Cat Ba island has been known for a long time as a must-visit destination for visitors to Halong Bay, especially on a cruise vacation to Lan Ha Bay. At present time, there are no cruises only operating on Cat Ba island, and trips to Cat Ba island are usually conducted on day 2 or day 3 of the cruise itinerary on Lan Ha Bay. The most prominent destinations on Cat Ba island are Viet Hai village and Trung Trang cave which are both embraced by the verdant jungles of Cat Ba national park. Here we have compiled a list of the 10 best cruises with excursions on Cat Ba island which may provide you with easier options.

10 Best Cruises In Cat Ba Island

1. Stellar of the Seas cruise

1. Stellar of the Seas cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Lagoon natural area - Viet Hai village - Beach area - Dark & Bright cave

Price: From US$734/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Kayaking or swimming in a Lagoon natural area
  • Exploring Viet Hai village with verdant landscapes and fresh atmosphere
  • Riding a bicycle and getting to know the life of locals
  • Kayaking/ bamboo rowing boat in Dark & Bright cave
  • BBQ party with fresh seafood

Stellar of the Seas is owned by a leading cruise operator in Halong Bay. This brand-new cruise explores the less-touristy Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba island on its 3D2N itinerary. In the 3D2N cruise itinerary, you will have a chance to admire the jaw-dropping landscapes of Viet Hai village, an ancient town in the heart of Cat Ba national park on day 2. You can ride a bicycle along winding village roads and discover rustic life.

2. Elite of the Seas cruise

2. Elite of the Seas cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night, 3 days 2 nights, 4 days 3 nights, and 5 days 4 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Ao Ech area - Viet Hai village - Trung Trang cave - Dark & Bright cave

Price: From US$882/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Elite of the Seas is one of the cruises with the longest itineraries (5D4N)
  • Exploring Viet Hai village on an electric car or riding a bicycle on your own
  • Discovering Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba island
  • Swimming and relaxing in Ao Ech area
  • Upscale services and premium meals onboard

A sibling of Stellar of the Seas cruise, Elite of the Seas brings the ultimate luxury cruise experience on Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay. Designed itineraries explore Lan Ha Bay on 2 days 1 night, 3 days 2 nights, 4 days 3 nights, and 5 days 4 nights.  Either you choose a 3D2N or 4D3N or 5D4N itinerary, the cruise approaches Cat Ba island where you can immerse in the rustic and peaceful ambiance of Viet Hai village and explore Trung Trang cave. 

Entertainment activities include a biking trip or an electric car trip around the village. Moreover, an excursion to Trung Trang cave also allows you to visit the local fish rafts by speedboat.

3. La Siesta Superyacht

3. La Siesta Superyacht

Duration: 2 days 1 night, 3 days 2 nights, 4 days 3 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba island - Bai Tu Long Bay

Price: From US$450/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Premium services and facilities on the first 6-star yacht in Halong Bay
  • Having a comprehensive trip covering all Halong Bay area
  • Extraordinary experiences with a night stay on Cat Ba island
  • A lot of entertainment activities both onboard and on the tourist attractions

To launch in spring 2023, La Siesta superyacht boasts the first 6-star cruise on Halong Bay. The fleet of 2 luxurious yachts is also the first one with well-researched itineraries exploring Halong Bay, Lan Ha Bay, and Bai Tu Long bay. 

If you expect to visit Cat Ba island, you should choose the 4D3N itinerary. La Siesta superyacht uniquely offers a night stay in M Gallery on Cat Ba island on day 3. A lot of exciting activities await you to enjoy namely hiking, biking, and swimming on the beach.

4. Orchid Classic Cruise

4. Orchid Classic Cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba island - Trung Trang cave - Tra Bau area - Ao Ech Area

Price: From US$632/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Visiting the primitive Lan Ha Bay with famous attractions like Tra Bau area and Ao Ech area
  • Spending time exploring Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba island
  • Trying typical activities like swimming, kayaking, and squid fishing

Belonging to Orchid fleet, Orchid Classic cruise features wooden furniture and spacious suites. On its 2D1N itinerary, you have an opportunity to explore Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba island. This is the largest and most beautiful cave on the island. 

Besides trips to lesser-known and pristine attractions, you can enjoy many leisure and water-based activities.

5. Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise

5. Heritage Binh Chuan Cruise

Duration: 1 day, 2 days 1 night, 3 days 2 nights, 4 days 3 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Ba Trai Dao beach or Tra Bau area - Viet Hai village - Dark & Bright cave

Price: From US$681/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Heritage Binh Chuan is an upscale cruise with traditional elegance
  • You have various choices for cruise itineraries
  • You have a chance to participate in typical activities on Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba island

Heritage Binh Chuan is among the high-quality cruises on Lan Ha Bay following the traditional architecture of an ancient cruise ship dating back hundreds of years ago. The ship uniquely features an Indochine style with luxurious cabins and amenities. Heritage Binh Chuan cruise offers a wide range of itinerary choices for a day cruise, 2D1N, 3D2N, and 4D3N. With 3D2N and 4D3N itineraries, you can have a chance to explore Viet Hai village on Cat Ba island. 

