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3D2N Cat Ba Cruise **Customizable private trip with experienced crew

By Cat Ba Kayak Adventures

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You have more time on your hands and want to customise your own private trip! Great for adventurous travellers - you can even sleep on a private junk!


3 days 2 nights
Private trip
You will explore the pristine beaches, caves, lagoons and rock formations around the bay by kayaking. Sleeping on a private junk (with deluxe cabin) will leave you feeling like a true explorer.

Trip Highlights

Three Peaches Islet (Ba Trai Dao)
Floating Village
Bright & Dark Cave
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What's included

From US$ 310 7,205,471 VND per person
  • Kayaking
  • Lunch x2
  • Dinner x2
  • Breakfast x2
  • Entrance fees
  • Guide
  • Express Bus to and from Hanoi
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Other items and services of a personal nature
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Your accommodation in Hanoi.
Your accommodation in Hanoi.
Other Notes

Earlier or later return is available upon request.

Scheduled Trip Dates

Trips scheduled daily
Feb 24
Feb 25
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
View the full calendar to try your luck for non-scheduled dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hanoi - Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay
Hanoi - Cat Ba - Lan Ha Bay

Today you will cruise in style around the floating villages, kayak through the beautiful scenery of the bay.

Accommodation: Overnight Junk - Double Room

  • 7 am: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi for the journey to Hai Phong city. You will get a good view of rice field and local villages.
  • 10 am: Arrive in Bến Gót harbour (Cát Hải island) and aboard speed boat to Cat Ba island.
  • 11.20 am: Arrive at Cat Ba Island where the staff will meet you. After the welcome lunch, you will board a traditional Junk and cruise in style around the unique floating villages, home to many families.
  • 1 pm: You will kayak through the beautiful scenery of the bay and tide permitting, will be able to paddle right into Dark Cave and Bat Cave.
  • 4 pm: Swim at hidden lagoons. Rest on the junk and dinner will be served in the evening.
  • Overnight in a private cabin on the junk.
Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay
Lan Ha Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay

Today you will cruise to the Bai Tu Long Bay area to see Three Tunnels Lagoon and Three Peaches Island.

  • 8.30 am: After breakfast, cruise to Three Tunnels Lagoon and Cave for some more kayaking, you will want to see more and more of the incredible scenery here which belongs to Bai Tu Long Bay.
  • 12.30 pm: Have lunch on Three Peaches Island which is famous for crystal waters and natural beaches. After lunch, snorkelling is available on request.
  • 7 pm: You will have dinner on board.
  • Overnight in a private cabin on the junk.
Day 3: Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba - Hanoi
Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba - Hanoi

Today you will visit more secluded lagoons and floating farms on kayak.

  • 8.30 am: After breakfast, you will cruise back to Lan Ha Bay and you paddle across Lan Ha bay to visit Tay Keo Lagoon.
  • If tides permit, you will kayak into the Ba Do cave(Red Lady) and then keep kayaks back out to visit pristine beaches, floating farms & peaceful lagoons.
  • 1 pm: Lunch. Wrap up the trip and head back to Cat Ba Island to catch the bus back to Hanoi.
  • 7.30 pm: Estimated drop off time in Hanoi.

Meet your guide

Cat Ba Kayak Adventures

Cat Ba Kayak Adventures is run by Henry, who has been travelling and guiding travellers for the last 20 years in Vietnam. He decided to pursue low-impact sustainable tourism to do his bit in maintaining Cat Ba's environment. His staff members consistently implement responsible travel practices and they also participate in recycling programs both on and off the water.
6 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 7 helpful reviews
18 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We have had the best three days! Bungalow location is fabulous, comfortable and all relevant amenities for a comfortable stay. Our personal guide ( Toni) we had for all activies over the three days and he made sure we had the best experience. The food provided throughout the trip was extremely good and plenty of it! The coordination for the whole trip was great and we were picked up and returned to our hotel in Hanoi, which was certainly one less thing to think about. Do this experience with this company, it really is excellent!
Joe V
15 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We went on the full day kayak tour (November 2019) and it was absolutely fantastic. The tour took us away from the main tourist trail and we had the opportunity to enjoy caves, beaches, tunnels and fish farms all to ourselves. Tony was the perfect guide and knew all the best spots in Cat Ba away from the hustle and bustle. We were given a generous, leisurely lunch in a great location... and there's even a chance to have a glass of wine if you wish. Highly recommended, you wont be disappointed.
29 Jul 2019 on TripAdvisor
This was the only thing we booked in advance on our trip to Vietnam and it was more than worth it! We took a 4 days and 3 nights booking, They made sure we got picked up in Hanoi with the bus, then they booked us the connection by boot, Everything went really smooth! We slept 2 nights in on a island and 1 on a boat. We did a lot of kayaking, biking and trekking, an amazing expirence! Thanks a lot to the team!! I recommand this to everyone who would come to vietnam!
20 Jul 2019 on TripAdvisor
We did a three day two day kayak trip with Cat Ba Kayaking Adventures and had an absolute ball. This was made by the excellence of our guide Truong and the smooth organisation from the whole team. It made bus trips, boat connections and all transfers easy and comfortable. We loved exploring the caves and discovering hidden lagoons which were clean and quiet away from the other tourists and boats. We must admit we were a little disappointed with the amount of rubbish in the water and also around the resort. Effort needs to be made to tidy up some of these beaches so they can be more enjoyed and not spoilt for the future. We understand that much of the rubbish comes from the fishing industry and villages, but hopefully education and new technology can improve things for everyone to still enjoy in the future. We stayed our first night in a bungalow but if we had known how much fun the junk boat was going to be, we would have chosen two nights on the junk boat. Such nice big rooms, such fantastic fun crew and so fun to swim off the deck of the boat. The food was tasty and fresh and the facilities were clean and comfortable. A real highlight. Overall we would greatly recommend this tour for its excellent guides, scenery, its challenge and well organised adventure.
Ivan M
16 Feb 2019 on TripAdvisor
Unlike other tour operators, Cat Na Kayak Adventures use real sea kayaks in perfect shape. The selection of sites is thoughtful and the organisation is smooth. Our only reservation was that there was top much delicious food.

Cat Ba Kayak Adventures Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Cat Ba Kayak Adventures pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Change of clothes
Dry bag
Slippers/ sandals

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