Cat Ba archipelago (Hai Phong) consists of 376 small islands, among them, Cat Ba island (also called Pearl island) is the most popular tourist island. Although it has been discovered for a long time, Cat Ba still keeps many natural beautiful scenes thanks to its isolation. With the clean climate, the average temperature under 25 degrees Celsius, many great beaches and the ancient forests, Cat Ba island is the wonderful place for relaxing, as well as a suitable place for those who love exploring travel.
Swimming in the sea
From the center of Cat Ba town, you can walk or hire the motorbike taxis (the price is about 10 thousand VND) to go to the beaches: Cat Co I, Cat Co II and Cat Co III. These may be not the large beaches, but they are very secret with the clear water. The beaches are connected together by a small road going along the mountain side. Cat Co I is quite large, but it is usually crowded, while Cat Co II and Cat Co III is smaller and deserted. After 18h30, there will be no one in the beaches in order to keep safe because the tide rise very fast.
Diving and watching coral
Beneath the reefs around the island, there are the red coral bundles along with many valuable kinds of seafood, such as: abalone, lobster…and the multi-color flock of fish. If you have a chance to dive into the sea, you will meet many surprising scenes you just see on Discovery channel. Diving in the Diving Center of Monkey Island Resort (in Monkey Island) with coach in 30 minute costs 1 million VND; snorkeling costs 600 thousand VND.
Watching the scenes from Cannon Fort
You can hire the motorbike taxis to go to the Cannon Fort near Cat Co I, II, III to watch the overall pictures of Cat Ba from the high point. From that point, you can look the whole beautiful Cat Ba island with sea, mountains. When the dusk comes, the red blazing sunshine will draw an extremely beautiful paintings of nature on the sea water.
Walking on the beach in the evening
You can hire the bicycles, electrical bikes or motorbikes to run on the beaches and enjoy the pure air. A bicycle for 4 men will cost 30 thousand VND per hour. However, this island bans all vehicles at weekend, you can just walk. Some visitors like to walk along the mountain roads in the evening to experience the cold of the sea at night.
Visiting Lan Ha Bay
This bay also consists of many small islets and cave systems like Halong Bay. However, many visitors believe that Lan Ha Bay is even more interesting because the scenes in this bay still remain the origin. You can also visit the fishing village or try kayaking on this beautiful bay of Hai Phong.
Visiting Monkey island
This island has the funny monkeys, very suitable for children. In Monkey island, there is also Cat Dua beach, which is considered the most beautiful satellite beach of Cat Ba island, the water in this beach is completely clear. In front of the beach is the ranges of mountains, which creates the very special scenes. However, before coming to this island, visitors must go through a part of sea with many waves.
This is a kind of adventure tourism attracting the brave visitors when coming to Cat Ba island. The favorite destinations for climbing are: Dau Be island, Beo port, Ba Trai Dao island, etc.
Visiting Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park with the rich plants and animals is the destination you cannot miss when coming to Cat Ba island. You can try trekking in the jungle, biking in the road of the jungle and meet some valuable and rare animals. Coming to Cat Ba National Park, you can also try the natural products like: wild bee’s honey, rose tea, etc.
Visiting the caves
Da Hoa cave is located in the Northeast range of mountains is a famous destination for visitors. Da Hoa cave still remains its wild strokes and this cave is a familiar place for the scientific journey. Other attractive caves we can mention are: Trung Trang cave, Quan Y cave, etc.
Cat Ba island has many great activities for all of your purposes. If you want to know more information about Cat Ba island, just wait for our newer articles.