Hong Kong offers a diverse range of stand paddling locations.
Most SUP is conducted at coastal locations.
There is an abundance of ocean bays, lagoons and estuaries near the coast, offering sheltered inland paddling conditions.
Summer conditions are in place from June to August ranging on average from 26 C to 30 C. In winter, the conditions are cooler, down to 14 C.
Water temperatures vary and on average are around 28 C in the summer and 18 C in the winter. Predominant wind and swell direction is N or NE in autumn and winter and S in summer.
The large Shatin River, north of Hong Kong, offers flat water paddle and is mainly used for rowing and kayak training. It is not very popular with SUP.
The main stand up paddling spots are:
Stanley (South of Hong Kong Island) – best in summer when wind is from the South, and the beach is sheltered. Lots of other water sports users, and small fishing boats on moorings to be aware of on entry and exit from the beach.
Sai Kung – several areas in this region. Sai Kung town vicinity offers some rental options and sheltered locations. Plenty of beaches to explore. Might be possible to SUP surf at Dai Long Wan (‘Big Wave Bay’) on a good day, but hard to access.
South Lantau – nice sandy beaches for easy access to the water. Friendly paddling community of outrigger paddlers and surf skiers. Access to Lantau Island is limited to either ferry or private car with a special permit.
Paddling all year round is possible in Hong Kong.
SUP Standards Committee Hong Kong
Not required on paddling craft.
Night paddling is permitted and there are no regulations to state otherwise.
Sea urchins and jellyfish
General water pollution, toxins from run-off.
Risk of heat exhaustion in summer months from June to August, if not taking the usual precautions.
There is not a huge range of tides however they tend to be larger in summer which can make some beaches inaccessible at low tide due to rocks which become exposed near the tideline.
The South China Sea is warm year around, however a spring suit or 3/2 shorty could be worn for extra comfort in the winter months which run from December to February
OPCF the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong: website
Environmental Protection Department website
Hong Kong Observatory: website
River Levels and Flood Alerts
Surf Reports and Forecasts
Workplace Health and Safety UK