How to dive in Hong Kong?

As the curbs jump out one by one, wouldn’t it be time to start (re) diving?

On the one hand for those who have not trained for a long time and on the other hand for beginners, the diving season begins again. Desire to discover the sea floor of Hong Kong? Discover large groups of fish and their explosive colors.

Who can dive in Hong Kong?

For beginners, it is possible to pass the first level Open Water PADIWhich will take you to a height of 18 metres. Don’t worry, when you land you may feel a slight discomfort in your ears, as when you are on an airplane. Going down slowly, you are unlikely to feel any real discomfort. Just take pictures and just leave your bubbles on the sea floor.

The basic requirements before diving are as follows: visit a doctor (or sign a waiver, depending on the club), be relatively comfortable in the water, be at least 10 years old and wait 24 hours before boarding the plane after the last dive. The first level is generally spread over a period of 4 days and allows diving in most diving clubs in the world.

For more experienced people, let’s remember that you always have to dive in with someone. Don’t go alone! For a better rest, avoid diving from July to September: visibility is reduced due to seaweed and wind.

The best diving spots in Hong Kong

Below is a non-exhaustive alphabetical list of the most beautiful places.

Coral photo @Unsplash / FrancescoUngaro

Hui Ha Wan

A protected marine reserve covering 260 hectares, Hoi Ha Wan has a wonderful and diverse ecosystem with a large number of marine animals: starfish, seahorses, more than 60 species of corals … Hoi Ha Wan also has a wonderful wreck, but an expedition There is a difficulty in organizing, as the area is far from the diving boats.

Hong Kong scorpion fish
Scorpion fish photo @Unsplash / KrisMikaelKrister

Ninping Island

to combine a diving trip with a cruise; This dive is perfect.

Ninepin Islands is a one-hour boat ride from Pak Sha Wan Pier, part of Hong Kong’s UNESCO Park. Diving ranges from 7 to 17 meters depending on where you go. Clusters of fish appear at a rather shallow depth and clown fishes hide in anemones. By diving deeper and if you are lucky, it is possible that you will come across a scorpion fish. As a rule, do not touch the fish; Those are even less, because their spines are especially poisonous.

Sharp Island

The place is easily accessible (10 minutes boat ride from Sai kung). Diving is easy with few and shallow streams. This is a great place to spot the butterfly ray. There are also many colorful corals and reef fish. If you are not quite ready to snorkel, you can also go snorkeling here.

Hong Kong stone fish
Stonefish Photo: @Unsplash/DavidClode

Tong Bing Zhao

Located in northeastern Hong Kong, Tung Ping Chau is home to a diverse ecosystem, protected as a national park and a site of special scientific interest. The place is difficult to get to, which makes it a place in very good condition (coral reefs, clear blue water, stone fish, etc.).

Aung Kung Chau (Bluff Island)

This site is perfect for beginners or the curious. Diving is simple (6-10 meters deep). A car was abandoned there several years ago. Although corroded by the sea, the tire and wheels are visible. original dive.

Hong Kong wreck
Wreck image @Unsplash/Noaa

Yin Tsz Ngam

This place is for more experienced divers who are accustomed to the currents. Here lies the wreck of a freighter that sank in the aftermath of an accident in the 1960s. The ship has been wrecked by decades of wear, but many bags of cement that once contained it are still there. And, over the years, it has become home to a variety of aquatic life.

Who do you dive with?

The average cost for a dive is HK$1,000 (equipment, excursion, food, supervision).

A non-exhaustive list of English-speaking clubs in alphabetical order:

sai kung scuba

Hong Kong splash

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