There’s something in the water at Sha Ha Beach… Bryan Ng Yu-fung, owner of Sai Kung’s Blue Sky Water Sport, has been on a shopping spree and invested in a bunch of innovative new products, some of which are available nowhere else in Hong Kong. “We like to be the first to do things around here,” Ng says. It’s going to be a fun summer.
Giant inflatable SUP
Blue Sky was one of the first in Sai Kung to introduce standup paddle boarding (SUP), which is now the world’s fastest-growing water sport. Taking it up a gear is its new giant inflatable SUP. Built for up to 10 people, the board measures 5.5m x 1.5m, and is the perfect toy for active families. The size makes it more stable than a typical SUP so it’s a great way for groups to explore local waters, taking it in turns to paddle or having a go at wave rafting (we recommend waiting for the wake of a large motorboat). Even better, the rental price includes an instructor so even novices can give it a go. The giant board can be rented for $2,800 for three hours or $4,200 for a day, for a minimum of four people. Participants must be able to swim 50 metres without any floating devices.
Get a better peep at the plants and creatures of the deep bobbing along on a transparent kayak. A wonderful way to get the kids out onto the beautiful briny sea (that’s enough Bedknobs and Broomsticks references), the see-through kayaks can be rented by the hour, day or on the six-hour guided Eco Tour.
Glide over fish, coral and sea creatures, get a look at the underwater world of the mangroves and explore the fish farms of Yim Tin Island from a whole new perspective on the guided tour. A great family activity, the day starts in Sai Kung at 10am and includes a guide, lunch and a chance to play on Kai Lung Wan beach. The Eco Tour is $800 a head (minimum of eight people required) and snorkelling gear is available at extra cost.
Do the downward seadog with a yoga class on an SUP. Floating yoga using SUP boards instead of yoga mats has been catching on in Hong Kong, with classes also available at Stanley. Now Blue Sky has joined forces with SUP Yoga HK to bring the programme to Sai Kung.
Because the surface is unstable, SUP yoga engages the core muscles even better than the land-based version – and there’s the extra tension of knowing that if you mess up, you get wet. “Because of the wind direction and calm waters, Sai Kung is the ideal location for beginners to try this sport,” Ng says. It’s also a zen location for yoga’s more meditative side. The class starts with stretching on the shore and creating natural anchors using bags filled with sand and rocks to hold the boards in place. Then the instructor demonstrates how to move and turn your paddleboard and leads an active yoga class through poses on the water. Afterwards there’s time to paddle about on your SUP. Each 90-minute class is taught by a certified instructor and costs $500. They tend to fill up fast so reserve a spot early.
Blue Sky Sports Centre, Sha Ha Road, Sai Kung, 2792 4938, firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluesky-sc.com.