Hong Kong

Hong Kong

LAST UPDATED 11/07/2008
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733 km


Subtropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer


Severe Storms

Best Months

August - October




Hong Kong dollar (HKD) Hong Kong dollars per US dollar - 7.7678 (2006)

Time Zone

Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

Special Requirements

Private Beaches


NASA:Hong Kong Island; 2005

A pitching deck, the creak of well worn timbers, the cracking of sail and canvas...tied to the mast.  Things have changed a little I guess from when Jack London and  Josef Conrad wrote their haunting Pacific infused epics but it hasnt changed everythwhere. There are corners of this earth where that mythos still holds true, and most of those  corners are here in the South Pacific.

The main source of swell here is from the intense lows that circle the earth south of Australia, these lows spin off northwards with blessed regularity, peppering the entire region with generous SE to SW groundswell from March to September. Australia and New Zealand see the bulk of these swells. These countries cast a very tall shadow across the rest of the Pacific and hence many other islands in their wake can suffer from swell difusion. December to February is cyclone season. Unpredictable cells can deliver swell in a 360 radius, lighting up rarely breaking reefs and points facing every conceivable direction. 

The South Pacific trade winds are some of the most consistent in the world, generally from the East with slight seasonal variation. This is the largest Ocean on the planet and these winds easily generate regular rideable swell. Onshore conditions can be a problem on east facing coastlines but peeling yourself out for an early surf will usually bring some relief.

In the North Pacific it is the intense lows descending from the Aleutians that deliver NE to NW swells from October to March. Hawaii is ideally placed to make best use of this energy but other coastlines in the region have their own less publicised and far less crowded gems.

Jun to October also sees rarer hurricane swell radiate out from southern Mexico. This energy is often felt right throughout Polynesia. With so many energy vectors at work it is very hard not to find a wave. You just have to find the right one.


what to pack

Cserlajos: Nike Cortez 'TB trainers; 7 January 2007

Hong Kong can be a little chilly in the winter (10°C) and hot and humid in the summer. So pack accordingly.

Winters in Hong Kong can be very cold but since there is a large population, the air can be quite stuffy. You don't need to bring much when you come here as you can buy everything for quite a reasonable price!

You'll want to buy lots of goods back so make sure you leave room in your luggage to fit your extras back. There are plenty of ATMs here and you are free to use creditcards in almost every shop.

Definitely bring along your camera and plenty of memory and battery as you would want to take alot of photos! The views in the city are particular nice during Christmas!

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