Get set for some fun in the sun! From SUP to surfing, kayaking to kiteboarding, the opportunities are endless when it comes to Hong Kong watersports.
Summer has hit and we’re ready to make the most of it. If you’re a lover of the ocean, chances are you want to hit those beach breaks every chance you get. Not content to just sit on the sand and splash in the sea, it’s time to take your water sports game to the next level. Whether you want the serenity of SUP, to cruise on a kayak or take an adrenaline hit with kiteboarding or even wing foiling, there’s a beach in Hong Kong for you.
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If surfing isn’t enough on its own, windsurfing takes it to another level. Soak up the rays as you soar through the wind and navigate your way using a sail. The most popular spots in Hong Kong for windsurfing (along with many other water sports!) are Cheung Chau and Stanley.
Where to windsurf in Hong Kong
- Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre — Opened by the uncle of Hong Kong’s own windsurfing Olympic gold medalist, Lee LaiShan, is the best place to take some windsurfing lessons or hire watersports equipment. www.ccwindc.com.hk
- Hiwindlover Water Sport Centre — Based in Stanley, it offers windsurfer rentals and windsurfing courses, as well as kayaks, SUP and wing foils. www.hiwindlover.com
- Hong Kong Aqua-Bound Centre — Offers windsurfing lessons and rentals in Stanley, along with SUP, wakeboards and kayaks. www.aquabound.com.hk
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Kayaking And Canoeing
For a more laid-back option, why not try kayaking or canoeing? It’s a great way to get in a quick upper body workout and one of the best ways to enjoy the serene Hong Kong waters. The best spots are in Sai Kung but you’ll find kayak rentals at most popular watersport beaches across Hong Kong. Need a little more guidance? Sign up for a tour with WILD Hong Kong, Sea Kayak Hong Kong or Blue Sky Sports Club.
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A popular add-on to amp up your junk boat trip, why not step up your game by hitting the water with some professional wakeboarding lessons?
Where to wakeboard in Hong Kong
- HK Wakeboard — Offers boat rentals and wakeboarding lessons in Tai Tam. www.wakeboard.com.hk
- Wakesurfing HK — Experienced coaches for wakeboarding sessions. www.wakesurfhongkong.com
- IM Wake — Wakeboarding in Tai Po. www.imwake.hk
- Wake Plus — Wakeboarding club in Sai Kung. www.wakeplus.com
- One Wake — Wake surfing and wakeboarding in Stanley, Tai Tam, Repulse Bay and Lamma Island. www.wakesurf.com.hk
Snorkelling And Scuba Diving
Hong Kong may not have the clearest or cleanest water, but you’d be surprised at the marine life you can spot out a little further out. For ease of access, head to Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, to learn how to scuba dive at your own pace before you plan a diving holiday in Asia.
Where to scuba dive and snorkel in Hong Kong
- Splash Hong Kong — Offers fun dives and PADI scuba diving courses in Sai Kung. www.splashhk.com
- Sai Kung Scuba — PADI accredited scuba dive shop with weekend fun dives and regular open water courses. www.saikungscuba.com
- Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park — Rent snorkel gear and head into the calm waters in this remote Sai Kung Country Park village.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Stand-up paddle boarding is as fun as it sounds and the good news is that you can rent a board at most beaches with watersports equipment! We love the beautiful beaches and bays around Sai Kung and Clearwater Bay, but you can also rent SUP at Stanley, Mui Wo, Cheung Chau and most other outlying islands. Super-keen on the SUP action? It might be worth investing in your own stand up paddle board! There are some great inflatable options on the market that fold away to be tucked into our tiny Hong Kong homes.
Where to SUP in Hong Kong
- Blue Sky Sports Club — Your one-stop shop for watersports in Sai Kung, but especially good for stand up paddle board tours and lessons. You can even sign up for a monthly membership and take a SUP out anytime you please. www.bluesky-sc.com
- Hong Kong Surf And Stand Up Paddle Board Association — A range of SUP courses and even instructor training. www.hksurfsup.org
- Island Paddle — Private and small group SUP lessons in Stanley. www.islandpaddle.hk
- Buy your own stand up paddle board from Decathalon, APA Outdoor Shop, WhatzSUP and even Taobao!
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Kiteboarding And Kitesurfing
If wakeboarding had a sibling, it would be kiteboarding! While the two have similarities, kiteboarding depends much more on the right wind conditions. Without a doubt, the kiteboarding hotspot in Hong Kong is South Lantau and when the wind is blowing in the right direction you’ll see the kite surfers take to the waves! This watersport definitely takes a bit of practice so best to get some lessons first.
Where to kitesurfing in Hong kong
- Hong Kong Kiteboarding School — Offers kiteboarding lessons at Shui Hau Wan. www.facebook.com/HongkongKiteboardingSchool
- Kiteboard Hong Kong — Small group and private kiteboard lessons. www.kiteboard.hk
- Kite2High — Customised introduction to kiteboarding. www.kite2high.com
- Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong — Offers kiteboard training and runs kitesurfing events in Hong Kong. www.kiteboarding.org.hk
For our fellow surfers who need no introduction to this beautiful sport, Big Wave Beach is the spot to go. You can also take lessons at Shek O beach down the road. Surfing classes are a safe way to get an idea of what it might be like riding the waves solo. Fair warning: weekends draw in big crowds so be prepared!
Where to get surfing lessons in Hong Kong
- Surfing Hong Kong — Surfing lessons in Big Wave Bay. www.surfinghongkong.com
- Hong Kong Surfing Lessons — Learn to surf at Lower Cheung Sha Beach (there are SUP lessons too!), or rent your surfboard. www.hongkongsurfinglesson.com
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Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga (SUP Yoga)
Take your SUP to the next level by challenging your balance and improving your mindfulness with stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga. Whether you’re a self-professed yogi or a keen amateur, SUP yoga is the perfect activity to add some outdoor excitement to your yoga practice. If you need a break after doing too many warrior poses under the sun, just fall into the cool ocean.
Where to do SUP yoga in Hong Kong
- Island Paddle — Personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist Esther Bland offers SUP yoga in Stanley. www.islandpaddle.hk
- Breathe Easy SUP and Yoga — Regular SUP yoga sessions in Mui Wo. www.breatheasysupyoga.com
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Mastered windsurfing? Got the hang of kiteboarding? Take your watersport game to the next level by trying your hand (and balance!) on a wing foil! Hold on tight to your inflatable sail and then zoom levitated across the sea. It truly is a sight to behold.
Where to try wing foil in Hong Kong
- Hi Wind Lover — Wing foil rentals and lessons based out of Stanley. www.hiwindlover.com
- One Wake — Wing foil courses are among the watersports on offer from this provider with bases in Repulse Bay, Stanley, Tai Tam and Lamma Island. www.wakesurf.com.hk
Editor’s Note: “Hong Kong Water Sports: SUP, Surfing, Scuba Diving, Kayaking And More” was originally published in June 2016 by Bonnie Zheng, and most recently updated in June 2022 by Jess Mizzi.
Main image courtesy of Getty, image 1 courtesy of Daniel Stenholm via Unsplash, image 2 courtesy of Ron Lach via Pexels, image 3 courtesy of Sai Kung Scuba via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Island Paddle, image 5 courtesy of Kite Board Hong Kong via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Blue Sky Sports Club