Kayaking in Halong Bay

Kayaking is a kind of paddling, using a kayak to move across water. With the wonder of karst topography featuring 3,000 limestone and dolomite islets sprinkled over a calm sea of over 1500 square km., Halong provides an ideal location for sea kayaking.. Most cruises in Halong Bay offer kayaking.

Kayaking in Ba Ham lake
Kayaking in Ba Ham lake

Kayakers will be surprised with many cliffs which have been acted upon by the waves for centuries, contemplated the sea birds standing tottery on the top of rocks and touch the stalactites which are thousands of years old. Kayaking alone or with a partner, visitors will discover different emotions which they have never felt before when riding the oars closely to the bottom of rock mountains and enjoying the extremely quietness of the bay.

Kayaking to explore Halong karst
Kayaking to explore Halong karst

When the kayak crowds into the unnamed islands, visitors can directly contemplate the beauties of corals, flocks of freely-swimming fishes and many many strange sceneries which have never been seen in any travelling books. Whenever the oars are moved down or up, thousands of water drops radiate the sparkling beauty under the sunshine.

Kayaking with friends
Kayaking with friends

Sometimes in the short caves, visitors must lay on the kayak as well as using hands to push to the cave ceiling to go inside. They also have to walk and pull the boat when passing the dry parts. Especially, taking part in the night tour on the bay, visitors can enjoy the quite air among the sea.

Kayaking will make your Halong trip more interesting, but you should know these tips about kayaking in Halong Bay:

  • Carefully follow the instructions and conditions before kayaking
  • Stay close with other people; remember to warm up before kayaking.
  • Even if you are an experienced kayaker, don’t come too close to caves and karsts. They might suck you in. There are reports of people getting sucked into caves and it took from 30 minutes to hours to rescue them.
  • Never kayaking while being intoxicated. Drinking will dull your sense and might lead to unfortunate accident. There incidents of people drown because of swimming after consuming a large amount of alcohol.
  • Don’t Kayaking for too long, you might get sunburn because of it.
  • Halong Bay water is pretty warm during winter so feel free to kayaking anytime of the year. However, keep yourself warm after you are done with the activity to avoid catching a cold. The temperature during winter can get as low as 10-15 Celsius degree.


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