One of the great natural wonders of Asia, Halong Bay is admired for its outstanding beauty. Referred to as the ‘Bay of the Descending Dragon’, it is home to more than 3,000 limestone islets, each rising from the calm water. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by human presence.
Local myths tell that when the forefathers of the land were fighting foreign invaders from the north, the gods from heaven sent a family of dragons to help defend the land. The dragons descended upon what is now Halong Bay and showered it with jewels and jade. Once they hit the sea, these treasures turned into islands that functioned as natural barriers against invaders.
In your two man kayak, you’ll paddle through some of the many caves, which lead to breathtaking lagoons and floating villages to experience this unique way of life. You’ll visit the Ba Hang (Three Cave) area, before enjoying a rest and lunch onboard a traditional junk boat.
After luncheon, continue paddling in your kayak to Luon Cave and the local fishing village before visiting the Thien Cung and Dau Go Caves.
The junk boat will then complete your adventure, gently sailing back to Halong Bay.
You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.
BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion.
Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.
Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.
Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.
This tour will operate by junk boat and kayak. The junk boat is a motorised sailboat. Participants should be competent swimmers and physically fit. All participants must be 18 years or over and weigh more than six stone and less than 14 stone. Please take a hat, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet, a towel and plenty of non-oil sunblock.