Top things to do in Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba is a massive island, northern Vietnam. There’re plenty of things to do here from trekking to kayaking. Here is a recommended list of destination experts

Cat Ba island is the most famous island in Northern Vietnam which offers numerous sandy beaches and magnificent limestone towers. The scenery is as amazing as its legendary neighbor – Halong Bay.
Millions of tourists come to the island every year. How can you really see the island at its best, experience the same island that everyone else did but in your own way creating an unforgettable memory.

That’s why on the following list we pick activities and places that allow you to create such a memorable trip to Cat Ba Island.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Enjoy a private beach

Having a private beach for you! It sounds like a privilege that only millionaires can have but it is possible in this Vietnam northern island – Cat Ba Island. You can find Countless beaches nestled between limestone mountains on the island. With a high density of beach, it is not so hard to have a private beach to enjoy the peacefulness.  They are small yet clean and sandy beach.

Most of them do not have a name. There is no map can show you specific. The fun is in the way you wander around with your kayak, hitting a beach with no one else on sight.

Cat Ba Beach

Cat Ba Beach

Hospital Cave

The name says it all. It is a secret hospital built into a cave. During Vietnam War, Hospital Cave served as a bomb shelter and a hospital for Viet Cong leaders and injured soldiers.

Constructed between 1963 and 1965, Hospital Cave has three levels and 17 rooms. The first floor is handmade concrete, and the top two levels are mostly natural rock taking advantage of the terrain. The site is situated on the road to Cat Ba National Park, north of Cat Ba Town.

Hospital Cave is an important historic relic of war which you hardly find in other Vietnam island tours.

Entrance to Hospital Cave

Entrance to Hospital Cave

Kayak

Cat Ba island is one of the best places for kayaking. Blocked by limestone mountains, the water current is slow and calm. It is suitable for even beginners to kayak here.

If you do not kayak in the group or have a tour guide, remember not to go too far. You should always be careful with direction. Thousand of limestone towers that look alike can turn into a maze.

Kayak in Cat Ba

Kayak in Cat Ba

Trekking in National Park

Cat Ba archipelago itself is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This proves the biodiversity of nature in the islands. With the total area of 26,241 ha, there are three distinct ecosystems in the island which is home to thousand species of fauna and flora. Many of them are endemic and rare. The most significant creature is Golden-headed langur aka Cat Ba Langur, found nowhere else in the world.

Do a trek through the jungle in Cat Ba to discover the wildlife here, you won’t regret it!

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park

Bike around the local village

Unlike most of the islands in Halong Bay or Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba island is inhabited by the human, long time ago. They have lived there generations to generations without compromising the nature. The community is isolated from the world. Recently, tourists have been brought to the village.

Due to its impressive natural landscape and fascinating local life, the village quickly becomes a favorite thing to do in Cat Ba island as well as in Vietnam.

Biking is the best way to go around the village. It keeps you active and healthy while traveling.

Bike in a local village

Bike in a local village

Cat Ba Cruise

Cat Ba Island is among the best destinations for cruising in Vietnam as well as Indochina.

Cruise is not a single activity but package of multiple activities including beach, kayaking, national park, biking and more.

Of course, what exactly you will have vary from cruise to cruise. Basically, you will have a chance to visit a limestone cave, kayak (with or without surcharge), enjoy beaches.

There are diverse options for price and type of cruise from low-rate day cruise to top range overnight cruise.

Cat Ba Cruise

Cat Ba Cruise