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Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba

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Explore the nature and local life on Cat Ba Island, the largest island of the Cat Ba Archipelago and home to a diverse marine and terrestrial ecosystem. A national park covers half of the island's surface, where tropical limestone forests, karsts, mangroves, coral reefs, emerald lagoons, and hidden caves harbor indigenous animal and plant life. Visit the small communities living on floating fishing villages to learn about their way of life, traditions, customs, and cuisine. Besides discovering the island by land, you can take a ferryboat or rent a kayak to discover secluded areas and look for adventures. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Cat Ba holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Cat Ba Island and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The cabins were quite large and very comfortable; staff wanted to make you comfortable and help in every way to make you feel at home. Meal time was great and the menu seldom had less than 5 courses. ...  more »
  • There's nothing to dislike about Cat Ba. Everything was great and almost perfect in here. The magnificent view of the bay (Lan Ha Bay), the easy exploring of the island, the amazing 8 hour boat cruise...  more »
  • We were told that Ha Long Bay was overrun with tourists and wouldn't like it very much, but then someone else mentioned Cat Ba and a company called Cat Ba Visions so we looked into it. We booked the o...  more »

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Where to stay in Cat Ba

Though the archipelago as a whole has a reputation for being less touristy than the areas to the north, you wouldn't be able to tell as much by seeing the main town of Cat Ba. The town represents the most popular place to stay, with a number of budget hotels lining the waterfront, and some more exclusive resorts set a short way out of town, filling the space with pools, spas, and restaurants. Many people come here as part of a tour, so accommodations will already be arranged. Some tour boats bring visitors to the hotels on Cat Ba, while others lay anchor for the night, with guests sleeping in cosy cabins aboard the ship.
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