Kayaking is one of the cheapest, healthiest and most fun ways to get out on the water in Sai Kung. Kayakers are close enough to the water to splash themselves cool on steamy days, but cocooned and dry(ish) in chilly weather. With plenty of kayaks available to hire around the area, this is a tranquil way to get some fresh air, explore our beautiful coastline and workout those core and upper-body muscles.
Sha Ha Beach
Conveniently located at the end of the Sai Kung waterfront promenade, Sha Ha Beach is lined with kayaks just begging to be launched. Eddy Tam runs the Windsurfing Centre on the sand and rents kayaks from $50 an hour. Explore the islets and beaches of Inner Port Shelter then reward yourself with dim sum at Beach Cuisine (2792 4999) or a cold beer at the bar next door. For details, call 2792 5605, 9733 1228, or visit www.kayaks.com.hk
Blue Sky Water Sports Club
Also based on Sha Ha Beach, Blue Sky Water Sports Club has a centre on Sai Kung’s waterfront promenade. Kayaks are available for a daily (10am – 4pm) rate from $150 for a single and $250 for a double, with private coaching available for novices. The club offers a huge range of watersports, including stand-up paddling, dragon boating, surfing and swimming lessons. For details, contact Bryan Ng at 2791 0806, 9468 1684, www.bluesky-sc.com.
Hoi Ha Beach
Deep in Sai Kung Country Park is lovely Hoi Ha Beach, where you can rent kayaks to explore the marine park, cruising over starfish and coral beds, and even venture around the headland to Wong Shek Pier. Local resident “Fred the boatman” rents kayaks for $100-$200 at one of the few centres with showers. He can be a bit elusive, so we recommend booking ahead: 2328 2169, 9164 5756, or 2328 2181
Chong Hing Reservoir
Spectacularly located at High Island’s West Sea Cofferdam, a few minutes by taxi from the Country Park barrier, the government-run Chong Hing Water Sports Centre is loaded with equipment at rock-bottom prices. As well as kayaks, it offers sailing, windsurfing, surf canoes and even pedaloes, and there’s a campsite for those who’d like to make a weekend of it. Reservations essential; closed Thursdays. Entry is $7 and kayak rental is $16 an hour on weekdays and $24 at weekends. For details, call 2792 6810 or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk
Kayak and Hike
Turn your paddling trip into a real adventure with Kayak and Hike. A packed programme starts with a speedboat trip into the Geopark, where kayaks are unpacked for a guided tour of the beaches, caves and cliffs. Run by local resident Paul Etherington, the day trip costs $800 a head. For details, call 9300 5197, or visit www.kayak-and-hike.com
Tai Mong Tsai
The Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp on Tai Mong Tsai Road offers a host of watersports including bamboo rafting, canoeing, sailing and snorkeling. You need a group of at least eight people to use the facility and reservations are essential. Entry is $40 a head for the day camp and kayak rental starts at $80 a day, with private coaching available. It also has a canteen. For details, call 2792 2727 or visit www.hkfyg.org.hk