Sea kayaking in Halong Bay – Things to know

kayaking through karst limestone
kayaking through karst limestone

Halong Bay attracts thousands of passengers every month. Nearly five hundred cruises run every day and hundreds of passengers stay on board every night. Halong Bay is famous for its natural beauty and thousands of limestone islands and islets.

When you are on board, you admire the majestic beauty of the Bay but when you GET closer to the limestone islands, discover the beauty yourself, you admire its nature. But… how to get closer? The best way is joining kayaking activity.

Kayak in Halong Bay?

… a small, relatively narrow, human-powered boat primarily designed to be manually propelled by means of a double blade paddle.

Kayaking on Halong Bay
Kayaking on Halong Bay

How to use a kayak?

Kayaking is generally assumed to be very safe in these calm waters of Halong Bay but there is still some areas and warning that you should avoid and listen to the tour guide. Kayaking is not difficult; however, to enjoy it completely, you need some tip:

Preparation: do not skip this stage

  • Suitable clothes: T-shirt and short, swimming suit in the summer; warm clothes in the winter; wet shoes, hat, sunglasses
  • Necessary things: Water, sun cream, dry bag, camera, insect repellent
  • Life vests
halong kayaking
halong kayaking

Medical box and food (for the long duration)

  • Follow your tour guide: it is very important
    Listen to the route, time and rules
  • Learn how to use the kayak even it is not your first time kayaking, wear the life vest and use the dry bag
  • Strictly follow the leader (tour guide) about the moving rules
  • Check with your tour guide the weather, tide and wind strength to have the best and safest route.
  • Keep a suitable distance with the others, not too far, keep in sight with the others
  • Keep away from the places which have strong flow, against the wind; take advantage of the wind strength and flow.
  • Kayak in Halong Bay

What about the children?

  • Follow the tour guide and their parents
  • Sit still in the kayak, do not move in front of or behind
  • Wear the life vest
  • Wear the hat and sun cream
  • How to use a kayak in Halong Bay