Trekking on Cat Ba National Park
“Rugged, craggy and jungle-clad, Cat Ba is straight out of Jurassic Park.” That’s how Lonely Planet introduces this incredible island which neighbors the Halong Bay World Heritage site. Sparsely populated Cat Ba Island is the largest of the 366 islands in the Cat Ba Archipelago. Almost half of the Island’s 140 square kilometers, along with 90 square kilometers of the adjacent waters, were declared a National Park in 1986 to protect its diverse eco-systems.
Both Cat Ba Island and its National Park have a variety of land cover including bushes and woodland, limestone karst, limestone forest, agricultural areas, bamboo forest, mangrove and sea grass beds.
It is also home to the highly endangered Cat Ba golden-headed langur, one of the ten rarest species in the world, as well as other rare mammals.
Biking to discover Viet Hai village in Cat Ba Island
On the second day of your Halong cruise, you will have a chance to explore the National Park, this time from Viet Hai village, where you can visit The Au Co Green Farm and meet local fishermen and learn about their daily life. From Viet Hai, you can choose whether you wish to explore the National Park on a guided walking expedition or (for the more energetic) by bicycle.
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