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understanding

global

warming

& the water cycle

ocean literacy

HONG KONG

4 DAY CAMP - Hong Kong Island

Understanding the impact has on the water cycle and the ocean.

5 day - 4 nights camping accommodation

Suitable for yrs 14 +

educational Elements

Place Based Learning

Grass Island (Tap Mun) in the north-eastern corner & Lamma Island in the south.

2 contrasting locations to highlight and compare the differences and similarities in human impact on the ocean and coastal environments.

Mapping & Planning

Double_Haven_2 UNESCO Geopark sea kayak trip

TWO DIFFERENT ISLANDS

This programme is conducted in two contrasting environments. Tap Mun is in the most remote north eastern corner of Hong Kong while Lamma Island is in the south, just 3 klms from Hong Kong Island. The similarities and differences are profound.

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Coastal Trekking

coastal trekking

The Intertidal Zones

To understand how man impacts the ocean we explore the marine zone between high and low tides. This is an adventurous activity where the students will get wet as they delve into the lifeforms that live in this high impact coastal zone including the primeval mangrove systems.

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Snorkelling

corals of Hong Kong

The coral reefs of Hong Kong

The coral reefs in Hong Kong are under going substantial changes due to human caused stressors. Our observations are made through snorkeling these habitats in the 2 distinct places. One in the remote north of Hong Kong with little direct influence of man, the other in close proxity to a large city. Guess which is doing better?

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Meets the following United Nations Global Ocean literacy Standards

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features;
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of earth;
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate;
4. The ocean makes earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems;
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.

5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

4. The ocean makes earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems;
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.

Sea kayaking

Dog Island kayak Hong Kong_53

Ocean Currents and Tides

We use sea kayaks to get to our two diverse study locations. To do so we need to understand how the ocean system (tides and currents) will impact us and plan accordingly. Extrapolating this information means that we can follow how the actions we take in one location on earth will effect other places too.

hiking & Coastal Treks

so wrong!

Study Marine Reptiles

Hong Kong was once the home to a vast array of marine reptiles, specifically the sea turtle, but they are now extremely endangered. We visit a recently gazetted turtle protection zone to understand the political processes involved protecting these amazing creatures.

Field Studies

water testing

Marine Hydrology

As part of a Global Marine Hydrology study, we will be taking water samples multiple times in a day. The data will be uploaded to the Island Explorer organisation to be added to their global database. Essential to understand the future of our planet.

cleaning the beaches

sustainable coastlines

Sustainable Coastlines

This is not about cleaning beaches, but that is an important element. This is about comparing the marine debris collected from various places in Hong Kong, analysing the data, working out the debris profile and trying to compute where it came from & how.

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features;
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of earth;
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate;
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features;
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of earth;
4. The ocean makes earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems;
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features; 
4. The ocean makes earth habitable. 
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.

1. Earth has one big ocean with many features;
4. The ocean makes earth habitable.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.

Beachside Camping

settingup camp double haven

Camping by the sea

Camping on a remote beach gives the sense of isolation and self-sufficiency. It also pprovides the unique opportunity to be at one with the natural environment, which includes the nearby ocean. Observing this wonderful world at night is an unforgetable experience, as is camping on a beach on a remote island in Hong Kong.

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5 day camps all year.
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SAMPLE ITINERARY

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

5 day programme

For non- Hong Kong based schools, flights & trains arrive daily from various locations in SE Asia, Hong Kong. 
The typical programme is designed to allow 1/2 day travel before and after the week’s activities.

arrive HONG KONG MONDAY - depart FRIDAY

AM (arrival): Pickup from airport or train station.
travel to Hoi Ha Wan camp ground.
PM: Set up camp. Coastal trekking and sit on top sea kayaking activity to explore the Intertidal Zone and coral reefs of this marine reserve.
Evening: Cooking and night camp activities.

 

AM: Exploring Coral Reefs:
Sea kayaking to remote Port Island to explore the impacts of waves & tides. Time to compare the more remote coral reef systems of Hong Kong. This is an island with little or no visitation by humans so impacts on the reefs should be minimal – maybe?

PM: Coastal exploration investigating if remote islands in Hong Kong still have Sustainable Shorelines – Grass Island (Tap Mun).

EV: daily journal

The Ocean at Night: observations & discussion.

AM: Depart Hoi Ha Wan, travel to Tai Tam Wan. Camp already established.
Hike around Tai Tam Reservoir – watershed.

PM: Stream Trek:
Exploring the watershed, it’s influence on ocean salinity. The management systems deployed by civilisation to control water flows.

EV: Daily journal
Camp activities.

AM: Journey to Lamma Island – hike to Sham Wan (the only sea turtle breeding reserve in Hong Kong). Explore the reserve via foot, kayak and snorkel as study of Marine Reptiles.

PM: Sustainable Coastlines beach cleanup in the afternoon before returning to our camp at Tai Tam Wan. 

EV:  Daily Journal
Camp activities.

Dependent on flight times
AM: extra activity or souvenir shopping. 
PM: depart for the airport.

Goodbye Hong Kong