Monkey Island (also known as Reu Island) is a large island including nearly 400 islands belonging to Cat Ba islands, this is inhabited by a semi-wildlife of more than a thousand monkeys. The island has an area of 22 square kilometers located about 1 kilometer from Vung Duc port (Cam Dong ward, Cam Pha city) with beautiful natural scenery, Monkey Island has become a highlight of Cat Ba tourism.
This is also the first destination of the tour on Lan Ha Bay. Monkey Island is about 1 kilometer away from the Cat Ba town. To get to Monkey Island, tourists usually take a boat from Beo wharf about 10 minutes passing Cai Beo fishing village, some small islands and then proceeding to Monkey Island. Millions of visitors go to Monkey Island each year as they are attracted by its stunning limestone mountains, which are created by the hands of Mother Nature in thousands of years.
The island was formerly known as Cat Dua Island as there are a great number of luxurious high pandanus shading around. The fruits of pandanus here look fairly tasty and fresh, yet they are not eatable. The fishermen here usually pick them up and dig them into water or dehydrate them for the purpose of producing medicines. Cat Dua Island is also an ideal place for swimming with blue water and white sandy shores. The local residents call Cat Dua Island the Monkey Island due to the presence of monkeys.
Almost all of the monkeys in Cat Dua are brought here by the wanderers. They are thus quite bold with the locals and tourists. They even seize food right from tourists’ hands and might bite if provoked. However, it is the untouched uniqueness that makes the island become famous, alluring a large number of tourists going to Cat Ba.
Going to Monkey Island, most of the tourists who are fond of experiencing new things can climb halfway up the mountain, even up to the top of the mountain to admire the stunning panorama of Lan Ha Bay with hundreds of multi-sized islands emerging from the blue water along with white sandy shores from afar.
At present, visitors can go to Monkey Island and stay at Monkey Island Resort on Cat Bai Beach 2. The resort has 30 rooms built in the style of a roofed bungalow. Each house is equipped with air conditioners, hot shower, television, electric fan and internet, wifi – free internet. This is an ideal place for you to rest, bathe and enjoy the delicious food of the restaurant right next to the beach.0