Day 1: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Hydrofoil to Cat Ba
ActiveTravel ASIA adventure guide collects you at 5.30 am from the hotel for harbor city, Hai Phong. We depart early today to catch up with the very first hydrofoil schedule at 09.00AM from the harbor. The drive from Hanoi to Hai Phong costs you about 2.5 hours. We arrive in the city and have some spare time for breakfast then take 1-hour hydrofoil to Cat Ba Island.
Cat Ba is the largest island of Halong bay so it is automatically the biggest one over the whole north Vietnam. The island carries on it a dense jungle and several small but clean, lovely beaches. We will check them all from today and two next days. Upon arrival, we check in hotel and head out straight to clean lovely beach. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.
Activities: Free at leisure
Transportation: 2.5 hours drive and 40 minutes hydrofoil
Accommodation: Hotel on Cat Ba Island
Day 2: Trekking Cat Ba National Park – Viet Hai village ~ 5hrs trekking
Breakfast in the hotel before taking a beautiful bus ride along the coast to reach to the edge of Cat Ba National Park. Start our Cat Ba trekking trip from here, our guide will follow you all the time of hiking for guiding and maximizing your experience with his guidance from what is suitable speed, ascending and descending hills but don't hurt your muscle to a small tiny technique such as lacing your shoes. That feature classifies us always outstanding from other operators and makes your tour real trekking experience.
We are going to have a long trek across dense jungle of Cat Ba island to reach the peaceful village of Viet Hai, with a short break at Frog Lake. Have lunch in a local house at Viet Hai village - the most beautiful village in Cat Ba before keep hiking to our bungalows facing to Lan Ha bay where we stay overnight. You can spend the rest of the day for relaxing to get energy back for our kayaking adventures tomorrow. Dinner and overnight at Cat Ba island.
Trekking: 5 hrs - Moderate grade
Transportation: Bus, Boat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Bungalows in Viet Hai
Day 3: Kayaking Lan Ha of Halong Bay Full day ~ 5-6hrs kayaking
We suggest you should take a biking trip to get from Viet Hai to the quay because of its beautiful biking paths. End of our trek to Cat ba island here and change to new but must-done challenge - Halong bay kayaking.
You are provided with professional, sit-in kayaks, paddles, life vests and dry bags. Our guide will help you with some warming-up exercises. We get on the support boat and transfer to Lan Ha bay where we start Halong kayaking to reach to Ba Chai Dao Beaches. Lunch on the support boat which follows you all kayaking time. A support boat is to help us get deeply into remote and untouched parts of the bay. That is the way we get our tours into true adventure level.
In the afternoon continue paddling to Dark Cave. If tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave of Halong bay by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain, opening to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. After the exploration, take the kayak to Halong Bay where our mother cruise anchors. Dinner and overnight on the junk.
Kayaking: 5-6 hr – Moderate grade
Transportation: Boat, Kayak
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Twin shared, AC cabin
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Breakfast on the junk after a nice Tai Chi on the sundeck for taking deep breath of pure morning over the bay.
Check out and clear bill while the cruise is navigating through amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back the dock. Lunch on the junk before being collected by our driver to back to Hanoi. Trip ends upon hotel arrival
Transfer Halong – Hanoi: 3.5 hrs
Transportation: AC vehicle, Junk
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Note on client safety
- We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.