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Try the kayaking
If you head north of Cat Ba bay to Bay Beo, there's a place called Blue Swimmer Adventures. We hired...

By libbytes

What we say: 3.5 stars

Rock climbing trips can be arranged in Cat Ba, led by experienced climbers. Talk to Asia Outdoors in The Good Bar building which can organise trips for all levels.

Asia Outdoors can also organise kayaking, as can other agents in town. Expect to pay around $15 for a few hours, or combine kayaking with a boat trip for a full day experience.

Small boats cruise the harbour looking for fares, so if you prefer to be closer to the water but don't want to do the hard paddling, you can give it a whirl.

Motorbikes are available to rent all over the place for 80,000 VND to 120,000 VND – both automatic and semi-automatic – and it's a good way to explore the island. The road conditions aren't great – although there was a lot of construction work going on when we visited in August 2014 – but roads are quiet and the scenery is amazing enough you'll want to keep stopping to take photos.

Bicycles are also available to rent but bear in mind Cat Ba is quite hilly, particularly in the centre, so you'll need a certain degree of fitness. Or rent a tandem for 50,000 VND per hour for a gentle ride along the harbour road. They actually have four seats (two for children) so you can make it a family outing.

Last updated: 14th October, 2014

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  • Try the kayaking 5 stars

    23rd May, 2014

    If you head north of Cat Ba bay to Bay Beo, there's a place called Blue Swimmer Adventures. We hired 2 single kayaks for $8 each from 12-5pm. Including our ticket to lan ha bay.

    Great value and nice kayaks.

    Other activities reviewed by libbytes (6)
    Written on 23rd May, 2014, rated 5 out of 5. Visited here in May, 2014

  • 2 days of Slo Pony Tours 5 stars

    26th November, 2010

    Wanted to recommend this place. While it is expensive compared to some of the other tour offices on the main strip, it turned out to be very worth it.

    Did the full day cruise, kayak, and climb (rope course) tour, as well as a six hour trekking trip.

    Staff were very helpful, making good recommendations for hotel (Nobel House was full), food, and other activities outside of their tours.

    The cruise/kayak/climb trip was amazing, everyone was very professional and staff were fun, interesting people. The trek trip was a bit more difficult, as our guide spoke no English what-so-ever, but it was still a nice way to spend the day.

    They have meetings every day at 6, for people to come and discuss what everyone wants to do the next day, and then activities are based on that. So you might not get to do exactly what you want, unless you're willing to pay a higher small-group rate.

    Overall, great experiences!

    Other activities reviewed by Bevatron (1)
    Written on 26th November, 2010, rated 5 out of 5. Visited here in November, 2010

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