Fabulous ways to spend a day out in Sai Kung
Breakfast of champions
You won’t be left hungry with the breakfast portions at Jaspas. The restaurant serves up all-time favourite breakfast dishes including the Jaspas B.E.S.T which comes with all your favourite sides – bacon, eggs, sausage, hash brown and tomato ($120), benedicts like no other with a choice of ham or smoked salmon ($120) and the huge Jaspas omelet which is filled with up to three fillings of your choice ($120). The little ones don’t miss out either, Jaspas offers a kids serving of blueberry filled pancakes with maple syrup and ice cream ($55). Most breakfast items comes with coffee, juice and toast. From 8am. G/F, 13 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2792 6388.
Cool off on the water with Blue Sky Sports Club’s SUP Eco Tours. Experienced tour guides will take you out to the surrounding Geopark and Kai Sha Beach where you will be able to paddle around the caves and have a BBQ on the islands. For $850, the six-hour tour includes lunch and speed boat hire. Alternatively, for a taster, the beginner’s programme ($500) covers the basic skills including paddling back and forth and maneuvering. The course runs for two hours and includes gear rental. Participants need to be confident swimmers and able to swim a distance of 25 metres. The water sports centre also offers SUP Yoga and fitness courses. 2792 4938,
The beat of my own drum
Learn the African rhythms and songs with Sai Kung-based performance group Djijor. Headed by local Abraham Ofori, young children and adults can learn African history and culture through music, songs and stories. Located at Sai Kung English tuition centre, Djijor will keep your children on your feet with a special summer course. Held from July 25 to August 19, the course introduces students to African drumming, magic shows and even kayaking. For more details, visit saikungtutors.com/ african-drums, 5321 4400, 1/F, 10 Po Tung Road, Sai Kung.
Right up your alley
Tikitiki Bowling Bar at Centro Sai Kung is an entertainment venue designed for the whole family. The space has 10 bowling lanes, one restaurant and two bars. Sporting a Hawaiian theme, the entire area is decked out with Tiki style sculptures, and plenty of floral arrangements. Prices start from $100 per hour on weekdays and $300 on weekends (includes shoe rental) for a group of up to seven people. Tikitiki can cater for kids’ parties and events. 4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, tikitiki.hk
Sweat baby, sweat
Whether it’s rain or shine, head down to Wai Man Soccer Pitch and get fit with popular fitness guru, Dayle Haigh-Smith. The first class is free – choose from a variety of classes including AquaFit, BoxFit, TRX and regular bootcamps. Classes train every part of the body to improve fitness level, strengthen your core, tone and sculpt and improve flexibility and mobility. All fitness levels are welcome. Regular class schedules available on www.outdoorfitness.hk. 9043 4674, firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the rocks
With over 40 ecotour guides, Live Nature’s eco tours operates five tours around Sai Kung’s geological landscape. Admire rock cliffs and sea caves on Nine Pin Islands or the hexagonal rock columns on the Sai Kung volcanic rock region tour. There are several tours throughout the day depending on the destination. 8200 0248, ecotoursaikung.com
If you’re a golf enthusiast, swing a few balls at the drop-in driving range or tee up a round on one of the three 18-hole courses at Kau Sai Chau, Hong Kong’s only public golf course. Take the solar-powered ferry from Sai Kung waterfront. The day pass is $360 on weekdays and $400 on weekends and public holidays and includes ferry and shuttle bus services, a daily set meal and drink. The clubhouse has afternoon tea if you’re feeling peckish after a round of golf. kscgolf.org.hk, 2791 3318.
Eat your heart out
Casa Square serves a decent set lunch menu. The set includes one main, side and a drink for $100. Try the serrano chicken with lime and honey mayo and mediterranean vegetables with feta cheese. Available weekdays from 12pm till 3pm. Alternatively, check out their a la carte menu. 9 Sha Tsui Path, Sai Kung, 2757 1020, facebook.com/casasksquare.
The traditional manicure ($200 for 45 mins) from Sense of Touch will have your talons clipped, shaped and polished. For those on the go, at $140, Sense of Touch’s express manicure shape and polish your nails in just 20 minutes. Monthly promotions available. G/F, 77 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, 2791 2278, senseoftouch.com.hk
Row, row, row your boat
The waterfront is notoriously packed with old ladies asking if you want to go out on the water. Sampan rides start anywhere from $100, de- pending on the company (and your luck). Remember to keep bargaining till you’re satis- fied. Sai Kung is surrounded by the most beautiful islands. Most tours take you to four or five feature sightseeing spots and run for about two hours. Common destinations include Sharp Island’s Kiu Tsui Country Park, High Island and Po Pin Chau.
Stargazing at Sai Kung Astropark
Head to Sai Kung Astropark in Sai Kung Country Park on a clear summer evening and enjoy the night sky. The park allows guests to view the Milky Way in a 1,200 sq ft area. The astronomi- cal theme park provides stargazing facilities and showcases Chinese and Western astronomical instruments, all available for public use. Avid astronomers can bring their own tel- escopes (electricity is provided at an extra cost). There is a simulated night sky facility if the weather doesn’t permit. Want to know more about the galaxy? Astronomy courses are held throughout the year, check the website for the full schedule. You must book if you plan to camp overnight. lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space
Ice, ice baby
Follow the trail of music and pick up a sweet treat from the iconic white, red and blue ice cream truck. Mobile softee serves four products – soft ice cream and nutty drumsticks cost $9, ice cream cup and jumbo orange cost $8. You’ll find the van parked near the bus bay by the waterfront.
Fishy on a little dishy
Pull up a chair at one of the waterfront’s seafood restaurants. The myriad of choices is endless- crab, lobster, shellfish and prawns. The brave can head to Chuen Kee, where you can pick your own seafood from the spilling tanks. The more squeamish may be more comfortable at Loaf On, where you can order from the menu without making eye contact. Chuen Kee, 51-55 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, 2791 1195. Loaf On, 49 See Cheung Street, 2792 9966.
Walk it off
As the day comes to an end, take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. It’s a calming change of scene, chaos hour is over and there are no dogs and people to dodge. The pier has an eerily calm vibe, and only sees a sweep of keen fisherman and runners along the pier. Look out to the water and admire the night sky.
Late night fare
As the night reels in, wind down with cold beers and food at Steamers. There’s an extensive beverage list with house wines starting from $50, beers from $55 and ciders from $58. The pub serves traditional pub grub, like burgers and pies till 10pm, and even some breakfast favourites. Steamers has a kids’ menu which includes bangers and mash for $70. G/F, 66 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, 2792 6991.