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A speedy, adventurous way to experience the beauty of Hong Kong Island riding on a Powerboat for as low as $500 HKD per person. Rates: (all rates are in HKD currency) • Southside Spin (1 hour): $500 per person • Southside to Harbour Blast (2 hours): $800 per person • Lantau and Tai O (Half day): $1,000 per person • Ninepins, Saikung and Tung Ping Chau Excursion (Full day): $1,600 per person What You Can Expect: We offer a flexible and bespoke service. We will discuss the exact details of your trip with you when you make a booking – the trips are just some of the many possibilities. Weather and sea conditions may mean that some options are not possible on the day. Of course, we’ll consider the alternatives with you to make sure that your trip is both fun and safe whatever the conditions. Southside Spin Pick-up in Aberdeen, travel through Aberdeen Harbour, speed along the South Side of Hong Kong Island seeing Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay and Stanley Bay, possibly also Tai Tam Bay and Po Toi Islands and Waglan Light. Return to Aberdeen or disembark in Stanley (for shops and restaurants and Stanley Market). Also possible (by prior arrangement) to stop at Po Toi for a fresh seafood meal in a traditional Hong Kong seafood restaurant. Southside to Harbour Blast Pick-up in Aberdeen, travel through Aberdeen Harbour, speed along the South Side of Hong Kong Island seeing Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay and Stanley Bay, Tai Tam Bay, Po Toi Islands, Shek-O, Tung Lung Chau, Waglan Light, enter the Eastern Harbour, Lei Yun Mun Gap stilt houses, Museum of Coastal Defence, Chai Wan fishing harbour, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Convention Centre. Disembark in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter right next to the Noon Day Gun and in the very heart of the vibrant Causeway Bay district. This trip also works well in reverse, with the possibility to end at Stanley for the famous market, restaurants and shops. Lantau and Tai O Pick-up in Aberdeen, travel through Aberdeen Harbour, cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world at the north end of Lamma Island, race past the fast ferries and hydrofoils on their way to Macau, speed along the beautiful south side of Lantau island and arrive at the famous traditional fishing village of Tai O. This trip can end in Tai O (return over land or carry on to the Big Buddha and cable car) or you can return to Aberdeen. You will see the massive new bridge between Hong Kong and Macau and there is a possibility of seeing the endangered pink dolphins (unique to the Pearl River delta). This trip could (by prior arrangement) also be combined with a visit to the lovely The Beach House restaurant on Cheung Sha Beach, South Lantau. Ninepins, Saikung and Tung Ping Chau Excursion From Aberdeen (or Causeway Bay) along the South Side/ through the Harbour, past Tung Lung Chau, Clearwater Bay, past the beautiful coast line of Saikung Country Park, the Nine Pin Islands and the spectacular rock formations of the Geo-Park, past the High Island Dam and into the (usually calm) waters of Mirs Bay. Stop for a walk and food at the unique Tung Ping Chau (very few Hongkongers have visited it – and only a few kms from the Mainland), explore its beautiful beaches, unique geography and search for its lost village (Hong Kong’s Angkor Wat). Return to Causeway Bay or Saikung Town (travel back to HK Island by land) What To Expect Onboard: "Zoom" is a 7.5m long RIB (rigid inflatable boat). RIBs are the “4×4’s of the sea”. They are used around the world by Special Forces, Police (including the Hong Kong Police) and rescue services because they are very safe, extremely fast and comfortable at high speeds. The inflatable tubes provide a high degree of dynamic stability. Zoom has seven separate inflatable chambers made of almost indestructible Hypalon. Even if all were to fail, the rigid glass fiber hull provides more than enough buoyancy to keep the boat and crew afloat. Zoom may well be the most seaworthy boat in Hong Kong. The commercial grade, deep “V” hull cuts through the water and acts as a shock absorber on the waves. This means that Zoom can maintain much higher speeds without the usual “pounding” and jolting you may have experienced in other speedboats. Zoom was built by Ribcraft Limited in the UK to the highest UK and EU build and safety standards, has been surveyed by an independent expert Marine Surveyor in Hong Kong and approved for operation by the Hong Kong Marine Department. Zoom contains all the safety equipment required to ensure complete safety for its passengers and crew. It is powered by two Suzuki lean-burn outboard engines, as well as being powerful this are extremely efficient and meet the highest current emissions standards. Twin engines not only mean more power and speed but also ensures complete safety – even if one engine should fail the trip can continue. Zoom can reach speeds of over 40 knots (75 kmph) and will cruise comfortably at around 25 knots. This means that the furthest and most isolated parts of Hong Kong are all less than a one hour adventure away. Specification • Ribcraft Professional 7.5m RIB • LOA: 7.5m • Beam: 2.7m • 11 passengers and crew • Twin Suzuki four stroke 140hp Lean Burn Outboards • Garmin Electronic Navigation System • VHF radio • Passive radar reflector • AIS (Automatic Identification System) for collision avoidance If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
Nigel, originally from the UK, is a lawyer by profession and has lived in Hong Kong for over 15 years. He grew up in the Scilly Isles, Cornwall (where RIBs are used as everyday transport) and has over 40 years of sailing and boating experience (he has sailed across the South China Sea seven times). He holds his Hong Kong Pleasure Vessel Operator’s Licence and RYA Power Boat (Level 2) and RYA Safety Boat certificates.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
