Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

1. Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the Lan Ha Bay, enjoy with kayaking all around Lan Ha Bay view here. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals, where you can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of the deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Then transfer to the day boat to visit Viet Hai fishing village where you can enjoy cycling along the village (Optional electric car service is available.) Take in the stunning landscape of Cat Ba rain forest and dark tunnels, witness the scenery of rice fields, visit the ancient house, and get closer to local life. The take Lunch on the boat or at Viet Hai Village. Visit Bao Trai Dao (Three peach Islets), a peaceful body of water that makes it the perfect place for scenic kayaking or relaxing on a sandy beach. Get back onboard the cruise and have some Tapas prepared by the chef. Next, it's time to contemplate the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin while having a few drinks during Happy Hour at the bar on the top deck. The Deluxe Dinner is served, and you experience a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting. Take the time to enjoy delicious local food prepared and served to you by lovely caterers. It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, sit at the bar on the sundeck, or in the restaurant to welcome you. Try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie in the restaurant, or play some cards or chess before settling in for the night. On the final morning, it is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season. Have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Participate in Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area and discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay ( some time change other activities option more interesting and tour guide will inform you before trip). Afterward, enjoy a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back.

Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay 3 Days 2 Nights 5-Star Cruise

Enjoy a trip of a lifetime with a 2-night stay on board a cruise in Halong Bay to discover this natural World Heritage site. Start with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Enjoy a welcoming drink and cruise briefing before embarking onwards to Ha Long Wharf, tucking into a delicious lunch, while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay, then transfer by tender to Sung Sot Cave, with many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. Discover the Ha Long Bay landscape, the most mesmerizing moment in Ha Long Bay must be the sunset over the layered rock formations. Join the Chef for a cooking class, before enjoying a Vietnamese-style set dinner. Relax at the bar, or enjoy a spot of night fishing. Waking up on the second day, have some coffee and tea before a Tai Chi session, a kind of Chinese traditional material art. Refresh your day with this 30-minute physical and mental workout to improve health balance and relieve stress. Then, have something for breakfast at the buffet served in the dining hall. The first spot on this classic itinerary is Luon Cave, an open-air cave only accessible by boat. To enter the grotto, you have to take a rowing boat or kayak through a 100-meter-long and 3-meter-wide arch with heights of 2.5 – 4 meters. Once passing under the arch, you can feast your eye on sheer limestone cliffs rising up from the emerald water. Here, you can let your hair down and explore the diverse ecology system. You may spot brazen monkeys climbing the cliffs and fragrant orchids thriving in rocky outcrops. Next, you will visit Me Cung cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay. The afternoon excursion heads for Pearl Farm, which is located near the fishing village. Here, you will find how long it takes for pearls to grow, harvest, and extract. It is a distinctive experience to figure out that pearl farming is an extremely slow process. Transfer back to the main boat for the second night and have dinner. On the third day, after the Tai Chi lessons and breakfast, you will be transferred to Titop Island, a photogenic spot. After one hour of discovering the island, you can climb to the peak for a marvelous 360-degree view of the bay or relax on the beach. Returning to the boat, you will have half an hour to freshen up and finish packing. Afterward, During that time, the cruise will approach the pier, so you can sit back and relax for the rest of the time onboard. Finally, travel back to Hanoi in the afternoon.

Hanoi: Transportation to/from Cat Ba

3. Hanoi: Transportation to/from Cat Ba

Enjoy an economical and time-saving transfer between Hanoi Old Quarter and the island of Cat Ba, famed for its sandy bays and expansive jungle Natural Park. Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter and dropped off at your accommodation in Cat Ba or vice versa. Your ticket includes a bus to the ferry terminal, a speedboat ticket and transfer by car to your hotel once on the island. During the journey, help yourself to complimentary bottled water and snacks and make use of the onboard wifi. Choose from three daily departure times, 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. You will travel on board a 35-seater air-conditioned coach.

Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

4. Hanoi: 5-Star 3-Day Halong Bay Cruising Experience

Day 1: Hanoi and Lan Ha Bay Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter. From there, travel for 2.5 hours on a shuttle limousine bus to your cruise destination. Once there, enjoy a welcome drink while your Cruise Manager provides you with a brief introduction, including safety guidelines. After receiving your room key, you'll check-in to your room. A typical lunch in the luxury dining room will be served as the boat slowly makes its way through the bay. You can then head downstairs to the reception to take part in outdoor activities on the smaller tender. Whilst out on the boat, drop anchor for swimming or simply sunbathe on the deck. Kayaking is also available under the guidance of a local instructor. Following your afternoon activities, return to the cruise at 4:30PM and head to the sundeck to watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. That evening, take part in a cooking demonstration before sitting down to dinner. Following dinner, choose from a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar, or head to the entrance for squid fishing. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay  and Viet Hai Village in Cat Ba Island Wake up early for sunrise, at which point you can enjoy a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Breakfast will then be served accompanied by panorama views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site outside. Following breakfast, head out for the day on a smaller boat on which you will cruise along Lan Ha Bay. Later, transfer to Cat Ba Island where you can go cycling through Viet Hai Village to discover the local way of life. Head back to the boat for lunch, before kayaking around a small fishing village and swimming in the waters of Lan Ha Bay. Between 4:30PM-5:00PM, say goodbye to your day-crew as you return to your cruise. That evening, take part once more in the sunset party and cooking demonstration, before sitting down for dinner and relaxing for the evening. Day 3: Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, and Hanoi On your final day, choose to wake up early once more for Tai Chi before breakfast. You'll then visit the Dark and Bright Cave by tender and visit the small floating house before taking the opportunity to explore the cave on a local bamboo boat rowed by locals. Upon returning to the cruise, pack your luggage before checking out of your room and returning your room key. Brunch is then served, after which you leave the cruise to return to the harbor. Return to Hanoi around midday, at which point you will be dropped off to your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

