Known as the biggest island within the Cat Ba Archipelago, Cat Ba Island attracts visitors with its rugged and craggy mixture of beaches and mountains. The island is divided into two very different parts: Cat Ba town and Cat Ba National Park.
As most local tourists go to the town for a simple beach vacation, this part of the island is usually crowded, especially during summer. On the other hand, the National Park of Cat Ba is sparsely populated with diverse eco-systems and jungle and rare species of animals that will surely capture the heart of any nature-lover.
Cat Ba National Park was the first national park in Vietnam to include both terrestrial and marine ecosystems. It covers an area of 140 square kilometers, along with 90 square kilometers of the adjacent waters that promotes different eco-systems and habitat types as well many plant and animal species. If lucky, you might even see a Cat Ba golden-headed langur – one of the ten rarest species in the world. In addition, this is also home to a lot of other endangered mammals such as the Southern Serow, Rhesus macaque, Leopard Cat, black giant squirrel, and civet cats.
The National Park is surely a place you cannot miss if you come to this lovely island. A visit to the Cat Ba National Park is typically included in 3 day 2 night cruises around Halong Bay. Joining this cruise itinerary, visitors could fully enjoy the magnificent seascape of Halong bay and explore the National Park on a guided walking expedition or (for the more energetic) by bicycle.
Author: The Au Co – Halong Luxury Cruises