Halong Bay (aka Ha Long Ba) is a popular cruise travel destination located in eastern Vietnam. The region administratively belongs to Ha Long City. The bay's signature features are the numerous limestone karsts, caves and cute islands of various shapes and sizes.
Ha Long Bay is the center of a bigger area that additionally includes Cat Ba Island (to the southwest) and Bai Tu Long Bay (to the northeast). These zones share similar geological, cultural and climate characteristics.
Halong Bay's core has an area of approx 334 km2 (129 ml2) with around 770 islets. The area's geo-diversity has developed biodiversity, including sea, shore and oceanic biosystems, as well as tropical evergreen biosystem. The bay is home to many faunal and floral endemic species.
Unfortunately, with the increasing tourism, many of the the bay's mangroves and seagrass beds were cleared and resorts were built. Numerous jetties and wharves were constructed for mooring tour boats and docking of cruise ships. Game fishing near its coral reefs threatens many of the endangered marine species.
Halong Bay was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It is also among Vietnam's Renowned National Landscape Monuments, and member of the "Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World".
- A tour ship went on fire on the night of March 6, 2016 in Halong Bay, forcing 2 guards to leave the ship. The fire broke out in the cabin at midnight when the wooden boat was docking at Tuan Chau International Port, but the 2 crew members managed to escape. It was built in 2008 and capable of carrying 48 passengers.
- In February 2017, an anchored cruise ship went on fire while waiting for 7 tourists, including 5 foreigners, who had just left for kayaking.
- In January 2017, 14 foreigners, 6 crew members and a guide were rescued after their cruise ship went on fire as it was returning to port after a night trip.
Authorities in the northern province of Quang Ninh announced plans to replace all the wooden boats and ships, that are highly flammable, by metal vessels over the next 5 years.
In 2016 they also considered banning cruise ships from staying overnight on waters in both Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay for safety reasons.
Port Halong Bay cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Halong Bay, Vietnam. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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