Cat Ba Island is located in Hai Phong Province, about 2 hours driving from Hanoi City. There are numerous beaches around the side of the island which are clean and smooth with crystal-clear blue water. Cat Ba is home to the largest area of tropical forests in Vietnam with the diverse and rare fauna and flora. If you intend to visit the island, check out our suggestions for top things to do in Cat Ba Island below.
1. About Cat Ba Island:
Cat Ba Island belongs to Cat Ba Archipelago in Hai Phong which consists of 367 small islands and is known as the most famous tourist attraction. With a fresh climate, an average temperature of only 25 Celsius degrees, many beautiful beaches and primeval forests, Cat Ba Island is both a great resort site and suitable for exploring lovers. Thus, when in the island, what are we going to do here? Keep on discovering with us:
2. Top things to do in Cat Ba Island:
2.1. Swimming in the emerald water:
From the centre of Cat Ba Town, you can walk, rent a motorbike or take a taxi to Cat Co I, Cat Co II and Cat Co III beaches which are all beautiful with clear water. The beaches are connected by a small path along the mountainside. Cat Co I beach is quite large but often crowded, while beaches II and III are narrower and less touristy.
2.2. Scuba diving to watch the coral:
Under the reefs at the foot of the island, there is also a red coral cluster with a lot of valuable sea food such as abalone, pearls, dragon shrimp and the school of colorful fish giving this place a rare beauty. If you try diving into the ocean, you will go from this surprise to another surprise. In here, you will admire the stunning scenery of the sea that you normally see on TV or on the Discovery Channel.
2.3. Wandering by the beach:
You can rent an electric car, bicycle or motorbike to run along the beach and enjoy the fresh air. However, the weekends are not allowed for all vehicles. Some tourists love walking along the mountain roads which connects the 3 main beaches to immerse into the chill of the night sea.
2.4. Exploring the wonderful Lan Ha Bay:
Lan Ha Bay is a part of Cat Ba Island which owns hundreds of towering limestone islands and islets emerging from the jade-green water. The bay can allure any visitors thanks to its wild natural beauties and its enticing Lan Ha Bay floating villages. We have another article on what we can enjoy when in here on a Lan Ha Bay 1 day tour.
2.5. Visiting Monkey Island:
Your children will love this place. Monkey Island also has Cat Dua Beach which is the most beautiful satellite beach of Cat Ba Island. In front of the beach undulates mountains that make the bay extremely special. However, before going to the island, you must pass a lot of sea waves about 2 km long, calculated according to the birds fly.
2.6. Visiting Cat Ba National Park:
World Biosphere Reserve – Cat Ba National Park with its rich and pristine flora and fauna is a must-see attraction when travelling to Cat Ba Island. You can experience the feeling of walking in the forest, cycling the forest road, immersing in nature to unexpectedly encounter rare animals such as red-headed macaques, langurs, etc. Coming to Cat Ba National Forest you will also enjoy some special natural products such as forest honey, rose tea.
2.7. Mountain hiking:
This travel type attracts a lot of adventure lovers to Cat Ba. Popular climbing locations include: Dau Be Island after 2 hours by boat from Cat Ba tourist port, cliffs at Beo Port (2 km from Cat Ba centre), Ba Trai Dao Island (from tourist port 22 km to the south).
2.8. Visiting caves:
Da Hoa Cave located in the northeast mountain range, in Gia Luan Commune, to the north of Cat Ba island is a famous sightseeing spot. As situated far from the residential area, Da Hoa Cave is almost intact and is a familiar place in the research tourism itineraries. Other attractive caves include: Trung Trang Cave (located in Trung Trang Valley, 15 km northwest of Cat Ba), Quan Y Cave owning charming stalactites of various shapes.
3. Best time to visit Cat Ba Island:
The average temperature in Cat Ba goes around 25-28 Celsius degrees and can reach 30 Celsius degrees in summer or drop to below 10 Celsius degrees in winter. Domestic visitors love visiting the island in summer especially in June and July to avoid the heat. Foreign visitors wish to travel to Cat Ba in winter, from November to March.
As a top famous tourist spot in Cat Ba Island, Lan Ha Bay recently is considered as a great alternative for Halong Bay when UNESCO bay is getting more and more crowded. If you don’t have much time, a Lan Ha Bay 1 day tour is right fit for you. For more instant support, please contact us via our: