Complete Halong Kayak Adventure

Routing: Hanoi - Halong Bay - kayking in Van chai - Lan Ha bay - Caves - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

4 days 3 nights


SightSeeing, Kayaking, Nature Explore,

Physical Grading:

Halong 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 modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as they allow accessing the open sea, hidden lagoons and limestone caves that are nearly unable to touch by any other means. You will expect to paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fishman.

Tour Highlights
  • Awesome 2 days kayaking in Halong
  • Visit floating villages
  • Explore hidden caves, lagoon, beaches of Halong
  • Nice overnight cruise with tasty food
  • Private supporting boat along kayaking

Day by Day Program:

Day 1: Transfer/kayaking Halong Bay
Day 2: Kayaking Halong Bay
Day 3: Kayaking Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi

(valid until Dec 2016)

1 person: US$ 915    
2 persons: US$ 595
3-4 persons: US$ 545
5-6 persons: US$ 510
Single Supplement: US$ 395

1 person: US$ 1,120  
2 persons: US$ 700
3-4 persons: US$ 615
5-6 persons: US$ 545
Single Supplement: US$ 395

Services and Activities included:

  • Returned AC vehicle
  • Twin shared cabin on junk
  • Private support boat as paddling
  • Sit-in kayak (single/double kayak subject to availability
  • Dry bags
  • Professional kayaking English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • First-aid kit
  • Water & Snacks
  • Entrance and sightseeing fee 
  • Service charges and taxes

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa process and stamp
  • Tips and gratitude
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal kayaking protection gears
  • Others not mentioned

Note: we use private support boat when kayaking to explore hidden and less touristy corners of Halong Bay. That makes our itinerary different from those organized by other operators who just use massive kayaking packages offered by the overnight junks.  Our trips are for true and different kayaking experience in Halong Bay.


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    Day 1: Hanoi – drive to Halong Bay

    At 08.00AM, our Vietnam adventure guide will welcome you at your hotel then leave Hanoi for Halong bay. The drive takes us about 4 hours with a 15 minute stop en-rout. Our tour guide, a professional one on kayaking adventure will brief the program as well as the necessary introduction about kayaking technique. Different from other agents, our guide will get on board to escort you the whole trip including kayaking segments to maximize your experiences. 
    We arrive in Halong cruise harbor at lunchtime then board on a wooden traditional style junk for a fine seafood lunch. Today, we leave the program at relaxing grade so that you can enjoy the pride of Vietnam and simple warming up your body after a long drive. We will take an easy hiking up to Sung Sot cave then we enjoy a beautiful cruise through an amazing area of limestone islets. End up this day with a visit to floating village before reaching Luon Cave, which makes a tunnel through a mountain. Dinner and overnight on the cruise.
    Transfer Hanoi – Halong Bay: 3.5 hrs
    Activities: cruising, cave hiking for 1.5 hour
    Meals:      Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:    Twin shared cabin

    Day 2: Kayaking Halong Bay ~ 6hrs kayaking

    Breakfast in the pure morning of the bay then we kick off our Halong kayaking tour. You are provided with professional sit-in kayaks, paddles, dry bags and life-vest jackets. To maximize your experience, there is a support boat along your whole kayaking trip.
    Start up with the first paddling to Van Chai Floating village then keep sailing to Dark Cave. If tide permits, we will get further into this cave for a deeper discovery. The cave is a 200m long, dark tunnel thrusting through a limestone mountain. And the tunnel is the sole entry to a secluded and magnificent lagoon. We can also pop up into some other caves nearby. Lunch on support boat in front of the cave. 
    In afternoon, set the kayaks to Ba Trai Dao Lagoon, along a stunning and fairly rough sea channel, for its amazing beaches. Keep on sailing to Lan Ha Bay, which is smaller than Halong Bay but much more interesting with lots of lovely, hidden beaches. The supporting boat gets you back to the mother cruise. Sail back to Halong Bay for dinner and overnight. 
    Kayaking:  6 hrs at morderate 
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin

    Day 3: Kayaking in Lan Ha bay, best part of Halong ~ 5-6hrs kayaking

    Immerse yourself in a tranquility morning under magical sunlight. Take a full breakfast then transfer to support boat. This support boat follows you the entire time of the tour, that can take us deeply into remote, untouched areas. That is a highlighted feature distinguished our services outstanding from other operators and make your tour very much true adventure one.
    The support boat drops you at the kayaking checkpoint and today, we are going to take a kayak to Lan Ha Bay, where we have to across a wide sea channel for Dau Be Island. Take a turn to Western side of the island that is the location of Ho Ba Ham (Three Tunnel Lake), a deep grotto with three inland lakes. The grotto is inaccessible except in low tides and by kayak only. There are beautiful beaches around where we may stop for swimming. Optional paddling around the island before transfer back to mother boat for dinner and overnight.
    Kayaking:   5 - 6 hrs 
    Meals:    Breakfast, lunch, dinner
    Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin

