From the beautiful beaches, outlying islands and seaside towns––there's plenty of places in Hong Kong to admire and enjoy the water. But given that international travel is on hold due to Covid-19, and we're not getting away from the city anytime soon. Instead, we can explore the depths of the ocean as an alternative.
Destinations such as Maldives, Indonesia or the Philippines might be the poster image when it comes to underwater activities or water sports, but you'll be surprised to know that Hong Kong has its fair share of spots to go to.
Our reefs are filled with aquatic life, remains that give a peek into our history or simply just a place to discover our own waters. Fancy a day out in the water? Read on to find out the best places in the city to go snorkelling and diving.
Tatler Tip: Notable companies that run classes or allow you to rent equipment include Diving Adventure, Mandarin Divers (Hong Kong) and Splash Hong Kong. Solo divers need to have a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) certification but there are classes that allow you to get a taste of it as a beginner with the help of a certified trainer. We also recommend heading out to dive during June to November due to clearer visibility.
1. Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park
A local favourite and a must on any snorkelers or scuba diver's list is Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. Just a short bus ride from Sai Kung, this marine park is well-loved for its pristine waters and diverse marine ecosystem.
For the history buffs, be on the lookout for a shipwreck here that you can explore. Other than that, 60 coral and 120 fish species call this place home including the black sea cucumber, lion's mane jellyfish and yellowtail clownfish.
Hoi Ha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong