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For you travelers that are looking for something different, here is a rare and unique trip out of the ordinary – Cave Dining Adventure Tours in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. This is a bucket list type of trip where you will have an adventure unlike any other.
Ha Long Bay is in northeast Vietnam and a UNESCO World Heritage Site with over 3,000 islands which time, wind and waves have sculpted into incredible shapes.
Great respect is given to this very special place in order to preserve the pristine waterways and surrounding mountain areas, so you will be led and advised by professional tour guides the entire trip.
Majestic waterfalls, karst cliffs, ancient limestone pillar formations topped by rainforests, and miles of hidden caves provide an unparalleled adventure. Be prepared to have some of the best snorkeling of your life, or enjoy kayaking, swimming, visiting one of the many active fishing villages, hiking, biking or meditating in this peaceful place.
Cave dining tours require you to stay overnight for two or three days on a ‘junk (party) boat’ holding about 20 state rooms. Your group will tour and explore the bay in the daytime, then have an elegant, formal dinner in one of the caves at dusk. A few companies offer cave dining trips but we recommend Dragon Pearl II Tour Company, as they have the best reviews from visitors. Dragon Pearl II hosts an all-inclusive luxury boat trip and lavish cave dinner you will want to repeat. Cave dining tours book quickly, so book early.
Getting to Ha Long Bay
Many visit Halong Bay on a larger international cruise ship which docks in Cai Lan International Port just ten minutes from Halong Bay. Others choose to fly to Hanoi or Hai Phong airports and take a road trip to the Bay.
The most popular way to get to Halong Bay is by road, which follows Highway 18 that passes by Tuan Chau Island, Bai Chay Road and Hon Gai Bridge. If you travel from Hanoi, most cruise trips will arrange transfer from your hotel to the pier for you by shuttle bus or private car. An average trip without traffic will take at least 4 hours for one way.
From Danang, Nha Trang and Ho Chi Minh City, fly to Hanoi or Hai Phong and get a car transfer to Halong Bay. From other Southeast Asia countries, you also need to fly into one of these two airports to get access to Halong Bay.
You can also travel to Halong Bay on helicopter which takes about 1.5 hours from Hanoi. This service is exclusively run by Northern Vietnam Helicopter Company and is a little pricier, but convenient.fun, and please send us your photos!