Referred to as the “Pearl Island” (Dao Ngoc in Vietnamese), Cat Ba is the biggest and the most famous island in Halong Bay, an island more beautiful than what you could have ever imagined. With deserted beaches, gentle coastlines, rugged limestone mountains, and jaw-dropping sunrises and sunsets, Cat Ba Island in Haiphong City in Northern Vietnam is as close to a tropical idyll as you will find in Southeast Asia.
Things to do on Cat Ba Island
Cat Ba Island
When you are on Cat Ba beach, the first thing you think is that it is like something straight out of a postcard. It offers clean blue water and strengthened white sand as far as you can see and pristine charm despite the influx of visitors!
Cat Ba Island is a place where you can explore white clean sand beaches. Cat Ba’s waters are absolutely spectacular – warm, clear, crystal blue without rough waves that are perfect for swimming, diving, sport fishing, and more.
Indulge in some interesting water activities
Diving in Cat Ba
Where there are islands, there is water, and Cat Ba has a wide range of water sports and outdoor activities in which you can take part. No matter what you choose to enjoy the waters of Cat Ba Island, be safe.
For those who want to discover the mysterious undersea world, there are a lot of red coral reefs, colorful flocks of fish together with varied rare sea creatures such as dragon shrimp, abalone, pearl, lobster making it a perfect spot for diving. Get ready to dive into open waters, feel the sweet spot of neither sinking nor floating and see with your own eyes the fantastic and exceptional beauty of the marine life. What a truly incredible experience!
Visit quaint fishing villages
Viet Hai fishing village
Not only by the sea that surrounds it, the beauty of Cat Ba is also defined by its cultural jewel. To get a true taste of island life, head to Viet Hai fishing village – located approximately 18 km from Cat Ba Island. The warm-hearted and smiley fishermen make it a destination that ought to be on your bucket list. One night at one of the homestays here is recommended to know more about a community of people living on boats and to discover the secrets of the sea.
Experience rock climbing
If you want to get a whole body workout, a sun tanning, some quality time spent with your friends or loved one, and a refreshing mental challenge, there is no better choice than rock climbing. It is also such a great way into the world of adventure sports and to admire the karst landscape and amazing sea cliffs of Cat Ba Island. There are a lot of climbing routes and the best of which are Ben Beo Wall and Butterfly Valley together with Offenheimer’s Creation and Slo Pony at Tiger beach.
From crystal blue waters to spectacular karst landscape, Cat Ba Island is an adventurer’s paradise. There is never a shortage of destinations to visit, sights to see, and things to do.
Discovering Cat Ba National Park
Cat Ba National Park
With 30 national parks in 63 provinces, there is a good chance you will not have to travel far to find a National Park to explore in Vietnam. Among them, Cat Ba National Park is outstanding for its pristine abundant biodiversity. The wonders on display in Cat Ba National Park go far beyond a few bushes and trees.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Reserve, Cat Ba national park has nearly 60 exotic animal and plant species of animals in Vietnam and the world's Red Book including chamois, kingfisher, bile, cao cat, yellow monkey, and the highly endangered golden-headed langur.
Millions of Europeans flock to this Northern Vietnam island every summer, but Cat Ba still exhibits a laid-back charm. Depending on which type of vacation you take, you will certainly find classic Gulf of Tonkin’s blue waters, incredible mountain views, and its cultural offerings. If you have ever dreamed of being a castaway in Northern Vietnam, Cat Ba Island is for you.