City, departure from Tuan Chau Marine with ferry. But it will take more time to arrive Cat Ba. Let’s contact to Far East Tour to be consulted more clearly.

Where to go in Cat Ba Island?

Cat Co beach:
There are 3 charming beaches on Cat Ba Islands, named: Cat Co I, Cat Co II, Cat Co III. All of them is very near to the town and beloved by their transparent sea water. The Cat Co I is often the most crowded in there; and Cat Co II & III are quite private and peaceful due to they’re further. You can move from this beach to another by a road between them, which runs following the mountain slope.

Cat Co beach on Cat Ba Island.

Cat Co beach with its sapphire water will attract you from the last seeing.

Cannon fort:
Cannon fort is a historical site built on the 177m high place from the 20th century. It still keep 2 big cannons that weight up to ten tons per one. From this fort, visitors can take a panorama to Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba National Park.

Cannon Fortress - a historical site on Cat Ba Island.

Lan Ha Bay:
It is known as the second Halong Bay with hundreds of limestone islands on the ocean. People often take a boat trip to saunter around Lan Ha Bay on their Cat Ba trip. Thanks to the mesmeric beauty, Lan Ha is fantastic for kayaking, swimming, or sightseeing..
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Stunning Lan Ha Bay.

Lan Ha Bay with its mesmeric looking for your excursion of kayaking or rafting.

Monkey Island (Cat Dua Island):
Monkey Island is a beguiling destination in the tours to Cat Ba. You can play and make friend with the cute monkeys or do a scuba diving here.


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Cai Beo fishing village:
It is not animated as Lan Ha Bay, but Cai Beo village is very attracting with a lot of local boats, which is always willing to take you explore the original life of a fishing village. It is also the oldest fishing village in Vietnam.

Cai Beo fishing village on Cat Ba Island.

The oldest fishing village of Cai Beo in Vietnam.

Cat Ba National Park:
An exotic relaxing destination, Cat Ba National Park was established on the 31st of March 1986. It is placed on the route to Cat Ba center. The entrance fee is less than $1, travelers can join in the trip of eco-tourism for seeing the fauna and flora inside. The park also owns some mysterious caves as Trung Trang, Bat cave…


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