Cat Ba Island is located about 50km to the east of Hai Phong and is the largest and most frequented of the 366 islands in Lan Ha and Ha Long bays. Beaches and tropical green forests are the key attractions that draw people to Cat Ba and it has also been named by UNESCO as a ‘World Biosphere Reserve’. The island is charming, with friendly locals, fresh air, clear water, lots of seafood and many outdoor activities. Most of the islanders still lead a simple way of life and are in harmony with Nature; they were fishermen and farmers long before tourism and newer industries such as shrimp farming arrived.
Cat Ba Island can get very crowded with domestic tourists in April and August and for this reason visitors might want to skip long weekends or school holidays. The island welcomes fewer travelers from December to March as the weather is quite cool and this makes swimming more challenging. But for those who enjoy Nature and peace, Cat Ba is a perfect location to relax at this time of year.