Now that the beaches are open why not try a new water activity? Stand-up paddleboarding is a fun water sport that can be both relaxing and challenging, yet it is the perfect activity for Hong Kong waters. There are several Hong Kong companies that can help you get the most out of the sport with gear, classes, retreats and even adventure tours. Here are some great options to get you started.
Hong Kong Surfing and SUP Association provide classes and training for beginners through specific instructor programs. The association is dedicated to promoting both stand-up paddleboarding and surfing and will continue developing the sport. Beginner group classes are held in Sai Kung and are priced from $500HK. Being able to book online makes the decision even easier.
The Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre was established in Stanley over 40 years ago. Hiwindlover offers a very reasonably priced stand-up paddleboard rental service starting from HK$80/hour. If you are new to the sport, why not try a one-hour beginner course to get you started. For those more interested in extending their SUP experience, Hiwindlover also offers SUP Yoga.
Another option for those close to Stanley Beach is Hong Kong Aqua-Bound Centre. The centre offers rentals, lessons, tours and a beach party for any confident swimmer over the age of 8. Their instructors offer the highest level of instruction, take safety measures and strive to develop environmental education, water safety and leadership skills for all. A beginner session includes gear rental, a one-hour lesson and a one-hour tour around Stanley and is priced from HK$450 per person for a group class.
We love Treasure Island Beach Club for so many reasons, one of them is the beach and water sports rental services. Catch a ferry to Mui Wo and make your way up to Pui O beach without the hassle of packing loads of beach equipment. The cost of renting a stand-up paddleboard is priced from HK$100/hour. Treasure Island also offers both individual and group lessons which includes all the equipment starting at HK$400/hour.
Over on Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Long Coast Seasport offer rental, lessons and tours. Lessons are offered either one-on-one or in a group and all the equipment is provided. A half-day (4 hours) rental for the stand-up paddleboard will cost HK$270. An adventure tour can enhance the SUP experience through rock-hopping tours or surfing experiences. After a fun day, the water Long Coast also offers glamping sites to make for a complete vacation adventure.
Island Paddle provides individual and group lessons and yoga sessions from Stanley Main Beach. The company was created by two fitness and ocean enthusiasts who are both highly trained in multiple water sports and yoga. Together they offer 90-minute classes that will provide you with the basics plus it can include some relaxing yoga for an extra challenge. Island Paddle also caters to corporate wellness packages.
Blue Sky Sports Club is dedicated to offering the best quality training and support through various water sports. You can rent a SUP for HK$320 for the full day. Alongside the rental service, Blue Sky also offers certified SUP courses plus catered day trips in various locations surrounding the Sai Kung region. Family tours are also available for children over 8 years old.
Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre has been operating since 1975. They offer SUP rentals for HK$120 for one hour or HK$200 for two hours. After enjoying a leisurely paddle in the clear waters of Cheung Chau Island, head up to the Windsurfing Cafe for a relaxing lunch and enjoy some of the best views on the island.
For anyone who has fallen in love with the sport and would like to own their own stand-up paddleboard, the APA Outdoor shop in Wong Chuck Hang is a great option. This store has a large selection of SUP's and all the necessary accessories. The team of APA Outdoor shop is incredibly experienced and dedicated to providing the best advice.
Another great option and slightly more budget-friendly is Decathlon. They have a decent selection of stand-up paddleboards and accessories both in-store and online. An adult beginner inflatable SUP package starts at HK$2,899. Being inflatable makes transporting the SUP a breeze. Don't forget to check out Decathlon's great range of water sports clothing and accessories.
Decathlon, various locations, www.decathlon.com.hk