Finding Precious Gems
At Halong Bay’s pearl farm, passengers will learn more about one of the productive and unique businesses of the region. Locals harvest pearls around the floating village of Cua Van and refine them into fantastic pieces of jewellery; totally one-of-a-kind and a great memento for any Halong Bay cruise. After learning about the entire process of pearl production and visiting the shop, passengers can take kayaks into the area surrounding the farm to see some of Halong’s most dramatic scenery.
Discovering Mystical Caves
While much of Halong Bay’s beauty is projected for the world to see, some of its most pristine geology is hidden deep within its limestone maze. The caves of Halong Bay hold much mysticism and local legend – and none more so than Sung Sot Cave, the biggest in the entire Halong area. A guide will show you through the huge chambers of the cave while relaying the ancient stories attached to its magnificent rock interior.
On the second day of our 3-day itinerary, our luxury Halong Bay cruise moors beside Luon Cave, which passengers can explore via kayak. This is a corridor of water that flows beneath overhanging stalactites, both of which create one of the most magical atmospheres available on any Halong Bay activity.
As grand and expansive as Halong Bay may feel, it is always capable of a beautiful intimacy at close quarters. Kayaking is one of the best activities in Halong Bay to explore this perspective of the seascape and feel the magic of its towering limestone peaks beside you.
With Indochina Sails, our staff keep close watch while you enjoy the freedom of exploration near to the boat. Glide safely across placid waters and beneath stalactite ceilings as you bring Halong Bay’s majesty that little bit closer to you.
Squid fishing at night
Try your hand at squid fishing and to see how you’d fare in theday of a local. This ancient practice was vital in supporting localfishing communities for centuries on the waters of Ha Long Bay.With the help and knowledge of our staff, relax for some slowevening entertainment. Squid fishing is most successful aftersunset as you can lure the squid towards your bait by using alight provided by Indochina Sails. Reel in your catch and if youdo it in time, the on-board kitchen team can whip you up asquid-based treat.
Unwinding with Tai Chi
Greet the morning sun in Halong Bay on the sundeck, where a class of tai chi is held around every sunrise. Our onboard tai chi teacher will display the techniques necessary to reach total relaxation as the sunlight stretches across the wooden deck, bestowing a unique atmosphere and later memories of Halong Bay’s meditative beauty.
Our morning tai chi class is a favorite amongst our guests. Originating in ancient China, tai chi is an effective exercise forthe health of one’s mind, body and soul. This martial art is perfect for beginners and is fast gaining popularity. The low-impact exercise doubles as complementary therapy, reducing physical stress on the joints and tissues of the body. As a mindful form of exercise, when performing tai chi in an environment as beautiful as ha long bay, the benefits are even greater.
Kicking Back on the Beach
Images of Halong Bay are always presented with its golden sands at the forefront. A visit to the beach is an unmissable experience on any luxury Halong Bay cruise, which is why Indochina Sails includes a visit to the famous Titop Island as one of our morning activities.
This small and curious island offers incredible views from its crescent, white-sand beach, where passengers of Indochina Sails can survey a range of tree-topped karst rocks while relaxing and swimming. Those after some of the best views in Halong Bay can follow the path to the top and its panoramic viewing platform.
Creating Vietnamese Flavours
If the top quality meals on your luxury cruise around Halong Bay weren’t enough, our award-winning chef will be demonstrating their own spin on Vietnamese cuisine with the daily interactive cooking class. Join them in one of the restaurants or on the sundeck as they take passengers step-by-step through the methods of making Vietnamese spring rolls, all during an awe-inspiring sunset dipping behind the neighbouring mountains.
Treat yourself to the Indochina Sails on-board spa service. After a long day of relaxing, swimming and dining, what better way tospend an evening than being pampered by a professional southeast Asian masseuse, Wind down in the treatment room amid the haze of incense and ambient music as you gently sway tothe rhythm of the bay. From full-body massages to five-minutemanicures, our experienced spa team will serve your everyneed.
Get your evening off to the right start. All drinks buy one get onefree except from bottled wines.