Spend an easy half day kayaking in Sai Kung, stopping at lush uninhabited islands and swimming in clear waters.
We spent a beautiful October day kayaking in Sai Kung for around three hours, covering some 10km on the water and hitting three islands. For this trip, you need no kayak license to rent the boards, or any sort of previous training. It’s totally beginner friendly, as long as you have some basic kayaking knowledge and decent amount of stamina in case there’s a current or some waves.
We took an Uber to Blue Sky Sports Club (Sha Ha Center) in Sai Kung. It’s walking distance from Sai Kung Pier, where most transportation goes, so you can easily take a minibus or bus. From there you can rent the kayaks, but it’s advisable to book and pay in advance as it can get busy on weekends, especially in good weather.
The guys at Blue Sky Sports Club won’t give you any briefing or safety instructions whatsoever, which is funny given how strict the HK Government is when it comes to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) kayaking programmes and rentals. We tried going the official way before, and realised we had to sign up online in advance for an online course and getting to a certain ‘1- 2- or 3-star certification’ before being able to rent any of the LCSD equipment.
We paddled past Yeung Chau Island first, and headed for Cham Tau Chau. There, we took a break on a pebbly beach with three other SUP / paddle boarders.
We then paddled to Tai Chan Chau, which looked as if it used to have a circular structure built on its side. We couldn’t dock as it was too rocky, although we saw the “Tree of Life” standing on the beach. I decided to stay on the kayak instead of walking through the underwater grass to get to it. We kept paddling to the next island: Pak Sha Chau. This one was really popular thanks to its long sandbar. Loads of people were parking on there, but as it’s quite long, there’s room to walk around, explore and take photos.
Then we paddled around the west end where it got pretty wavy and windy. We powered through until we were able to pull up at Yeung Chau, our last stop before heading back to return the equipment.
If you want to keep going, there are way more islands you can hit including Sharp Island and Yim Tin Tsai, home to a Catholic Church.
Do you have any better routes, suggestions or kayaking itineraries? Leave them in the comments below, I’d love to explore them!