For those who don’t know about coasteering, it is an adventurous sport allowing one to explore many of the hidden areas of the coastlines that are otherwise difficult to access to. It’s one of the full body workouts that generally involves hiking, scrambling, bouldering and swimming.
This summer, it’s time for me to do an annual trip to Po Pin Chau area of Sai Kung, Hong Kong to pay homage to one of the best natural scenery in one of the UNESCO Global Geoparks that is located here in Hong Kong. It is an area full of volcanic geography and especially famous for the hexagonal columns of volcanic rocks.
Yes, the pictures you see are actually taken in Hong Kong. This is the REAL Hong Kong!
Our Approach to the Mok Min Cave
We got dropped off by the taxi near Pak Lap Beach, from which we hiked up to the top of the Mok Min Cave. It was a beautiful short hike and we were able to see the awesome scenery.
Cooling off at the sea
Once we scrambled down the rock face on the outside of the cave, we started out coasteering section of our trip. It was always exciting to take on challenges head on. We entered the cave and had a swim. What a nice relief from the searing heat!
We had some play around in the sea before heading off for our swim to the other side of the bay.
Leaving Mok Min Cave
After we left Mok Min Cave, we walked along the coast for a bit. But since it was low tide that day, people felt that it would be interesting to swim along the coast to explore some of the geography.
In fact, we did way more swimming than what we did last year. This is the beauty of coasteering. Every time you revisit the same places, you can end up doing completely different things seeing different things depending on the tide and the weather conditions.
After doing a lot swimming, I was certainly getting worn out. I had to break through the physical pain barrier to get to the other side of the bay.
Getting to Po Pin Chau – The End Was In Sight
Despite getting tired and worn out, it was a beautiful sight to see Po Pin Chau. This rocky island is one of the most famous sights in the area. Personally, I think swimming in the channel is the best things to do, especially seeing the sea urchins chilling out on the rocks on both side of the channel.
Certainly, this is not a hike for a beginner and of course not without risk. But if you are experienced, I would highly recommend you to do this and explore the part of Hong Kong that not many people can see. We were so privileged to be there and explore what this lovely countryside had to offer.
- How to get there: From Sai Kung Town Centre, take a taxi and ask the driver to drop you at Pak Lap Village. You will not be able to get there with your own car as only taxi and cars with special permits are able to access the road. You will be turn back by the people at the gatehouse if you try.
- Distance: About 3-4 km max, but the fact that you will be swimming and exploring the caves means that it is likely for people to take 4-6 hours to complete.
- Words of warning: Coasteering is not a risk-free activity. You need to be wary of the tide and the current. This is especially true when you are near the rocks.
Have you done a coasteering trio before in Hong Kong or elsewhere? What was your experience? Or are you tempted to try out coasteering? Let us know your thought in the comment section!