Options divide into a biking trip and an electric car trip around the village where you can not only soak up the fresh atmosphere but also socialize with local people.

6. Scarlet Pearl Cruise

6. Scarlet Pearl Cruise

Duration: 1 day, 2 days and 1 night, and 3 days and 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Dark & Bright cave - Ba Trai Dao beach - Cat Ba island - Viet Hai village

Price: From US$502/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Kayaking or rowing a bamboo boat to visit Dark & Bright cave
  • Visiting Ba Trai Dao beach then Viet Hai village on Cat Ba island
  • Going through a rainforest tunnel and enjoying the gorgeous scenery

Scarlet Pearl is a brand-new and modern cruise yacht featuring high-end cabins and facilities. The cruise offers flexible itineraries within the day, 2 days and 3 days. If you want to discover Cat Ba island, you need to opt for a 3D2N itinerary. The cruise visit Viet Hai village on Cat Ba island on day 3 where you can enjoy a leisurely electric car trip or a biking trip to discover around. 

The village is covered by dense forest and is home to 80 households. During the excursion, you can also visit local farmers and get to know about their daily activities.

7. Nostalgia Cruise

7. Nostalgia Cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba island - Trung Trang cave - Viet Hai village - Ao Ech area

Price: From US$420/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Nostalgia is a newly launched cruise with a royal traditional style
  • You have a chance to fully explore Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba island with the most attractive destinations
  • Savoring delightful meals and enjoying top-notch services

Set launch in December 2022, Nostalgia is a new traditional ship offering a nostalgic, high-class version of royal architecture. The cruise is made from Vietnamese lavish materials like  iron-wood with a special fragrance. Royal atmosphere aside, Nostalgia cruise provides great 2d1n and 3d2n itineraries to explore unspoiled destinations on Lan Ha Bay. 

A tender boat takes you to Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba island first which is surrounded by Cat Ba national park and Kim Giao forest. On the next day, you will have a bicycle trip around Viet Hai village with majestic natural scenery and ancient local houses.

8. Heritage Line - Ylang Cruise

8. Heritage Line - Ylang Cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba island - Viet Hai village - Cat Ba national park - Ao Ech area

Price: From US$1318/room/night

Highlight activities: 

  • A high-quality cruise ship with traditional elements for a feeling of coziness and intimacy
  • The ship allows you more time on the island to take part in interesting activities such as biking, trekking through the forest and seeing wildlife
  • Meals are served in traditional style with Vietnamese specialties

Capturing the quintessential beauty of traditional cruises with Indochine legacy and Vietnamese touches, the Heritage line - Ylang cruise provides you with top-of-the-range services and facilities. 

Regarding the itinerary to Cat Ba island, you can opt for the 2D1N or 3D2N tour with visits to Viet Hai village and Cat Ba national park which possesses an abundance of floral and fauna species. You will have the experience of a local namely exploring the destination and catching sight of unique animals.

9. Mon Cheri Cruise

9. Mon Cheri Cruise

Duration: 2 days 1 night and 3 days 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba island - Viet Hai village - Trung Trang cave

Price: From US$507/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Cat Ba island trip is included in both 2D1N and 3D2N cruise itineraries
  • Mon Cheri is a great option for families and couples with luxurious cabins
  • A variety of entertainment activities onboard and on the sites

Mon Cheri cruise is one of the leading cruise operators on Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay with stylish cabins and exceptional services. Whether you choose a one-night or two-night cruise itinerary, you have ample opportunities to explore Lan Ha Bay, especially Cat Ba island. The cruise takes you to Cat Ba World Biosphere for a visit to Trung Trang cave, the most impressive cave on the island and Viet Hai village (if you choose the 3D2N itinerary). 

Activities are abundant to keep you entertained all day long such as cave exploring, kayaking, trekking through the forest, and cycling in the rustic village.

10. Capella Cruise

10. Capella Cruise

Duration: 1 day, 2 days 1 night, 3 days 2 nights

Destinations: Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Ao Ech area - Cat Ba island - Viet Hai village - Ba Trai Dao beach area - Dark & Bright cave

Price: From US$407/room/night

Highlight activities:

  • Capella cruise offers premium cabins, services and also a cruise charter service
  • The cruise comprises unique features like a large swimming pool and a water slide
  • The 2d1n and 3d2n itineraries stop over many famous tourist attractions on Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba island

Capella cruise is a brand-new steel vessel that offers 5* services and contemporary-style cabins. The cruise has wonderful entertainment amenities such as an outdoor swimming pool, a water slide, a spa, and a cigar lounge. 

When it comes to the cruise itinerary, if you choose the 3D2N trip, you will visit Viet Hai village and Ba Trai Dao beach on day 2. Activities are exciting namely biking and swimming in the cool waters.

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