|08 Apr - 14 Apr, 2023||
|15 Apr - 21 Apr, 2023||
|22 Apr - 28 Apr, 2023||
Swim among over 300 otherworldly limestone islets and karst islands which jut up dramatically from emerald waters.
Discover world-renowned Vietnamese culture and cuisine as you delve deep into this fascinating part of the world.
Enjoy a walk up to Cannon Fort to experience one of the best views in Vietnam and take in the tall surrounding islands.
Relax at the end of each day at the new Cat Ba Paradise Hotel – a beautiful modern addition to this prehistoric landscape.
Discover the unspoilt natural beauty of Lan Ha Bay on this truly unique swimming holiday in one of Vietnam’s most unique locations. Situated adjacent to Ha Long Bay, Lan Ha Bay is a much quieter location which covers an area of more than 7,000 hectares and is made up of beautiful emerald water and over 300 towering limestone islets and karst islands.
Often referred to as Ha Long Bay’s twin, Lan Ha Bay is ideal for open water swimming as it has much less boat traffic. The largest island in Lan Ha Bay, and our base for the duration of our trip, is the rugged, jungle-filled Cat Ba Island. The island is famous for its history during the Vietnam War and boasts a large array of flora and fauna which is protected by its status as a National Park.
Our accommodation for the week is at Cat Ba Paradise Hotel, situated on the water’s edge in the heart of Cat Ba Town and includes a spa, restaurant, rooftop plunge pool and bar which offers panoramic views of Cat Ba Town and the ocean bay in front of us.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is designed for those who want to combine spectacular swimming among the karst islands and limestone outcrops of Lan Ha Bay with optional hikes around the area’s dramatic landscapes and a taste of Vietnamese culture. Swims include a mix of coastal exploration and point-to-point crossings. The geography of the bay means it is usually possible to find sheltered waters to avoid any choppiness.
Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming and be capable of completing the average swim distance of 2.5km prior to the start of the trip. The average daily swim distance is around 4km (split over a minimum of two swims).
We have given this trip a Moderate grading. Most swimmers comfortable in the open water will be able to take part and enjoy one of these trips.
- Fully guided swimming holiday in Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam
- Swim guides and full safety escort on all swims
- Six nights' accommodation
- All lunches
- Transfer from Hanoi Opera House to our accommodation on Cat Ba Island on Day 1
- Transfer from Cat Ba Island to Hanoi Opera House on Day 7
What's not included?
- Travel to and from the start of the tour
- Evening meals
Please note that the below daily itineraries are an example of the swims that may take place during the course of your trip, however, actual swim locations and distances will vary according to local weather and sea conditions. Your SwimTrek guides and local boat pilot will determine the most suitable swim locations each day and will communicate the plan with all guests as soon as possible.
This was my ninth Swimtrek and another winner! Wonderful swims in a stunning and exotic location with great company, excellent guides and delicious food. Thank you, Swimtrek, I'm certainly up for a tenth trip with you!Sally T, UK - 2022
Swimtrek Vietnam was the most amazing once in a lifetime experience. The guides and boat were top notch, as were the locations and lunches. It could not have been any better!Abi M, UK - 2022
The location is stunning, the water as warm as the people. Beautifully organised and realised. A trip to be savoured.Matt B, UK -2022
Can't say enough about this fantastic adventure/active vacation! We just completed the Lan Ha Bay, Vietnam, SwimTrek as a private group and had a phenomenal time. Highlights include: swimming amongst the stunning and surreal limestone pillars or karsts; the warm water (78F/26C); the delicious fresh lunches onboard; the boat itself - so spacious with a covered inside and partially covered upper deck; and above all, the guides and boat crew who were so kind and witty, careful and patient with all of us. The best part was that the local boat crew shared their beautiful culture with us through stories of folklore, stories of war, and stories of life in a fishing culture/community. If you are a swimmer up for a very unique adventure, this trip is for you!Kelly O, USA - 2022
One of the best holidays ever. Return enthused to swim more and better.Jane C, UK - 2019
A wonderful way to experience Asia beyond the resorts by swimming to deserted beaches, around and along rocky islands topped by tropical vegetation in a world heritage landscape. Vietnamese cuisine prepared by the crew never felt so good after the swims.Sue S, Australia - 2019
Just returned home from a SwimTrek week in Vietnam led by Graham and Stan who did a fantastic job in making sure everyone had a great time!Francis S, UK - 2019
This was such a fantastic location for a swimming holiday! The water was warm and sheltered, the rock formations were beautiful and it was a lot of fun to swim under the arches and onto the deserted beaches. Vietnam is a beautiful country and this was a great way to see part of it!Charlotte W, UK - 2019
This was my twelfth SwimTrek and every trip has been a winner!Ann B, UK - 2019
This trip was truly amazing, the scenery spectacular, the guides excellent and on board catering was fantastic. One of the best Swim Trek adventures ever.Ellery M, UK - 2018
Monkeys, magic, magnificent scenery and of course momentous swimming. Lan Ha rocked!Susie J, UK - 2018
It was a wonderful experience. You just have to keep on looking up!Joanne H, UK - 2018