Big Wave Bay Sai Kung Overnight camping

Hi Everyone,

After consultation with other regular hikers and careful consideration of group hiking expertise, extreme July weather(hot, windy and wet) and my own experience, I am going to change the venue of this meetup to Big Wave Bay in Sai Kung. The hike over the mountain to BWB is far easier and the venue is a lot safer for non-regular hikers, also there is a place to hire tents and get basic food supplies for an overnight stay.

 

Please Note:

If the forecast on Friday says it will rain on the weekend, then this meetup will be cancelled.

 

OVERVIEW

Meetup: Overnight camping
Difficulty: This meetup will involve hiking and camping
When: 29 June 2013
Where : Sai Kung
Kit list: Camera, Hiking boots, Swimming shorts, sun cream, mosquito repellent, tent, food, water bottle, sleeping bag.
Recommended for Star Trails: Tripod, Remote release, spare camera battery, wide angle lens

Tai Long Wan
This is a magical place! Set in the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula (西貢半島), Tai Long Wan - Big Wave Bay - is a large bay with white sand beaches flanked by rugged headlands, backed by abandoned fields beyond which rise some impressive hills. There are rocky islets offshore; beyond them is the South China Sea (Mirs Bay); in onshore winds the swell is indeed impressive, all the more so as the sea is relatively unpolluted, and can be a splendid tropical blue or turquoise.

Itinerary:
29 June
09.30 – Meet at Hang Hau MTR Exit B1 (MTR travel planner) PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY.
09.35 – Take Green minibus #101 from Hang Hau to Sai Kung. Leaves every 20 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes. (a taxi can be taken direct to Wong Shek ferry pier for about $200)
10.30 – Arrive at Sai Kung. Take KMB bus #94 from Sai Kung to Wong Shek Ferry pier. Leaves every 30 minutes. Journey time: 30 minutes.
11.00/11.30 – Arrive at Wong Shek ferry pier.
11.40 (to be confirmed) – Take Kai-To ferry from Wong Shek to Chek Keng (about $20) (Ferry timetable here)
12.20 – Arrive at Chek Keng. Walk over the ridge – it’s fairly well sign posted. The walk up to the ridge is a fairly long pull but once at the top, you can rest, and you're rewarded with panoramic views across hills and bay, with Sharp Peak's distinctive profile on your left. The trail winds down, to the hamlet of Tai Long, where you will see the First Stop Cafe. Read more about the hike here
13.30 - The trail from here is pretty much dead level. The Maclehose Trail bears right, to another hamlet - Ham Tin. This is where we will stop for lunch and camping gear.
14.00 - Hike over the small hill on the left of the restaurants, to get to Tai Long Wan beach.
14.15 – Once we get to the beach we can split up and do whatever we want to do.
17.00 – Make a fire
18:00 – BBQ, drink, be merry.
22:00 - Star Trails Photoshoot (clear skies permitting)

30 June
14:00 – Leave for Ham Tim.
14:15 – Drop off camping gear and get water. Hike over mountain to Chek Keng (or take speed boat back).
14:45 – Arrive at Chek Keng and take speedboat to Wong Shek ferry pier.
15:00 – Take Taxi back to Sai Kung/Hang Hau. Optional to remain for a photo walk around Sai Kung before heading home.

Q&A
Q. What about tents?
A. Cost is $100 for a two man tent and $150 for a four man tent. You can hire the tents at a Store called Hoi Fung, in Ham Tin, which is the bay next to Dai Long Wan.
Q. What about food?
A. BBQ food can be purchased near to the beach. Alternatively you can bring your own. Suggested food includes: baked beans, bread, coffee, sugar, powder milk, energy bars, water, pork chop, corn on the cob.
Q. What clothing / accessories should I bring?
A. See kit list above, but most essential are: Fleece (evenings can get cold), Headlamp / torches / camping lamps (it gets dark at 6pm), Mosquito repellent, Swimming costume and Small towel (if you are brave enough to swim), Beach toys.
Q. What photography equipment should I bring?
A. If you want to do star trails, you will need a tripod and a cable release that has a switch on it that can lock the shutter open. Additionally a very wide angle lens is preferable.

