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Kayaking Halong Bay (5 Days)
Approx. 390 US$ per person (2 to 3 pax)
Hanoi - Ba Cat Beach - Ho Ba Ham Island - Nam Cat Beach - Cat Ba Island - Hanoi
Ha Long 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 our modern kayaking equipment, we are able to maximize on speed and maneuverability as we paddle through the open sea and explore the many hidden lagoons and stalagmite caves that are difficult to access by any other means. After a day of paddling, we unwind on a deserted beach on one of Halong's many islands and enjoy dinner before retiring to sleep under a blanket of stars. This tour is ideal for those people who have very limited time in their schedule. Combining the best of sea kayaking and camping it allows the novice and the experienced kayakers to sample the delights of this sport in some of Vietnam's most stunning scenery.
Our equipment includes modern Zebec Kayaks, which are lightweight,stable and safe with lightweight aluminium paddles. All passengers and guides are supplied with modern, international standard buoyancy vests. We also use lightweight tents, all of which are fitted with mosquito screens.
In keeping with our philosophies on safety, our guides have been trained in basic first aid and CPR by an international medical clinic.
Day 1 : Hanoi - Ba Cat Beach
Our first day starts with a four-hour drive to Ha Long city stopping on the way for some light refreshments and local hospitality. At Halong city we transfer to our private boat for a cruise in the stunning Halong Bay with a fresh local seafood lunch served on board. Our destination for today is the deserted beach of Ba Cat. Arriving around four p.m. we set up camp for the night before having a few hours spare to get accustomed to our Kayaking equipment and get a sample of what to expect from this World Heritage Listed area.
Day 2 : Ba Cat Beach - Ho Ba Ham Island
We break camp after breakfast, and load our camping equipment and personal effects onto the support vessel, before paddling for approximately 3 hours to Ho Ba Ham island. We set up camp and have lunch before the option of additional kayaking to explore the surrounding area in the afternoon. After our local cooks have prepared our evening meal there is time to sit around the camp for some cultural exchanges with our guides and support staff.
Day 3 : Ho Ba Ham Island - Nam Cat Beach
Once again, this morning, we follow the routine of the previous morning before setting off in our Kayaks for approximately four hours paddling. On the way to this day's destination, Nam Cat Beach, we will visit some of the many lagoons for swimming and relaxing. Arriving around lunchtime or shortly after, we set up camp and have lunch. The afternoon is free then, to explore the surrounding area before returning to camp for the evening meal and relaxing with more cultural exchanges.
Day 4 : Nam Cat Beach - Cat Ba Island
Our last day Kayaking takes us to Cat Ba Island approximately 3 hours away. After checking into our guesthouse, the rest of the day is free time for exploring the national park, local markets, more Kayaking around the fishing fleet or just lazing on the beach. We will spend our last evening together sampling the cuisine of a local restaurant and a chance for a few laughs in one of the many local Karaoke bars.
Day 5 : Cat Ba Island - Hanoi
Today we begin our journey on the early morning ferry from Cat Ba island to Vietnams busiest seaport, Hai Phong. Arriving here around three hours later, we transfer to our waiting vehicle for a two hour drive back to the nations capital, Hanoi and bid our guide farewell.
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