Some beaches are still closed in Hong Kong, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t make the most of the last few months of summer. 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 hidden sea caves or just enjoy a casual day at sea, here are the best places to go kayaking in Hong Kong.
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 tour group.
How to get there: MTR to Choi Hung, then minibus 1A into Sai Kung Pier, and then bus 99 to Muk Min Shan.
Renting or tours: Private kayaks can be rented from Ah Kwok Water Sports Centre (9170 7513) and companies like Wild Hong Kong (6087 1439) and Sea Kayak offer group tours.
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 looking to learn 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 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 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, and as a quieter village, you don’t have to worry about booking.
Cheung Chau offers two main beaches for kayaking, Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Wan Beach. We would recommend heading to the latter for a more serene and peaceful experience, as Tung Wan Beach can often become 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 tours are offered by family-run store Hing Kee Beach Store (9262 6736) For night kayak tours contact A-Team Edventures (2560 8838 or [email protected]).
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 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: Buses 6, 6A, 6X or 260 from Exchange Square, Admiralty, or Wan Chai to the Stanley Village stop and walk 5 minutes to the beach.
Renting or tours: Walking onto the furthest end of the beach, it is impossible to miss Aqua-Bound Water Sport Centre (8221 3876).
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 also tends to be a lot cleaner than that off of Stanley Main Beach.
How to get there: Buses 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.
Renting or tours: No tours are available at St Stephen’s. Contact St. Stephen’s Beach Water Sports Centre (2813 5407) to book training courses and enquire about kayak rental.
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 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 Town Centre.
Renting or tours: For kayak tours contact A-Team Edventures (2560 8838 or [email protected]). Other experience companies like Klook and Viator also offer tour packages.
Located in Sheung Sze Wan, the only provider for kayak rentals and tours is Sheung Sze Wan Kayak Rental. The bright blue oceans and beautiful rock formations are a must-see for any nature, ocean, or kayak fanatic. A popular destination for people kayaking from Sheung Sze Wan is Green Egg Island, named for the fact that it looks like it is shaped like an egg with a green yolk. The staff of Sheung Sze Wan Kayak Rental will even accompany you to the island with no additional cost!
How to get there: The best way to get to Sheung Sze Wan is to take a taxi from the Hang Hau MTR and ask the driver to stop at ‘Sheung Sze Wan Tseun’ and look for a sign labelled ‘Hiu Po Path’. Asking the driver to follow that path will eventually lead to the beach.
Renting or tours: Sheung Sze Wan Kayak Rental (5540 4445) does not offer tours but make sure to reserve a kayak as they are quite limited in quantity and it is a popular destination.
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 part 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 are 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 their 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.