CONTACT INFO: In case of emergency, Sean's mobile number is 6 three 5 four 4 four 4 three

HEALTH ADVISORY: This trip involves hiking. Please consider this when choosing what you bring: i.e. camping equipment + food + photography gear

PHOTO CHALLENGE:
Best light trail (click here)

 

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  • Lily L.

    Thanks Sean for organising. It was more inspiring & funnier than I had expected in this group. I look forward to joining with you all in photography activities very soon! Btw, the pictures all of yours tagged are awesome! Best wishes! Lily

    July 3, 2013

  • Tamara

    A really great first photography meet up! Looking forward to joining you guys on many more! See u soon!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a week-end !!!! Thank you do much Sean for organising it ! It was simply awesome ! A wonderful location, a great hike and a bunch of very cool and nice buddies! Thanks everyone for the help for the tents, for the speedboat, for everything .... :D

    July 1, 2013

  • Gavin N.

    Incredible location and weather - couldn't have been better! Sean was a champ taking us there. Cheers everyone for helping out the newbies (like myself!) with their tents. Camp fire chill dinner out was quite wonderful, and well done Diana for making spam and carrots so entertaining! See you guys at the next outing!

    1 · June 30, 2013

  • Nic

    A big THANK to Sean for this great camping and shooting session!!!!
    Was very nice to meet some new friends and I hope to see you guys soon!!

    June 30, 2013

  • Marlon C

    It was nice meeting all of you. Thank you Sean for organizing this camping trip. See you soon :)

    June 30, 2013

  • Sean C.

    Trust me to be the one running 5-10min late. Sorry everyone

    June 29, 2013

    • Marlon C

      I'm in sai kung bus terminal now having breakfast. Pls msg me when u get here. Thx sean

      June 29, 2013

  • Sony C.

    What a miss that I cannot join you this time. Everybody enjoy your camping!!!

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    "Retouching Services"

    Can anyone recommend a Retouching Service?

    Please provide contact details

    Kind Regards,

    Michael

    June 28, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Like photoshop retouching?

      June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sean,

      Yes, I've got an assignment that requires "retouching", I've not taken the photos yet: but my client is looking for top quality photos: so some "airbrushing" will be required. Maybe some "stitching" of photos too.

      The assignment is an interior of a beauty salon, with a model and staff photos. Looking at 70 photos in total.

      I am not familiar with PS so looking for someone to assist in that area.

      If you need to call me:[masked] Kind Regards,

      Michael

      June 28, 2013

  • Lily L.

    I would like to bring one friend together with Sandra Tong and I. She is Joanne wong.

    June 28, 2013

  • Vashishtha

    + 2

    June 27, 2013

  • Nic

    Anybody can suggest a good polarizer and where to get it?
    Thanks a lot for your help

    June 28, 2013

    • Gavin N.

      Sim City in Shantung Street Mongkok is also a great place. 3 Floors of just photographic stuff. I personally buy most of my filters from HKDirect on Ebay. I've found them to be significantly cheaper than most HK vendors - http://stores.ebay.co...­ , they're also just based in Chai Wan so delivery is fast - except you don't really have much time for this trip! :)

      June 28, 2013

    • Nic

      Thanks a lot Gavin for all these useful info!!!! :-)

      June 28, 2013

  • olivier

    Was ok for Sunset peak but not Tai long wan, i don't understand the point to go there for sunrise/sunset

    June 28, 2013

  • Patrick W.

    Sean, I sorry I have to drop out at this last moment since all tents been rented out. Take care guys and have lots of fun!

    June 28, 2013

  • Sean C.

