How to keep safe and enjoy swimming in Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay has so many beaches that it could be considered the best place to swim in all of Vietnam. In Halong Bay, the emerald-coloured water is clean and calm and the tides are smooth. If you have the chance to swim far away from the beach, you will see that the water is even more transparent and clear.

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site which has many limestone karsts and islands in all different shapes and sizes, and blessed with calm and clear sea water. Therefore, there is no better way to experience the wild nature of Halong Bay than swimming. Dipping in the green water of Halong Bay, you will feel free and relaxing. Some suggested beaches for swimming are Ti Top Beach, Soi Sim Beach and Tuan Chau Beach…

How to keep safe and enjoy swimming in Ha Long Bay

How to keep safe and enjoy swimming in Ha Long Bay


Is swimming safe in Halong Bay?

You don’t have to worry about sharks when swimming in Halong Bay. Don’t be afraid to jump in and indulge yourself in the cool water and calm waves of Halong Bay. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Swimming is a good way to relax your body and mind. While swimming in the bay, you don’t have to worry about chlorinated water, all you need to do is to indulge in amazing nature. The water in Halong Bay is very clean. Since Halong Bay became a World Heritage site, the residents here have taken extra care and take their responsibility to care for this beautiful bay very seriously.

How to keep safe and enjoy swimming in Ha Long Bay

Put on your swimming suit (and a life jacket if desired) so you can enjoy the amazing scenery of the Bay while taking a dip. Safety comes first and our staff are very well trained. A few things to keep in mind before swimming:

  • Local jellyfish may cause minor skin irritation.  This symptom can easily be treated by placing a slice of lemon or some vinegar on the skin.
  • Never dive into shallow water, or water of unknown depth.
  • Never swim while intoxicated. Alcohol impairs judgment, meaning unnecessary risks may be taken.  Swimmers may also tire more easily, increasing the chances of an accident.
  • Never swim alone.
  • Use the buddy system. Don’t overestimate your swimming ability, especially early in the summer when the water is cold. Swimming ability is severely decreased in cold water.
  • If you are confronted by a large wave and there is not enough time to get away from it, try to dive underneath the wave. Keep your body as low as possible until the wave passes over you. Timing is important, dive into the base of the wave just before it breaks, but do not dive if the water is too shallow.  Instead crouch and keep a low body profile.
  • If caught in rip currents, relax and swim towards the shore at a 45-degree angle until you are free of the current. If the rip currents are strong, swim parallel with the shoreline in the same direction as the littoral current and then swim diagonally towards the shore. If you are not able to swim out of the currents, call or wave for help.

It is wonderful to enjoy the clear blue water, play with waves and build sand castles or simply just lie on the beach and enjoy the tropical sunlight.

Calm water, golden sunshine and smooth-white sand combine together to create the great attraction that is Halong Bay.  You can have a memorable trip with a Halong Bay Tour.

Enjoy your trip to Vietnam!

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