Halong Sapphire Cruise

Tour Code : 18 - Start : Daily
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Tour Overview

Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay are two water paradises in the top 10 most spectacular beautiful water bays in the world. As a desirable destination of anyone in life, one can visit and admire and explore 3 days 2 night Sapphire Cruise 4 * + quality service with full modern facilities according to international standard. Discovering the immature beauty of nature and enjoying high-quality fluid will help you have unforgettable moments in your life. Activities such as kayaking discover the beauty of wonders with many shapes of limestone islands on the blue sea, enjoy the romantic moment when spending the night on the sea, watching the sunset and catching the sunrise or take part in the sea fun activities such as swimming, sports on pristine islands, exploring the cave world with lots of stalactites beautiful, sparkling colors, enjoying seafood dishes from the blue sea ... All will give you a great exciting moment in Halong Sapphire Cruise 3 days 2 nights tour


DAY 1: HANOI - HALONG – LAN HA BAY (Lunch/ Dinner)

  • 11: 45- 12: 00 - welcome at waiting room 26 Tuan Chau harbour in Halong Bay
  • 12:00 You will be taken on our tender from the wharf and make your way out onto the bay to board our luxurious craft, Sapphire Cruise. You will be welcome aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.
  • 13: 15  While our boat starts to cruise ,  enjoy the special lunch of fresh  seafood and vietnamese food  cooked by one of the best Chef in halong bay . 
  • 15:00  After cruising for nearly 2 hours to explore the tranquil Bay , passing by thousands of islands and islets , the boat reaches the best area to do kayaking to see a lot of amazing limestone karst landscapes . Our boat will not bring you to the crowded and tiny beach for swimming . Our boat will stop in the middle of the Bay so that you can have chance to jump into water , take a backflip or somersault ..
  • 16:30  Keep cruising to admire the stunning beauty of the Bay from our Sundeck where you can capture great  photos
  • 17:00  Attend the cooking class opened right on the Sundeck , our guide will show you how to prepare and make our vietnamese traditional dish that is spring roll
  • 17: 45  Join the Sunset party , enjoy fresh fruit , making friends with other members in the group , listening to soft and light music.
  • 19 :00  Enjoy the special Dinner with fusion food prepared by the excellent skills of decoration of our Chef .
  • 20: 30  Your free time

DAY 2: LAN HA BAY - VIET HAI VILLAGE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner) (We use a normal small boat to explore Lan Ha Bay and come back on the Sapphire Cruise in the evening)

  • 06:30 Early birds are welcome to attend sunrise Tai Chi on our upper deck and it's an excellent way to get your energy levels up for today's adventures. You will be fascinated by the exquisiteness in the early hours as you enjoy a coffee or tea.
  • 07:00 Enjoy a Light breakfast  with the best local coffee brand and fresh fruit juices.
  • 8:00 - 8:30: Get picked up at the Tra Bau area
  • 8:30 – 9:00 Boat cruises through Lan Ha Bay before disembarking at Viet Hai dock
  • 10:00: Go cycling a short trip of 5km to Viet Hai village – a small village amid the jungle, surrounded by the high mountain ranges of Cat Ba National Park. The area has become popular with foreign tourists, without attracting mass tourism so it is still very rustic. For those who are not fancy cycling will be arranged by electric car.
  • 11:30: Return to the dock and board our day boat again to sail further to the other side of Lan Ha Bay
  • 12:00: The dayboat anchors for a peaceful lunch.
  • 13:00-14:00: Kayaking around the Tai Quéo cave area, a tunnel cave, to a lake like “Dragon Eye”.
  • 14h00 – 14:30: We are free to swim in this beautiful & clean area.
  • 14h30 – 15h30: We are free to swim in this beautiful & clean area. Enjoy finger fruits dishes while cruising back toward Tuan Chau island
  • 16:00 – 16:30: Arriving Tra Bau area
  • 17:30 – 18:00: The moment you choose your way to relax after dinner

DAY 3 : DARK & BRIGHT CAVE – HA LONG BAY - HANOI (Light Breakfast/Brunch)

  • 05:45 - The nicest time of the day on Lan Ha Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea, coffee or juice anywhere you wish on the boat and watch the never-ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
  • 06:30 - Light breakfast will be served in our restaurant (pastries, tea, coffee)
  • 7:00 - 8:15 - Enjoy the last stage of your trip to Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. Back to our main board afterward.
  • 09:15-9:30 - Check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland.
  • 09:45 Enjoy your brunch on the boat.
  • 11:00 you will board our tender and head back to the wharf where you will be met by your return trip vehicle to transfer you to Hanoi.
  • 11:45 Tour ends at TuanChau habour in Halong



Pricing & Inclusives

Option Details Price ($/person)
Junior 1Big glass windows sea view, no balcony on upper floor

