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Climbing on Cat Ba Island

Climbing on Cat Ba Island
Thanks to fresh atmosphere, gorgeous beaches and primary forests, Cat Ba Island has become a favorite destination for travelers to relax and experience rock-climbing adventure.Either an access pass or direct payment to the property owner is required in the climbing areas around Cat Ba in  Pelican cruises Halong bay. In the service shop, you can purchase your access pass as well as inquire about direct payments.

Butterfly Valley

Lien Minh - the oldest village on Cat Ba

Lien Minh – the oldest village on Cat Ba- source: internet

Situated in Lien Minh, the oldest village on Cat Ba and one of the most pristine areas on the island, the beautiful Butterfly Valley, whose wall is a magnificent cut of superb limestone with over 50 sport routes available, is just a scenic thirty-minute motorbike ride from Cat Ba Town. There are plenty of routes for climbers of all levels with climbing grades ranging from 4 to 8b+.

Directions:

Butterfly Valley

Butterfly Valley- source: internet

To get access to Lien Minh, you can choose between traveling by motorbike – an easy way or by bicycle with quite a bit more effort. Rake a right after coming out of the Asia Outdoors shop. Turn right up a hill after 500 meters. After passing the local market on the left, you will keep on going until hitting a T-intersection. Take a left and keep going on this road out of town for approximately 4km. Pass a petrol station on your left and the keep left at a Y-intersection (the right side takes you to the national park) and follow this road for another 6km through Tran Chau town. The road goes up a steep uphill after the town. After the hill, there is a white concrete road going right where the main road turns left. You will take the white road to the right until entering the village of Lien Minh. You see the cliff in front of you after continuing on this road up and down several hills until the road ends.

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Thanks to the delicious honey and honey related products that come out of it, this crag is also known as The Hive. You will have unforgettable experience staying for lunch, cooked by the local farmers!

The Hhive

The Hhive- source: internet

Park your bike at THE HIVE, which is on your left when you enter the valley, and you can see the cliff before the road becomes dirt trail. Look out for a sign indicating the Hive. The valley may be flooded if there has been a lot of rain recently. Don’t forget to ask the staff for beta on how to travel around the small lake forming in the valley after a storm.

  • Travel Time: 30 minutes
  • Access Pass: You can purchase access pass at the Asia Outdoors Shop, which is located on the second floor of the Noble House Restaurant and Bar in Cat Ba Town for $2.50 USD (VND 6000).
  • Number of routes: 45 and rising
  • Grade range: from 4 to 8b+

Ben Beo Wall

Ben Beo Wall

Ben Beo Wall- source: internet

Containing the highest concentration of hard climbs in the area, Ben Beo Wall, which overlooks the main fishing harbor on the island, is a unique spot to discover. At this crag, there is a different feel all together giving you a closer look into the daily life of the fisherman as well as residents in the bay. There are seven routes in Ben Beo ranging from 6a+ to 7c+.

The Cave

Climbing on Cat Ba Island

Climbing on Cat Ba Island- source: internet

Still a fairly new crag, the Cave, which overlooks Cat Ba town, can easily be reached in a few minutes. Completely sheltered from the rain featuring seven distinct climbs ranging from a 5b to a 7a+, the Cave is well worth climbing thanks to the interesting lines on tufas.

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