Private Cruising & Kayaking Halong Bay offers a 3-day comfortable private cruising experience in Halong Bay, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip features a private cruise to tranquil coves, clear waters, and kayaking in hidden lagoons.
Located in the northeast of Vietnam, Halong Bay covers an area of 1,553 square km, and featuring 1,969 limestone islands.
Its islands are concentrated in two main areas – in the southeast (Bai Tu Long Bay) and the southwest (Halong Bay). The bay is famous for the majestic beauty of the dense rocks and islands, and the natural caves.
Local legend has it that, when Vietnam was attacked from the sea, the Jade Emperor sent a family of Dragons to help the Vietnamese fight against invaders. Those dragons flew down upon where is now Halong Bay and spat countless pearls into the sea, which turned into a myriad of jade islands linking together to form a barrier against the invaders, and helped the Vietnamese defend their land. Therefore, the area where the Dragons landed was called Halong Bay, or Bay of Descending Dragons.
DAY 1: HANOI - HALONG BAY/ CRUISING
Get picked up from your hotel lobby by a private car then drive to Halong Bay, stop en route to watch masons and woodcarvers at work in Sao Do, and then continue to the harbor, arriving around noon.
Halong Bay, so uniquely beautiful that it has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a magical setting of thousands of sheer limestone islands jutting out of a jade-green sea.
Halong means “where the dragon descended into the sea,” and local legend has it that dragons created these islands to protect people from invasion by sea. Indeed, the islands do create a natural barrier to the wind-swept waters of the Tonkin Gulf and the calm waters make for fantastic sea kayaking and a chance to explore sea grottoes, hidden lakes, and coves with white-sand beaches. Kayaking allows for the best up-close views of this natural wonderland.
Board your private Halong Bay Cruise for a seafood lunch as you set off into Halong Bay, passing the islets of Mat Quy and Am Tich, used as film locations in the movie Indochine. Continue to the fishing village of Vung Vieng, nestled among limestone peaks, and enjoy a visit to the village by sea kayaking. Enjoy the sunset over enchanting Halong Bay while you cruise to the night’s anchorage. (L, D)
DAY 2: HALONG BAY/ KAYAKING
Today in the middle of the bay, it’s depending on the weather and sea conditions, you will cruise to Ho Ba Ham Inlet, a shallow, three-cave lagoon wrapped with limestone walls and connected to the sea by three low-ceiling tunnels. It’s a good spot for kayaking. Another possible visit is Three Peach Island, a wonderful place for swimming or sea kayaking. You are free to kayak as much or as little as you like, but most people enjoy kayaking two or three hours in the morning and two or three in the afternoon.
Note: The kayaking program is weather and tide dependent and the existence of beaches is tide-dependent. The sailing junk serves as your support boat for kayaking excursions, so you can onboard at any time. Each night, your junk will anchor in a small cove for overnight.
Sailing junks have been around for thousands of years in all shapes and sizes and are known for their seaworthiness. Your boat is constructed to resemble the centuries-old Vietnamese style, with its flat bottom and high stern. It is built completely of teak and bassia wood, following traditional style. The boat is staffed by a crew of four and a private chef. Cabins have outward-facing windows, twin beds, fans, air-conditioning, and a private bath. The dining room on the deck is spacious, with picture windows on both sides. Multiple course meals are served, with a mostly seafood-based cuisine (Please let us know if your preference differs). There are wooden lounge chairs for relaxing and sunning on the spacious rooftop deck. Meals and overnights on board each day. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: HALONG BAY - HANOI
Options this morning include sightseeing at Sung Sot Grotto, hiking up Titop Mountain, or swimming and kayaking in a lagoon. After brunch, bid farewell to the crew and return to Hanoi, with a stop en route at a ceramic-making village. Arrive in Hanoi around 4.00 p.m. Trip ends at your hotel lobby. (B, L)
What PRIVATE CRUISING & KAYAKING HALONG BAY is Like
PRIVATE CRUISING & KAYAKING HALONG BAY is Level 2, or Easy to Moderate. It is a leisurely 3 days 2 nights cruising trip in Halong Bay. Halong Bay trip on a private junk allows us to flexible our cruising routes and activities, limestone caves, ocean kayaking and cycling are all included in this trip. Each visiting site takes about an hour including leisurely walk, it's optional to do some walking in the old quarter in the afternoon.
|Length:||3 Days/ 2 Nights|
|Lodging:||Private wooden junk|
|Activities:||Cruising, cultural, ocean kayaking|
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Holiday surcharge: non
All costs are per person with a minimum of two, based on a private guide and car.
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PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION FEE SCHEDULES
As you are not confirmed on the trip until deposit has been received by our office, please do not make non-refundable air arrangements prior to us confirming your booking. Our payment schedules:
Note: If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately
If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your trip, the following fees will apply, computed as of the date of receipt of written cancellation notice, which can be sent by email.
We want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip from 1 to 5 according to the activity and general travel rigors (1 is the easiest and 5 the most difficult in style).
Our system ranks each trip in two ways. The number gives you a quick reference point, the description is perhaps more important, with activities, hiking, and travel conditions (at the bottom of the long-day-itineraries, there is also a brief description of what this Trip is like).
We are always happy to answer questions, and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
1 - Easiest
No hiking journeys, optional walks, little driving hours, leisurely travel, one day trips.
2 - Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate: Hotel nights or overnight cruises with other physical activities, such as hikes or bike of 2 to 4 hours on some days, sea kayaking.
3 - Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3 to 6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based country walking tours are in this category, as are our hiking adventures.
4 - Moderate to Strenuous
Trips with Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many hikes.
Examples: Hiking Mai Chau Pu Luong
5 - Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many hikes. Trips with more than 3-day sea kayaking, hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.