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Cat Ba Island

Cat Ba Island

Nestled beside Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba Island is the biggest among all the islands in the vast Halong Bay zone. Cat Ba Island is divided into 2 distinctive parts: Cat Ba Town offers some tourism services concentrated along the front of a fishing harbour, and Cat Ba National Park covers much of the rest of the island with dense jungles and rich biodiversity.

Cat Ba Town has developed services and infrastructure for tourism; much of what is available here does not meet world standard yet, but is acceptable and offers good value for the money. You won’t need a big budget to be able to arrange a nice hotel room, delicious meals and interesting tours for a day or two on the island.

Cat Ba's beaches, located just within reasonable walking distance of the harbour town, are small but good for a quick swim and some lounging on the sand. The national park offers fascinating nature treks among mangroves and freshwater lakes, and is a good launching point for tours of Halong Bay and kayaking trips. You can also explore Hospital Cave which has a storied role in the local effort during the war with America, take in the sunset from the high point at Cannon Fort or just wander the island roads on a motorbike.

INTERESTING KEY FACTS
Total area of Cat Ba Island
285 km2

Total area of Cat Ba Island, the biggest in Halong Bay
The number of people living in floating villages
4.000

The number of people living in floating villages
Number of fauna species recorded on the island
279

Number of fauna species recorded on the island
People living on Cat Ba Island
13.000

The number of people living in the island's six land communes
Number of flora species recorded in Cat Ba National Park
1.561

Number of flora species recorded in Cat Ba National Park
Endangered Cat Ba langurs left in the wild
68

Number of the critically endangered Cat Ba langurs left in the wild