Keep in mind these advises before swimming in Halong Bay

Keep in mind these advises before swimming in Halong Bay

Entering the second largest body of water in Vietnam – Halong Bay with swimming is the must-do and prior activity in every lists of travelers. You only need to walk few steps to search for the beaches, swimming spots in Halong Bay are as many as the seafood in here – and fresh too.

As you booked with cruise tours, you will have time to enjoy the water that was consistently cycling from the sea of millions years of creation. Halong Bay water’s characteristic is very much bold resemblance with the bay itself, calm and kind. Even the first-time swimmers will not feel the hassle from the waves, if you let yourself go float on the water of Halong to see where it will lead you to, you will be surprised that you’re standing still on the same spot from hours ago.

Halong Bay’s water is indeed safe for everyone but some places the nature events still happening like the eddies or rip current, it’s being a part of the bay that nobody wants to get involved in, To be fair, all of the cruise tour providers have supplied life-jackets and advised tourists for not straying far away from the boats, but for the caution, you should equipped yourself to be able to react just in case some unlucky swimmers get suck up in the eddies.

Jumping right in the water of Halong Bay


Follow strictly to the instructions of the cruise staffs. Being years of experiences in operating Halong Bay tours, so they will surely know the spots that can catch many fishes or where to have a safe swim for tourists. It’s not worth to take a risk in unknown place since Halong Bay still have some of jellyfishes around, but they’re not harmful and cannot cause you temporary paralyzed since the best effort of jellyfishes in Halong Bay can be is a piercing pain, after all avoidance is the best way.

Avoid if possible swimming in the early morning or late night. Since the bay with humid atmosphere plus the tropical climate, the number on thermometers can jump from 300C into as low as 190C from the noon to the sunset. If you’re not the locals around here, your body may not keep up with this change, trying hard can lead to the consequences of stuffing nose, cough, blazing forehead which will take days of traveling to heal oneself back.

Don’t test yourself how deep you can dive. Being as as one of the most attractive tourism spots of Vietnam, but surprisingly none knows exactly how deep Halong Bay is. Even if you ask the fishermen, they will halt back for a while and then giving you uncertain number. With the geography of limestone cliffs rise on the surface and 500 million years of being deep sea, you can imagine how uneven it is at the seabed.

Jump off the deck wherever you want. Like the advice above, the seabed of Halong Bay can be as deep as hundreds of meters but it can be also as shallow as tens of centimeters. Don’t let the refraction trick you that the water is good for jumping.

You can swim in the winter. Halong Bay was attached with Bien Dong (Vietnam East Sea) so it was also inherited the warm sea currents. Swimming in the winter isn’t a big deal while in the water but will be on the board after that. On the average, the temperature of Halong Bay in the winter will not vary much from 10 – 150C

Halong Bay in winter

Never go swimming alone. Although Halong Bay is touristy destination and full of visitors with whatever types your cruises are, luxury, mid-range or budget. Someone can be drifted far away from everyone by the waves or currents for the reason that he/she wants to take a little farther to have a closer look at the scene, so bear in mind to swimming in packs.

Do not drinking any alcoholic beverages before swimming. On the cruises you will get a lot of “Happy hours” at the evening, which is “drink 2 and get one free” quote. You won’t be able to anticipate how wild yourself is and can easily lead to wrong decision like jumping into the water to get cool down, so my advice is drink moderately because the barrier of the boats can only prevent one from slipping down the water.