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Boat Field Trip: Circumnavigation of HK Island, with the first man to swim around the island

Simon Holliday and Shu Pu
Saturday, 9 Oct 2021
11.00 am to 5.00 pm
We are pleased to welcome Simon Holliday and Shu Pu for an on-boat account of his record-breaking 34 km swim around Hong Kong Island in just over 12.5 hours.
Coupled with their dramatic accounts, our boat sets sail from the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, set against its iconic skyline, then on to the jagged headlands and striking cliffs of the east of the island. We then pass the spectacular Cape D’Aguilar and the beautiful Tai Tam Bay.
We then stop at one of the alluring white-sand beaches on the south-side of the island for a sumptuous professionally catered lunch.  We also have an hour for swimming or sunbathing. 

In contrast to the natural beauty, we sail alongside the busy port of Aberdeen and working waterfront piers stretching from Kennedy Town to the Western District Working Cargo Area (dubbed Instagram Pier), before returning to Central.

During the boat trip, the stories are told of men and women of history who have swum into, out of and around Hong Kong Island, from the daring wartime escape of the one-legged Admiral Chan Chak to the Chinese ‘freedom swimmers’ of the 1950s to 1970s.  Key sites are pointed out as the boat follows Simon’s circumnavigation of the island.

Also discussed is the recreational side of ocean swimming in Hong Kong, from the fiercely competitive Cross Harbour Race, to the gentle daily dips of members of the harbour-side swimming sheds. 

Simon Holliday works for law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills as a Learning & Development Manager.  Originally from the UK, he has lived in Hong Kong for the last four years.  He is the founder of The Splash Foundation, Hong Kong’s only charitable organisation that runs free swimming programmes to empower and connect under-resourced communities.  He has done various long distance swims around the world, including the English Channel in 2011.

Shu Pu is an outrigger canoe paddler and swimmer, originally from China.  She became the first female solo paddler crossing from HK to Macau in 2014.  She also set a new record of non-stop paddle-circumnavigation of Lantau Island, HK on a single outrigger canoe in 2016.   Shu is the Founder of AVRA, an ocean lifestyle and events brand.  She is responsible for a number of ocean philanthropic initiatives and water sports events in Hong Kong.  Shu co-founded Splash with Simon Holliday. 

Sail from Central Pier 9 at 11:00am
Return to Central Pier 9 at 5:00pm

HK$980 for Members and HK$1,080 for Member's Guests, including an onboard professionally catered lunch.

To reserve places, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and state how many places you would like. You'll then receive booking instructions and a booking form.  Anyone wishing to join the Field Trip who is not yet a member is encouraged to join the RGS-HK. Detailed joining instructions will follow shortly before the event.
This event is going to be held within our understanding of the social distancing rules of the Government then prevailing.  Social distancing regulations will be observed at all times. 

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