Authentic Sailing Junk

4 Days 3 Nights: Kayak - Hiking - Biking

1 Night in Superior Beach Bungalow, 1 night in homestay and 1 night in private cabin on junk boat

Take time to explore Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay on our 4 Day 3 night custom adventure tour. Kayak, trek mountain bike, Sail and explore. We spend 1 night in a superior beach bungalow, one night at authentic homestay and one night on our traditional wooden junk. Take time to see the real Cat Ba on this Vietnam eco-adventure.

  • 498$ USD Per person twin share, min 2 pax.
  • 445$ USD Per person twin share, min 3-10 pax.
  • 95$ USD Single Sup.

Itinerary

Day 01:

7:00 am: Depart from Hanoi by shuttle bus (or private transport upon request) to Cat Ba Island.

11:30am: Arrive at Cat Ba Island where our staff will meet you.

Traditional, fresh dishes are served for lunch, then we will give you a quick briefing so you know what to expect from the day ahead before checking in to your own private bungalow. We will spend the afternoon visiting the island, and enjoy a lovely trekking around to explore the island. Following this we will paddle gently through the incredible scenery to the private beach, where you can visit a cave. There is plenty of time for swimming or relaxing and drinking in the views on the way.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Overnight in Superior Beach Bungalow.

Day 02:

8:30am: After feeding you well at breakfast time we will take you out for a day of kayaking. This is enough time to really explore some of the breath-taking islets and caves, and totally immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility. We will spend the afternoon visiting the cave, where many fishermen and their families live and work. We will have lunch at Three Peaches Island (famous for crystal waters and natural beaches), and visit Tay Keo Cave. We will also see temples, floating farms, and secluded lagoons. After this action-packed day we will go to Viet Hai village for staying overnight in  authentic homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Overnight in homestay.

Day 03:

8:30am:Today we will explore the beauty of Cat Ba Island, and experience the majesty of Viet Hai National Park.  A cycle ride through the achingly beautiful forests and mountains will bring you to the National Park, which covers 50% of the island.  You can choose whether to relax in the village and experience the rural lifestyle, or head out on a two hour trek. This more energetic option will reward you with breath-taking views over Halong Bay, and some stellar photo opportunities. Following lunch we will head out to the pier and get on the junk, check in and enjoy a drink while we cruise the bar and have a seafood set dinner on board the junk.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Private cabin on traditional junk.

Day 04:

08h:30am: After breakfast on board. Enjoy cruising within Lan Ha bay. Stop to visit a fish farm to understand better how local fishemen lives on water. Possibility to enjoy a swimming at selucded beaches of the bay
10h15am: Check out of the room

11h:00: Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant before catching the shuttle bus around 12h30 back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 16h30. End of our service

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Includes: Accommodation in Superior Beach Bungalow, night at homestay, Private cabin on traitional junk, Kayak, Bike, Meals as listed above, Entrance fees, permit, Guide, shuttle bus.

Transportation

Hassle Free from Hanoi

Daily express bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

There are two options to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island.

1/Express bus

  • Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter 7:015
  • Departure Times:
    Hanoi – Cat Ba 7:00 & 14:00   Cat Ba – Hanoi 9:00 & 16:00
  • Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cost: $13/person/per way. Includes Hai Phong – Cat Ba ferry tickets

The express bus to Cat Ba departs Hanoi and you are driven to the ferry dock in Hai Phong where you board the ferry and take the 30 minuet ride to Cat Ba Island. Once there you get on another bus that takes you into Cat Ba Town where we meet you to start your adventure. Book Now

2/ Private transfer

  • Pick up: Flexible schedule
  • Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cost: Please contact us for more details through our WhatsApp: + 84 912 555 208/ 915 063 737
  • Hai Phong – Cat Ba hydrofoil ticket.$13/per person/per way.
  • Noi Bai Airport pick-up or Drop Off add: $26 US per vehicle.

We would recommend you to let us to book and reserve the ticket to you Please fill out the form below and we will arrange the tickets for you.

Our fleet of sea kayaks

Kayaks have been a traditional form of transport in many marine cultures all over the planet for thousands of years. There is a very good reason for this: these versatile, streamlined little boats are a fantastic way to get about on the water. Our fleet comprises of single and tandem kayaks, well maintained and seaworthy.

Specifications:

  • Recycled Plastic Skimmer single touring kayak. Made in South Africa.
  • Length: 5000mm
  • Beam:600mm
  • Depth: 300mm
  • Ideal single kayak for water-confident paddlers doing day or overnight trips.
  • Adjustable foot operated rudder, (rear seat on doubles).
  • Closed cell foam seat.
  • 2 hatches.
  • Bulkheads.
  • Carry handles.
  • Deck lines and bungees for securing deck items.

Tour Price

Tour Price Includes:

  • Sea Kayaks and all safety equipment
  • All Meals as listed
  • Pick up and car transfer back to Cat Ba Town
  • Overnight in superior bungalow
  • Park entrance fees

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Transportation from Hanoi
Tripadvisor reviews

“Best part of Vietnam”

We booked a 3 day, 2 night tour through the Cat Ba Island area with Blue Swimmer Adventure and had a wonderful time! Our first night on the fish farm was quite a memorable experience and something I would highly recommend to anyone in Vietnam. Our second night on a boat docked 50 meters from the fish farm was also nice but very similar to the night on the fish farm. The islands were incredibly scenic and our guide was extremely nice! These were the best parts of the trip. Our trip included a lot of kayaking which we loved, but for those who aren’t as active, it might have been tough. We kayaked probably 3 hours or so on the first day. It was great! In terms of value, it seemed as if the owner is making quite a profit. They were quite frugal with providing us with water and any type of beer, soft drink, or more water was extra cost. This was a bit unfortunate given how cheap everything in Vietnam is and that we paid about $395 per person for the 2 night experience. Although, the food was quite good and we were not hungry. I would recommend this to friends, especially if the price reflected the prices of the goods we were consuming. Thanks Thung for your time and good will as a guide.

Matt Temp (Portland, Oregon)
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