Kayak is a new sport that has been introduced to Vietnam recently. Coming to Ha Long, visitors have many choices to explore the Bay, in which participating in kayaking is an interesting experience for those who are passionate sports fans.
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Ha Long Bay is the ideal place for kayaking due to the calm water, quiet waves and peaceful scenery as the bay is covered by thousands of caves and small islands.
Kayaking around the world’s famous heritage is one of the new highlights attracting countless visitors to Halong Bay recently. What's more wonderful than precious moments of watching the bay on the deck, immersing in the blue clear water while rowing through such magnificent cave systems! In recent years, Halong Bay has been voted as one of the world's 25 most exciting kayaking destinations by National Geographic, definitely making it a worthy traveling spot for any tourists.
Now, let’s discover the most beautiful sites for kayaking in Halong Bay.
Kayaking in Halong Bay
The first spot is the Light and Dark Cave located in the area bordering Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay. Light and Dark Cave is an ideal area for those who are passionate about kayaking, fond of discovering nature with their own muscles and ingenuity when traveling to Ha Long. The Dark Cave is regarded as an underwater Cave, due to its special formation deep in the water. In the process of geological activity, there are 3 types of caves in Ha Long Bay formed from the impact of water on karst terrain.
Kayaking in Light And Dark Cave
Dark Cave belongs to the cleft form with the cave floor located deep in the seawater, while the top is on the water surface. With a kayak, visitors can get closer to the cave; discover the beauty of nature, the excitement of water erosion at the foot of the limestone mountain, as well as the bravery of plants here, when surviving under this rocky terrain. Moreover, visitors can creep into the cave, feel the stone stalactites on the ceiling with your bare hands, and capture some beautiful photos while reaching the top of the Cave. Passing through the cave, tourists will encounter a valley lying on the sea, surrounded by incredibly high mountains. Drifting the kayak and slowly looking at the surrounding scenery, breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying the beautiful sky will surely be a wish you have been searching for so long in the midst of bustling life.
Luon cave is among the top search areas for kayaking. The cave is shaped like a tunnel with a submerged background. Deep in the cave, there is a small lake and the cave is the intersection between the sea and the lake. Visiting on high tide days, visitors will experience the exciting feeling of having to crouch on the boat through the flooded cave floor to enter the lake. Luon Cave is also the habitat of the golden monkey with hundreds of individuals divided into groups. The bustle of monkeys catches the attention and curiosity of visitors. At present, Luon cave has become a popular destination for tourists with golden monkey watching service. Monkeys are also familiar with visitors, so they are very friendly.
Dragon Eye Island
With a natural landscape, emerald green sea, white sand beach, and a lush green forest, Dragon Eye Island is on the list of “the best areas for kayaking in Halong Bay”. The special highlight of this island is the beautiful, clear blue lake lying among the Limestone Mountains and primeval forests. This is why it is called the Island of the Dragon Eye. This lake is the eye and also the place that owns the most unique natural ecosystem in the Gulf of Tonkin. Don't forget to explore the primeval forest, take some photos and soak in the cool sea here.
Located in the southeast of Ha Long, the Cong Do area still retains the primitive nature of the ecosystem, coral reefs, and beautiful landscapes. Visitors will feel like being immersed in the majestic beauty of the evergreen flora and rocky island. Cong Do is really a paradise for relaxing, one of the best areas for kayaking and for visitors who love to experience new things.
The final perfect destination for kayaking is Vung Vieng fishing village. From Bai Chay pier, kayak to the northeast about 30km, visitors will arrive at Vung Vieng fishing village. There is a cultural center for community activities, displaying pictures of Ha Long Bay through which visitors will have the opportunity to better understand the life of the locals through generations. Other fun activities include: rowing bamboo sticks, participating in fishing trips, pulling, and removing fish from the nets like an actual fisherman. Sightseeing around the bay, weaving through Vung Vieng cave, stopping by the pristine beaches, and enjoying delicious seafood is worth trying.
Vung Vieng Fishing Village
If you visit Ha Long, try out the mentioned areas for kayaking to explore the amazing caves and get to know the life of the locals here. For many visitors, the most interesting thing is that they can paddle into the caves to discover a multitude of stalactites that makes up into many interesting shapes. Kayaking services are relatively cheap, with only VND 50,000 / person for a kayak and VND 100,000 if it is rowed by a tour guide.
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