2Days Tour from $ 85 | Join-in Group | Included Classic Sails + Transfer + Meals + Kayaking + All Entrance fees + English speaking tour guide.
Nestled on the periphery of Vietnam’s fabulous Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island is the largest island in Halong Bay. About half of it is a dedicated national park, home to both marine life and mammals, including the endangered Cat Ba langur (also known as the golden-headed langur), civet cats and Oriental giant squirrels. Time is spent to go through rock archways and hidden tunnels to discover the natural beauty of the lagoons. Soak up the sun, take in the stunning views, enjoying squirrel dancing and monkey playing. Our kayak trips get you to places that most people will never see, at which you can enjoy swimming or snorkeling around secluded sandy beaches.
We depart daily from Cat Ba Island. Pick up point at the office in Cat Ba Island.
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- Cát Bà Island
- Đảo Khỉ
- Ba Trai Dao
The information below on your itinerary and details are intended to assist you as you consider your travel options for Vietnam with Friends Travel Vietnam. In addition to the detailed itinerary each tour has been supported with some useful information to provide you with an overview of your accommodation & meals, all things as money, passports, visas, vaccinations, insurance, clothing, personal equipment and much more to help you with your travel preparations.
DAY 1: Cat Ba - Cai Beo Harbour - Lan Ha Bay - Kayaking in Dark Cave - Swiming at Ba Trai Dao Beach
Meeting at CAT BA VISION OFFICE (Ad) : 184-1/4street-Cat Ba Centre
Get on the bus to go to BEO PIER
Get on the boat and start the cruise by going through BEO floating fishing village, passing out Monkey Island, keep cruising around Lan Ha Bay to enjoy amazing landscapes of limestone islands.
Stop to visit the biggest fishing farm (walk around the farm for hunting some pictures of the fishes and discovering how do Vietnamese fishermen do the fishing farm...)
Continue cruising by passing out Buddha Island then cross the border between Lan Ha and Ha Long Bay. Keep moving along less touristic parts of Ha Long Bay (You won't see any other boats on the way)
Drop the anchor in CAM LAGOON to have lunch with Vietnamese food and seafood lunch on the boat(The lagoon in which we drop the anchor is very calm, quiet that you can see no other tourists or tourist boats moving around). After having lunch, you can take part in jumping-swimming or just playing photographer with the landscapes surounds.
Continue moving to HANG CA area for doing kayaking through DARK CAVE-BAT CAVE-BRIGHT CAVE AND MONKEY CAVE (DARK CAVE is the most beautiful one, around 400 meters long, decorated with so many stalactites holding on the ceiling of the cave). This activities will be guided by a vietnamese english speaking tourist guide (We will do kayaking in group leading by the guide). After kayaking, continue moving to swimming-snorkeling area.
Arriving at BA TRAI DAO (The swimming-snorkeling area):
*Participated in COOKING CLASS IN MAKING VIETNAMESE SPRING ROLLS (Our staff will divide the group into some smaller ones with a leader in each. The tour guide will demonstrate all steps of how to make the spring rolls and then all participants start practising)
*Enjoying swimming-snorkeling-sunbathing-seashell collecting. We will spend around an hour for joining with these aquatic ativities around this spot.
*Back to the boat to go to the floating guest house. On the way going to the floating guest house, A light meal will be served (The spring rolls which has just made by yourselves, eaten with vermicelli, vegetable and special sauce)
Check in the floating guest house
Vietnamese food and seafood dinner will be served in the floating guest house.
ake part in kayaking trip which will last in one and a half hours. Our tour guide will bring you into small areas, small lagoons for nature enjoying and PlANKTON WATCHING
Paddle back to the floating guest house to sleep.
DAY 2: Breakfast - Kayaking in Dau Be Island Swimming/Snorkeling.
Get up for viewing sunrise (Floating guest house is located at a very beautiful location that you can have star watching at night and sunrise viewing in early morning)
Sunrise breakfast with free hot drinks.
