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Hong Kong is an amazing sea kayaking destination with over 260 islands (mostly uninhabited), coral reefs, isolated beaches, dolphins (see photo below), porpoises and turtles (all rare but definitely there), islands that you can actually paddle through and so much more!

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What is sea kayaking?

Sea kayaking is best described as taking a journey on the open ocean in a small, paddle powered self-contained closed cockpit craft (kayak).

Why is Sea Kayak Hong Kong (SKHK) running a meetup group and who can join this group?

Sea Kayak Hong Kong (SKHK) is an ocean conservation, education and adventure organisation. The foundations of the company are based on 'sustainability' and the 'Principles of Ocean Literacy'. We provide free sea kayak training and trips to help people living in Hong Kong learn to understand the ocean better.

So, by running a meetup group for locals and offering free sea kayak trips as well as basic safety and skills training courses, we are providing locals with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the ocean and their impacts on it (Ocean Literacy).

The only fee for these trips and courses is the equipment hire if you do not bring your own.

Does sea kayaking require any special skills?
Yes!
Anyone participating in any activity on the open ocean requires special having skills to ensure their personal safety and not hinder the safety or enjoyment of the group of people they are paddling with.

This simply means that to participate, acquiring the necessary skills to control your kayak in any weather or sea conditions that you may find yourself in during the course of a sea kayak trip AND understanding the ocean and how it is affected by local and distant weather systems is essential.

Safety is paramount!
To come along on any of our sea kayak tours you will first need to complete our Fun & FREE basic training courses. These are:
1. The Sea Kayak Control Course - Basic :- required for every participant.
This course will teach you how to control your kayak and how to paddle long distances.

2. The Sea Kayak Safety Course :- required for anyone wishing to do one of the more difficult trips that we offer around Hong Kong waters.

The only fee for the trips / courses is the equipment hire if you do not bring your own equipment.

Who can join this group?
This meetup group is created to give people living within 100kms of Hong Kong the opportunity to learn about the ocean through safe sea kayaking trips that are fun and educational.

Do we allow non-local visitors to join the group or a sea kayak trip or course?
The answer is possibly, but probably not.

Visitors to Hong Kong can participate only if:

1. They have the required sea kayaking skills to participate, or the existing member of the group has the necessary skills to take them as their passenger in a double sea kayak.

2. They are introduced by an existing group member (see 1).

3. There is space available - our priority is to give people living locally the opportunity to kayak and we have limited resources, so locals get first option. We offer scheduled sea kayak tours for International Visitors to Hong Kong which can be booked on the Sea Kayak Hong Kong website.

4. The visitor pays the full price for the service ($650).

For more information about Sea Kayak Hong Kong and our philosophy see http://www.seakayakhongkong.com

Welcome aboard.
We look forward to seeing you on the water.

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New Tai Tam Club Base - Opening BBQ & Drinks kayak, hike, co-trek.

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We have a new base for the Hong Kong Sea Kayak Club in Tai Tam Wan. To celebrate and meet your fellow sea kayakers - come along for a BBQ at the beach (while it's still warm). Bring a friend, some food, some drink and a change of clothes. Adventures to be had! You can take a kayak for a quick spin around the bay or try some coastal trekking along the rocky foreshore. Clean, clear water to swim or snorkel in too! We even have a stream trek - which looks like it might have some good waterfalls! We are going to be developing all sorts of kayaking, watersport, camping and Ocean Literacy facilities in 2020 exclusively available to our club members, so come along and whet your appetite. Hike in - we are on the Hong Kong Trail. We are on section 7 of the Hong Kong Hiking Trail as well as near the start of the Dragon's Back Trail, so if you want to hike in, we are easy to find (maps will be made and available online). Come along, have a few drinks, play in a kayak, have a look around, have a BBQ lunch or dinner and celebrate our latest addition. More details to follow!

