Lying on the beach reading a book getting monotonous? Are you dying to get more out of your summer than just beaches, junk boats and brunches?
If that’s the case then you should definitely try these thrilling water-sports we bet you didn’t even know existed in Hong Kong. At BloomMe, we have documented the must-try water activities offered across Hong Kong which can put the ‘fun’ back into your fun-tastic summer!
Canoeing and Kayaking
Have you ever wanted to pretend that you are winning the Dragon Boat Festival race with all your friends, family, and co-workers cheering you on? Then this water-sport is for you.
Both kayaks and canoes involve small, lightweight boats in which one or two people paddle themselves around enthusiastically. Canoe paddles tend to only have one blade and are used to row on one side of the boat, whereas kayaks have two blades and are used on either side of the boat.
Canoes are great for laid-back sessions and pretending to be Pocahontas, however be aware that the bottom of the boat gets wet so you will need to wrap your things in a waterproof bag!
The best place for canoeing and kayaking is out in Sai Kung, and luckily you can usually find small beach huts along the shoreline renting equipment at reasonable costs.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Although Hong Kong is not known for it’s crystal clear waters, the diving spots we do have are pretty fun to explore.
Snorkelling involves wearing a large pair of goggles with a small spout leading from your mouth allowing you to breathe. You float on the water like a small starfish and observe the ocean floor below. Snorkelling is perfect for those not looking to dive too deep, although be sure to sunscreen your back thoroughly as it will be exposed to the sun all day.
If you’re scuba diving, you’ll have to undergo training on using the large oxygen tanks and other equipment. Be sure to get your PADI diving license before taking to the water. Remember you must wait at least 48 hours after diving before getting on an airplane to avoid decompression issues.
A popular place to start diving in Hong Kong is Clearwater Bay. Head over to Splash HK to book in your dive. Prices vary according to sessions and training.
Standup Paddle Boarding
The favourite summer sport of most Victoria’s Secret models and athletic European’s, this sport will give you an upper body workout without you even realising. Similar to standing up in a stable canoe, stand up paddle boarding will give you a great view of the ocean and shoreline.
Head out to Sai Kung, the hotspot for paddle sports, and book in a session with Blue Sky Sports Club. If you’d like to book in a course, costs start around$500pp. Make sure to stretch after each session so you’re not in.
Looking for something a little more challenging this summer? Why not give surfing a go? A little tricky to master but highly addictive when you get the knack for it, surfing is the perfect sport to do this summer.
The best place to hire a board and catch some gnarly waves is Big Wave Bay. There are a few shops on the beach renting out boards. Fair warning, weekends tend to be a little crowded and surfing with large crowds can be a little dangerous.
Looking to kick your surfing up a notch? Windsurfing takes your humble surfboard and adds a sail which allows you to zoom across the ocean like the majestic Aqualuna. You’ll be standing on a large surfboard using the power of the wind and your own bodyweight to control where you go.
Head down to Cheung Chau to visit the Windsurfing Centre. Opened by Hong Kong Gold medalist Lee Lai Shan, you know you’re in good hands when learning to operate this mighty vessel. Prices starts around $1,100pp for a full-day of classes. If windsurfing isn’t your style, you can also rent out kayaks and paddleboards.
A favourite for Hong Kong adrenaline junkies and of course Barack Obama, wake-boarding is action packed and surprisingly easy to learn. You’ll be pulled along in the water by a speedboat and use the waves created by the boat (the wake) to surf along. More advanced boarders can perform flips, jumps, and even human pyramids atop the board.
A favourite location for wake-boarding in Hong Kong is out in Tai Tam. Swing by Tai Tam village to HK Wakeboard to book in a class or session. Weekdays are around $850/hour, whereas weekends are $950/hour. They also offer other extreme sports such as hover-boarding and wake-skating.
So now we’ve got your juices flowing for a fun-packed summer of sport, sun and vitamin sea, you can ride that crest of a wave to have the best summer yet!
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Lying on the beach reading a book getting monotonous? Are you dying to get more out of your summer than just beaches, junk boats and brunches? If that’s the case then you should definitely try these thrilling water-sports we bet you didn’t even know existed in Hong Kong. At BloomMe, we have documented the must-try…