5. Hanoi: 2-day Cat Ba Island Resort Stay with Nature Tours

After being picked up at your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter, drive with your guide to Hai Phong city. From there, board a speedboat and arrive at the scenic Cat Ba Island. The largest of the 367 islands that make up the Cat Ba Archipelago, Cat Ba Island is covered in lush forests, gorgeous lagoons, and dramatic limestone hills. As you drive down the Cat Ba national road to Cat Ba Town, admire these emerald views.  After your journey, relax over a restaurant lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a nature tour with your guide. Enter the Hospital Cave, an enormous cave that once housed a secret hospital. Trek through the thick foliage of Cat Ba National Park. This park, which covers most of the island, boasts a unique terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem that was declared a UNESCO's Man and Biosphere Reserve Area. Explore Kim Giao Forest and climb Ngu Lam Peak, the island’s highest limestone mountain. After a full afternoon of exploring, relax in your Monkey Island bungalow. Begin the second day of your tour with a delicious breakfast at your resort. Meet your tour guide and travel by boat to Lan Ha Bay. Along the way, visit a floating fishing village where you can see local fishermen hard at work all year round. As you cruise around the archipelago admire the many natural limestone formations. Pause at Cam lagoon and go for a swim. After an onboard lunch, cruise to Lan Ha Bay and kayak through the Dark Cave, the Bat Cave, and the Bright Cave. Then relax at Three Peaches Beach (Ba Troi Da), an ideal locale for swimming and sunbathing. Finally, your tour guide will drive you back to your hotel in the Old Hanoi Quarter.

Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

6. Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi

Explore Vietnam's stunning Lan Ha and Halong Bays from the comfort of a cruise. Sit back and relax on the ship's comfortable deck, take part in a morning tai chi class, learn to cook local specialities with the onboard chef, kayak along the bay's calm waters - the choice is yours. Day one: Hanoi - Halong - Lan Ha   • Lunch and dinner included Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter by limousine. Set off toward Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride, arriving in Hai Duong province for a 20-minute break. Get to the Tuan Chau Harbor at around 11:30 AM and then transfer by speedboat to the cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink upon embarkation and meet the captain and crew for a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. Check in to your cabin. Settle in for Vietnamese seafood and a vegetarian set menu lunch while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit Islet (Duck Islet), Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, part of the Cat Ba area. Discover the natural lagoon area within Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on on the deck. Head back toward the sleeping area for a rest before venturing out for kayaking and swimming at Ba Trai Dao Islet. In the evening, participate in the ship’s sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Take photos and relax. Join a cooking class guided directly by the cruise’s chef. Take the chance to practice making traditional Vietnamese dishes such as spring rolls. At around 7:00 PM, it’ll be time for a buffet dinner consisting of special seafood and Vietnamese dishes. Enjoy entertainment in the evening. Play cards, chess, listen to music, fish for squid, relax with a massage, and then settle in for the night onboard the ship. Day two: Lan Ha - Ha Long - Hanoi • Breakfast and lunch included Early risers can enjoy sunrise Tai Chi on the sundeck at 6:30 AM. Everyone else can have their coffee and breakfast between 7:00-7:45 AM while looking out over the wonderful bay landscape. Set sail past the dramatic landscapes of islets and through the calm emerald waters toward the Dark and Bright Cave (Hang Sang and Toi).  Explore the cave yourself by kayak or on a bamboo boat rowed by locals. Return to the ship and check out from your private cabin. Take in the views from the deck on a fantastic cruise around the bay. Have a last buffet lunch onboard and then arrive to Tuan Chau Harbor where you’ll say your goodbyes. Head back toward Hanoi by limousine at around noon, stopping in Hai Duong Province to relax on the way.

Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise: 3 Days from Hanoi

7. Halong Bay & Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise: 3 Days from Hanoi

DAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY 08:00 – 08:30: Our luxury car picks you up at your hotel in the old quarter or our office at 31 Lo Su Str, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 12:00: The crew members welcome you at Tuan Chau International Marina Station. You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our friendly and professional crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. We encourage you to explore our luxuriously-appointed ship then watch the magical landscape cruise past. 12:45: A special lunch of fresh food and an assortment of appetizing delicacies will be served. You will be enchanted when decadently dining on our luxury junk, our lavish interpretation of a traditional Vietnamese boat. 15:30: We will visit the Dark and Bright cave famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. This is also the best time for tourists to enjoy bamboo boat and swimming afterwards. 17:30: Get to the top deck where you can admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoy a complimentary sunset party. 19:00: Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. 21:00-0:00: It is now time to relax with an exotic cocktail and drink. Overnight on board. DAY 2: LAN HA BAY – VIET HAI VILLAGE – CAT BA ISLAND 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at the restaurant. 8:00-8.30: You will be transferred to the day tour cruise to visit the bay to go further than Lan Ha Bay You start the journey to discover Viet Hai village - a peaceful village with extremely beautiful scenery by bike or tram along the trails, through vast rice fields. 12:00: Return to the day tour cruise. You will be served lunch with a variety of dishes at the restaurant. 14h00: The cruise takes you to the pristine beach area with fine white sand, you are free to swim or participate in kayaking activity. 19:15: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant. 20:45 – 00:00: Enjoy the nightlife of Ha Long Bay from the deck or simply relax in the room and watch Ha Long Bay from the balcony. DAY 3: LANHA BAY – TUAN CHAU PORT. 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at restaurant. 8:00: Cruise will arrival Frog Pond area, in here you have kayaking and free to relax in the four-season mini pool on Lan Ha Bay - A silk ribbon made from green mountains, blue seas and diverse fauna and flora. 9:30: Checking out of the room. Then the lunch in the restaurant is ready for you, pay the extra fee (if any) at the reception while traveling to the port. Kindly needed to pay for the costs in charge of the front desk (if any) while traveling to the port. 11:15 - 11:30: Disembark and move back the port. 11h30 – 11h45: You are at Tuan Chau International Marina Station Note: The itinerary is subject to change without notice, in accordance with the weather and other operating conditions.

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

8. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day Cruise with Private Balcony

Experience the best of Ha Long Bay on an overnight cruise which includes meals, commentary from a knowledgeable tour guide, onboard entertainment, and exciting water excursions. Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter by your tour guide. Board a speedboat at Tuan Chau Harbor after stopping off for a short break in Hai Duong Province. Enjoy a welcome drink with the captain once aboard the cruise boat, and listen to a safety briefing before checking into your cabin. Relax over a fixed menu lunch of Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian dishes. Sail past Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Drop anchor to swim or sunbathe by a nearby lagoon. Go kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao islet. Return to the cruise boat for a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. Make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls and other famous dishes during an onboard cooking class. After dinner, play card games or chess, listen to music, and go squid fishing. Day 2: Wake up early for a tai chi lesson on the sundeck. Sit down to breakfast while taking in morning views of the bay. Explore Dark and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Return to the cruise boat for check out, and savor a buffet lunch before making your way back to Tuan Chau Harbor and then to your hotel in Hanoi.

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What people are saying about Cat Ba National Park

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 27 reviews

Transport between Hanoi and CatBa, as well as lunch went well. But the rest was a bit vague in terms of coordination. A taxi picked us up at the restaurant to take us to the cave. The visit to the cave was accompanied by a guide, and was very good. The taxi then took us to the National Park, which was also guided, but the guide was going far too fast for our liking, we could not take advantage of the environment. The driver then took us to the port of CatBa and we had to wait there, without knowing who or when someone was picking us up. A quarter of an hour later, a hotel employee arrived and we boarded with him. The hotel was great, we almost wished we had stayed longer. The next morning, a boat picked us up to return to CatBa, we waited in the same place as the watch and boarded another boat with a new guide.

We had a wonderful time at Ha Long Bay. We were collected from our hotel and brought to Ha Long in a lovely, spacious bus that we were able to sleep on. Once we arrived on the boat we were welcomed with lunch before heading to our rooms. The room was beautifully decorated (with obvious stunning views). Kayaking was great fun. The highlight of the trip for us was going to Cat Ba island and cycling to Viet Hai village. Definitely would recommend cycling and not taking the electric car, as you just can’t beat the amazing experience of being surrounded by the breathtaking countryside (definitely bring bug spray). Breakfast buffet was really enjoyable. Brunch, Lunch and dinner was all a set menu with an abundance of food - you won’t go hungry. Staff was very nice and always on hand to answer any questions!

Highly recommended. Very nice Cruise, everything was very well orchestrated from pickup at the hotel to the drop off. Great staff, very attentive, nice food. Nice size of boat, nice private feeling. Not the most modern but that was part of the charm. Well maintained. The activities were well balanced.

The cruise is ok. They changed the itinerary from the one we booked. There was also confusion about the free shuttle bus - we ended up having to pay for our transfer

Very welcoming staff. The person who contacts you very helpful and above all, organization at the top