Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Destination: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi
Starting: Hanoi - Vietnam; Ending: Hanoi - Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi - Hai Phong - Cat Ba Island (Meals: L, D)
5: 30 - Depart from your hotel in Hanoi for Hai Phong City then take express boat to Cat Ba Island; arrive in Cat Ba Island at about 10: 00am. Transfer across the island to the dock and board a small boat to Cruise to our private base camp. You'll enjoy a lunch of savory fresh local sea food. After lunch your guide will give you full instruction on the gear and safety, show you the basic paddle strokes and tell you about your paddling route. Then he'll gear you up for an afternoon of exploration! Return back to the base camp for a fresh water shower and a great dinner before retiring to your cozy hut for the night.
Day 2: Whole Day Kayaking (Meals: B, L, D)
Whole day paddling and exploring the Bay at your own pace, while having a closer look at the amazing karsts. You'll explore some of the many caves that lead to stunning lagoons, paddle to some floating villages to see this unique way of life, and stop to chill out at one of the many beaches here. You'll be met by a support boat which you'll board to enjoy lunch before you continue paddling in the afternoon. Cruise back to the base camp for dinner. Enjoy another relaxing night at the base camp.
Day 3: Bay Kayaking - Cat Ba Island - Hai Phong - Hanoi (Meals: B, L)
Our base camp is staffed by friendly locals who'll cook you up a hardy breakfast before you head out for the morning to explore more of the amazing karst limestone formations and grottos. Return to the base camp for lunch where you can relax on the beach, throw around the Frisbee and take a swim. Cruise back to Cat Ba Island, ferry to Hai Phong then drive to Hanoi; arrive about 7: 30pm. Trip ends in Hanoi.
Note: The camping can be on the deserted beach with double tent or at ready-set-up basecamp (also on beach) with bamboo hut depending on the weather condition and availability. We use private support boat when paddling to explore hidden and untouristy corners of Halong Bay. That makes our itinerary different from those organized by other tour operators who just use the kayaking packages offered by the overnight junks. Our trips are designed for true and different kayaking experience in Halong Bay