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Cat ba island is 45km east of Hai Phong and 20km south of Halong City. There are many piers on Cat Ba Island but most handy is the jetty directly in front of Cat Ba town from where the hydrofoils to Hai Phong depart.
There are 3 hydrofoils linking Cat Ba to Hai Phong but all dpart at 15:15 pm. From Hai Phong to Cat ba island is at 8.20 am, 8.50 am and 9 am.
A trip to Cat Ba island can be separated or combined with a visit to Halong Bay. This is the largest island in the Cat Ba Archipelago that consists of 350 limestone outcrops adjacent to Halong. This is an oasis where you can be apart for one or a few days during a long voyage. If starting from Halong Wharf it will take you 4 hours by a tourist boat, with stopovers for swimming, visiting spectacular karst and having fresh seafoods. In a single word, you can contemplate the beautiful scenery of Halong before reaching the island. You can also buy a ticket of the hydrofoil departing from Hai Phong Seaport to reach Cat Ba if your itinerary saves Halong for another visit.
With an area of 356 square km wide, Cat Ba encompasses forested zones, coastal mangrove and freshwater swamps, beaches, caves, and waterfalls. In 1986, the Northeast side of the island was designated a National Park, including a protected marine zone. Cat Ba Island supports a population of over 20,000, most of whom live off fishing or farming in the South, in and around Cat Ba Town. The town is small and ancient, with clusters of fishing boats and inspiring sunsets across the harbor. You can check out the catch of the day in the early morning , see cuttlefish dried over hot charcoals, or stroll around the old town. It's a short hike from Cat Ba town through a tunnel to Cat Co Beach, whose mountains look like a throne holding a marvelous sandy coast, or if you hike further along, you will reach the rockier Cat Vang Beach.
As transportation on the town is not so well-developed, motorbikes is the most helpful means to get you to the larger Trung Trang Cave with many chambers, or to the National Park, or to discover other beaches around the island. A tourguide is necessary to help you communicate with the local drivers and introduce these viewpoints. The national park contains stringy trees, thick undergrowth and slippery vines. There is a great view that includes a French, now Vietnamese, farming village from the top of the mountain and a lake in the middle of the park that takes a half day to reach.
Cat ba National park.
Cat ba National park is home to 32 types of mammals and more than 70 species of birds have been sighted. Cat Ba lies on a major migration route for waterfowl,which feed and roost on the beaches in the mangrove forests. There are 745 species of plants recorded on Cat Ba, including 118 timber species and 160 plants with medicinal value. The park is home to a species of tree called Cay Kim Gao.
Cat ba beaches
The white-sand Cat Co( Cat co 1, Cat co 2 and Cat co 3) beaches used to be great places o lounge aroundfor the day. The beaches are about 1km southeast from Cat Ba town over a steep headland, and can be reached on foot or by mortorbike.
Hai Phong to Cat ba by hydrofoil