Getting Around in Cat Ba Island

Once you're in your hotel on the harbour, everything is accessible on foot, including the beaches. You can tour the island by motor-taxi -- rates are very negotiable, but think in terms of 30,000 dong per hour -- and you can also rent a motorbike yourself for US$4-5 a day -- but that's not a 24-hour day. There's nothing legal or official about these rentals -- you'll just be renting some guy's bike from him for the day, and the police frown upon westerners driving around after dark, so the driver will generally want the bike back by sunset.

Minibuses can also be hired and you can go where you like -- but they won't let you drive it on your own, you'll have to hire a driver along with it -- should be about US$40 a day total.