4. Kayak your way through the floating village, rest at one of the tiny islands in the middle of nowhere, reach the Lan Ha Bay and click loads of pictures! We rented a kayak on our own as that gives one much more freedom to explore (and adds a pinch of adventure). Renting a 2 person kayak for the whole day would cost you USD 6 and for half a day would cost you USD 5.
5. Watching the numerous limestone karsts around there would come a point when you would be tempted to climb one! Rock climbing can be done through any of the operators available.
6. An island life is incomplete without its beaches and after all the tiring activities nothing beats a quick dip in the ocean or just baking yourself out on the sand.
7. Indulge in some seafood and tiger beer at one of the many restaurants around the harbour, the food is fairly priced with every other restraint running discounts (and happy hours) post 5:00 pm. There is so much more that can be done at the Cat Ba Island and one can easily spend 2 nights and 3 days here, if you are planning to visit the place for just 1 night I would suggest you to rethink since you would miss out on a lot in the rush.
My visit to the Cat Ba Island was something close to what I can call a trouvaille (a lucky find) it is not really an extra ordinary island and Vietnam has places equally breath-taking, but there was something about the experience; could be because this impromptu plan with two travellers I had just met a day earlier taught me to trust well or the fact that I learned something new (Kayaking) or may be the moment when I thought the kayak will crash into one of the karst but I managed my way out or yet it may be that flash at the bay when realisation struck that I was actually at a place which I had only seen in movies and magazines.