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 :)
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!
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.
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 :)
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.