Kayaking + Swim in Hio Ha Wan, Sai Kung

 

 

 

Kayaking and Swimming at Hio Ha Wan, Sai Kung

It is time to have some fun by the beach and what is better than spending a day in Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Sai Kung. This bay is on the north end of the Sai Kung West Country Park and is a little slice of paradise in HK.

http://travel.cnn.com/hong-kong/visit/kayaking-under-sea-hoi-ha-wan-279964

 

Note:

It would be best if you can swim at least 50 meters, but a life jacket will be provided so non-swimmers are welcome.  Please read the disclaimer.

 

The tentative plan for the day:

Since the minibus only has 16 seats, some of us might need to share a taxi to Hio Ha Wan (~20 HKD each). The minibus company might dispatches another minibus because they see many people queuing up, then no need to take a taxi.

>Get on the 8:55am minibus and arrive at Hio Ha Wan terminus by 9:30am.

>Sort out payment and kayaking equipment by 10:15am.

>Head to the beach which is about 1.5 h away. Get there by 12:30 pm including time to take photos and snorkel a bit on the way there.  The ones who don't want to snorkel, then head to the beach first and meet up with the rest of the group there later.

>I have been told there are trees to provide shades on the beach, so we can set up camp and have lunch there.

>Spend the afternoon chilling out on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or doing whatever takes your fancy. We can split up into smaller groups depending on the activity.

>Meet up on the beach by 3:30 pm.

>Paddle back to Hoi Ha Wan to return the kayaks by 5pm.

>Get ready to catch the minibus back to Sai Kung Town Centre by 5:45pm. Last bus leaves Hoi Ha at 6:55pm

If things don't go according to plan, then just improvise.

 

Costs:
All day kayak rental: 120 for single, 200 for double (locker, life jacket and shower facilities included in the price)

We will have more chance of securing double kayaks than singles.  Please specify if you insist to go into a single kayak, because for example you might be leaving earlier.

 

Deposit:

50HKD per person (I will provide bank transfer details once you have RSVP). Your place will not be confirmed if deposit hasn't been received.  I will collect deposit around 24 June when we can see the weather forecast.

 

Transportation Options:

1) Take minibus 1A outside Choi Hung MTR station.

2) Take KMB bus 92 outside Diamond Hill MTR station

3) a 24 hour frequent red minibus service operates between Dundas Street, Mong Kok and Wai Man Road Minibus Terminus, adjacent to Sai Kung Waterfront Park. The fare at February 2013 was HK$14.3 and Octopus Card is accepted on most minibuses operating this route.

4) Take minibus 101M from Hang Hau MTR station. Be sure to go early as there will be long queues on weeknds.

 

Things to prepare:

Tentative list of items to bring:  Water at least 3L, foods that are high in energy content, energy bars, fruits, SPF 50+UVAB sun screen, hat/cap, sun glasses, mosquito spray, long sleeve top if you don't want to expose your arms to the sun, a towel/a set of dry clothes,  sandals with straps/old trainers for walking on the beach to avoid cutting your feet on sharp objects, especially during landing on the beach. optional snorkeling equipment and swim wear for keen swimmers.

Note: Bring all your foods/snacks as items on sale at the shops are very limited.

I have a smallish water-tight bag for electronic gadgets, you are welcome to put your camera/phone in there if you want to take them out to sea.

You can buy a water-tight bag in most outdoor equipment stores.

 

Kayaking Tips:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQCAPJyW68E&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmaNBXEa_yQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

Disclaimer:

By joining the event, all participants are deemed to have agreed to the terms and conditions contained in this disclaimer, and agreed to exonerate the organizers and any other participants in the event from any liabilities, claims, including but not limited to liabilities and claims as a result of any injuries or deaths or damages arising thereof. Participants joining this event are doing so at their own choosing and at their own risk.

 

 

 

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  • Jack C.

    Go to this link to download the photos

    http://sdrv.ms/12yE8xI­

    July 1, 2013

  • Jack C.

    I will put all the photos that I took on SkyDrive (Microsoft's version of drop box) so everyone can download what they like.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Wing

    I became a hot tomato :P

    3 · June 29, 2013

    • William L.

      My legs are bright red as well :-(

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Matthew

    Thanks for organizing the outing, Jack. It was a real adventure.

    July 1, 2013

  • Joe L.

    Thanks Jack for organizing this evert, I have a great day and really enjoy kayaking, will join again next time, also nice to meet all of u, hope can c u all soon ^0^

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Thanks for everyone’s company today! l had a great day kayaking and cooling off in the sea. Hope we can come here again in the near future and explore other parts of the bay.

    I only had time to upload photos on FB, will put them on meetup soon.
    In the mean time go to here to view them.

    https://www.facebook.com/jack.ch...­

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice meeting everyone today! Hope to see you all again! Thank you for organizing the event!! Really enjoyed it a lot with a nice sunburnt! :-)

    June 29, 2013

  • Samantha B.

    It was a great day !! I had so much fun !! Perfect weather , but my mum was shocked when I got home. She said I became so dark that I look like 包青天 lol

    June 29, 2013

  • Lawrence C.

    GREAT GREAT GREAT... MORE MORE MORE... haha

    June 29, 2013

  • François D.

    GREAT

    June 29, 2013

  • Herman

    Thanks Jack for the organising.

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful day on the water. Thanks Jack!
    Let's do it again & explore the other side next time.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Donal O.

    thanks jack! it was a great experience for me, i will definitely try this again.

    2 · June 29, 2013

  • Lynda C.

    Fantastic!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • Joe L.

    I've arrived

    June 29, 2013

  • Samantha B.

    On my way from MK now , see you guys soon ! The weather is perfect , woot woot !

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Lynda C.

