Kayaking in Halong Bay – Things to Do in Halong Bay

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Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay

The best way to explore Halong Bay is on a Kayak. You can be as lazy or active as you like. With a few pointers from your ship captain, you could paddle to little caves, deserted beaches, grottos or mini tourist towns for a drink.

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Halong Bay is truly a natural wonder with over 3000 islands, grottos and limestone mountains that soar skyward out of calm emerald waters. In a kayak you can paddle through some of the many caves which lead to breath-taking lagoons, paddle to a floating village to experience this unique way of life and even buy some pearls cultivated in the local pearl farms.

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay

The flora and fauna of the bay is spectacular and witnessing a beautiful Sea Hawk swooping down to grab dinner is a common sight. A night paddle, surreal and mysterious, will reveal the incredible phenomenon of phosphorescence present in the water, each paddle stroke leaving a trail of glitter.

Beach Base Camps

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay

Among Halong Bay’s thousands of islands are countless beautiful secluded beaches. We have worked closely with the local Park Authorities to set up Private Base Camps on two of these beaches. Build into the natural surroundings are cozy straw huts, conveniently equipped with mattress and mosquito nets as well as a light and fan. Each Base Camp also boasts a western toilet and fresh water shower, amenities that you’ll welcome at the end of your paddling day. The camps are staffed by friendly locals who keep the camp safe, clean and tidy, so you can explore the bay knowing your belongings are well kept. They are also great cooks and you’ll be raving about the mouthwatering dishes, especially the fresh local sea food!

The Equipment

Kayaking in Halong Bay
Kayaking in Halong Bay

Our new tandem sea kayaks enable us to offer a true sea kayaking experience to avid Sea Kayakers, recreational kayakers and first time paddlers alike. These state of the art boats are very stable, comfortable and cover greater distances in a day, allowing you to explore more and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Ha Long Bay. Along with paddles, lifejackets and spray skirts, our boats are equipped with two sealed compartments for gear and we also have ‘dry bags’ to help keep your gear safe from the elements.

Safety

Not only have we invested in quality paddling equipment and safety gear, but we have invested in educating our guides. Our guides have completed a 5 day intensive Sea Kayaking Guide Certification course. Along with teaching such things as training skills, leadership skills and navigation, a strong emphasis was placed on rescue and first aid techniques. Our Sea Kayaks are designed for ocean touring and are extremely stable in rough waters. Our trips, especially those for recreational and beginner kayakers are within the sheltered, calm waters of Halong Bay, therefore there is little or no risk of the kayak capsizing.

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