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HALONG BAY PRIVATE CRUISE

Per Person (Based on 2 passengers) $486 USD
Per Person (Based on 3-4 passengers) $384 USD
Per Person (Based on 5-6 passengers) $293 USD
Per Person (Based on 7-10 passengers) $272 USD
Per Person (Based on 11-14 passengers) $237 USD
Per Person (Based on 15-19 passengers) $216 USD
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HALONG BAY PRIVATE CRUISE

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Navigating the silent channels of Ha Long Bay is amazing. Having no idea what to expect, we arrived, boarded our boat, and began our journey. This private venue allows you the experience that few receive for this adventure.

Nearly 2,000 bizarrely shaped limestone outcrops jutting out of the emerald Ha Long Bay, with hidden coves, echoing caves and needle-sharp ridges all of which have provided inspiration for dozens of local legends and poems.

Navigating the silent channels feels dreamy. This is an adventure where you can sit back, socialize with your friends or contemplate nature by yourself. It truly deserves its designation as one of the 8th wonders of the world.

We will transfer you from your ship to board your private boat. This is an unusual transfer to the boat as the regulations are not the same as in the United States but the crew will make you feel very comfortable. Once aboard, you will depart quickly and begin a slow cruise into the mists, with a few of the jutting rock formations visible.

Eventually you will be surrounded by these pinnacles of limestone. As you cruise, you will approach an entire city on boats, including a bank, a bar, and shopping. These Ha Long Bay residents live here year round. No doubt you will see laundry hanging to dry, though who knows how that happens with the damp air that seems to fill the space not consumed by rock.

There is a stop if you wish to anchor. You may exit the boat to take photos and if you wish to see the famous Hang Dau Go ("Grotto of the Wooden Stakes"), you can. The stakes were driven into the mud in 1288 to skewer the boats of Kublai Khan's mongol army as the tide receded. There are also stairs to a lookout point to view the massive scene.

Lunch is the most deluxe. It is a seafood lunch of several courses and is fun, delicious and impressive. We will ask during the booking process if you have allergies to seafood; they will accommodate you.

There are many levels of service here at Ha Long Bay and we chose to provide exactly what we personally experience, which was the best available. Regardless of how many in your party, your Ha Long cruise will be private. You will have a lovely staff, numbers based on the number in your party. There is a bar from which you may chose anything you wish at an extra charge.

The only way to see this amazing setting is to go by boat. We loved our tour, the staff and our guide. And the haze surrounding the limestone created the scene of a foreign mystery.

  • On this tour you will:
  • Enjoy private transfers and cruise with local English-speaking guide
  • 3.5 hour Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch as specified; beverages not included

Days of Operation

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Mon - yes
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 7:30 AM (4.5 hrs)
  • 2:30 PM (4.5 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Please dress comfortably. We suggest layers as it can be chilly.
• Flat shoes are a must. Rubber soles are best.
• Beverages can be purchased with a credit card on board.
• Gratuities are not included.
• On this boat, and on most of the boats you might experience in Eastern Asia, there are crafts to purchase. There are lovely souvenirs at very inexpensive prices but please, hesitate with a purchase of pearls.

Restrictions

• This tour is not for anyone who has any limitations with walking. The boarding and disembarking on these boats require mobility and balance. You will be aided by a staff but this is not regulated like in the US.
• There is an additional charge for service at the Lunar New Year in Vietnam
• During the Tet Holiday there is a 30% increase applied to the tour price.
• We will need the following information at the time of booking: Each passenger's full name as it appears in their passport; Citizenship; Date of birth; Passport number; Passport issue date; Passport expiration date.