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Cat Ba Kayak Adventures

Cat Ba, Vietnam
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About Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Cat Ba Kayak Adventures is a full service sea kayak adventure tour company based in Cat Ba Island Vietnam. Raised on the sea live for adventure, ready to explore. Our guided kayak tours offer another easy-to-learn, low-impact, yet active way to explore the calm water of Ha Long Bay. Sea kayaks are stable, efficient and extremely sea worthy vehicles which makes a fun way to experience the wonders of Cat Ba Island, Bai Tu Long bay and this UNESCO world heritage site. We respect our environment and our place in society. Our tour utilise local products to reduce our carbon footprint and in gauge with local communities that we were born.
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Ingrid S wrote a review Aug 2022
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Thank you to the wonderful team at Kayak Adventures! We had a really amazing time kayaking through Lan Ha bay and Halong bay. The caves were particularly amazing and the sheer quantity of little islands is truly a national treasure. We did the 3 day 2 night trip, staying at a beach bungalow. The staff at the bungalow were very nice. On the second day we walked up a steep trail to see a beautiful view of the area. It was hot, slippery and strenuous, but very very worth it. On the last day we had a seafood lunch on a boat and had jellyfish salad! Very yummy and the chef/captain was very nice and talented. We would definitely recommend this place to friends and family! Thank you again!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Kayak Adventure... C, General Manager at Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Responded Aug 14, 2022
Dear Ingrid. Thank you very much for traveling with us recently and your great review.I appreciate your contribution in spreading the word to other travelers about our services. One Again.Thanks very much and we hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you or your family and friends in the future. All the best from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures team! Best regard from Xuân Cường(Mr Henry)!
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Veronica Joobee wrote a review Aug 2022
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Absolutely blown away by the surrealistic natural wonders of islands and lagoons around Cat Ba Bay, my friends and I enjoyed chillaxing daily kayaks and light trekking to explore the area with the company of our local tour guide, Mong. Mong spoke good English and was really, really helpful throughout the trip. He was knowledgable of the flora and fauna, where we would have missed seeing the coastal animal lives passing us by. A real surprise was the many jellyfish and crabs that we found in the water and inland respectively. Super recommend kayaking as this is the best mode of transport to fully immerse in the scenery and be in touch with the beautiful nature. The waters were calm mostly and the weather is fantastic in early August when we booked the trip. We also saw the local livelihoods of the floating villages who farmed a variety of seafoods - squids, oysters, fishes etc. Mong even brought us to a quiet beach where white clams were found in abundance, where we picked some to enjoy as an extra dish for dinner on the junk. Our first night at the junk was catered just for the 3 of us with 2 comfortable cabins and open area at the top for chillaxing. Love the privacy and our captain, Big, together with his chef, whipped up delicious local delicacies and brought us to hidden away pockets of lagoons so we could rest and enjoy the scenery. The next night was spent in chalets by the seas and having different accommodations on each night is a good mix. On our last day, the owner of CatBa Adventure, Henry specially arranged for Mong to bring us around the local markets, the nearby beach and a breeze around the mainland CatBa before our departure to mainland Hanoi. Try the local produced juice drinks or egg coffee by the local cafe, we love it! Truly appreciate the extra mile and making this trip truly special for all of us.
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Response from Kayak Adventure... C, General Manager at Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Responded Aug 14, 2022
Dear Veronica Joobee. This is Xuân Cường (Henry) – Operator Manager of Cat Ba Kayak Adventures. I’m writing to say thank you very much for sharing your great experiences during the 3 day 2 night trip with us recently. We really appreciate honest and frank feedback which we will use to improve our future services. Once Again.Thanks very much and we hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you or your family and friends in the future. All the best from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures team! Best regards from Xuân Cường!
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Elke H wrote a review Aug 2022
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Thanks to our amazing guide we had a wonderful day of kayaking in Han La Bay. We were a small group of only four people including my 14-year-old son. Our guide took us to remote beaches and took extremely good care of us all along the way, including by arranging very carefully a delicious lunch on an island normally only accessible to people staying at the resort there. Our guide responded to all of our requests and even took an hour and a half more at the end of the day to fit in everything we had wanted to experience. I can only recommend this company highly.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Kayak Adventure... C, General Manager at Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Responded Aug 9, 2022
Dear Mrs Elke. Thank you very much for your reviews in the 1 day Kayaking trip as we organzied for you recently. We are very grateful and appreciate for your review on our service. Your review are a great encouragement to us and let us always try to work better to bring satisfaction and good impression to all customers using our services. One Again Thanks very much and we hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you or your family and friends in the future. All the best from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures team! Best regard from Xuân Cường(Mr Henry)!