225 USD

Junior 2Sea view, private balcony (close to generator, a bit noizy)

225 USD

DeluxeSea view, private balcony

252 USD

Ocean ViewSea view, private balcony on the upper floor

264 USD

Premium Suite2 private balconies and loungers, upper floor

282 USD

Executive SuiteOcean view with big private terrace on top floor

303 USD


  • Welcome drinks with warm/cold tissues
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing fees
  • Accommodation in a luxury air-conditioned en-suite cabin with a standing shower and private bathtub.
  • In house English speaking guide
  • Full board meals: 
  • 3 days - 02 lunches, 02 dinners, 02 breakfasts
  • Taichi session, bamboo boat in Dark & Bright Cave, kayaking, cooking demonstration, night squid fishing.


  • Transfer to and from Halong Bay a big coach (optional). If it is included: free pickup will be offered at your hotel which is located in Hanoi's old quarters (8.00-8.45) or at Hanoi Opera House at 8.45.  If you are in Halong, please be ready at Tuan Chau harbor, gate 26 before 12.15.
  • Airfares
  • Visa arrangements
  • Beauty spa and massage services
  • Other beverages, tips, and personal expenses
  • All other services not mentioned

Children policies:

  • A group with 2 adults and 1 child: the child under 5 years old is FOC, sharing a bed with parents.
  • A group with 2 adults & children: One child under 5 years old is FOC, and the other children under 5 years old are charged at 75% based on the adult rate, sharing a bed with parents.
  • Children from 5 to under 10 years old are charged at 75% based on the adult rate, sharing a bed with parents.
  • Children from 11 years old are charged at 100% based on adult rates
  • 100% adult ticket will be charged for 2nd child


  • Passenger’s passport is required to bring along the trip for overnight registration
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number, and visa expiry date for all passengers. Please fill in the form one day before at: https://sapphirecruise.com/data or send us your passport photos at least one day before. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by the port authority.
  • The above cruise itinerary is subject to change due to weather, tide levels, and operating conditions without prior notice.
  • follow the instructions of the guide when kayaking

