Authentic Sailing Junk

4 Days 3 Nights: Kayak - Hiking - Biking

1 Night in Superior Beach Bungalow, 1 night in homestay and 1 night in private cabin on junk boat

Take time to explore Cat Ba Island and Lan Ha Bay on our 4 Day 3 night custom adventure tour. Kayak, trek mountain bike, Sail and explore. We spend 1 night in a superior beach bungalow, one night at authentic homestay and one night on our traditional wooden junk. Take time to see the real Cat Ba on this Vietnam eco-adventure.

  • 498$ USD Per person twin share, min 2 pax.
  • 446$ USD Per person twin share, min 3-10 pax.
  • 95$ USD Single Sup.


Day 01:

7:00 am: Depart from Hanoi by shuttle bus (or private transport upon request) to Cat Ba Island.

11:30am: Arrive at Cat Ba Island where our staff will meet you.

Traditional, fresh dishes are served for lunch, then we will give you a quick briefing so you know what to expect from the day ahead before checking in to your own private bungalow on the island. We will spend the afternoon visiting the island, and enjoy a lovely trekking around to explore the island. Following this we will paddle gently through the incredible scenery to the private beach, where you can visit a cave. There is plenty of time for swimming or relaxing and drinking in the views on the way.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Overnight at Beach Bungalow.

Day 02:

8:30am: After feeding you well at breakfast time we will take you out for a day of kayaking. This is enough time to really explore some of the breath-taking islets and caves, and totally immerse yourself in the peace and tranquility. We will spend the afternoon visiting the cave, where many fishermen and their families live and work. We will have lunch at Three Peaches Island (famous for crystal waters and natural beaches), and visit Tay Keo Cave. We will also see temples, floating farms, and secluded lagoons. After this action-packed day we will go to Cai Beo floating village for staying overnight in authentic floating farmstay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Overnight in Eco Floating Farmstay Cai Beo.

Day 03:

8:30am: Today we will explore the beauty of Cat Ba Island, and experience the majesty of Lan Ha Bay. This more energetic option will reward you with breath-taking views over Halong Bay, and some stellar photo opportunities. Enjoy a lovely kayaking tour to discover Cai Beo floating village. At noon, we will head out to the pier and get on the junk, check in and enjoy a welcome drink while we cruise the bay. You will have time to explore Dark and Bright cave by kayaking and enjoy a swimming at ba Trai Dao beach and have a seafood set dinner on board the junk.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner Accommodation: Private cabin on traditional junk.

Day 04:

08h:30am: After breakfast on board. Enjoy cruising within Lan Ha bay. A cycle ride through the achingly beautiful forests and mountains will bring you to the National Park, which covers 50% of the island.  You can choose whether to relax in the village and experience the rural lifestyle. Possibility to see the Langurs of Catba on the way back .
10h15am: Check out of the room

11h:00: Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at local restaurant before catching the shuttle bus around 12h30 back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 16h45. End of our service

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included: Accommodation in Superior Beach Bungalow, night at floating farmstay, Private cabin on classic junk, Kayak, Bike, Meals as listed above, Entrance fees, permit, Guide.
Excluded: Personal expenses, drinks and gratuities


Hassle Free from Hanoi

Daily express bus from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island

There are two options to get from Hanoi to Cat Ba Island.

1/Express bus

  • Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi’s old quarter 7:015
  • Departure Times:
    Hanoi – Cat Ba 7:15; 10:45 & 14:00   Cat Ba – Hanoi 9:30; 12:30 & 15:30
  • Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 45 minutes
  • Cost: $13/person/per way. Includes Hai Phong – Cat Ba ferry tickets

The express bus to Cat Ba departs Hanoi and you are driven to the ferry dock in Hai Phong where you board the ferry and take the 30 minuet ride to Cat Ba Island. Once there you get on another bus that takes you into Cat Ba Town where we meet you to start your adventure. Book Now

2/ Private transfer

  • Pick up: Flexible schedule
  • Travel time estimate: 3 hour and 30 minutes
  • Cost: Please contact us for more details through our WhatsApp: + 84 912 555 208 / 915 063 737
  • Hai Phong – Cat Ba hydrofoil ticket.$13/per person/per way.
  • Noi Bai Airport pick-up or Drop Off add: $26 US per vehicle.

We would recommend you to let us to book and reserve the ticket to you Please fill out the form below and we will arrange the tickets for you.

Our fleet of sea kayaks

Kayaks have been a traditional form of transport in many marine cultures all over the planet for thousands of years. There is a very good reason for this: these versatile, streamlined little boats are a fantastic way to get about on the water. Our fleet comprises of single and tandem kayaks, well maintained and seaworthy.


  • Recycled Plastic Skimmer single touring kayak. Made in South Africa.
  • Length: 5000mm
  • Beam:600mm
  • Depth: 300mm
  • Ideal single kayak for water-confident paddlers doing day or overnight trips.
  • Adjustable foot operated rudder, (rear seat on doubles).
  • Closed cell foam seat.
  • 2 hatches.
  • Bulkheads.
  • Carry handles.
  • Deck lines and bungees for securing deck items.

Tour Price

Tour Price Includes:

  • Sea Kayaks and all safety equipment
  • All Meals as listed
  • Pick up and car transfer back to Cat Ba Town
  • Overnight in superior bungalow
  • Park entrance fees

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Tips and gratuities
  • Insurance
  • Transportation from Hanoi
Tripadvisor reviews

“Best Way–BY FAR–To Visit Halong Bay!”

After considering other ways to see and experience Halong Bay, we chose Blue Swimmer for a more intimate and customized experience. And boy were we glad. Instead of the huge, steamer style boats carrying lots of people and featuring 30 minutes of kayaking, we had a grand wooden boat all to ourselves–with a great guide, Thang, a solid captain and a very good cook. We could kayak all we wanted. And instead of the more crowded Halong Bay, we focused on Bai Tu Long. From our first email, Mr Kevin was terrific to deal with. We had a kind of complicated timeline, which he worked with–even arranging transport to Haiphong from the Hanoi airport, and having someone meet us at the hydrofoil dock with prepaid tickets. Everything went smoothly from beginning to end. The kayaking was good. Everybody loved jumping off the top deck to swim. And the food was terrific–and plentiful. The boat was very spacious, with two bedrooms for the four of us, each with its own bathroom including shower. There was also a living area for eating. But we spent most of our time in the four lounges on the main deck, watching the karst islands go by, looking at the floating villages, and enjoying the changing scenery. We are experienced kayakers, so doing a fair amount of paddling was important to us. Especially on the second day, we got plenty. And the boats were in fine shape. Most important, as we cruised by the other, crowded boats, we said to ourselves over and over: ” Sure glad we chose Blue Swimmer.”

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