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“Fabulous boat trip -- great crew, awesome food, beautiful scenery”
Review of Cat Ba Ventures

Cat Ba Ventures
Ranked #9 of 48 Tours in Cat Ba
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed February 11, 2014

We did the group boat trip for $31/person. Totally worth it -- would have paid more. We reserved a spot via email a few days before we arrived, but I think you can just show up the day before and still get a spot. You meet at their office at 8 am the day of departure and you're back around 5 pm. A short drive takes you to the pier, where you board a super nice boat and cruise through both Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay. We kayaked for 2 hours in and around karsts/caves, then ate a phenomenal lunch (some of the best food we've had in Vietnam!), cooked by the on-boat chef. Of particular note was an amazing squid dish sauteed with lemon, roasted tomatoes, and dill. Fabulous. We spent the rest of the afternoon just cruising around the bay, with one last swim or kayak or... nap, depending on your mood. Also worth note: The other customers were awesome. Cat Ba seems to attract an intelligent, interesting set of folks. Expect a great day.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

My family of 5 (including 3 teenage girls) had a very memorable trip in early January. We went on the 2D/1N trip from Cat Ba island. Mr Tung was very prompt with my email questions before we arrived in Vietnam. We used the pickup service from Hanoi. It was on time and we had no problems. We cruised Lan Ha and Halong Bay, swam, kayaked and had a very relaxing time whilst on the boat. The food was amazing, tasty, fresh seafood and heaps of it. The boat was clean and I enjoyed my best night sleep of the whole holiday bobbling around in a secluded bay. The trip was over before we were ready to leave....we would have loved more time exploring this beautiful area. Definitely go to Cat Ba/ Lan Ha Bay and avoid the big impersonal trips in Halong Bay!

4  Thank Brissytravelgal
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

We did a 2 day/1 night tour from Hanoi to Lan Ha and Halong Bays via Cat Ba Island. The level of service was incredible, starting with our email interactions with the friendly Mr. Tung. The private shuttle picked us up from our hotel on time and although the driver did not speak English he was friendly and professional. Definitely worth the small extra charge.

Our guide Phuc was friendly and personable. He took us kayaking to areas where we saw no other tourists, only playful monkeys along the coast. We kayaked through dark caves into secluded, jungle-fringed lagoons. This was a highlight of our entire trip to Vietnam.

The captain and guide did an amazing job of keeping us away from other tourists that riddle the Halong Bay area. The food was absolutely amazing, including a delicious red snapper purchased directly from a local fisherman. The cook chef were also very accommodating of our dietary restrictions.

The boat (Lan Ha Criuse) was huge for our party of three. Although it wasn't particularly modern or well appointed it had a comfortable and inviting feel.

Even in winter, with overcast skies and slightly chilly weather, I would recommend this trip to anyone. Definitely a step up from the congested, crowded mass tours running out of Halong Bay.

A must for anyone visiting Northern Vietnam!! I could not imagine a better experience!

5  Thank FJPollock
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MrTung, Owner at Cat Ba Ventures, responded to this reviewResponded March 14, 2014

Dear FJPollock,
We would like to express our thanks to your reviews on your trip. We are really happy to know that you enjoyed your trip so much and your reviews have brought so much neccessary information to many people who have an ideal to come to Catba for visiting. Thank you so much for joining our company and hope to see you again.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

did the two nights trip on the smaller boat (the dolphin). very good handling from Mr Tung and great delivery from the crew and guide (Thuan). no mechanical problem, good sleeping, plenty of good food on top of the sights, kayaking etc.

1  Thank Clemlef
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

we did a one day boat trip to the Halong Bay from Cat Ba Island. We have seen a lot of pictures and documentaries about the Bay and we were kind of disappointed by the area. It's nice but not breath-taking and it's busy plus durty in small parts. We have exchanged with other visitors who felt the same way. It's a pity for a Unesco landscape. So the boat trip wasn't that exciting. However I guess that it's a must see in Vietnam and if you do want to do boat trip, Cat Ba Ventures services are recommended. The boat was ok, the lunch food was surprisly good. The guide spoke an OK English, the kayak was cool but too short. Be prepared that Vietnamese people takes a nap after lunch and so that a card game with you! ;)

3  Thank Cilou75015
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