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  • Important pre-arrival information: Hong Kong Marine Department require an Advance Notice of Arrival. See Formalities for all the details.
  • Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty on 30 June 1997, but its special status will continue for another 50 years.
  • The official name of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China (Hong Kong SAR).
  • The territory borders China in the North, Macao and the Pearl River Delta in the West and is centrally located in the South China Sea (Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines).
  • Hong Kong is made up of the small Hong Kong Island, the commercial centre and the Kowloon Peninsula, the main district for shopping and entertainment. Between the two lies the well-protected Victoria Harbour. Also part of Hong Kong are the New Territories, a large area on the mainland, as well as some 235 islands, many uninhabited, in the South China Sea.
  • Hong Kong has far more to offer than being one of the 4 world’s
    financial centres: it has 253 islands for cruising. Of the 2755 sq km
    only 35% is urban. Otherwise the rural, hilly landscape has been
    destined as country park.
  • Hong Kong has excellent service and repair facilities available.
  • There are several yacht clubs and a thriving sailing community, however, visitor berths are few and far between and advance reservations are necessary.
  • Under the guidances of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, it is now expedient to check in to Hong Kong and then visit mainland China and Macau.

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  1. September 16, 2021 at 10:54 AM
    chrisvanz says:

    There is limited information available on Noonsite for Hong Kong and given our new yacht is being delivered there, we have looked into the rules and regulations as a foreign yacht. We are informed that in principle foreign yachts are not allowed to cruise in Hong Kong. In order to cruise you must complete the formalities and you must employ a local captain onboard at all times when the yacht is underway. The minimum foreign qualification accepted is RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and only then once you have sat a local knowledge test in Hong Kong. This test has a long waiting list right now.

    There are two levels of test – up to 15m (where you can the local test backed by RYA Day Skipper) and up to 24m (where you need RYA Yachtmaster). You can’t even drive your tender if the dinghy is more than 3m in length and has an engine of more than 4hp.

    In addition, the availability of visitor berths is very scarce. Due to local shortage, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club have allocated all of their berths to permanent owners. We are currently hunting around for a berth where we can accept delivery of the boat.

    In short, Hong Kong may not be as easy as it seems!

    1. October 9, 2021 at 4:23 AM
      djghosie says:

      Hi Christine,

      There are quite a lot of well sheltered anchorage in Hong Kong albeit not always around the usual locations. You can drop me an email ([email protected]) to let me know you needs and I could share you with some suggestions.

      Have fun coming to Hong Kong.

    2. March 31, 2022 at 6:50 AM
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      mvdestiny says:

      Thanks a lot for the contact! We are now registered under our yacht name so might come up as a different person on this reply. We are waiting for our boat to be delivered to us from the shipyard in China and as soon as we are in Hong Kong, I’ll most certainly drop you an email for suggestions.

  2. October 5, 2019 at 9:10 PM
    snaeco says:

    Hong Kong has many islands, there are fast Ferry’s to and from the islands.
    In particular – Lantau island – Silvermine Bay Beach( East inlet cove) has a fast ferry that will take to you into HongKong within 30 mins at a cost of approx 44 HKD/person. Sometimes it’s easier to let someone else do the driving.
    You can take your Dingy to the beach (weekends are more busy), and get some cold resentments instead of going into HK itself, there is a local market there, open during day hours, listed until 8 pm.
    There is a local Waterfall and mine (closed off, public access). Bicycles are typically used around this island.

    Do you want a taste of some English style food (trust me I was starving)… Between Pui O Beach and Sivermine Beach – “The Water Buffalo” Owner Operator – taste of a small English Pub. Take Taxi (expensive Appox $40 HKD ) or Bus ( $4HKD as there is regular transport to and from the Beaches) – Note that BUS fare are done though the METRO Card or Exact Change.
    HongKong and Singapore are very busy areas, especially in Shipping.

  3. May 10, 2019 at 8:16 AM
    moreau says:

    Hi.

    We are currently sailing north of Borneo and we are heading to Palawan and China before the SW monsoon gets too strong.

    We have to schedule a haul out before December and we are considering HK as our first option. We would love to have recommendations! We don’t pretend to stay dry longer than 3 days.

    Our boat is a Lagoon 45.

    I will have a look on noonsite periodically, otherwise I can get contacted through my email: [email protected]

    Thanks!

    Amandine Moreau