L'Union and Paix Islands, Halong Bay, Vietnam


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Morning mist on Ile De La Paix
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A sargasso of cigaretts at Ile De La Paix
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Kayaking through narrow channels around Ile De La Paix
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Incredibly narrow karsk (but fuzzy image)
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Old cookstoves (trash) on the rocks
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We visited children at a floating school
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Children rowing a bamboo basket boat to school
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I love this kid's styrofoam boat
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A different childs starter-styrofoam boat
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I love this kid's styrofoam boat
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We visited children at a floating school
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People living in a bambo basket boat
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Continuing south and west around Ile De La Paix
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I took a short-cut through this arch
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The horizon crowded with the karsks of Cat Ba Island
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Our kayaks just fit through the crack to secret lagoon #3
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The view as you come out into secret lagoon #3
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Inside secret lagoon #3 looking at the only entrance/exit
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Views around secret lagoon #3
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Secret lagoon #3 has jellyfish we saw nowhere else
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Views around secret lagoon #3
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Looking out the passage from secret lagoon #3
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Maryly Snow and Joe Tobak out the passage from secret lagoon #3
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Back outside the three secret lagoons
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Dramatic karsks viewed from the support boat
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lunch on the boat at Ile De La Paix
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Jenning Gee and Maryly snow buy pearls
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Double karsk.
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Launching the kayaks for our morning paddle
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Stalagtight that hangs into high tide
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The support boat viewed through a large arch
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Karsk on the north end of Ile De L'Union
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Entering a narrow channel on Ile De L'Union
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Floating village in Ile De L'Union
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Don't trash sign in the floating museum on Ile De L'Union
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Old outboard motor on bamboo basket boat
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Bamboo basket boats docked at floating museum
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Floating village viewed from floating museum
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Kayaking south around the east side of Ile De L'Union
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Under another large arch
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Looking back at large arch
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Sandy beach on Ile De L'Union
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Kayaking south around the east side of Ile De L'Union
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Vertical limestone cliff on Ile De L'Union
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Maryly Snow in water off a sandy beach during a break
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Sandy beach for a break on Ile De L'Union
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Gap that I wished I had portaged across
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Karsk with wonderful shape, wish camera had focused on it
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Another beautiful arch to go under
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Vertical cliff to the water
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Hook under the edge of the cliff
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Channel back inside Ile De La Paix
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Vertical cliffs of Ile De La Paix
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Karsk at Ile De La Paix with more karsks distant
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More karsks in other directions as well
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Gaps between the karsks to paddle through
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Kayaks going between the karsks of Ile De La Paix
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Tilted limestone of Ile De La Paix
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Narrow channel between the karsks
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Entering the cave that leads to the secret lagoons
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The exit of the cave to the secret lagoons
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Looking back at the exit of the cave from inside the 1st secret lagoon
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Looking at the entrance to the 2nd secret lagoon
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Inside the 2nd lagoon looking back through to 1st one
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In the cave going back to the 1st secret lagoon
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Looking back at the exit of the cave from inside the 1st secret lagoon
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The squid fishermens floating village
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Squid fishing boats with lights
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Is this a gap to climb over into a secret lagoon?
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Back to our support boat in time for lunch
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Temple of the Great Lady from the support boat
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View from the support boat on Ile De La Paix
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The 'limousine', a bamboo basket boat that serves as our dinghy
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We are taken on an afternoon trip in the limousine
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The support boat raises the sails only for show
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Beautiful karsk visible from the temple
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Elephant statues in front of the Temple of the Great Lady
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The Temple of the Great Lady
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An incinerator is necessary for all the devil money burned here
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Beautiful karsk visible from the temple
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Beautiful view south from the temple
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Evening light on karsks from the support boat at Ile De La Paix
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Evening paddle by kayak on Ile De La Paix
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The lights of the support boat in the dark
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