Get on the boat to go to DAU BE island for spending one and a half hours kayaking through THREE HIDDEN LAGOONS. Swimming and snorkeling at some beaches located nearby there(DAU BE ISLAND is located in the South of Ha Long Bay. This is a remote area, so it 's really less touristic. There are three separated lagoons decorated with beautiful views suround. To visit this area depends much on the tide(water level). Around few days a month, we can't have a visit here because the tide is too high. On these days, we replace by doing kayaking, snorkeling, going swimming and trekking in a hidden garden in TUNG GAU LAGOON(The site that a new movie of KING KONG made from-100% less touristic
The boat comes to pick you up and brings you back to the harbor.
Lunch will be served at a very famous Vietnamese restaurant(You will order the food by yourself-mean: You can order what you want and as much as you want)
- English speaking tour guide on boat
- Transportation from Cat Ba - Harbour - Cat Ba.
- All meals aboard as mentioned in the itineraries, (02 lunches, 01 dinner, 01breakfast )
- Kayaking, Swimming, Snorkeling (if the weather permits)
- Sightseeing entrance fees
- Accommodation at floating guest house
- Welcome drink, mineral water, Vietnamese red wine or white wine and local fruits for the dinner
- Airfare, visa arrangements
- Beverages, tips, gratuities and other personal expenses
- All other services not clearly mentioned above
PICK UP / DROP OFF
You will see that the pick-up and drop off time are well noted in the cruise itinerary. You need to be ready at our office in Cat Ba before bus departure time to the harbor at 8.00AM for boat cruising.
- From office in Cat Ba
- Address No 184, 1/4 Street Cat Ba Island.
Not being on time or being present is seeing as non-shown up!
The cruise trip will return to the harbor by 11 AM or 12 PM on the last day of the trip and you take bus back to Hanoi depart also from the same place at 12.30PM.
Please ask for advice if needed or if you are not sure about it.
WHAT TO BRING
Most of the cases, Halong Bay will be a side trip from your grander voyage to Vietnam. If possible, leave your luggage with a hotel (if trusted) and bring only day pack with you to best enjoy the trip. Take into account that you will need to carry them onto the shuttle bus, then onto the deck, then from the deck back to land. The lighter you pack, the better. Below are a few tips for you to pack smartly.
Travel documents: These are essential and you may be denied boarding without valid documents such as passport and visa.
Clothes: You will need at least 3 set of clothes: for casual day wear, for evening wear and for swimming if you plan to do so. If you travel between May and October, it is fine to bring shorts and skirts and short sleeve shirts. For the rest of the year, bring extra sweaters since Halong Bay can get quite cold. In December and January for example, bring some light jackets.
Water bottles: Although the cruise will have water ready for you, some shuttle bus will not have them. Keep yourself hydrated all throughout the trip to best enjoy it. Please note that water will not be complimentary.
Footwear: Sandals and walking shoes are both fine though the frequent exposure to water may make your feet wet and stinky with high capacity shoes. Sandals, on the other hand, may make you feel uncomfortable walking insides the caves or when you climb the rock to the top of some grotto's.
Electronic device: Camera is another essential item on your to-pack list. Charge the battery to full before you leave Hanoi and always leave them charged when you are in the cabin. There are so many things in Halong Bay to capture photos of and you do not want to miss the opportunity. Bringing the laptop or expensive device with you to Halong Bay may be better than leaving them at the hotel back in Hanoi. Always keep an eye on your personal belongings to minimize the risks. Unless otherwise noted, all cruises on our website are equipped with wifi facility for you to keep in touch with friends and relatives.
Others: A raincoat will be helpful during rainy summer months. The cruise will have an umbrella ready but it does not hurt to bring your own. Sunglasses and sunscreen also work great for the sunbathing moments on the top deck of cruise and junks. Bring your medication if required by the doctor. If you are seasickness, stock up on pills. Waterproof Backpack.
What not to bring:
Below are what you should not bring with you on board – some are prohibited by the cruise:
Firearms, in-flammables, sharp objects, Illegal drugs and substances, Irons, hot plates and kitchenware, Alcoholic beverages, Pillows, Blankets & Towels those are already provided on board.
WEATHER CONDITIONS HALONG BAY
Max - Min
Max - Min
DIETARY OR SPECIAL FOOD REQUEST
In order to take care of your special food request we would like you to inform us by email in advance. firstname.lastname@example.org
ADVANCED REGISTRATION WILL BE REQUIRED
Please provide us your passport information (name, date of birth, passport number, visa validity) prior to departure.