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1D1N - Night Kayak w/ Bioluminescent Plankton & Stay in Floating Homestay

By Cat Ba Vision

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You're looking for an offbeat local experience for amazing value. Kayak at night in search of bioluminescent plankton, and sleep in a local's floating home!


2 days 1 night
Group trip (10 travellers per group)
You will explore a labyrinth of limestone cliffs that rise out of the sea in Lan Ha Bay and paddle through mystical caves to discover deserted lagoons and beautiful sandy beaches. Spend the night at a floating homestay (owned by former Vietnamese Navy) located in a calm lagoon. At night, paddle out from the homestay to seek out the natural phenomenon of bioluminescent plankton in the sea (depends on which time of the month).

Trip Highlights

Three Peaches Islet (Ba Trai Dao)
Floating Village
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What's included

From US$ 75 1,743,179 VND per person
  • 1-night stay in floating homestay
  • All meals
  • All entrance fees
  • Kayak
  • Snorkel gears
  • Headlights
  • Drinking water
  • Local English speaking guide
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Meeting details
Cat Ba Vision Office. 190-1/4 Street, Cat Ba Town.


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Mar 01
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Mar 05
Mar 06
Bookings should be made at least 2 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


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

Today you will see a floating fishing village, kayak through different caves in Lan Ha Bay.

Accommodation: Floating Homestay - Double Room

  • 7.45 am: Meeting at CAT BA VISION OFFICE
  • 8.00 am: Get on the bus to transfer to BEO DOCK (Just 5 minutes away from the office)
  • 8.10 am: Get on the boat and start cruising by going through BEO floating fishing village, passing Monkey Island (You will skip Monkey island to avoid the local tourists' crowd), keep cruising around Lan Ha Bay to enjoy hundreds of amazing landscapes of limestone islands.
  • 9.45 am: Continue the trip by cruising past Buddha island and then drop the anchor at a very calm lagoon to have lunch.
  • 11.40 am: After having lunch, participants have time to relax by taking part in jumping, swimming or just playing photographer with the surrounding landscapes.
  • 1 pm: Move to HANG CA area to do kayaking. Spending one and a half hours on kayaking through DARK CAVE-BAT CAVE-MONKEY CAVE AND BRIGHT CAVE to explore the beauty of the nature in hidden lagoons.
  • 3.15 pm: Arriving at BA TRAI DAO. Anchor nearby secluded sandy beach for some snorkelling and swimming.
  • 4.45 pm: Check-in and relax around the floating homestay
  • 6.45 pm: Vietnamese food and seafood dinner at the homestay
  • 8 pm: Paddle out from the homestay to see planktons
  • 9 pm: Go to bed
Day 2: Floating Homestay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba
Floating Homestay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba

Today you will explore beautiful Tung Cai Lagoon by kayak

  • 7.30 am: Sunrise breakfast
  • 8.30 am: Kayak to explore TUNG CAI lagoon
  • 10.20 am: Return to the homestay, take a shower and refresh.
  • 11.15 am: Head back to the harbour by speedboat.
  • 11.30 am: Lunch at a local restaurant.
  • 12.30 pm: Return to Cat Ba Vision's office.

Meet your guide

Cat Ba Vision

Phuc and his team started the company in 2016, aiming to share local experiences at an affordable price with the travellers. Phuc's customers rave about his friendly staffs and this unique itinerary.
4 years experience
Fluent English

What others are saying

4.9 out of 40 helpful reviews
Amanda A
16 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
We decided to stay on Cat Ba instead of spending 100s$$$ on a Halong Bay cruise. We are really glad we decided to see the national park in this way. Cat Ba is really relaxed with a lot of cheap and comfortable accommodation options. The day tour with Ca Ba Vision was a highlight. The full day was very relaxing, we saw less touristy places, most of the time we were the only boat in the region, and the kayaking through caves was great. Our guide Sun was very enthusiastic, funny and informative, making you feel very welcome. The lunch was also really good. For $50 for 2 people, we don't only feel like we have saved money compared to other tourist options in this area, we were also privlaged to have a unique experience. Thank you for a great day :)
Violette_Bugrova, Russia
14 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
I can absolutely recommend Catba Vision because of their attitude and 5-star service! We spent a wonderful day on a good boat with sincere-smiling&laughing guide Sun (sorry if the spelling is incorrect). The food was varied, towels and water were provided, activities are great (thank you for the kayaking experience). We really liked Catba Vision's 1-day-tour to Halong Bay!
sarahc-45032, Malaysia
11 Nov 2019 on TripAdvisor
Kun was our tour guide, he was really friendly and made sure everyone was comfortable with the tour, he also explained many things about Ha Long bay and Lan Ha Bay. The weather was perfect during our visit so we were able to sunbath on the top deck of the cruise. The route they took was definitely less crowded so it was really relaxing and quiet. They also provided a generous amount of food for us during lunch. After lunch, we all went kayaking for an hour plus then went to visit a small fishing village before heading back to Cat Ba.
31 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
Full day Ha Long/ Lan Ha bay tour including kayaking, snorkelling and lunch. Picked up from our hotel. Great lunch provided (lots of food, really tasty, includes vegetarian). Our guide was fab - really knowledgeable on the area and Vietnamese history and culture, really engaging and sociable. Mostly felt like we were the only tour boat which was lovely in such a tourist hotspot. Sunchairs on the top deck and plenty of space for everyone. Beers/ soda to buy on board. Well worth the money. We thought it may feel too busy with around 25 people but actually it was managed really well. Cat Ba has been a highlight of a month in Vietnam. Snorkelling was not very fruitful but we replaced it with jumping off the boat into the sea so no worries from us :)
WanderessShannon, UK
21 Oct 2019 on TripAdvisor
We booked onto the 2 day 1 night Lan Ha/ Ha Long Bay tour. This was my favourite thing we did in Vietnam, and it was also the cheapest tour like this that we found! We had local tour guides on the boat and at the floating homestay who provided us with lots of knowledge about Vietnamese culture, which really made our trip special, particularly Ming (though all guides and the lady who helped us book the tour were amazing with us and so friendly). The food was also incredible - my friend and I are vegan and veggie, they accommodated us very well. The activities we did were fun and the floating homestay was in such a beautiful setting. There were only around 10 of us on our boat so we felt we had enough space and weren’t crammed in - the tour took us on a less touristic path around the bays as well, so we were often the only boat in sight. I would happily do this tour again and can not recommend it highly enough, it was such a special experience.

Cat Ba Vision Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Cat Ba Vision 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.

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