Summer in the city got you feeling more ick than slick? Then do as Hong Kongers do and get out on the water. From cruising around the Territory’s myriad isles aboard a luxury yacht, to getting up close and personal with underwater marine life, here’s a rundown of water sports to check out this season. H2-Go!
Whether you’re a first-time diver or an experienced pro, Mandarin Divers host scuba sessions and courses for all levels with fun-filled boat trips around Sai Kung the New Territories. For recreational fun, allow the dive masters to navigate you through over 83 different species of hard coral and its colourful inhabitants as far as 20m below the water, or join one of two weekly night dives to peer at the underwater world’s fascinating nocturnal life.
For an equally exhilarating experience, hit the surf at Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island – the city’s top spot for wave chasing. This small, clean beach is shark-netted and patrolled by lifeguards, while several shops offer board hire. Beginners and kids can tee up lessons with Hong Kong Waterman, followed by a hearty lunch of burgers or pizza from the on-shore snack shack.
If you prefer to stay above water, book a one-of-a-kind adventure with Kayak & Hike. One of their crack team will lead you by boat and foot to the crystal-clear waters of Sai Kung Geo Park, where you’ll explore its unique geology and discover almost empty beaches. K&H provide all the necessary equipment and snacks, so all you need to do is show up.
Stanley Beach gets packed on peak summer days, but you won’t notice when you’re harmoniously holding downward dog atop a bobbing paddleboard. Don your teenie weenie for one of SUP Yoga’s blissful seaside sessions which are led by resident yogis Dee and Nadine and designed for all levels. Board hire and post beachy bites included.
Alternatively, for something more luxurious, kick back on a swanky sailing vessel via Hong Kong Yachting. Racer boats can be chartered for the day (captain and crew provided), a harbour cruise or sail out to a beach for the day. Stop at one of Hong Kong’s myriad isles like Poi Toi or Lamma for a delectable seafood lunch, or enjoy a fully catered meal onboard.
Mandarin Divers / +852 2554 7110 / daily, plus regular scheduled dives every Sunday and one night dive every two weeks / mandarin-divers.com
Hong Kong Yachting / Aberdeen / +852 2526 0151 / hongkongyachting.com