Sai Kung waters are great for kayaking, but if you're looking to beat the crowds in the ocean, renting kayaks from Wu Kai Sha is a great option too! The route can be as 'hectic' or as relaxed as you'd like as you can make your own route. We did two stops at fairly rocky beaches but they were very scenic and were much needed for rest.
Duration: 3.5 hours excluding breaks
Cell Service: 5/5
Instagrammability: 3/5 (On a clear day like the one we went on, it is very scenic with the Ma On Shan mountain ranges as your backdrop. However, there isn't as much to see in terms of rock formations, caves etc.)
How To Get There:
The kayaking / SUP rental store on the beach is called 'Happy Sky'. You can book kayaks in advance via Whatsapp at +852 9458 1128. Below is their price list for your reference but please ensure you ask them to share the latest.
If you take a cab from the MTR station, it should be able to drop you steps away from the entrance of the store
Once we took off from the starting point (point 1), we spotted a beach far out and decided to kayak to it. We were pleasantly surprised when we got to the small beach as it was connected to the Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail (point 2). We walked a bit and landed at a stretch that had the ocean on both sides! After the long stretch of kayaking, this was a perfect re-charge spot for food and drinks.
Our next stop for re-charging was a small island called Center Island (point 3). We would strongly recommend carrying and wearing water shoes as the rocks around the shore are really sharp and a few of us got injured. From Center Island, we kayak-ed right back to our starting point and returned our gear.
We returned back to the beach just in time for the sunset!