Travel Guide

Can You Swim in Halong Bay?

Last updated on
May 15, 2019

Halong Bay is about 180 km in the east of Hanoi and famous for their majestic scenery with thousands of limestone islands and remarkable landscape. The Bay itself contains 1600 islands with breathtaking beaches, palm trees, and white sand.

Why Halong Bay is an ideal destination for vacation

Take an expedition and see it with your own eyes: Cruising in Halong is a great chance to escape the busy city life and be enchanted by all the nature.

Up for activities? Swimming in Halong Bay is an absolute sensation you should not miss. Nothing can cool off hot summer days better than swimming in the bay.

There are many stunning beaches surrounding with a collection of green limestones such as Titov Beach, Ban Chan Beach, etc., which will make you fall in love right away. These locations are perfect places to let off steam and enjoy both the landscape and sunshine.

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Is swimming safe in Halong Bay?

Don’t be afraid to jump in and indulge yourself in the cool water and calm waves in Halong Bay. You don’t want to miss the chance.

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Swimming is a good way to relax your body and mind. While swimming in the bay, you don’t have to worry about the chlorine water like the pool, all you need is to indulge in the amazing nature. The water in Halong Bay is very clean. Since Halong Bay became the World Heritage site, the residents here take extra care and be more responsible in maintaining the beauty of the bay.

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

1. Warm up

2. No Alcohol before swimming

3. Always swim with a partner (best with a group of 3~5)

4. Apply sunscreen

5. Avoid large meal before swimming

6. Avoid swimming at night

7. Take off any jewelry or accessory

Remember to follow the lifeguard’s instructions, it’s best to check with them first if it’s ok to swim. There should be a flag or safety lines to warn swimmers not to swim outside the safety zone. Make sure you pay attention to those signs and find the safest place to swim.

If you travel with children, they should be supervised by parents at all time. You should ask any staff from your cruise to get a life jacket that fits your kid. Rest assure that it is safe for you and your family to swim and have fun. Swimming in Halong Bay is surely a pleasant chance to give yourself a break.


Having 6 million people from all over the world visited each year, Halong Bay can be overloaded sometimes. Let’s be honest, you can hardly relax on the beach with all these noises.  

A key strategy here is to retreat in more private beaches. Give a try in Ba Trai Dao (Three Peach) Beach or Ho Ba Ham (Three Tunnel) Area, you will be captivated by its pristine water and soft white sand, making it a perfect spot for swimming and sunbathing.


With calm water in this exotic paradise, swimming is a truly unforgettable memory.

Summer is the best time to dive in the cool water. If you plan to spend your vacation during non-summer times, remember not to swim at after 5 p.m. or too early in the morning.

During the winter, the North in Vietnam is a lot colder. It is windier and the wind is much stronger in the bay. With the low temperature of the sea, the human body is very likely to lose temperature faster while swimming. It is very dangerous and you might catch a cold if your body temperature drops below 33 °C.

What kind of activities you can do in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is filled with many islands; if you want to explore these relatively isolated beaches, you should plan an overnight trip. To make your planning a little easier, Bhaya has created the 2 day 1-night itinerary on Bhaya Premium. One of the highlights of this trip is visiting Trinh Nu Beach. You will definitely fall in love with the soft white sand and sparkling water with enormous limestones standing around, adding colors to the whole area. Indeed, the best beaches are off the beaten track across the Gulf of Tonkin, where you can find solitude and undisturbed beaches.


Bhaya offers both long-term and short-term tours for your convenience. If you have more times to enjoy, the 3-day 2-night cruise on The Au Co cruise that will cover most of the beauty is the one for you. There are plenty of activities on the ship to participate when you are tired of swimming, such as BBQ party, Tai Chi lesson, or Vietnamese tea ceremony.


Make the most of your time here when you have the chance to visit this wonderful travel destination. The sole purpose is to enjoy and have fun with your travel companions.