Types of tourist boats

This small type of boat, 10 to 15 seats, can travel at a speed of up to 40km/h. It can be hired at Ben Ðoan in Hon Gai, or in the Hoang Gia tourist area, at prices ranging from VNĐ300,000 to VNĐ500,000 per hour of boat running time (time at anchor or moored at islands is excluded).

By sire, these boats can be categorised as follows:
10 to 15-seat wooden boat: small, with a single deck. It travels at a low speed of 8 to 13 km/h and rolls with the waves. Small groups of tourists, even as small as three or four people, prefer to hire such a boat as they can escape from sharing with larger groups.
15 to 25-seat wooden boat: This boat is larger and better for landscape viewing from the top of the boat. There are some small bunks in the hold.
35 to 60-seat wooden boat: There are passenger compartments with wind and rainproof windows and seats on the upper deck. Individual bunks are located in the hold. The average speed is from 12 to 15 km/h.
60 to 70-seat steel-hulled boat: This type of boat is converted from specialized vessels.

Speedboat: This small type of boat, 10 to 15 seats, can travel at a speed of up to 40km/h. It can be hired at Ben Ðoan in Hon Gai, or in the Hoang Gia tourist area, at prices ranging from VNĐ300,000 to VNĐ500,000 per hour of boat running time (time at anchor or moored at islands is excluded).
 
The major fleets of tourist boats are:
Hạ Long Bay Service Company Fleet run by the Management of Hạ Long Bay.
Office: at Bãi Cháy Tourist Wharf.
Tel: (84-33) 3844 631
Fax: (84-33) 844 234

Hòn Gai Tourist Company Fleet

Office: at Hạ Long Road, Bãi Cháy.
Tel: (84-33) 3825 898

Hải Âu Company Ltd. Fleet
Office: Yêt Kiêu, Ha Long.
Tel: (84-33) 3824 779