The day started off cloudy, windy and cold – not the best for a day in the water. We even thought that it may start to rain. However, this quickly turned around as the sky brightened up and the sun came out. Most of us already knew how to kayak, which meant that we didn’t need to waste time learning skills and could hit the water straight away.
We stopped at multiple checkpoints along the 6km route to rest and relax underneath the warm sun. At this point of the day, the sea was relatively calm and the wind was breezy, which made the trip pretty enjoyable. We eventually made our way to the Yim Tin Tsai Pier, where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of traditional Hong Kong-style fried rice and other delicacies. After lunch, we explored various heritage sites in the area, including the broken-down Saint Joseph’s Chapel.
Our return trip was much easier as the wind was blowing us downstream towards our intended destination. We stopped on a beach on the way back, with some of us taking a quick dip into the calm waters while others preferred to stay back and skip rocks instead.
Although everyone was tired on the final leg of the long trip, we could all agree that the sensation of the splashes of salt water against our sun-kissed skin and the sound of our paddles gliding through the waves was an unparalleled experience.
Theo & Tara
Day 2 – Surfing
Hong Kong and surfing- a duo you wouldn’t typically associate together. With many of us having little to no practice of riding waves, we didn’t know what to expect, however, we didn’t let this notoriety ruin our trip.
Our day started off with a gruelling hike to Sai Wan beach from the Sai Kung country park. The hike itself wasn’t so bad, but knowing we would have to walk back up the steep trail was the unsettling part. Once having arrived at the beautiful coast, we chucked all our belongings into the warm sand and set off into the ocean. With prior training and guidance, we were ready to take on some waves- or the lack thereof. All jokes aside, every single one of us was able to catch a few. With the help of our instructors, most of us were able to find our feet and eventually glide atop the crystalline water.
After what felt like less than 30 minutes, over 2 hours had passed, and it was time for us to head back to Sai Kung. As expected, the hike back up wasn’t as easy but was still manageable with the boisterous music that accompanied us. All in all, Day 2 was jam-packed with fun obstacles and unforgettable memories that we will cherish for the rest of our lives!
Theo & Tara
Day 1 – Paddleboarding
Although we were not sure what to expect, we were blown out of the water on our first day. Even though many of us haven’t paddled before, we were able to quickly learn how to balance and change directions after a little practice. We learned a multitude of skills including the stroke and the buoy-turn. In the afternoon, we used our new skills to paddle to a nearby island, rowing around various obstacles along the way, including various natural rock formations. For many of us, this was challenging as we were fatigued by the practice in the morning. Regardless, we powered through the afternoon and eventually made our way back to shore.
Despite moments of the day when many of us felt like giving up, the overall experience was extremely rewarding because we were able to learn a new skill, which we otherwise would never have. Through this unique experience, we were able to add another tool to our plentiful toolkits and we are excited to continue filling our toolboxes in the following days!
Tara and Theo