    Hi Everyone, this outing will go ahead as planned! Please remember:
    - it's going to be very hot so bring lots of water for the hike over the mountain,
    - to bring suncream and a hat and,
    - basic first aid.

    I shouldn't have to say it but everyone has done it before, don't forget your memory cards and batteries! Also, the place we will be camping at has NO toilet facilities, the nearest one is a 15 min hike or a 5 minute bush crawl, pack accordingly and please please please don't eat any dodgy food tonight! Lol

    By the way, if there are some people who are not keen for the hike back on Sunday, it is possible to catch a boat back to Sai Kung from Ham Tin, if the swell is not to big. The cost(I think) is about 50- 100 per person. I will chat more about this tomorrow. Sean

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Marlon C

    Hey Sean, I'll probably take the mini bus from Mong Kok to Sai Kung bus terminal which only takes 30 mins and i'll wait for you at bus #94 bus stop. Hope that's alright. I'll be there between 10 - 10:15 AM. Thanks!

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Gavin N.

    Outlook is fine and Hot! Way to go on the weather planning Sean! Let's make the most of it guys. :)

    June 26, 2013

  • steve p.

    Rats. Need to bail. Won't be back in time. Hate to miss this, it was great last year...

    June 25, 2013

  • Betty N.

    Sorry can not join ~ Enjoy!!

    June 25, 2013

  • Elisa Q

    Family visiting HK. Gonna skip this time. Have a blast!

    June 25, 2013

  • Bing B.

    Love this event. So cool!

    June 3, 2013

    • Bing B.

      sorry not able to join this time.

      June 25, 2013

  • Bonnie

    wrist in bandages.... needs to recover before shooting again. sorry!

    June 24, 2013

  • Sara

    Sounds good but I am not available... Next time ;-)

    June 24, 2013

  • Vashishtha

    Hi , please count me + 2 in . Many thanks :)

    June 23, 2013

  • Angelica C.

    Hi! as I am working on that morning, is it still fine if I join you in the afternoon?

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Angelica, that's fine with me. We will be on the beach... I don't think the mobile phone reception will be great so just just look for lots of tents, cameras and tripods!

      June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sean, I'm afraid I've changed my plans (last weekend in HK...) and I can't make it anymore... Enjoy!! Cheers

    June 21, 2013

  • Sean C.

    I will phone the Hoi Fung Store this Friday. Please let me know if you need a tent by replying to this conversation. I will take your silence as NO.

    June 19, 2013

    • Lily L.

      Thanks for organising the bookings.

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • Valentina

      Hi Sean, please a 4 person tent.
      Thanks

      1 · June 20, 2013

  • Anne T.

    Have TO work on Saturday so unfortunately cannot join

    June 20, 2013

  • Lily L.

    Yes. I m with Sandra Tong in one tent for 2. Please let me know the payment and I will transfer to you when I m back from Istanbul on 26th in HK. Ok?

    1 · June 20, 2013

  • Randall C.

    Trip in China is being extended...will have to miss this great hike.

    June 19, 2013

  • Gazza R.

    I really wanted to make this but will be in the US.

    June 19, 2013

  • Gazza R.

    So sorry to drop out :-(

    June 19, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sorry, had to change plans.. Have a lot of fun!

    June 19, 2013

  • Lily L.

    How's about wines? Can we purchase at the site? Any merry beverage we can get there?

    June 12, 2013

    • Lily L.

      Yes please. I need a tent with my friend Sandra. I think some buddies to need tents too. Thanks. Please advise.

      June 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes that will be great if we can booked the tent in advance. Thanks

      June 19, 2013

  • Matthias

    Sorry, having an overlap with an earlier appointment that I didn't recognise. Wishing you all a great time, good weather and looking forward to catch up another time.

    June 16, 2013

  • steve p.

    Unless work calls, I'll probably go in Friday...

    June 15, 2013

  • Gavin N.

