Kayaking Ha Long Bay & Trekking Cat Ba National Park

Routing: Hanoi - Ha Long - Cat Ba National Park - Hai Phong - Hanoi

Trip Duration:

5 days 4 nights


Activity:

Hiking, SightSeeing, Kayaking, Trekking, Nature Explore, Moutain Climbing,


Physical Grading:


You will find this tour a great combination of kayaking and trekking. Kayaking in the wonderland of karst topography with 3,000 limestone islets and trekking through the national park with great view of Halong Bay from mountains’ summits. We will paddle amongst islets, visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, floating fishing village and talk with local fish-man. On Cat Ba Island we will trek through jungle and have a chance to see the panorama of Halong Bay from one of the mountain summits we would conquer during the trek. Before heading back to Hanoi via Hai Phong we would have a half day to relax on the beach of Cat Ba.

Tour Highlights
  • Amazing limestone formations
  • Kayking to quiet, remote areas
  • Inclusive junk for overnight
  • Great trek in jungle
  • Hidden, lovely beaches for relax

Day by Day Program:

Day 1: Transfer/kayaking Halong Bay
Day 2: Kayaking Halong Bay
Day 3: Kayaking Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island
Day 4: Trek in Cat Ba National Park
Day 5: Back to Hanoi via Hai Phong

PRICE PER PERSON FOR GROUP OF:
(Valid until Dec 2016)

1 person : US$ 1,330
2 persons : US$ 790
3-4 persons : US$ 655
5-6 persons : US$ 535
Single Supplement  : US$ 275

Services and Activities included:

  • Returned transfer with A/C
  • Twin shared cabin on junk
  • Twin shared hotel room on Cat Ba Island
  • Private support boat as paddling
  • Sit-in kayak (single/double kayak subject to availability)
  • Dry bag
  • Hydrofoil to Hai Phong
  • English or French 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 in Halong Bay.




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    Day 1: Hanoi - Cruise Halong Bay ~ no adventure

    Leave Hanoi for Halong Bay at 8.00am when ActiveTravel Asia adventure guide picks you up from hotel. Our guide today – professional in kayaking and trekking – will escort you for the whole tour. With other agents, the tour guide will stay at a hotel while you will be transferred to a on-board tour guide who is about to take care all passengers. ATA's tour guide is an adventurous professional then we will let him/her get on-board with you to maximize your kayaking and trekking experience. 
    Upon arrival in Halong after 3.5hrs, we board a junk for a fine seafood lunch and an amazing cruise on the bay. We will visit to a cave before passing a floating village to reach a beautiful, quiet area where we anchor for the night. Dinner and overnight on the junk.
    Summary
    Transfer Hanoi – Halong:  3.5 hrs
    Transportation:   AC vehicle, Boat
    Activities:    Cruising
    Meals:     Lunch, Dinner 
    Accommodation:   Twin shared cabin
     

    Day 2: Kayaking Halong Bay ~ 5hrs kayaking

    Today, we start our Halong kayaks with first try to Luon Cave and Trong Cave, the exploration of these cave takes us the morning. Next stop for our kayaks is Van Chai Floating village, the biggest community of fishermen in Halong Bay. Visit the village school and local family in Van Chai before moving to Dark Cave. Tide permitting, we explore this amazing cave by kayak then back to the mother cruise for overnight.
    Please note that we supply a support boat following you all kayaking time in order to get you to the most remote parts of Halong bay. You are going to travel on very different rout of adventures, only supplied by us.
    Summary
    Kayaking:   5 hr - moderate grade 
    Transportation: Boat, Kayak
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation:  Twin shared cabin
     

    Day 3: Kayaking and transfer to Cat Ba Island ~ 5-6hrs kayaking

    Breakfast on boat. Transferred by support boat to Ho Ba Ham area. Ho Ba Ham (Ho: lake, Ba: three, Ham: tunnel) is a deep grotto with three inland "lakes”, which is accessible only at low tide and by kayak. There are some small but beautiful beaches around, where we could stop for swimming. Lunch on support boat at Ho Ba Ham area. 
    In the afternoon if time and weather permits we can paddle in Lan Ha Bay to explore this hidden part of Halong. Transfer to Cat Ba Island by boat when you will take bus transfer from dock to hotel. Check in hotel and free at leisure. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    Summary
    Kayaking:   5 - 6 hrs kayak moderate grade 
    Transportation: Boat, Kayak, Bus
    Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation:  Hotel on Cat Ba Island
     

    Day 4: Trek Cat Ba National Park ~ 4hrs hiking

    Breakfast in the hotel before taking a beautiful drive to Cat Ba National Park. With 4 hrs trekking through the pack, you may encounter some rare species and vast botanical covers. Our adventure guide will lead you to a peak where you can take an entire Halong bay view. 
    Get out of the jungle we will arrive in Viet Hai Village where you have lunch in a local house. After lunch, you walk to the dock and transfer by boat back to Cat Ba town around 5 pm. Overnight on Cat Ba Island.
    Summary
    Transfer Hotel – National Park:  30 mins
    Trek:     4 hrs – moderate grade 
    Meals:      Breakfast, Lunch 
    Accommodation:    Hotel on Cat Ba Island 
     

    Day 5: Cat Ba Island – Hai Phong City – Hanoi

    Breakfast in the morning and free at leisure. You can take some time to enjoy swimming at small but very lovely beach nearby the town – Cat Co beach. 
    In the afternoon, we take hydrofoil to Hai Phong City. We meet our bus in Hai Phong and transfer back to Hanoi. Trip completes upon hotel arrival.
    Summary
    Hydrofoil to Hai Phong:  45 mins
    Transfer Hai Phong – Hanoi: 2 hrs
    Meals:     Breakfast

    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.
    Group size Price guide (USD/person)
    WHAT ATA SUPPLIES?
    • Kayaks mostly sit-in, hard cell, double by 
    • WINNER: manufactured in China with specs as follows:
      • Length: 5.11mtrs; Width: 0.68mtrs; 
      • Height: 0.35mtrsNet 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 

    WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WITH?
    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
    Food
    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.

    Hotel on Cat Ba Island
    On Cat Ba Island we use the best 3-star hotel looking over Cat Ba Bay.

    The junk  
    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. 

    Our tour guide
    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 traveling with him.

    The kayak
    On this trip we use mainly hard-cell, single kayak. However, due to the limit number of the single kayak, the double kayak can be used as alternative. Paddle, life-jacket and dry bag are available.            

    The kayaking day
    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.


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