From Hanoi we headed out to Ca Ba, an island to the South of Halong Bay. We headed here primarily to try the rock climbing and kayaking that Rob had read about. To get here we caught a 2 hour taxi to the Ben Binh pier and caught a 45 minute hydrofoil to the main town strip. It got a bit hairy towards the end and we later heard we were the last ferry for a couple of days to do that crossing.
Accomodation in Cat Ba town isn’t flash but we found a clean, basic place to call home for the next three nights. We spent out first day on a great kayaking and climbing tour with Asia Outdoors.
We took a beautiful junk boat out to islands in the bay to kayak for 2 hours, enjoy a lunch on board and then spend the afternoon on a deserted strip of beach climbing the huge cliffs.
The pictures tell it all but I was so proud of how well and fearless Sophia and Olivia were climbing to the top of each of the four climbs set up.
We enjoyed roof top drinks and dinner at Mona Restaurant and eating twice at Oasis 2 which had a pool to use. Everyone was so nice there and as the beaches were not what we expected this was a great way to cool down a bit with pizza and cold milkshakes.