It’s June. And in our world that means the frizzy hair, stick-to-black-and-prints-because-I’m-so-sweaty Hong Kong summer is upon us. Hiking season is slowing down as the heat kicks in so we’ve pulled together the top ten ways to enjoy nature, far from the scorching city centre. Check out our Top 10 Ultimate Outdoor Sports and get active!
Learn from the master at the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre, training camp for Hong Kong’s first ever Olympic Gold Medallist in women’s windsurfing. Summer rates for full-day classes are $1,100 per person for group lessons or $1,500 for individuals. The centre also offers kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and windsurfing rigs at affordable prices.
Contact: [email protected] or 2981 8316 for more info, www.ccwindc.com.hk/Cheung_Chau_Windsurfing_Centre/CCWC.html
Nestled in the Tai Tam Tuk Village, just off Tai Tam Road, is a mecca for all your extreme water sport needs. They offer not only wake-boarding, but wake skating, wake surfing tubing and the human dolphin flyboard. Boat-based activities are $850-900 per hour while flyboarding and hoverboarding is $1,500 per hour.
The Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong moves depending on the time of year for favorable wind conditions. From March to August, you can find them at Lung Kwu Tan, the closest beach to Tuen Mun in the western-most part of the new territories. Take a one-day intro course for HK$600 or try the three-day beginner package for $4,500.
Hong Kong is the ideal place to get your scuba certification before heading off on holiday so you don’t waste precious vacation days doing course work. There are several dive centres offering a variety of certification courses. Pick your centre based on convenience and the type of certification you want to get. Splash Hong Kong is an award winning dive centre in the New Territories that offers PADI courses and diving excursions tailored to your needs and schedule, as well as fun trips abroad. Mandarin Divers, based in Quarry Bay, offers PADI, IANTD and RAID.
If you’re willing to put in the time and money, you can get an entry-level paragliding license in as few as eight sessions for $8,600 with Paraglide HK. You can also buy kit, but be prepared to shell out $34,000 to $40,000 for a full set of equipment.
The best way to find a dragon boating team to join is simply asking around friends and colleagues or posting on one of the local forums as there are social groups, corporate groups and competitive groups scattered across Hong Kong. Home of the annual Dragon Boat Festival, Stanley is Hong Kong’s most iconic location for the sport. Its local association offers corporate training and equipment rental.
The Sea Kayak Academy offers trips, trainings, environmental clean-ups, corporate outings and school camps all over Hong Kong. As an introduction, check out one of their eco-adventure day tours that they can tailor to your fitness and interest levels.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
This list would be incomplete without a stop in Sai Kung, home to some of Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches and hikes. It’s also home to the Blue Sky Sports Club’s stand up paddling program where you can rent boards, take tours or even try SUP yoga.
The Hong Kong YMCA offers private rock climbing courses at the outdoor climbing wall in King’s Park near the Jordan MTR station for HK$410-HK$810 per hour for one to four people. After getting the basics down, the Project X Meetup group organizes frequent trips to Hong Kong’s natural climbing spots.
The most popular cycling route in Hong Kong is the 20-kilometre stretch from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, near Plover Cover, in the northeast corner of the New Territories. There are several bike shops near the Tai Wai station from about HK$50 per day. Many of them will let you return the bike to a designated shop at the end of the path for a bit more, so be sure to ask around.