Wondering where to go kayaking in Hong Kong? From the shores of Cheung Sha to the hidden caves in Sai Kung, these kayak tours and rentals are sure to float your boat.
Kayaking is one of the easiest watersports to get into and Hong Kong’s many beaches provide the perfect place to start your adventure. Whether you’re looking to explore the hidden sea caves of Sai Kung or just enjoy a casual day at sea, here are the best places to go kayaking in Hong Kong on a fine weather day.
Things To Note Before You Go Kayaking
Though all kayak tours and rentals should supply you with a life jacket, keep in mind that water, wind and weather conditions change rapidly. When renting a kayak or canoe, stay within a safe distance to land, and always set a time limit with the rental company so they know to expect you back within 2 hours. Don’t head into deep water if you’re not yet confident being in the ocean. Keep in mind that your phone may not always have reception, so only head to places you feel comfortable getting back from. Kayaking may seem like a relatively relaxed watersport but, after a few hours working the waves under the sun, it’s sure to leave you tired. Bring plenty of water, energising snacks, a waterproof bag for valuables and, of course, suitable protection from the sun (sunblock, cap, sunglasses etc).
Where To Go Kayaking in Hong Kong
Kayaking Group Tours
If you’re on the hunt to check out the hard-to-reach places off Hong Kong’s coast, a guided kayaking tour is the best way to stay safe whilst exploring hidden natural beauties. We recommend Sea Kayak Hong Kong (contact 5506 3620 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tours through Hong Kong Geopark) and Wild Hong Kong (contact 6087 1439 or email@example.com for tours through Hong Kong Geopark and Hoi Ha). The experts here will cater the tour to your kayaking ability, and make sure you’re in good hands at sea.
Hong Kong Geopark In Sai Kung
Hong Kong’s UNESCO Geopark in Sai Kung is consistently ranked one of, if not the best, place to go kayaking in Hong Kong. Intricate rocks formed through a volcanic explosion and the crystal clear blue waters make you question the idea that Hong Kong could ever be considered a mere concrete jungle.
The park contains many islands across Hong Kong, but the best spot for individual kayaking would be High Island, Port Island and the Ung Kong group. All of these islands have unforgettable views and plenty of caves to explore. If you’re looking to kayak to one of the further out islands such as Sharp Island, Tiu Cheung Island or Bluff Island, we would recommend going with a kayaking tour group.
How to get there: MTR to Choi Hung, then take minibus 1A into Sai Kung Pier, and then hop on bus 99 to Muk Min Shan.
Inside the Geopark is a quiet village with a marine park called Hoi Ha village. The waters around the village are relatively calm, with minimal waves. Unlike some other beaches (especially those on Hong Kong Island), there is no need to go far out to sea to find clear waters, so these two factors make it a perfect combination for any beginners wanting to learn how to kayak. There is also plenty of marine life in the area which you may be able to see while paddling.
How to get there: MTR to Choi Hung, then take minibus 1A into Sai Kung, then minibus 7 into Hoi Ha. Walk straight through Hoi Ha village to reach the beach.
Renting or tours: There are no kayaking tours offered exclusively in Hoi Ha (although some Geopark tours may pass by) and the vendors do not have websites or contact numbers, but there are plenty of vendors along the waterfront. As this is a quieter village, you don’t have to worry about booking.
Kwun Yam Wan
Cheung Chau offers two main beaches for kayaking, Tung Wan and Kwun Yam Wan. We would recommend heading to the latter for a more serene and peaceful experience, as Tung Wan Beach can often be crowded. If you’re looking for something more unique than your typical kayaking experience, tour group A-Team Edventures offers a Cheung Chau night paddle where you can see the twinkle of passing ships and the distant lights of the Hong Kong skyline.
How to get there: Ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau. Walk past Warwick Hotel, Tung Wan Beach will be a 5-minute walk to the coast from there, take a right and walk another 8 minutes to get to Kwun Yam Wan Beach.
Renting or tours: Private kayaks and kayaking tours are offered by family-run store Hing Kee Beach Store (2981 3478) For night kayak tours contact A-Team Edventures (2560 8838 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stanley is a go-to beach for any Hong Kong Island resident and is full of places to rent kayaks from. Although the main beach can be overcrowded, there are plenty of small beaches nearby to paddle to that are completely empty and have surprisingly clear water to swim in. You will be able to watch the buildings of Stanley and Tai Tam slowly fade away as you move further out into the tranquil water. The primary place to rent from on the main beach is Aqua-Bound Water Sport Centre which offers both kayaking tours and rentals of private and double kayaks. After you’ve tired yourself out from kayaking, you can explore the many shops and restaurants in Stanley Market and along the waterfront.
How to get there: Take bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square, Admiralty or Wan Chai to the Stanley Village stop and walk 5 minutes to the beach.
If you want to stay on Hong Kong Island but avoid the crowds of Stanley Beach, the nearby (albeit smaller) St. Stephen’s Beach is the best place to get a little bit of privacy and seclusion and still have fun kayaking. The government-provided water centre organises a wide range of watersports training courses, and individual groups can also apply for packages or tailor-made programmes. As you go out into the water, you will be surrounded by the luscious trees that cover the area, as well as the buildings of both Stanley and Chum Hom Kok. The water here also tends to be a lot cleaner than that off of Stanley Main Beach.
How to get there: Take bus 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square, Admiralty or Wan Chai to the Hong Kong Sea School stop and walk 10 minutes to the beach.
Although Tai O is primarily known for being an old fishing village, there are plenty of places to kayak. We would recommend going with a kayaking tour group in the area since it is so rich in history and culture. The tour by A-Team Edventures starts in the Nam Chung village area, then you will have the chance to get a closer look at the stilt houses that Tai O is famous for. You will also get to see Hau Wong Temple, a symbol for Taoism. The slowly diminishing population of pink dolphins can also be found in this region, and despite the threat to their population due to airport and bridge development, you may catch a glimpse of them while paddling through the water.
How to get there: To get to Nam Chung, take the MTR to Fanling, then green minibus 56K to Nam Chung Lei Uk Village. However, the tour starts at Tai O Bus Terminus which can be reached by taking the MTR to Tung Chung and the Bus 11 from Tung Chung Bus Terminus.
Cheung Sha Beach is the longest beach in Hong Kong, spanning over 3.2 kilometres with fine white sand, and most importantly for kayaking, sparkling blue waters. Most watersports take place on Lower Cheung Sha Beach. When you are kayaking, you will have the views of Lantau’s stunning mountains and there will not be a single skyscraper in sight. The only provider for renting kayaks and tours is Long Coast Seasports, a resort on the beach that specialises in watersports. You can rent out a kayak and just explore, or you can attend one of its adventure tours which takes you to other islands in the area and gives you the chance to view amazing rock formations nearby.
How to get there: MTR to Tung Chung, then take 11, 11A, or 23 New Lantau Bus at Tung Chung Bus Terminus to Lower Cheung Sha Village.
Renting or touring: Long Coast Seasports offers private rentals of 1, 2 or 3-seater kayaks as well as adventure tours.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 15 September, 2020 and was most recently updated in August 2021.