    Any chance of changing the itinerary from Dec to June in the description above? Also, if the forecast is bad are there any penalties for us without war-zone-proof weather-sealed cameras to cop-out? Sorry to be pessimistic!

    June 11, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Please see the changes + weather cancellation rule.

      June 14, 2013

  • Marlon C

    Hey Sean, is it alright if I leave after the sunrise shoot (Sunday morning)? I know the place so I can hike back on my own. Thx!

    June 9, 2013

  • Bonnie

    yay!

    June 12, 2013

  • olivier

    Ooh disappointed with new location, why change?
    Is Tai Long Wan interesting by sunset or sunrise? Already went twice in daytime.

    June 10, 2013

    • olivier

      Thanks all, i did not get the email i'll check my settings;

      June 10, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Please check the description above for the email sent out.

      June 11, 2013

  • Lily L.

    How's about the shower?

    June 10, 2013

    • Sean C.

      There is a shower at the shop mentioned above... But it's a short, 15min hike from the campsite or a 5min bush crawl...

      1 · June 10, 2013

    • Lily L.

      Thanks

      June 10, 2013

  • Pete

    Bugger - Away that weekend

    June 10, 2013

  • Gazza R.

    I'm am very pissed off to have to drop out because of work. :-( :-(

    June 7, 2013

    • Gazza R.

      Ignore me. For now I'm still on.

      June 9, 2013

  • Bing B.

    I love this new place, thanks Sean. And I love the best light trail photo, any special equipment or camera setting i should pay attention to?

    June 9, 2013

  • Ell

    ii prefer the lantau sunset and sunrise... not that into beach camping

    June 9, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Ok Ell, the Lantau one will be done again when it cools down again...

      June 9, 2013

  • olivier

    Any advice on what we should take with us? Never done overnight hiking, i'm not sure what it's like

    June 3, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Olivier, the meetup destination has changed now. The hike is not too bad and you can hire camping gear at the shop near the beach.

      June 9, 2013

    • Marlon C

      Oh perfect I love the new place :)

      June 9, 2013

  • Adrian

    I did this trail a month ago. I had to rest about 20 minutes after walking 1.5 hours from Mui Wo. I'm guessing most photographers aren't regular steep incline hikers as well- going up is ok as long as the pace is slowish, and rests are frequent :)

    Just to add some details, Sunset Peak is 869m above sea level.

    To put in perspective, Taipei 101 is 508m high. So sunset peak is like climbing 1.6 Taipei 101's. Not trying to scare anyone off!

    Sean, this may sound like a silly question, but are we expected to bring all our own camping gear? like tent, sleeping bags, firewood, campfire singing voice? If so, I'll have to decline the overnight stay, although I'm still keen to go up.

    June 3, 2013

    • Sean C.

      I am working on the plan and will let everybody know ASAP.

      June 5, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Adrian, the meetup destination has changed now. The hike is not too bad and you can hire camping gear at the shop near the beach.

      June 9, 2013

  • Elisa Q

    Camping sounds exciting! But is there any renting service of tents/sleeping bags?

    June 4, 2013

    • Sean C.

      I'm working on the plan and will let everyone know ASAP.

      June 5, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Elisa, the meetup destination has changed now. The hike is not too bad and you can hire camping gear at the shop near the beach.

      June 9, 2013

  • Anne T.

    I also would be interested but same questions as the others. What do we need to bring. I have no camping equipment etc..
    Thanks

    1 · June 4, 2013

    • Sean C.

      I'm working on the plan and will let everyone know ASAP.

      June 5, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Anne, the meetup destination has changed now. The hike is not too bad and you can hire camping gear at the shop near the beach.

      June 9, 2013

  • JY

    I'm interested but have just a sleeping mat and don't know that trail. How strenuous? With the hiking group I think I've done up to 2.5.

    June 8, 2013

    • Sean C.

      Hi Jy, the meetup destination has changed now. The hike is not too bad and you can hire camping gear at the shop near the beach.

      June 9, 2013

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