Kayaking in Halong Bay – Things to know

When you are on board in Halong Bay, 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.
 
Oct. 13, 2012 - PRLog -- 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?

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

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




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.




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

Handle unexpected situations:
Adjust the speed of the whole group if any of the member is out of sight
In case the kayak capsizes, passengers need to swim a bit, and then take the water out of the kayak with the help of the tour guide. He will catch thekayak; take the water out by putting your kayak on his in the T- shape. After that, he will put the kayak back into the water; keep it still so that passengers can be on the kayak again.
If there is an expected storm, find the safest place in the sheltered areas, beaches… to avoid the storm. In case passengers are in the middle of the sea and cannot find a safe place, passengers need to be gathered to make a raft
If you are not sure about the route you are going, you should keep in touch with the others and paddle around the mountain, you will not be lost. Passengers should know for sure the route, search on the map.
It is better if passengers have mobile phone, radio or any means of communication (often for professional kayakers)


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