• All passengers must wear a lifejacket. The lifejackets are latest models and are self-inflating on contact with water. There is also a manual inflation handle (the small green handle on the front left of the jacket). Please Do not pull this handle in a non-emergency situation. A fee will be charged for re-arming the jacket in case of accidental inflation. • Please stay seated and hold on firmly at all times. Please be careful when using phones and cameras – always follow the sailor’s rule of “one hand for you and one hand for the boat”. We will not accept any liability for any items lost over the side. • Please take all of your belongings with you at the end of the trip. Absolutely no rubbish must be thrown in to the Terms and Conditions Cancellation Policy • Cancellation of bookings 5 working days or more before the booking date will receive a refund of any monies paid. • Cancellations of bookings 5 working days or less before the booking date will forfeit the total booking fee. • The company shall not accept liability for any other claims and shall not be liable at any time for claims or expenses caused by circumstances beyond its control including sickness, accident, mechanical failure, weather, travel delays, strikes, war or civil unrest. Liability • The company accepts no liability for theft, loss or damage for clients clothing, equipment and personal property howsoever caused. • The client/passenger acknowledges that there are inherent dangers involved in RIB rides and understands that by entering into a booking contract with us (and thereby accepting these T&Cs) the client/passenger agrees to waive/hold the company free of any liability in the event of an accident, death, injury or damage to person or property (other than any such harm resulting from the company’s negligence). Participation • All passengers must meet the minimum height requirement of 1.3m. • All passengers, without exception, must be coherent, and have the ability to hold onto the handholds independently at all times during the trip. • Any passenger under the influence, or who appears to be under the influence, of intoxicating substances, will not be permitted to board the vessel. • Any passenger with a pre-existing medical condition must inform the captain before boarding. Persons with pre-existing injuries such as back, neck, breathing or heart conditions and pregnancy are not permitted to take a RIB ride. The captain’s decision on whether you are able to participate is final. Frequently Asked Questions How may can the boat take? Comfortably 9 large adult passengers. The licence permits a maximum of 11 persons so for children or smaller adults it may possible to squeeze in one extra by special arrangement. How old do you have to be? You need to be around 135cm tall to be able to sit safely on the jockey seats and hold on tightly. Again please contact us if you want to bring younger children – this can be done safely but will effect the route and the nature of the trip. What should I wear? In short: appropriate clothes for a sight-seeing walk on the land on the day of your trip. Bring a warmer layer – it is usually a few degrees colder on the sea than the land and we’ll be moving quite fast so there will be a wind-chill effect. Cover up to avoid sunburn. If it is cold or wet we can provide waterproof and windproof jackets. Trainers are much more sensible on a boat than stiletto heels. Hats are a good idea but if you bring one make sure it has a strap – they tend to blow off! What if the weather is bad when my trip schedule? Hong Kong weather can be unpredictable – especially in the summer. RIB riding in the rain is no fun. As a result, if rain is likely we will consult with you about postponing or cancelling your trip (with a full refund of course). However, our experience is that some of the best days on the water happen when the forecast a few days before looks awful so we usually like to leave the final decision to just a few hours before the trip. Is it safe? Yes, extremely safe. RIBs are the most seaworthy boats – unsinkable and uncapsizable. You’ll be wearing a life jacket for the whole of your trip. Although it might feel exciting at points, the most dangerous part of your trip will probably be walking down the steps to board the boat! Do I need to be fit / strong to ride in a RIB? If you are fit and healthy enough to get yourself around Hong Kong on public transport then you are probably fine for RIB riding. You need to be able to step down into the boat from concrete steps, hold on tight and brace yourself for some moderate bumping and jolting (some thing similar to a fast ride in a Hong Kong taxi, not as severe as a rollercoaster). I have heart problem, bad back or other medical condition, can I take a trip?. We certainly wouldn’t recommend the trip to those with acute back or other conditions or those who can’t cope with too much excitement. You must be able to hold on tight and brace yourself for some moderate bumping and jolting (some thing similar to a fast ride in a Hong Kong taxi, not as severe as a rollercoaster) I am pregnant, Can I take a RIB ride? See above – the potential moderate bumping and jolting mean you should not take a RIB ride if you are pregnant. Do I need to wear lifejacket? Absolutely. You will be provided with the latest lightweight, comfortable self-inflating life jacket. Will I get wet? RIB rides are generally dry (the hull and tubes are designed to deflect the spray away from the passengers). Sometimes, wind and sea conditions might mean you get some light splashes but you are unlikely to get soaked. Of course, if we are unlucky enough to be caught in the rain you will get wet – but see our weather policy above. I''m worried about sickness? Most people (even those that suffer from sea-sickness often) do not get sea sick in RIBs. The motion is very different from other types of boat. That being said, everyone is different so the only way to find out is try … What If I need the toilet? Of course there are no toilet facilities on the boat so please use other facilities before you board.