    Day 4: cruising Halong Bay – drive back to Hanoi

    Breakfast on the junk after enjoying Tai Chi in the early morning on the sundeck while our cruise is navigating through amazing rock formations to get back Halong City.
    Have your last lunch on board then clear bill for check out. Our driver awaits you at the dock, ready for a transfer back to Hanoi center. Services end upon your hotel arrival. 
    Contact for extending your tours in Vietnam with ActiveTravel Asia or connecting to tours in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
    Cruising:    3 hrs
    Transfer Halong Bay – Hanoi:  3.5 hrs
    Meals:      Breakfast, Lunch
    Note on client safety
    - We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, the frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    • Kayaks mostly sit-in, hard cell, double by WINNER: manufactured in China with specs as follows:
      • Length: 5.11mtrs; Width: 0.68mtrs; Height: 0.35mtrs
      • Net Weight: 36.5kgs
      • Max weight capacity: 210kgs
      • Cockpit inside: 85×40×34cm
      • 2 Paddles
      • Bow & stern rubber hatch covers made by EPDM rubber
      • Bow & stern carry handles  
      • Deck rigging & Perimeter lines
      • Mesh bag
      • Rudder with adjustable footrest steering system
      • Soft cushion
      • Backrest
    • Special for customer exceeding 200kg, we suggest you should take Sit on top, single kayak
    • Dry bags for your electronic items
    • Lifevest manufactured in Vietnam
    • ATA first-aid kit: Available on any ATA trip
    • Waterproof covers for your electronic items
    • Several long pants and short
    • Long sleeve and short sleeve T-shirts
    • Light jackets (for winter usage)
    • Personal torch
    • Flip flops/string-back sandals
    • Hat
    • Anti-insect repellent 
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun block or sun cream to protect your skin (SPF 25++ up)
    • Rain coat
    • Original passport to check in overnight boat
    • Camera - optional
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa process and stamp
    • Tips and gratitude
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal kayaking protection
    Duration: 4 days, 3 nights 
    Depart from: Hanoi - End at: Hanoi
    When:  Year round – best time is from Oct – Jun
    Activities: Kayaking, Cruising 
    Transportation: AC vehicle, Junk, Support boat, Single/Double kayak
    Accommodation: 03 nights on junk 
    Tour guide: English speaking guide 

    Moderate Grade that means this tour involve in active, physical-required activities can be up to 4 - 5 hours a day at a steady pace. The tour is going to involve a considerable amount of ascent or descent under different weather conditions. Support facilities may not be available on-site and there are some occasional difficult days. You will need a good level of fitness.
    * Suggested preparation: 30 - 45 minutes of aerobic, physical exercise, 3-4 times per week for a few weeks leading up to your adventure are recommended.
    Who suits: For outdoor novices and above.
    Activity: 4-5 hours most days 
    Distances: Hike up to 8 miles (or 13km) most days, cycle 20-40 miles (or 32 – 68km) most days 
    Surfaces: rolling or mountainous terrain with some steep ascents/descents and uneven trails 
    Elevation change: up to 3,000 ft/day (about 900m)
    Altitude: up to 8,000 ft (about 2500m)
    - Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 2,3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    - Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch
    All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Since we are in the sea our meals are mainly dominated by fresh seafood. Please inform us if you have any special dietary requirement.

    Junk to be used: V'Spirit cruise or similar. For more information please see our Quality Services.
    The beautiful Chinese junk functions as a hotel and we would share it with other travelers. We will get twin shared cabin with AC and restroom. 
    The next day when we go kayaking a smaller wooden boat will support us the whole day. 


    The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding kayaking tours in Halong Bay. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time travelling with him.

    For Halong kayaking trip, we use mainly sit-in, hard-cell kayak mostly by WINNER manufacturer. However, due to the limit number of the single kayak, the double kayak can be used as alternative. Paddle and dry bag are available. Life-vests are supplied too and manufactured in Vietnam.

    A typical kayaking day starts at about 8.00 am after breakfast. Lunch will be served on support boat. At the end of a kayaking day, we would return to the junk by 5 pm or 5.30 pm.

    Note on client safety
    We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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