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    Pratas Islands

    There is a group of Islands 300km southeast of Hong Kong, called the Pratas Islands. It looks breath-takingly beautiful from Google Earth.

    Have been oogling at the satellite images since 2006. Recently, somebody made a wikipedia entry about the Pratas.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratas_Islands

    I would love to visit these Islands. Since it's not very far from Hong Kong I'm thinking of going by sea. If any of you know how to obtain a visa/ landing permit, or who to ask, please enlighten me.

    Thanks a lot.


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    From the link you posted:

    As a disputed island group with no permanent inhabitants, they are visited only by military personnel or researchers.
    See also: Pratas Islands – Remote, Unspoiled, and Off-limits

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    Thanks for the link!


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    Thisdress, let's kayak there!

    Quote Originally Posted by thisdress:
    There is a group of Islands 300km southeast of Hong Kong, called the Pratas Islands. It looks breath-takingly beautiful from Google Earth.

    Have been oogling at the satellite images since 2006. Recently, somebody made a wikipedia entry about the Pratas.

    Pratas Islands - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I would love to visit these Islands. Since it's not very far from Hong Kong I'm thinking of going by sea. If any of you know how to obtain a visa/ landing permit, or who to ask, please enlighten me.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Sally, let me take care of the reckless department, you and squid can head the sensibility ones!

    When I was paddling a lot and training for tournaments in 2007, it was still difficult to manage 60km in a day. Pratas is a whopping 300Km from the Southern-most point of HK! You're talking about paddling for 5 or 6 days in open sea, away from shore, and handling 6 meters swell the whole time. (a friend of mine works on an oil rig not far from from Pratas, and he says 6m swells are quite common in S. China sea.) We can't even find landing site for a good night sleep or cooking. We have to suck on power-gel the whole way. And that's just one way!

    I've fantasized about paddling a kayak there, even told my buddies about it back in 2007, but well, for now, it remains a fantasy

    Let's just do Sai Kung or Lantau for now

    Last edited by thisdress; 13-02-2009 at 11:29 AM. Reason: I can't spell to save my life...

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    When I said "kayak there" I was kidding....but seriously, maybe the distance is ok for sailing there.

    I like the way you describe the one way kayaking trip there, though!

    Yes, Sai Kung sounds great!

    Quote Originally Posted by thisdress:
    Sally, let me take care of the reckless department, you and squid can head the sensibility ones!

    When I was paddling a lot and training for tournaments in 2007, it was still difficult to manage 60km in a day. Pratas is a whopping 300Km from the Southern-most point of HK! You're talking about paddling for 5 or 6 days in open sea, away from shore, and handling 6 meters swell the whole time. (a friend of mine works on an oil rig not far from from Pratas, and he says 6m swells are quite common in S. China sea.) We can't even find landing site for a good night sleep or cooking. We have to suck on power-gel the whole way. And that's just one way!

    I've fantasized about paddling a kayak there, even told my buddies about it back in 2007, but well, for now, it remains a fantasy

    Let's just do Sai Kung or Lantau for now

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    somewhere closer, wanshan islands

    Wanshan Archipelago - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    closest to hk island po toi island only 10miles south!!!!, you can paddle there in a few hours

    however, you need a visa cos it's part of the mainland province guangdong, part of zhuhai, even though some parts closer to hk than macau and zhuhai

    check it out on google earth....


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    You could hire a fishing boat to take you there, my brother usually goes fishing in the south china sea near the big oil rigs, the boat leaves HK on friday and returns back on Sunday. Depending on the amount of people, it usually costs him 1500 for the trip, but thats for fishing so it might be more.

    [URL="http://www.bigfishboat.com/"]

    Last edited by wtbhotia; 13-02-2009 at 12:36 PM.

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    Wow, thank you guys, I'm surprised to get so many inputs.

    Re the Wanshan Is.: actually, I used to live on Lamma, so I have to agree they are easily within paddling distance. If the visibility is good, you can actually see them from Lamma/ Po Toi/ Waglan. Planning to explore the area in the near future, depending on visibility (have to cross a few major channels.) I'm guessing I can probably get away without a visa.

    wtbhotia, please tell me more about those fishing boats! Who do I contact? Was thinking about hiring a zodiac myself. If the fee is reasonable enough, I wouldn't mind hiring one as an escort boat while I try to paddle there ... and then motor me back to civilization after the one-way trip. (or ferry me back if the weather turns nasty.)

    Sally: so are you going to get your own paddle? I've only got an extra kayak (and PFD, but they aren't very comfy), if you want to come with me, you still need your own paddle and preferably a spraydeck. Please let me know.


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    Oh, duh! Didn't see the link the first time. Sorry wtbhotia, will follow the link now...


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