These are 5 outdoor activities that any tourist cannot miss out when traveling to Cat Ba Island.
Situated a mere 50 km east of Hai Phong City in the north of Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is part of the large Cat Ba Archipelago and also the biggest island that lie within the area of Ha Long Bay. In April 2005, Cat Ba was officially acknowledged as the World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO thanks to its stunning natural beauty and the precious ecological values. It is well known for majestic rugged limestone mountains, moist tropical forests, colorful coral reefs as well as pristine beaches. Therefore, tourists have a lot of interesting things to do during the trip. These are top 5 activities recommended by TripAdvisor that you can consider for your own Cat Ba bay private tours.
Noted that Cat Ba Island lies in North Vietnam is one of the best islands in Vietnam, where the climate is humid and subtropical, so the best time to visit is around March and May. During that time, the weather is not too hot but still warm and sunny enough to enjoy.
1.Chilling on Cat Co Beach:
Visitors can easily access Cat Co beach; it takes about 10 to 15 minutes to walk from the island center. There are 3 beaches named respectively 1, 2 and 3, all of which are beautiful. However, if you prefer the private and quiet space to relax, Cat Co 3 Beach is for you. Due to its location sheltered from the sea wind, the water is clear and calm. Rent a sunbed, buy a coconut and enjoy your relaxing time in the glow of sunset by the sea.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Cat Ba
Instruction: From the island center, follow the road to the right next to the sea, you will pass some other resorts on the right side with a beautiful view. Continue to Cat Ba Sunrise Resort and at the end of the beach pick up the nice trail aside the sea.
2.Having a boat day trip on the ocean:
If you are much of an adventurous tourist, a boat day trip around Cat Ba Island is recommended. There are many prestigious Vietnam tour operators to provide guests with full packages of excellent services including tour guide and lunch. You can choose to go kayaking through majestic limestone cave and into hidden lagoons or snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay. After that, energizing your exhausted body with the huge and delicious lunch on a luxurious cruise is absolutely a good value for money.
Go Kayaking in Cat Ba Island
Snorkeling in the cool water of Lan Ha Bay
3.Trekking and Hiking in Cat Ba National Park:
Trekking is the best way to explore the natural beauty, incredible ecosystem and biodiversity of Cat Ba National Park. In private tours, visitors will have the chance to discover the history of Vietnam War when stopping by Hospital Cave. After that, you can follow the trail to go through the jungle to enjoy bird-watching, bird-singing and squirrel-dancing. To get the panorama view of the landscape around requires tourists to climb up to one of the highest sightseeing points, so make sure that the health condition allows you to do strong activities. Besides that, remember to prepare mosquito spray, sun cream and suitable hats to keep yourself safe from tropical insects in the forest.
Hospital Cave – the secret three – floor hospital during the war
Enjoy the pristine natural beauty of the forest through trekking activity
4.Cycling around the island:
One of the most popular Cat Ba Island private tours is bike tour. This trip is exclusively made for environmentalists who care about protecting natural habitat while still enjoying Cat Ba’s ecosystem. Instead of spending the whole day trekking through the forest, tourists can bike to explore more fascinating places such as Trung Trang Cave, Cai Beo Fish Village and so on. You can hire a bicycle at any rental shop in the town at reasonable prices, around VND100,000 per day. However, an experienced tour guide is recommended if you want to save time and learn more about local culture.
Cycling is not only environmentally friendly but also the best way to discover every corner of the island
5.Viewing the sunset on Cannon Fort:
Sunset on the sea is always a great moment, something worth to experience, especially in Cat Ba which is 177 meters above sea level. The blue ocean, majestic mountains, evening clouds in the glory of the red sun, all will collapse in your eyes. It is the charm of the "sunset viewpoint" on the top of the Cat Ba fortress, known as Cannon Fort. Just one step here, you will enjoy the full moment of interference between day and night, a mysterious and romantic beauty. Ending the day with your beloved ones at Cannon Fort is worth a lifetime. Do not miss out!
Sunset view from Cannon Fort on Cat Ba Island