The Outer Islands (section 1 of the 7 DAY Global GeoPark Tour) is by far the most spectacular section of coastline in the Hong Kong SAR. This 4 day paddle takes you through and around the massive volcanic caldera that was created over 140 million years ago.
the UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK
volcano & outer islands – 5 day tour
WHAT TO EXPECT
The Volcano Caldera and Outer Islands
This part of the Hong Kong coastline is spectacular – globally recognised by UNESCO as unique.
It is not only eye-candy, it is testing, dramatic, adventurous and everlasting in memory. Rugged coasts, sea cliffs, sea caves, sea tunnels, deserted beaches, coves, a special part of Hong Kong only accessible by sea kayak.
NB: – this is a very exposed coastline and is only for very experienced sea kayakers who are able to eskimo roll.
SKILL LEVEL: This trip is suitable for people with good sea kayak experience. FITNESS LEVEL: You will need to be very fit to complete this distance. KAYAKING EXPERIENCE: Good kayaking experience is required DURATION: 24 hours paddling in 5 days – experienced (approx. 12 kms/day) DEPARTS: 10 AM Sai Kung McDonalds PRICE: HK$6000 pp
This tour starts in the north eastern Hong Kong town of Sai Kung, situated in Shelter Bay. Sai Kung is a relaxed, beach-side town that has become a popular place to live for the upper middle class population of Hong Kong. It is the jumping off point to some of the most beautiful, natural landscapes and beaches in Hong Kong. We pack our kayaks on the town beach then begin our journey east and north. We have plenty of time today.
We try to be on the water around 11:00 am so that we are able to paddle to Sharp Island for lunch and a swim. Sharp Island is the outside rim of the ancient volcanic caldera that created this section of the Geopark.
Our afternoon paddle to the first camp is only 10kms There are plenty of deserted beaches to choose from for a swim as paddle through the inner islands of Shelter Bay.
DAY 1 – cont.
We will also attempt to paddle through the first of many sea arches that are to be found in this amazing Geopark journey.
As the day draws to a close, we select one of the remote beaches to camp overnight, our choice will be determined by the prevailing wind direction at the time.
A beach campfire is a great way to get to know your fellow paddlers and iscuss the upcoming strategy for he next day’s paddle.
No light polution here, so if it is cloudless, the stars will be shining down on us
We are up early, ready to explore. It’s a long one (22 kms) today, taking in an exposed stretch of ocean coastline, so me need an early start.
Paddling around these outer islands (Bluff Island, Basalt Island and Town Island) we will understand how this amazing coastline has attracted the attention of the UNESCO Geopark organisation.
Towering sea cliffs made of vertical columns of solidified ash, broken and pummelled by the relentless action of the ocean.
Sea caves, arches and tunnels carved out of the very rock itself. If the weather and sea conditions are suitable, we will try to paddle through the sea tunnels – but only if safe to do so!
DAY 2 – cont.
Our northward journey takes us to beautiful Tai Long Wan (meaning Big Wave Bay). The only location in Hong Kong to get a consistant surf break.
Here we take a well earned break from the salt water environment and wash it off with a swim in a beautiful freshwater creek. There are waterfalls to jump off and deep crystal clear swimming holes to revel in. Its always warm in Hong Kong, so the coolness of the creek is sooo refreshing.
Tonight we camp on the beach facing east so we get a beautiful sunrise in the morning – we have toilets too! Bliss.
Day 3 starts with a hike, not a paddle!
After breakfast, its time to scale Sharps Peak, the mountain that has been dominating the skyline since midday yesterday and is directly behind our campsite. The view over Tai Long Wan and north to China are impressive.
We return to our campsite for an early lunch and swim before heading back out to the open sea again.
Once we leave Tai Long Wan we again feel the power of the open ocean as we continue to head north to yet another island – Grass Island – at the mouth of the Tolo Channel.
DAY 3 – cont.
Grass Island is on the entrance to the Tolo Channel section of the Geopark. The island has an active fishing village that is now becoming popular as a locals destination.
Our overnight camp is on a grassy hill overlooking the ocean. Here we catch the cooling evening breezes. It is a peacefull haven after 3 BIG days in the exposed coastal waters of the ancient volcano.
Looking south we can see Sharp Peak, the mountain we climbed just this morning.
Tonight we look forward to a good nights sleep. Tommorow we enter the protected waters of the Tolo Channel for our final day.
Our final day of our incredible journey. For the willing, another early morning to view the sun rising out of the east. A magic moment to the beginning of the end of our volcanic geopark sea kayaking adventure.
After a leisurely breakfast we pack our kayaks to head due west into the Tolo Channel, an ancient, now flooded fault line that cuts deep into the New Territories of Hong Kong. This deep water channel is home to some of the oldest rocks in Hong Kong (400 million years) and is the geological divide between the volcanic blasts of the Sai Kung East Country Park and the sedimentary geology of the Double Haven Lagoon (section 2 of the Global Geopark Tour) to the north.
Our paddle down the Tolo Channel is a complete contrast to the previous few days. This deep water channel is protected on both sides. Once a busy smuggling channel, the police barricade erected in the late 70’s still operates today. A friendly wave to the marine police is always helpful as we paddle through.
DAY 4 – cont.
We stop for lunch at Hang Hau Marine reserve. This secluded bay boasts over 80 species of coral before continuing onto 3 Fathoms Cove, our take out point for the Section 1 of the 7 day UNESCO Geopark Sea kayak Tour. The unmistakeable highrise buildings come into view bringing us back to the strange reality that is Hong Kong.
This the last day for some in the group who will be leaving for home. Others will be staying on and completing section 2 of this amazing journey,
Our guides are seasoned professionals with international qualifications. Not only are they familiar with the regions in which they paddle, they are also fully trained in sea kayak rescues, first aid and emergency procedures.
All food, snacks and drinks are included from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4. Any special dietary requirements should be communicated to SKHK at time of booking. All guests are expected to help with meal preparation and cleaning duties afterwards.