Rugged, craggy and jungle-clad Cat Ba, the largest island in Halong Bay, has experienced a tourism surge in recent years. The central hub of Cat Ba Town is now framed by a chain of low-rise concrete hotels along its once-lovely bay, but the rest of the island is largely untouched and as wild as ever. With idyllic Lan Ha Bay just offshore you'll soon overlook Cat Ba Town's overdevelopment.
Almost half of Cat Ba Island (with a total area of 354 sq km) and 90 sq km of the adjacent waters were declared a national park in 1986 to protect the island’s diverse ecosystems. Most of the coastline consists of rocky cliffs, but there are some sandy beaches and tiny fishing villages hidden away in small coves.
Lakes, waterfalls and grottoes dot the spectacular limestone hills, the highest rising 331m above sea level. .
One can opt for a day tour with any of the numerous tour operators. .
The tour starts early morning at 8AM when you are picked off from your hotel and transferred to the jetty to board the junk boat. .
These junk boats sail through the emerald green waters at La Nha Bay at a snail's pace,giving ample time to enjoy the beauty of the place. .
The boats stop at a point from where you can get into your own kayak and explore the waters for the next hour. .
Then it's time for lunch which is prepared fresh by the boat crew. .
Once everyone has had food and relaxed a bit,the boat navigates towards an uninhabited beach. The only way to reach the beach is by jumping off the boat and swimming all the way. .
Some tours even have a trip to Monkey Island planned,which you can opt for. or choose to head back to your hotel. The choice is all yours !
In short a trip to Cat Ba is one of the unmissable experiences which everyone should have !
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