Note & F.A.Q

Booking directly with us is really recomended :
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If you book directly with us, the round trip transport from Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi is included by big coach (35 seaters). If you don't, please email and check with us. Extra cost for small and better bus is available.
We arrange shuttle bus (29 or 35 seaters) to pick up visitor from hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter area (in Hanoi) or 1st district (in HCM city) . Pick up time is vary for each tour, every morning. The operator will inform you exact time. You are recommended to have breakfast check out and be ready at hotel’s lobby. Pick up request at Hanoi Airport is not available, it can be handled by private car only, and shuttle bus could not pick up or drop off you there. Pick up request at Hanoi train station (Sapa arrival) is not available, as you arrive early at 5:00 am from Sapa while our shuttle bus- pick up time at 7:45am. You can choose to get back at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or go to No. 9 Hang Huong (our office), you can leave luggage there and wait until 7:45am If you are not in Hanoi Old Quarter Area, pick up point at Hanoi Opera House at 8:30am
For Halong bay overnight trip : In case of bad weather and the boat is not allowed to go offshore + If you know and stay in Hanoi, cancel the trip : Full refund will be provided. + If we can not forcast about the weather we went to Halong bay and the boat is not allowed to overnight: The refund will be full payment minus US$ 20/person for lunch and transportation. If the boat can go around the bay for the day trip boat (about 3-4 hours) in Halong bay, it will be full payment minus US$ 48/person for lunch and transportation, boat trip, entrance tickets, tour guide. Kindly check Weather and Cruise Cancellation Policy + If you decide to stay in Halong Bay and overnight at the hotel you will get no refund. In that case we will arrange all the accomodation and meals for you (in case service available)
Halong Bay cruise operation is managed and regulated by Halong Bay Management Board. They decide the cruise operation allowance every day for both overnight and day cruise. + In the event of bad weather conditions, HALONG BAY MANAGEMENT BOARD RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE FINAL DECISION OF CRUISE CANCELLATION. + THE FINAL DECISION OF CRUISE CANCELLATION IS MADE TILL 3:00 PM on the day of bad weather. Local authority also reserves the right to cancel trip at any time for highest safety level of passengers + Reasons for cruise cancellation are usually known as: tropical storms (in summer), foggy weather, tropical monsoon, cyclone, strong wind… (in winter). + Cruise cancellation is more often in Halong Bay those days and BEING MORE UNPREDICTABLE in accordance with weather conditions during the year. + In the event of cruise cancellation, we will inform guest/ travel agents as soon as possible for detail of cancellation risk, possible situation and alternative options to help you plan your trip. Kindly check Weather and Cruise Cancellation Policy
Yes, please email your details information, and hotel address in Hanoi to confirm at least one day in advance.
​1.Private car - One way: USD 80 - Return: USD 150 2.Big shuttle bus - One way: USD 10 per person - Return: USD 15 per person 3. Shared minibus - One way: USD 15 per person - Return: USD 25 per person Note: Private car's price could be increased in Holidays (Lunar New Year, Eve New Year, Liberty Day (Apr 30), Labor Day (May 1), the Independence Day (Sep 2). Please contact in advance to check if you travel on high peak.
Bus will not pass by Noi bai airport so that can not drop you off there. Bus will arrive in Hanoi Center around 4:45pm - 5:00pm - 5:30pm or later due to traffic jam... - If your flight takes off in Noi Bai Airport around: 5:00pm-6:30pm, you should book private taxi from Tuan Chau port right after the trip. you will get airport in time (around 3:00pm-3:30pm). It cost US$80/way - If your flight takes off in Noi Bai Airport around 6:30-8:00pm, you can use our bus then get off at the Junction of Halong - Hanoi (named:Nga Ba Bac Ninh) around 4:00pm, then take taxi from there to Noi Bai (takes 45-60minites) and cost from US$25/way - If your flight take off in Noi Bai after 7:00pm (domestic flight) or 8:00pm (international flight), you can have enough time to take taxi from Hanoi Center to Noi Bai Airport (take 60minites and cost from US$18/way)
What to bring: Sun block, Camera + Film, Insect repellent (not neccessary), Original Passport, A wide brimmed hat, Swimming costume, Sun glasses You should bring with you the necessary ones as there is not much space on shuttle bus. Because we will drop you at the same hotel after Halong Bay trip so you can leave your big suitcase at the hotel. If you need to go directly to Airport or train station you can bring your entire luggage.
At least 2.5-3h for transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay or vise versa on the first and the last day. The traffic and how the people conduct their vehicles in narrow but crowded road may make you uncomfortable. But you should not worry as our experience and proffestional driver. Also you should consider to upgrade to the mini bus services for more comfortable. So when you book a package for 2 days or 3 days, please be informed that this included 5-6 hours for the round trip bus transfer, not the whole 2 or 3 days in Halong Bay.
Free a bottle water on each way bus. Complimentary 2 bottle water each cabin. Drinks/Bevarages on boat is higher in the mainland, normarlly from US$ 1.5/ soft drink. But 2 times of Happy hours, buy 3 get 1, will make you happier. Customer's beverages or food should not bring to the boat. Service charged will be applied
We serve Vietnamese/European and sea food meals. Vegeterian or allergic food should be informed as soon as possible, the latest in the morning of start day. we will arrange alternated foods for you
We use the local tour guide, he/she speaks well English. Chinese speaking tour guide or other languages is available at your request, extra cost may be added.
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If you are on the tour, please meet our manager in the boat or talk with our tour guide directly. We will change and correct the unused services. Also, please mail to us, we will do the reply within hour. If it is our fault, you will get partially refund. We always listen to you and strive to improve the service for customer satisfaction. or email to [email protected] if you have any comments for our service
Halong bay has a humid tropical climate. There are however four seasons in the North. Winter lasts from December to March; temperatures can drop down to 12°C-17°C. Summer is from May until September, mostly sunny but rain showers are frequent as the humidity is higher. Spring and Autumn are nicely warm, October to early December being the best time to visit the area. Travellers to Vietnam and Halong Bay should be aware that the weather is rather unpredictable and can vary greatly even within one single day. However, there is charm and enchantment whether rain or shine: overcast weather and fog make the scenery more mystical and dramatic, bright sun accentuates the various shades of grey of the seascape, etc
We need to stop over for 30 minutes in between Hanoi & Halong Bay (vice-versa) for bathroom breaks and for our drivers to have some time to rest as they work the whole day, everyday.
Tour guide : We use the local guides in the boat/the bungalow in Catba/or day cruise if you staying 2 nights on board, so you may find there are some guides in the trip, not only one. You will not have to check out on day 2 but transfer to day cruise (smaller boat) to visit another part of Halong Bay on Day 2 (morning to afternoon) and come back the main cruise in the afternoon
We use the exchange rate of the biggest bank in Vietnam, Vietcombank. The exchange rate from USD to VND is based on the selling rate. This is updated hourly. For your reference : https://portal.vietcombank.com.vn/en-Us/Personal/TG/Pages/exchange-rate.aspx?devicechannel=default
Normally the taxi for pickup to meeting point and ending of the trip are not included. Be carefull when taking any taxi in Vietnam, you may get scammed. Please use the online app like GRAB, XANH Taxi ( 1900 2088) or reputed taxi company : MaiLInh (HAN - 02438333333 )... To avoid scam, you should take a taxi photo with its plate number and driver face in case of bad exprience.
Please check at : https://vietnamopentour.com.vn/pages/booking-guide/#cancel