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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

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Visit the spectacular Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a shared deluxe traditional cruise. See Heaven Palace Cave, islands, and islets, go kayaking, or enjoy a bamboo boat ride.

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Duration 10 - 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Vietnamese, English
Pickup included
Pickup is available at hotels in the Old Quarter of Hanoi only. Your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time if you are staying at a hotel in the Old Quarter. If pickup is not available from your location, please meet at the local partner's office, 31 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem.

Experience

Highlights
  • Embark on a cruise on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Heavenly Palace cave, a fishing farm, floating village, and the famous James Bond cave
  • Relax in the sun on the sundeck and enjoy delicious seafood on board
  • Explore the emerald waters by kayak or bamboo boat
Full description

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour. 

After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom.

On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise.

You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat.

During the cruise, enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay).

Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO.

Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening.

Lunch menu:

• Tomato/ cucumber salad

• Fried potato

• Steam shrimp

• Fried eggs roll

• Fried squid 

• Deep-fried seafood spring rolls

• Fried chicken with mushroom

• Steamed fish with tomato sauce

• Fried vegetables (when in season)

• Steamed rice

• Fresh fruit

• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Old Quarter of Hanoi. Apartments, Airbnbs, Hotels Outside of Old Quarter. Please come to our office at 31 Lo Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi for tour departure
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Admission fees
  • Seafood lunch
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Pickup and drop-off are only available from accommodation in central Hanoi. If staying in an AirBnB or other private accommodation, please provide a clear address in the booking process.
  • Please advise in advance if you are vegetarian
  • Be sure to bring a hat, raincoat, swimsuit, insect repellent, water, flashlight, good shoes, and some cash
  • All participants are required to obey the orders of the tour guide for safety
  • You are advised not to bring large pieces of luggage (for your convenience)
  • Please advise if you are vegetarian or allergic to any foods
  • You will get a full refund if the tour is canceled due to bad weather
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 766 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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HaLong Bay is definitely worth a visit for the stunning views. This is a great value one day trip that includes kayaks, cave tour, boat cruise and meals (drinks extra). Only small complaint is late pickup in the morning, but everything else was great. It’s a long drive but that was expected. Would recommend.

August 29, 2022

It was a great trip. Our guide Son (I hope I have spelled his name correctly) was very knowledgeable and his command of English was very good. He talked about Halong Bay telling us some interesting facts. First we stopped of at the place where they were cultivating pearls, then we got on the boat to Halong Bay starting first with lunch. We sailed passing by few landmarks such as Fighting cocks. Then we had 40mins for kayaking and then we visited Dong Thien Cung cave.

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July 24, 2022

Once everyone is on the bus, the organization and the guide were very good and helpful. We all had a very good time. Thanks and congratulations. However one negative factor. The pick up organization was really bad, they kept me waiting in the street for more than 45 minutes, I had to call the company because nobody called me and they sent a very rude guy in a motorcycle to tell me to wait more time that someone else was going to pick me up. Again the person in the motorcycle was really rude shouting and threatening to cancel my trip and refund the money.

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April 17, 2022

Product ID: 35388