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Halong Bay kayaking

 

4 days

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. with more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water. The calm sea provides an ideal location for sea kayaking as we paddle through a maze of islets amid dramatic natural scenery. With our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we explore the open sea and the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling we unwind on our boat and enjoy dinner. This tour offers longer kayaking expedition of Halong Bay. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fish-man.

 

ITINERARY

Day 1 Hanoi - Halong Bay
Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.30am. On the way we will have a short break for refreshment at a handicraft centre. Upon arrival in Halong City we board a wooden boat for a fine seafood lunch and a short cruise to Thien Cung Cave. After a short exploration of the cave we start our exploration of the bay paddling through an amazing area of limestone islets. We will pass a floating village to reach Luon Cave, which is a tunnel thrusting through a mountain. Paddling through the tunnel to explore a beautiful secluded lagoon. We will meet the mother boat, a junk in Chinese style, in front of the cave. Aboard the junk for dinner and overnight in AC, private cabin.

Summary
* Transfer Hanoi - Halong Bay: 3.5 hrs

* Kayaking: 2.5 hrs
* Meals: Lunch, Dinner
* Accommodation: Twin shared cabin.

Day 2 Kayaking Halong Bay

After breakfast we start paddling to Van Chai Floating village and then continue paddling to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. The tunnel is the only entry to a secluded and beautiful lagoon. We can also explore some other caves nearby. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. After lunch we paddle to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon, along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel, to explore its beautiful beaches. Continue paddling to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Halong Bay but much more interesting with lots of secluded beaches. Cruise back to Halong Bay for dinner and overnight on mother boat

Summary
* Kayaking: 6 hrs
* Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
* Accommodation: Twin shared cabin.


Day 3 Kayaking Halong Bay
Breakfast on boat. Transferred by support boat to Lan Ha Bay, where we start paddling across a wide sea channel to reach Dau Be Island, which has a small fishing settlement. To the western side of the island is Ho Ba Ham (Three Tunnel Lake), a deep grotto with three inland "lakes. The grotto is accessible only at low tide by kayak. There are beautiful beaches around, where we could stop for swimming. Optional paddling around the island. Lunch on support boat.
Transfer back to mother boat for dinner and overnight.

Summary
* Kayaking: 5 - 6 hrs
* Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
* Accommodation: Twin shared cabin.

 

Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi
Breakfast on the junk and enjoy the sundeck of the junk while she navigates amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay to get back to Halong City. Lunch on the junk before heading back to Hanoi by bus.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch on mother boat

Summary
* Cruising: 3 hrs
* Transfer Halong Bay - Hanoi: 3.5 hrs
* Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DESCRIPTION

travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different or you want an extension to your trip, an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. They can accommodate a special interest, such as cookery or meditation, or can be as simple as a beach break. Transport, accommodation standard and inclusions vary from trip to trip.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation & meal inclusions
3 nights on board private junk boat with full meals on board

transport
private Air-conditioned vehicle.
physical rating * moderate
Be prepared to carry your bag for short distances to your hotel and to the boat

Tour includes:
* Local English speaking guide the whole trip 
* Private boat cruise, entrance fees, meals, transportation, and sightseeing excursions as itinerary. 
* Permits
Tour excludes:
* Pre/post trip arrangements
* Drinks, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
* Meals other than those listed
* Travel insurance

 

Tour cost: US $ 405 per person in the party of 2

 

 

 

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Xin Chao Travel Halong Bay
We are happy to send you our impressions on our excellent trip to Halong Bay with your company. The organization and monitoring of our trip was impeccable, thanks to our friendly and excellent guide Minh not forgetting the super driver Dzung.

Mardy Scott (Australia)
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