Nam Cat Island

During your vacation on Cat Ba Island, you should never miss visiting its neighbor, Nam Cat Island, an equally stunning and must-see destination.

Nam Cat Island has been called "The Tropical Paradise" by the tourists coming here due to its extraordinary beauty of nature. If you have a chance to visit Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island, or the surrounding area, try your experience on Nam Cat as it will give you unforgettable memories.


Where is Nam Cat Island

Nam Cat Island is located within Lan Ha Bay, about 1,5 km to the Southeast of Beo Harbor, and 2 km from Cat Ba town. The island itself possesses a mountainous terrain with high sloping mountains and evergreen forests in which exists many interesting strange creatures. This has made Nam Cat Island a place for those who prefer adventurous experiences and exploring new things.

Besides, the island still can satisfy the ones that come here to relax and get away from the bustling urban life. Nam Cat is surrounded by many small islets, which has made its beaches a private area that is quite calm and only allows small cruises or boats to access. This will give tourists a private relaxing experience. They can swim, surf, dive without any disturbance from outside tourism activities. What a worth-visiting destination!

Nam Cat Island

Nam Cat Island

Best time to visit Nam Cat Island 

Are you interested in paying a visit to the island? If yes, then pack your bag and enjoy your time on the island during this summer as Nam Cat welcomes tourists all year round.

Due to being surrounded by many islets, Nam Cat island is not greatly affected by the outside weather and its beach is calm all year round. Therefore, you can come anytime you want.

However, if you want to thoroughly enjoy your experience on Nam Cat Island and visit the surrounding areas such as Cat Ba Island or Lan Ha Bay, you can have your trip start between April and November since this is when summer and autumn take place.

Amazing sunset view in Nam Cat Island

Amazing sunset view in Nam Cat Island


During the time, the sky is bright blue with sunlight, the sea is emerald and cool to dive in, the forest is green with full of plants and animals. All of them will give you an unforgettable experience. Besides, you can freely take part in activities like kayaking, surfing, diving and cruise to Cat Ba Island or Lan Ha Bay to have fun there. The experience will be great!


How to get to Nam Cat Island

If you don't know how to get to the island, don't worry as we will give you some of the best ways below.

As Nam Cat is a small island that doesn't possess its airport, you will have to choose to fly to Halong Bay or Cat Ba, then get to Nam Cat by ferry, boat, or speedboat.

The most recommended way is to get to Cat Ba Island first as it is the closest. For the way to Cat Ba, you can find and read our guide on Best way to get to Cat Ba Island, in which we suggested several ways so that you can choose the most suitable one. From Cat Ba Island, you can get to Nam Cat by ferry, boat, or speedboat, which depends on your budget. Ferry is the cheapest transport.

There are many routes that get to Nam Cat Island during the daytime. You can buy tickets at the booth next to the harbor. Boat or speedboat is more expensive but faster. Usually, if going with friends, you should take a boat or speedboat as the cost will be reasonable and you can have private time to talk with each other.

Arrive Nam Cat Island by boat

Arrive Nam Cat Island by boat


Where to stay in Nam Cat Island 

Offering tourists stunning sceneries and private spaces, Nam Cat Island has been an ideal place to stay and enjoy vacations. Accommodations on the island are not in a great number but well-qualified and high-standard.

Among them, the most recommended is Nam Cat Island resort. The resort itself consists of bungalows that surround the mountain foot and overlook the sea, provide tourists with both open and private spaces to enjoy their vacation. The resort itself also offers services such as spa, gym, billiard, night entertainment, etc. for tourist to thoroughly enjoy their vacation.

Besides, you can stay in Cat Ba Island hotels or hostels and spend a day visiting Nam Cat, which is also convenient. By choosing this way, you will be offered a variety of accommodations to choose from.

Nam Cat Island Resort

Nam Cat Island Resort

What to do in Nam Cat Island

With many available activities for tourism, the island itself appears as a place for everyone to come and enjoy their vacation. Among them, the most recommended include kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, etc. If you prefer adventurous experiences, then you should never miss rock climbing and deep water soloing. If not, you can just lay yourself on the hotel's terrace or Nam Cat Beach, sunbathe, and marvel at the stunning scenery as it is relaxing enough.

Above is our recommendation on Nam Cat Island, the tropical paradise of Lan Ha Bay. For more detailed information, please contact us through our website or (+84) 4 3624-9007.

Nam Cat Island Map

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Hi! I was wondering whether you had any scuba diving available end of March 2023 please?

@Niamh Jennings:

Hi! Unfortunately, the scuba diving service is still closed. 

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Hi, is there any chance of any scuba diving or snorkelling available this weekend on the island or around Cat Ba island? Thanks


No this services current is un available.

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