    Kayaking-snorkelling-saikunging yihaaaaaaa !!!!!!!
    I've really been looking forward to that. Can't believe even MAXIM's cakes was still closed when we Left though ;). Sun is shining on the way to Saikung

    June 29, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Please bring items that you need at the beach to make you comfortable with, like a sheet to sit/lie down on. Also toys would be a good idea. I have bought a frisbee!

    I was told by one of the kayak owners that there are a few trees by the beach. Therefore, I plan to bring a 3m x 3m tarp that can be tied to trees to create a temporary shelter for sun cover.
    I haven’t seen the trees, so just hope that my plan will work out. If not, there are ways to make a shelter with the kayak, sand and a tarp.
    If anyone wants a tarp to have a go at testing their survival skills, then I can bring a couple more. An easier but less fun alternative is to rent sun umbrellas from the shop for $40 and carry it on the kayak.

    2 · June 24, 2013

    • Samantha B.

      Kayaking with a huge umbrella . Haha

      1 · June 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Jack- Tarps sounds like good idea- pls bring a couple more & ropes.

      June 28, 2013

  • SAM T.

    Sorry guys, I can't make it anymore as I will be out of town for work this Saturday! You guys have fun!

    1 · June 26, 2013

  • Irene C.

    Sth came up n could not join u that early. Really sorry, Jack

    June 26, 2013

  • Frion L.

    Real too hot and too early to start and finished! I prefer in door social function to enjoy a drink , food..! I am a new one join in. But i feel a bit strange to most of function also in Hong Kong side! Why not see any in Kowloon side? It is more choice for whom are work or live kowloon side and join the interest gathering after left from office...!

    June 26, 2013

    • Jack C.

      It depends on the interests of members. Venue will also depend on the type of event. Don't worry Frion, there will be events on the Kowloon side :D

      1 · June 26, 2013

  • Wing

    The weather is supposed to be fabulous on Sat, very hot and some breeze I believe. Jack, would you mind share your methods to avoid the scourging sun during kayaking? Would you bring your own snorkeling stuff or just rent there? Cheers,

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Jack C.

      Bring a hat with side flaps to protect ur face. Wear a long sleeve shirt so you have the option of protecting your arms. The same goes for pants. I'm going to use my normal swimming goggles and bought a snorkelling tube. Bring lots of sun screen lotion.

      June 26, 2013

  • Anthony

    Do we kayak with our backpack?

    June 25, 2013

    • Jack C.

      There is space on the kayak to put your back. Some stuff can be left at the shop, so only bring what you need on the kayak, like beach items, water, foods and snorkelling stuff.

      June 25, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Kayaks booked, let's hope for some clouds on Sat.

    2 · June 25, 2013

  • Anthony

    Yay, I just made it off the waiting list ...

    June 24, 2013

  • Jack C.

    Another handy piece of info is that there is supposed to be a small stream running out to sea close to the beach. It will be our source of fresh water!

    June 24, 2013

  • Jack C.

    If there are too many people waiting for the minibus back to Sai Kung centre in late afternoon, then we can walk along Hoi Ha Rd for around 45 min back to the main road to get the bus back to Sai Kung centre instead.

    June 22, 2013

  • Jack C.

    If the weather becomes unfavourable, then the trip will be postponed. In that case, deposit will be refunded to members who can’t go on the later date.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jack, do you know if we are getting sit-on-top kayaks or the other kind?

    June 17, 2013

    • Jack C.

      I will see how many of each type they have available when I book tomorrow.

      June 18, 2013

    • Jack C.

      I have asked for sit on top kayaks.

      1 · June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam and I will get a double kayak, thanks Jack!!

    June 18, 2013

  • William L.

    I prefer single kayak, thanks.

    June 17, 2013

    • Jack C.

      ok, William. Noted.

      June 18, 2013

  • Herman

    Hi Jack, what is the bank details that I can pay my deposit to. Thanks

    June 16, 2013

    • Jack C.

      Hi Herman, I will send that out at the end of the week.

      June 17, 2013

  • Jack C.

    please let me know in advance if you prefer a single kayak. Cheers.

    June 11, 2013

    • Lawrence C.

      single Kayak for me too.

      June 11, 2013

    • Wing

      Single Kayak for Wing if available.

      June 16, 2013

  • Gloria W.

    I can't swim, need to be in the double kayak with someone who can swim.

    June 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Best wear life saving vest. For safety we all should wear.

      June 11, 2013

    • Lawrence C.

      Only when Jack told me life jacket was provided I then joined. I don't know how to swim too.

      June 11, 2013

  • Jack C.

    I have posted links to Youtube clips on kayaking tips near the bottom of the events details.
    Feel free to check them out.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May I ask if there will be any 'training' for survival skills before the kayaking starts? :D

    June 10, 2013

    • Jack C.

      I have added tips on kayaking near the bottom of the event details. The videos shows you how to get back on the kayak if you go into the water. The water is quite calm in the bay area, so not likely to fall into the water.

      June 10, 2013

  • Lawrence C.

    Haven't kayaking for more than 2 decades. Thanks for organizing, Jack. Look forward to it.

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone I am new to the group!

    1 · June 9, 2013

    • Jack C.

      Hi Antonia, can you ask your friend to sign up and go onto the waiting list. I will ask the shop to accommodate your friend.

      June 10, 2013

  • François D.

    Do you havé 2 places? For me and my wife ?

    June 9, 2013

    • Lynda C.

      Wonder whether we should go for double kayak or not ... may end up arguing all day ;). Let's go for double Kayak :D

      1 · June 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can we open one more spot for my friend?

      June 9, 2013

  • Herman

    I would like to join as this should be an interest sport event.

    June 9, 2013

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