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Cat Ba Island in Hai Phong - A “pearl island” of the Gulf of Tonkin

02/02/2023 45.839

Cat Ba Island is called “the pearl of the Gulf of Tonkin” so it has become a must-visit destination for all tourists when visiting Hai Phong. This article will provide you with the useful information which you should know before taking a trip to Cat Ba Island.

Cat Ba Island

For many years, Cat Ba Island has been a hidden gem that has gone unnoticed by tourists. But now, it is always among the top choices of tourists when visiting Hai Phong thanks to its clear turquoise water and mysterious caves. With the travel experience below, nature lovers will have another must-visit place to put on the travel checklists.

1. About Cat Ba Island Vietnam

Cat Ba Island is the main and the largest island among the 367 islands making up the Cat Ba Archipelago. About 45 kilometers to the East of Hai Phong City and 25 kilometers from the UNESCO heritage site - Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Vietnam stands out as one of the symbols of local tourism.

Cat Ba Island

Covering more than 26,000 hectares of high biodiversity, Cat Ba is known as the 3rd biosphere reserve in Vietnam. Notably, in 2004, this island was recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve Zone.

Cat Ba terrain is famous for its karst topography. This kind of topography, characterized by limestone mountains, stunning caves and smooth white sandy beaches, contributes to the unique beauty of this island.

2. When is the best time to visit Cat Ba Island?

The weather in Cat Ba is influenced by the tropical monsoon climate prevalent in the region. Cat Ba Island experiences warm to hot temperatures throughout the year. The average annual temperature is around 23 to 26 degrees Celsius, with the hottest months being June to August. Visitors can head to the many beaches in Cat Ba during this period for swimming, sunbathing, etc.

Cat Ba Island

From November to April, visitors can expect clear skies and bright sunny days. The fair amount of sunshine means fantastic photo opportunities! If you prefer cooler temperatures, you should come to Cat Ba between December and February, when the temperatures average around 15 to 18 degrees Celsius. The only months you should avoid visiting the island is peak rainfall season in July and August. During this period, occasional typhoons or tropical storms can occur.

3. How to get to Cat Ba Island?

To travel to Cat Ba Island, you will first have to reach Hai Phong. Your options include flying into Cat Bi International Airport, taking a train to Hai Phong Railway Station, or using a bus service from other cities in Vietnam. From Hai Phong, transfer to the Ben Binh Pier. This is the main departure point for boats and ferries to Cat Ba Island. You can take a taxi or a local bus to reach the pier. The journey usually takes around 15-20 minutes, depending on the traffic.

Cat Ba Island

At the Ben Binh Pier, you will find several options for transportation to Cat Ba Island, including ferries and speedboats. It will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach Cat Ba Island Pier. Upon arrival, you can explore the island's beauty at your own pace.

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4. What to do in Cat Ba Island?

Here are the top 7 activities you should try once when coming to Cat Ba Island:

4.1. Rock climbing Cat Ba

Cat Ba Island offers you not only beautiful beaches but also majestic mountains which are suitable for rock climbing. This activity will give you a new experience and a highlight for your trip when coming to this amazing pearl island.

Unlike other places in the world, the rock mountains here vary in features and shapes, which will bring participants different emotions on the way to conquering the top of the mountains.

Cat Ba Island

4.2. Kayaking Cat Ba

Your Cat Ba Island tours will be incomplete without taking part in kayaking, one of the popular outdoor activities here. Just imagine yourself on the way to explore the remote hidden lagoons and deserted islands on your little kayak. It would be so adventurous!

Cat Ba Island

4.3. Watching coral reefs

Cat Ba Island is favored with attractive colorful coral reefs, representing the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. These coral reefs are under strict protection which helps to boost tourism development. A lot of diving tours are designed for visitors to admire the coral reefs and take pictures of the vivid underwater forest.

Cat Ba Island

4.4. Night squid fishing on Cat Ba Island cruises

Night squid fishing is a unique type of entertainment in Cat Ba. A short fishing trip costs about 500,000 VND!. Yet, it is worthwhile because you can not only learn fishing skills from the experienced fishers but also have an unforgettable time on the sea at night.

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4.5. Visiting Cai Beo Fishing Village

Cai Beo Fishing Village is one of the largest ancient fishing villages in the country, dating back to about 7000 years ago. Heading to the South, about 2 kilometers from Cat Ba Island, tourists can find hundreds of houses lining up close together like a miniature city. Coming here, tourists can have a chance to contemplate the beautiful scenery, enjoy the fresh seafood and experience the local life.

Cat Ba Island

4.6. Exploring Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park is located in Cat Hai District, about 30 kilometers to the South of the city center. With an area of ​​26,240 hectares, this is one of the largest special-use forests of Vietnam, where the world's biosphere is stored.

Cat Ba National Park is home to many marine ecosystems, terrestrial forests, submerged forests as well as rare species of flora and fauna, which makes it deserving of the world's Biosphere Reserve.

Cat Ba Island

4.7. Enjoying Cat Ba cuisine

The cuisine has become a distinctive part of local tourism. This culinary paradise is home to a variety of must-try delicacies such as otter clams, shrimp noodles and sea snakes. Besides, Cat Hai fish sauce, Cat Ba forest honey and other dried seafood are precious gifts that you can buy for your relatives.

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5. Where to stay in your Hai Phong tour to Cat Ba?

For a complete trip, choosing the right accommodation is essential. In Cat Ba Island, there are many types of accommodation such as motels, hotels, homestays... However, you should choose the all-inclusive hotels like Sheraton Hai Phong or Melia Vinpearl Hai Phong Rivera to get the best experience, especially, you will have a chance to go golfing at the luxury golf course Vinpearl Golf Hai Phong.

5.1. Melia Vinpearl Hai Phong Rivera

Melia Vinpearl Hai Phong Rivera is located in a prime location right in the Vinhomes Imperia campus. This is a 5-star hotel building with an elegant and luxurious appearance like a resort in the center of the city. The classical architecture and the impressive beauty are the two factors that make the hotel become a not-to-be-missed destination.

Cat Ba Island

The system of rooms at Melia Vinpearl Hai Phong Rivera fully meets relaxation needs. The room has a large balcony with a great view. The most prominent highlight is the 311-square-meter outdoor swimming pool which helps tourists be close to nature during their stay.

5.2. Sheraton Hai Phong

Sheraton Hai Phong has modern and classy architecture and includes 362 comfortable rooms. When staying there, you can enjoy typical dishes of Hai Phong City at Harbor Restaurant or chill out at the luxurious Sky Bar. All of these will be indispensable experiences in your trip to Hai Phong.

Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island attracts a lot of tourists each year thanks to its beautiful scenes and exciting activities. Hopefully, the information about Cat Ba that we provide above will help you be well-prepared for your upcoming trip.

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