A trip to Cat Ba island can be separated or combined with a visit to Halong Bay. This is the largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago that consists of 350 limestone outcrops adjacent to Halong. This is an oasis where you can be apart for one or a few days during a long voyage. With an area of 356 square km wide, Cat Ba encompasses forested zones, coastal mangrove and freshwater swamps, beaches, caves, and waterfalls. In 1986, the Northeast side of the island was designated a National Park, including a protected marine zone. Cat Ba Island supports a population of over 20,000, most of whom live off fishing or farming in the South, in and around Cat Ba Town. The town is small and ancient, with clusters of fishing boats and inspiring sunsets across the harbor.
Day 1: Ha Noi – Halong bay (L, D)
AM: 7h45 – 8h00, Pick you up at your hotel and depart to Ha long Bay. A quick and enjoyable 3 hours to Ha long city. Board our junk with soft welcome drink, check-in registration, Have lunch on the boat where you will be satisfied by many kinds of seafood.
PM: Cruise through the emerald water between the limestone outcrops and long corridors, En route, you have chances to sightsee many beauty spots of the world natural heritage including Fighting Cock islet, Incense Urn islet, Finger island, Toad islet, dog islet, Dragon, Horse Neck, Buffalo Head islet and many other strange shape islands.
Especially, you will be cruised to explore the mystery of Sung Sot Cave (the cave of Surprise), cruise to Titop beach, swimming (if the weather permitted), walking up to the top of Titop for a spectacular view to the bay, kayaking before having dinner in the romantic sunset.
18.00 Get free time, enjoy fresh seafood dinner and you can take part in cuttlefish contest and enjoy fresh cuttle, join some activities organized on boat like dancing, karaoke… Spend a quiet night on the boat in a cabin suite
You have unforgettable feelings when staying on the upstairs of the boat, seeing the marvel of sea at night, making friends with many people from the neighbor boats…etc
Day 2: Visit Cat Ba island (B, L, D)
AM: If you like enjoying Ha Long Bay’s sunrise, please get up early at 6.30. Have some coffee and a tasty breakfast.
Option 1: Recommended –
Soft trekking – After breakfast, we cruise to Cat Ba Island, from Gia Luan Dock, our bus will take you to the National Park which is home of 32 different types of mammals and more than 2000 species of flora. Take a short trek through the forest and climb up the Ngu Lam Mountain. From the peak of the mountain you can see the whole landscapes of Cat Ba Island.
After that, the guide takes you back to your hotel, check-in and has lunch.
PM: Swimming & Kayaking: The guide takes you to Lan Ha bay by boat for kayaking to discover natural sceneries and Monkey Island and surroundings. Stop at Ba Trai Dao beach or Cat Dua beach for swimming and go back to hotel. Free time for swimming at Cat Co beach nearby your hotel.
In the late afternoon we return to your Cat Ba island hotel where dinner is served at 6.30 pm. Then you’ll have the evening to walk along the promenade and have a look around the Cat Ba town
Day 3: Cat Ba island – Halong city – Ha Noi (B, L)
AM: Following breakfast, we leave Cat Ba island for Halong City. You’ll have chance to enjoy more of Halong Bay on the way back. You have more time to relax and then visit Ga Choi, Dinh Huong, Co Don, Cho Da islets on the way. Arrive in Ha Long city at 11.40. Have lunch at restaurant.
PM: Road trip back to Hanoi with stop-over in Hai Duong province. Arrive in Hanoi about 18h00. Tour ends.