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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.