Monkey Island is a big island along with nearly 400 islands of Cat Ba archipelago. With beautiful unspoiled natural scenery, Monkey Island as known as Cat Dua island has become a famous destination in Ha Lan Bay.
Monkey Island is about 1 km away from Cat Ba town. Tourists often take a boat from Beo harbor, which takes about 10 minutes to go through Cai Beo fishing village and other small islands, to reach Monkey Island. This is a mountain - island with sandy beaches created from sand, rocks, corals, shells for millions years.
Monkey on the island
It has the name “Cat Dua” because there are a lot of tall wild pineapple trees in the island (“Dua” is meaning pineapple in Vietnamese), the pineapples look very delicious but cannot eat. The villagers often soak it to drink or dry as a medicine to treat diabetes. This island is also a good place to swim with clear blue water and coral white sand. There are over 20 monkeys on the island, this is the reason why it is called as Monkey island. The monkeys are very brave because they contact with tourists for many times. They eat and play around the areas which have many tourists, the monkeys even robs food from the careless tourists.
Monkey Island has 2 beaches: Cat Dua 1 beach and Cat Dua 2 beach. Cat Dua 1 beach is longer and the water here is very clear and extremely blue. Tourists can lean on the sandy beach, enjoy drinks, ice cream, etc. with some other services such as: renting swimming clothes, floats, kayaks, etc. Cat Dua 2 beach is located on the right, behind a tiger-shaped cliff. Near Cat Dua 2 beach, there is a large garden with variety trees such as: maple, sapling, apple , etc. and many different types of birds.
Monkey Island Beach
In Monkey island, tourists who like adventure can climb up the mountain to zoom out to see the whole scene of Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of large and small islands on the sea, the blue water with white sandy beaches is far away from the eye. Along with unspoiled beach, tourists often come here to rest, visit and swim.
Every year, Monkey Island welcomes many visitors. Many foreign tourists come here to admire the scenery and peaceful atmosphere at Monkey Island, which is very suitable for ecotourism development.