Sea kayak beautiful Tai Tam Bay and explore historic Stanley Village

Sea kayak beautiful Tai Tam Bay and explore historic Stanley Village
Water Sports > Kayaking & Canoeing > Kayaking
$98.13
Duration: 6 hours
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Description

We take a journey by sea kayak around the beautiful Tai Tam Bay, stopping at the very popular Stanley Village for a swim.

On our left flank is the wilderness area of the Dragon's Back ridge, arguably the most popular hike in Hong Kong. The coast is dotted with deserted stone villages, white sandy beaches, creeks, temples waterfalls and war relics.

On our right is Red Hills, one of the most exclusive housing developments in Hong Kong. Only here will you see deserted local villages, secluded and untouched beaches opposite to the homes of the mega rich and powerful.

We spend 3 to 4 hours paddling during the journey, with many stops and breaks along the way to swim and explore. This is a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong city madness.

Our journey takes us from our base at Tai Tam Tuk under the historic masonry dam wall of the Tai Tam Reservior, Hong Kong's first fresh water supply construction, now an designated historic monument.
Prior to the arrival of the British settlers, Tai Tam Tuk was the largest settlement in Hong Kong, the home to a busy fishing fleet and of course, a legendary pirates den. Hong Kong was the home to hundreds of pirate vessels when te British first occupied it.

Today, this sleepy waterfront village is a very popular local BBQ place with hundreds of people each weekend sitting in the shade of umbrellas BBQing meats and vegetables - Hong Kong style.

Our journey is serene. This is a very sheltered waterway from most winds (all except for south easters).

We paddle under the protection of the Dragon's Back Ridge, a wilderness area and very popular hiking trail on our southern flank and the main backbone of Hong Kong Island onto our right.

We start our journey following the right bank, beneath Red Hills, one of Hong Kong's most exclusive housing developments. Passing waterfalls, caves and white sandy beaches we arrive at the back-beach of Stanley, a very popular destination with visitors to Hong Kong. 

Stanley is famous for it's markets selling everything from tourist trinkets to antiques, arts and crafts. Stanley is also a place of historical significance, being the place of the largest land and sea battle between te allied forces and the Japanese invaders in the 2nd world war. 
We spend an hour walking the back streets, visiting the historic monuments and enjoying the seaside atmosphere. 

Back in the kayaks we journey across the bay to the Dragon's Back. After crossing the bay it's time for a well earned lunch and swim at a secluded beach which is now the home of Hong Kong's only Hobiecat Sailing club.

Our homeward paddle takes us under the Dragon's Back, a coastline dotted with deserted villages, world war 2 gun emplacements (a constant reminder of the major battles that occurred here), temples and white sandy beaches. On hot days we spend a lot of time cooling off in the crystal clear waters.

As the day draws to a close we re-enter Tai Tam Tuk, passing old moored Chinese junks as well as modern super yachts. As always in Hong Kong, the contrasts are absolute!

After changing back into our street clothes we take the time to enjoy an ice cold beer or soft drink before heading back into the busy city life of Hong Kong Central or returning to Stanley to have a relaxing afternoon shopping and an evening meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants.

We take a journey by sea kayak around the beautiful Tai Tam Bay, stopping at the very popular Stanley Village for a swim.

On our left flank is the wilderness area of the Dragon's Back ridge, arguably the most popular hike in Hong Kong. The coast is dotted with deserted stone villages, white sandy beaches, creeks, temples waterfalls and war relics.

On our right is Red Hills, one of the most exclusive housing developments in Hong Kong. Only here will you see deserted local villages, secluded and untouched beaches opposite to the homes of the mega rich and powerful.

We spend 3 to 4 hours paddling during the journey, with many stops and breaks along the way to swim and explore. This is a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong city madness.