Fancy rock climbing, paddle boarding or kayaking in one of the world’s most beautiful bays? Then let us introduce Asia Outdoors…
Established in 2006 and located on the lush Cat Ba archipelago, Asia Outdoors began life as Slo Pony Adventures offering climbing experiences on the stunning limestone karst formations the area is famous for.
Asia Outdoors has received great praise for its responsibility to manage the sustainable development, bolting, safety, maintenance, and environmentalism required to rock climb in Ha Long Bay. After building such a good reputation, the company diversified and now offers a range of awesome activities and adventures that make visiting this geological marvel even more amazing!
In addition to their passion for climbing and adventures is Asia Outdoors mission to give back to the area in which they operate. Their Western guides work in conjunction with Vietnamese locals, resulting in an exchange of cultures, language and life experiences.
Carolyn from Asia Outdoors told us, “As our business continues to grow, we are always looking for ways to minimize our environmental impact and maximize the local social and economic benefits that our business helps to generate.
Living and working in a place as special as Cat Ba constantly motivates our entire staff team to preserve the fragile biodiversity of the Archipelago so that we, Cat Ba locals, and all visitors to the island can continue to experience the beauty of Lan Ha Bay.
The rapid growth of the tourism industry on Cat Ba since the 1990’s and the resulting population increase on Cat Ba have certainly had an impact on the island and bay environments, and Asia Outdoors is committed to setting the bar high amongst local businesses for socially and environmentally responsible tourism.”
A new Asia Outdoors activity, be one of the first to Stand Up Paddleboard in Lan Ha Bay. It’s a great option for a relaxed, eco friendly way to explore the Bay in a small intimate group or private 1-on-1 session whilst challenging yourself physically a bit more than you would kayaking.
Paddle through Lan Ha Bay’s beautiful, less-travelled and highly protected conservation areas with a new perspective. Standing up allows you to see more of the bay and deep under the surface by reducing glare and elevating yourself above the water.
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For those who want to do it all…
The Seafarer Package is the ideal choice offering a combination of some of Asia Outdoors’ most popular tours and activities. The package offers participants the chance to spend over 24 continuous hours out on the bay and watch the changes in the landscape that occur in dawn, daytime, dusk, and night time light, all the while engaging in adventurous outdoor activities.
The experience includes a full day kayaking, exploring less-visited areas of Lan Ha Bay, and rock climbing on a hidden beach. Enjoy an authentic Vietnamese dinner and drinks with your personal guide and our boat crew as the sun sets and fishing boats return to surrounding villages. Then, swim in glowing waters lit by bioluminescent plankton before sleeping under the stars on our boat’s top deck. Witness life in the bay from the center of it all.
Although accommodation on the boat is basic it’s an amazing way to experience the Cat Ba way of life. About a quarter of Cat Ba’s population live in floating villages and many fishermen spend their nights on similar junk boats to the one you’ll be staying on. Get a feel for life at sea while enjoying some modest comforts provided by the friendly staff and the bay’s natural beauty.