May 06, 2019 – Tai Tam Bay sea kayaking in Hong Kong
Tai Tam Bay on a misty summer day.
Sea kayaking around Tai Tam Bay behind the seaside town of Stanley highlights these contrasts. Departing our Tai Tam Tuk base we are surrounded by small working sampans and a tiny cluster of waterfront village houses and family businesses. Even the abandoned pumping station that provided water to Hong Kong city in the early 1900’s. But it doesn’t take long (15 mins) before the shorelines on the eastern side are covered in multi-million dollar apartments and the moorings are full of multi-million dollar yachts.
The west bank is still untouched with old hamlets destroyed by the Japanese invasion in the 2nd world war still empty. Pill boxes on the shoreline as testament to the battles that happened here. Remote beaches only accessible by foot or boat just 3 kms from one of the most popular recreational beaches on Hong Kong Island. The contrasts never stop.