Ha Long Bay is listed as one of the natural wonders of the world, if you go to Vietnam, you gotta go to Ha Long Bay. If you wanna make your trip to Ha Long Bay epic, you gotta stay on Castaways Island, one of the party wonders of South East Asia. When your feet sink into that sand and you realise you’re surrounded by nothing but limestone karst cliffs and water, you’ll immediately feel at home in paradise and ready for a refreshing drink on the beach with your new Castaways friends.
We have some amazing activities available including high speed tubing and wakeboarding behind our island speed boat (lessons and tips included!). As well as the chance to take in the amazing scenery from up high rock climbing.
When you're not in action, take a relaxing swim or grab one of the island kayaks to explore with new friends or on your own.
Our famous all-day cruise is the perfect way to understand the sheer immensity of the karst peaks of the bay and the local legends and myths. From the boat you will be taken on a kayak tour through caves towards a sheltered lagoon, where the shouts of your friends echo off the cliff walls.
Everyday on Castaways' is a day worth celebrating. So celebrate we do. After your evening feast, you’ll be fuelled to party with a level of abandonment that can only be reached while on an island paradise in the middle of a stunning nowhere.
There are simply no worries on Castaways Island!
2 Nights on Castaways Island
Meet the rest of your crew in Hanoi at the Downtown Vietnam Backpackers' Hostel at 7.00am.
Travel by bus and boat to Castaways island taking in some sights of Cat Ba National Park along the way.
Arrive in time for lunch on the beach and fuel up for some activities.
Get into the watersports! Not only are they a bucket load of fun, but they’re great exercise. Go tubing! (our most popular) we take out up to four people on the tube at a time. You and 3 friends will get real close while you bounce around Ha Long Bay at speed while all trying to be the last one left on. If you’re a wakeboarder, or you want to learn, what a place to do it! Our watersports crew will get you up and going for the most memorable wakeboard of your life.
Go rock climbing! If you’ve already got a head for heights or if you want to learn, our professional rock climbing team will provide you with the highest standard of equipment and instruction you need to climb a cliff face and checkout Ha Long Bay from up high.
As the sun sets enjoy cocktails on the beach, indulge in our Castaways happy hour or simply take a well deserved nap in a hammock in preparation for a big night of partying!
Breakfast is served from 7am so you have plenty of time to get yourself ready for a day on a junk boat cruising through the Karst and diving into Ha Long Bay.
10am (1-1.5hrs) Cruise Boat arrives to pick up guests
Cruise through the magnificent un-touristic mountain range of Lan Ha Bay getting up close to the local fisherman & women and their floating villages. During this time you will receive an informative speech from our Castaway group leaders teaching you the facts and legend of Ha Long Bay with a chance to ask questions.
11:30am (45mins – 1hr) Kayaking
Partner up and paddle through ancient caves and into a network of lagoons. This is your best opportunity of seeing the endangered Lange monkey native to Ha Long Bay.
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
A traditional Vietnamese lunch is served with a combination of fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, rice, noodles and fresh fruit. We also cater for Vegetarians and those with allergies (please specify when booking).
1:30pm – 3pm
Kick back and enjoy the scenery whilst socializing and listening to music on the boat.
3pm – 4pm Swimming
Cool off by jumping from the top deck and swimming in the bay. There’s always an acrobat or two!
We will transport you safely back to your private island where dinner and our nightly festivities will continue.
You do not depart the island until after lunch so lots of time to enjoy a slow morning kayaking, a morning swim or maybe a well deserved lie in.
Not all good things have to come to an end. If you like where you are, stay. You’re welcome to continue your stay on the island and share your experiences with the daily new arrivals. Book extra nights now, or extend while on the island.
If you really have to leave, after lunch we commence the journey back to civilisation via boat and bus, you will arrive back at VBH - Hanoi Downtown Hostel at approximately 6pm.
What should I bring?
What do I need to bring? Your Passport, swimming gear and a towel, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries, warm clothing for the cooler months of November to March. Also bring your appetite and a sense of humor! Inhibitions can be left in the luggage storage rooms with your other unwanted baggage......
How much luggage can I take? Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc.
What days do you go? The Trip departs everyday from either the Hanoi Backpackers' Hostel Original at 7am or the Downtown Hostel at 7:30am.
Where do I meet the tour? Tours depart from Vietnam Backpackers' Hostel Downtown, 9 Ma May Street in Hanoi, please check departure location and times on the tour itinerary you are booking.
Do I have to reconfirm my place on the tour? Yes, you must reconfirm your place on the tour 24 hours before the tour departs either at the Travel Desk in the foyer of the hostel or via email. If you are arriving to the hostel less than 24 hours before the departure time of the tour full payment must be made to confirm your booking.
What do I eat? Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. If you are vegetarian or do not eat seafood we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, please discuss this at time of booking.
Safety Information: Jumping off the boat whilst it is moving or without instruction from the boat captain is strictly prohibited for your safety.
Security Information: Vietnam Backpacker Hostels is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal items. Therefore only bring the essentials on the cruise with you and ask your group leader to lock away any valuables whilst kayaking or swimming.
How fit do I have to be? Ours are active tours so a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability is needed. If you enjoy kayaking through caves, swimming in sheltered bays or rock climbing in national parks and directly experiencing the environment then our tours are perfect for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our tours, please check with our Reservations Department before making a booking.
NOTE: Activities vary in duration and grade depending on the trip chosen.
Do I have to participate? Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of like-minded adventurers so we make them active and hands on. Full involvement is normally one of the highlights of the trip but no one can force you to do something you don't want to do.