Situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, Halong Bay is one of the world’s natural wonders. It is a bay with more than 3,000 islands, which time, wind and waves have sculpted into fantastic shapes.
A helicopter ride is a perfect way to give you a unique view of the region. Another way to appreciate this magical scene is from a boat, cruising between the limestone karst cliffs which loom like fairytale castles, complete with rocky spires and hidden caves. The bay is dotted with tiny islands and pristine sandbanks rising out of the turquoise water, providing an excellent backdrop for swimming or simply being lazy on board the junk boat.
We offer an exclusive package including a seaplane and private car and boat where you will explore Halong both from the air and the sea. You will first travel by car to Noi Bai Airport to take a flight by seaplane to enjoy a panoramic view of the bay before boarding your boat in Halong Bay.
+ Daily departure
+ Return seaplane flight
+ Private boat cruise on Halong Bay
The Seaplane Information:
The Cessna Caravan C208 EX aircraft are 2014 models and registered VN-B468 and VN-B469. In June 2014, the aircraft was collected from Cessna’s factory in Wichita Kansas and flown to Wipaire Inc. in St Paul, Minnesota where Wipline 8750 amphibious floats were fitted. The aircraft was then flown to Vietnam via California, Hawaii, Marshall Islands and the Philippines, a journey taking approximately 60 hours.
The Caravan is the largest single-engine floatplane currently manufactured and has proven itself to be one of the most reliable, cost-effective and, most importantly, safest aircraft ever built. The amphibious floats offer the ultimate in flexibility and allow us to fly to any suitable water or runway landing area.
Crew: Two pilots
Capacity: 12 passengers
Length: 12.67m (42ft)
Wingspan: 15.9m (52ft)
Height: 5m (16ft)
Empty: 2810kg (6180lb)
Loaded: 4119kg (9062lb)
Useful load: 1309kg (2880lb)
Powerplant: 1 PT6A- 140, 867hp (720 kW)
Cruise speed: 260 km/h
08:30: Your English-speaking guide/driver will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to Noi Bai airport to check in at the VIP lounge. 10:00: Board the seaplane for a 30-minute flight to Halong for a 15-minute flight over the unbelievable panorama below – Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 10:45 – 11:00: Land at Tuan Chau Marina before being transferred directly to the boat pier to board a junk for a memorable 5-hour cruise through the legendary bay. The junk will take you to the most beautiful areas of the bay to discover a mystical landscape of turquoise water dotted with thousands of jagged, limestone islands. You will visit Thien Cung Cave – one of the most stunning caves in Halong and enjoy a sumptuous local seafood lunch. 1600: Say goodbye to your crew before transferring to Tuan Chau Marina to board the seaplane for the flight back to Hanoi. 16:30: Depart on a 30-minute flight to Hanoi. 17:00: Arrive at Noi Bai airport. Your car will be waiting to pick you up to drive you back to your hotel in Hanoi.
INCLUDE & EXCLUDE
- Round-trip seaplane tickets
- Private airport transfer
- Round-trip shuttle bus Tuan Chau Marina– Hon Gai Pier- Tuan Chau Marina
- Experienced English-speaking guide escort from Hanoi
- Lunch on boat
- Private boat cruise on Halong Bay
- Tissues and water
- Admission fees and permits where applicable
- Service charges and government taxes
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Other meals
- Other services not mentioned above.