Is there a minimum or maximum number of people for the tours?
There is no minimum number – we can still do the tour even if you are only one person! The maximum number of people for the tour is 16. We strongly believe in providing a quality experience and that’s difficult to do if the group is too big. If you have a group of more than 16 people, give us a call and we’ll work something out.
What is the ratio of guides to clients and guides to kayaks?
We have a ratio of 1 guide to a maximum of 8 clients or 4 kayaks. If your group is larger than 8 participants, we will add another guide.
What do I need to bring?
Hat, sunglasses, camera, re-usable water bottle (at least 1L), sunscreen, insect repellent, swim suit, long sleeve top, towel, change of dry clothes, and closed-toed shoes to wear while kayaking. These must cover your toes and heel and stay on your feet if you fall into the water, so no flip flops, Crocs or bare feet! We can provide dry bags for the things you want to bring with you for the day. Other items that you do not wish to get wet can be locked up at our base.
Will we be on the water and kayaking the whole time?
When we get to the base, you’ll need some time to get changed and pack your belongings. Your guide will brief the group on safety issues and give you a lesson in kayaking techniques before we get on the water, if necessary. During the tour, we can take a break from paddling to have lunch and a swim. When we return around mid-afternoon, we will need you to give us a hand moving the kayaks back to the base and rinsing your personal kayaking gear in fresh water.
What is the minimum age?
The proper fitting of the flotation aid is more important than age. We have taken out kids as young as six years old. Under the age of 12, you need to be accompanied by an adult on a one-to-one basis. If you have young children, please contact us to determine if the trip is appropriate for them.
What if I am not a strong swimmer?
Strong swimming skills are not essential on guided tours. You will need to have a sense of adventure and enjoy spending time outdoors and on the water.
How fit do I have to be?
A minimal level of fitness is required for sea kayaking trips. The pace is always adjusted to suit the group and we take frequent breaks. KHK guides will give you some tips on efficient paddling technique and you will rapidly develop your skills. Enthusiasm is more important than fitness.
What is the weather like in Hong Kong?
The weather in Hong Kong is usually warm – too warm! The average summer temperature is 28 C (82 F) and water temperature 26 C (79 F). During the cooler winter months, the average temperature is 15 C (59 F), and the water is 18 C (65 F). Winds can occur during any time of the year, and can affect kayaking itineraries and timing. Current weather and forecasts can be viewed here.
Will there be any other reason for a cancellation?
Safety first. Our policy is not to launch a guided tour on safety grounds if we consider that the wind, weather and/or sea conditions are unsafe for that group. Our guides will be continually assessing the conditions and may decide to cancel or terminate a trip and turn back at any time throughout the tour.
What happens if the trip is cancelled?
If the trip is cancelled before the day of the booking, we will reschedule the trip for you. If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will be given a full refund. If the trip is terminated halfway through because of bad weather, we can’t do a refund but you’ll get to do another trip with us at a discounted rate.