The World Heritage site is well known as a luxurious holiday destination, and for its relaxing cruises- but fewer know of its appeal for adventure travel. Taking to the waters in a kayak is a way of putting yourself right in the action and totally immersing yourself in your surroundings. Not only that, but you’ll have the chance to gain a fresh new perspective on one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World, and explore it in a way few others have ever done before.
Kayaking in Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay or Lan Ha Bay is an amazing experience you have to try. Sailing by yourself on the pristine water and discovering the bay is what many would call a once-in-a-lifetime-opportunity. It also presents an exciting alternative to the usual activities when traveling to Halong with your family and friends.
Where to Kayak in Halong Bay
Since the bay itself is extremely large (when people refer to “Halong” they are generally referring to the entire region, which encompassed not just Halong Bay, but also Bai Tu Long and Lan Ha Bay), you’ll need to do a little background research about the route your cruise is going to take; this will help you plan where the best places to kayak will be. For example: if you choose a Bai Tu Long Bay itinerary, the most chosen route to kayak is through Hang Luon (Luon Cave). In fact, this cave is not actually a cave, it’s more like an entrance gate. After passing through Luon Cave, you’ll come upon one of Halong’s remaining floating villages, Vung Vieng fishing village.
If you’re planning to remain within Halong Bay itself, you’ll have near limitless potential routes to take by kayak, from secluded sandy beaches to some of the more challenging reaches like the caves and tunnels. Whether you choose to paddle with purpose and speed, or take it slow and soak in the sights- kayaking in Halong Bay is always worth the effort.
When to Kayak in Halong Bay
In the summertime, the heavy air and intense heat serve as motivation to hit the waters and cool down; in the wintertime, you’ll see that Halong is quite different-although the weather is still pleasantly warm by anyone’s standards. No matter what time of year, kayaking in Halong Bay is always a fantastic activity.
Cost of Kayaking in Halong Bay
The price of renting a canoe is about $10 if you go on a day tour, but you won’t pay any extra if you book a 2-days-1-night cruise tour of your choice; the cruise covers all fees.
Safety and Preparation for Kayaking in Halong Bay
For your safety, it is very important to follow your tour guide, listen to the route, time and rules; check with your tour guide about the weather, tide and wind strength. Keep away from the places that have a strong current, or move against the wind. Always take advantage of the wind strength and flow.
You need to be well-prepared for kayaking in Halong Bay. Prepare suitable clothes: a T-shirt and shorts and a swimming suit in the summer, warmer clothes in the winter; sandals, hat, sunglasses always.
Ensure that your life jacket is securely fastened. Bring a waterproof camera, and don’t hesitate to ask staff to help you keep your cell phone and other electronics.