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Timothy H wrote a review Aug 2022
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We learned about Cat Ba Kayak Adventures from our neighbors, who visited Vietnam in 2015 and took a kayaking trip with Mr. Henry through the dramatic karst formations of Lan Ha Bay. Mr. Henry is the co-owner of Cat Bay Kayak Adventures. His Vietnamese name is Xuan Cuong. I contacted him by email and the next day he forwarded several itineraries and prices. I also got a quote from one of the numerous companies that operate large luxury junks, with fancy staterooms, elegant meals and cocktails. The price quotes from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures and the luxury junk company where just a few dollars apart. But Cat Ba Kayak Adventures seems to be the only operator dedicated to extensive kayaking and getting away from the crowds. Our primary interest was to get out on the water and paddle through the remarkable rock formations, to experience the natural wonder of these bays. So we elected to sign up with Cat Ba Kayak Adventures for a 3-day, two night trip, leaving from Cat Ba Island on July 4 and returning the afternoon of July 6, 2022. The trip proved to be a remarkable experience, and absolutely the right choice. We were on a small junk, just my wife and me, our guide and the boat's captain, with two kayaks tied to the stern. Our guide, Mong, spoke good English and was young and energetic. The Captain, Tiep, spoke no English but his smile and years of experience in these labyrinthine waterways gave us a welcome feeling of being in the right hands. He also proved to be an excellent chef, making most of our meals in a tidy galley near the stern of the boat. The vessel had an upper sundeck for lounging, a stateroom and private head with shower for us, and a dining area where we shared meals with our guide... Captain Tiep joined us for a cold beer after the meal. All quite nice. Most importantly, we cruised thru remarkable bays with astonishing karst formations and few other boats. We did see occasional detritus (mostly chunks of styrafoam) floating on the calm waters, apparently coming from Vietnamese floating fishing villages that are tethered throughout these waters. The Government should do more to protect the marine environment from this menace. Each day Mong took us out for two long paddles, Lucia and I in one kayak and Mong in the lead kayak. He guided us to hidden beaches, coves and secret inlets. We also paddled through caves and passage under the rocks during low tide. We saw other kayakers at some of these places, but otherwise we had near perfect solitude... I took dozens of pictures of spectacular vistas and the verdant green crests of karst formations rising up from the sea, with sheer walls 100 - 200 meters high. We anchored each night in protected bays, only once seeing two other boats anchored nearby. The last night a spectacular thunderstorm descended, with slashing rain and wind. Within an hour it passed and the pleasing calm of these waters returned. We are grateful to Mr. Henry and his company for organizing a superb and memorable adventure. After we returned to Hanoi we met another tourist who had opted for the "big boat" experience on Ha Long Bay and what she described made us feel lucky we chose Cat Ba Kayak Adventures. She said each night her ship moored near numerous other boats, with music echoing from each deck until late at night and the passengers more focused on drinking and dancing than observing the remarkable natural setting. We were spared this mayhem by letting Mr. Henry send us to tranquil waters away from the crowded commercial routes. We recommend Cat Ba Kayak Adventures highly, and thank Mr. Henry, Mong and Captain Tiep for a memorable experience.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Response from Kayak Adventure... C, General Manager at Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Responded Aug 8, 2022
Dear Mr Tim and Mrs Lucia Holliday. Thank you very much for your honest and frank reviews about the 3 day 2 night trip that you have traveling with us in recently! Really, right now I can't have words to describe my feelings because your comments are too detailed, it brings us an indescribable joy and happiness. We promise you that, we will always learn more, work better to constantly improve the quality of our services. Once again, thank you very much for traveling with us and we hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you or your family and friends in the future. All the best regards from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures Team! Warm regards from Xuan Cuong!
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jennifer Z wrote a review Jun 2022
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We did a 3 day 2 night kayak trip in Lan ha bay/ Halong bay, and it was fantastic. We were a family of five, and had a boat to ourselves with two cabins. The boat was simple but perfect for us. Common space upstairs for eating and hanging out, cool breezes! We ate meals up there, really special food including Vietnamese hot pot. The kayaking was exactly what we were looking for, the first day was short, given all the time taken with travel and settling in. But the second day included a few different areas, hidden caves and coves. We also did a biker ride to a village in day 3, really fun. This company, run by Mr. Henry, made everything easy. Communication through what's app was thorough and clear. Everything with the trip was exactly as billed. Our guide, Huy, was terrific and made everything even more fun, same with the crew. Despite this being a heavily touristed area, we felt peaceful. I would highly recommend this trip.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Kayak Adventure... C, General Manager at Cat Ba Kayak Adventures
Responded Jul 11, 2022
Dear Mrs Jennifer Zelnick. This is Xuân Cường (Henry) – Operator Manager of Cat Ba Kayak Adventures. I’m writing to say thanks very much for sharing your great experiences during the 3 day 2 night trip with us recently. We really appreciate honest and frank feedback which we will use to improve our future services. Once Again.Thanks very much and we hope we have the opportunity to be of service to you or your family and friends in the future. All the best from Cat Ba Kayak Adventures team! Best regards from Xuân Cường!
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