UNESCO Geopark - Sai Kung to Pak Lap (1 way)

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Sai Kung is beautiful and world-renowned. As a sea kayaking destination, it's as good as it gets. FEATURES: Amazing islands and possibly paddling through sea caves and tunnels (weather and swell dependent). Remote beaches and coral reefs to swim and snorkel. The geological phenomena called volcanic tuff, the reason for our Global Geopark. Normally we need 2 days to get there and back, but to make it possible for people with short time budgets we have split this trip into 2 separate days so that a person can paddle 1 way, leaving the kayak behind for someone to bring back the next day. Today we depart inner Shelter Bay passing Sharp Island on the way to the outer islands of Bluff and Basalt. We will paddle to at least one of these, but as always, it is weather and sea-condition dependent. We will stop regularly at deserted beaches and try snorkelling over at least 1 of the many coral reefs (BYO snorkel & goggles) Beginners are welcome ONLY IF they have completed the basic kayak control course, so that they do not hold up the more experienced members of the group. You will have time for a cool refreshing drink at Pak Lap before getting a taxi back to Sai Kung. Cost: Kayak equipment hire $350 per day. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a one-way trip and has a significant amount of logistics to organise, we will be requiring payment commitment 1 week before to enable us to secure equipment transport arrangements. All the normal club rules apply: 1. We have a 48-hour rule whereby if you do not give us 48 hours notice of your cancellation you will be removed from the group. 2. We need forward payment to secure the equipment hire. 3. Bring everything you need for the 3 days. 4. NO SINGLE USE WATER BOTTLES, please! 5. As this is a 1-way trip, you will need a 15 or 20-litre dry bag. Payment details as below: https://www.meetup.com/Sea-Kayak-Hong-Kong/pages/20539894/Payment_Details/ (PS only members can read this page so if you open it with your mobile app, you won't be able to read it because you will be diverted to open the link on your mobile search engine and it does not log you in).

UNESCO Geopark - Pak Lap to Sai Kung day trip (1 way)

Pak Lap is the last sheltered beach (accessible by road) in the Sai Kung East Geopark so is the best place to start an 'outer island' geopark sea kayak trip, We leave the beach around 10:30 and immediately access the outer islands that make the Geopark famous. Our route always depends on weather and sea conditions, but starting at Pak Lap means we can explore them at the start of our day when everyone is fresh and energised. For the rest of the day we paddle further and further into sheltered waters giving the journey a sense of accomplishment as we paddle into Sai Kung. IF YOU CAMP AT PAK LAP the night before you can enjoy an easy, relaxed morning and a fantastic nights camping in this world-renowned geopark! FEATURES: Amazing islands and possibly paddling through sea caves and tunnels (weather and swell dependent). Remote beaches and coral reefs to swim and snorkel. The geological phenomena called volcanic tuff, the reason for our Global Geopark. Price: HK$$350/day equipment hire: Payment details as below: https://www.meetup.com/Sea-Kayak-Hong-Kong/pages/20539894/Payment_Details/ (PS only members can read this page so if you open it with your mobile app, you won't be able to read it because you will be diverted to open the link on your mobile search engine and it does not log you in). Normal RSVP 48-hour rules apply + 1 week RSVP commitment. food and drinks. Email: [masked] for any further details or use the meetup chat messaging system. HOW TO GET TO PAK LAP Meet at McDonald's in Sai Kung at 9:30. Once assembled, share a green taxi - ask the driver to take you to Pak Lap - they know how to get there. The taxi fare should be around $100 total (to be shared) and will take 35 minutes. Once the taxi stops you have a 10 minute downhill walk to Pak Lap village, and beach. See you there.

NO SINGLE USE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES ALLOWED
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If you bring a single use plastic water bottle for your drinking water, you will not be able to come sea-kayaking. As of now, we have banned these from our sea kayaking trips and courses. Every day we are seeing hundreds of these empty bottles floating in the ocean or washed ashore on our coastlines. This is unfair to all sea life and is 100% NOT tolerated. Please consider the life in the ocean and stop using plastic, starting with plastic water bottles. Thank you for your consideration.

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