Cat Ba Island is the largest out of the 366 islands in
the Cat Ba Archipelago, which makes up the
southeastern edge of Ha Long Bay, in Northern
Cat Ba is, approximately half of its area, covered by
a National Park, which is home to the highly
endangered Cat Ba Langur. The island has a wide
variety of natural ecosystems, both marine and
terrestrial, leading to incredibly high rates of
biodiversity. Types of natural habitats found on Cat
Ba Archipelago include limestone karsts, tropical
limestone forests, coral reefs, mangrove and sea
grass beds, lagoons, beaches, caves, and willow
For all of its natural beauty, Cat Ba Island faces
numerous environmental problems. Increases in
tourism and recent developments threaten the
ecological integrity and biodiversity of the island,
reducing and fragmenting the natural habitat for Cat
Ba's numerous species. Illegal hunting and
poaching, overfishing, and water pollution in Ha
Long Bay continue to threaten the ecological health
of the island. The island is a national park of
Vietnam and was recognized by UNESCO in
December 2004 as a Biosphere reserve of the world.
Take care, feed the wild animals (crocodile, monkey,
deer…), gardening at the project site.
Organize activities for the children from the village
nearby, small renovation at school if needed,
activities to raise awareness of youth and local
people about environment, climate change, protect
white-headed langur at Cat Ba National park, etc.
Cat Ba Island, Hai Phong city.
Nearest International Airport:
Noi Bai International Airport (HAN)
Accommodation and food:
Volunteers will stay inside the tourism center, within
very basic conditions : a shared room for all.
Flash light, sleeping bag, water-resistant clothes,
raincoat, gifts from your country for the host family,
toys and learning materials for the children if you