While the family’s away, dad can play. Here’s how to spend a man’s weekend.
Live the Hemingway dream by battling a sailfish or barracuda on a bluewater fishing trip from Aberdeen. Haul your catch aboard for the regulation fisherman’s picture – and tall story about its true size. From April to October, Tail Chasers runs one-day sports fishing trips 10 to 40 miles out to sea aboard the Kidusi 46-foot fishing boat in search of wahoo, tuna, black marlin, barracuda and more. Suitable for all levels of experience, the trips are led by Captain Kim Stuart and cost $2,400 a head, or $22,000 for the whole boat and up to 10 anglers. Trips usually depart from Aberdeen Boat Club at 7.30am and include all fishing gear. For details, visit www.hongkongfishings.com.
Strike a light, the squid are back. Seafood lovers can catch their own on night squid-fishing trips by sampan from Sai Kung harbour; negotiate with the waterfront touts. Alternatively, Saffron Cruises offers catch-and-cook packages in Tseung Kwan O, where the largest numbers of squid are found. Once you’ve hauled in your catch, the captain will help clean and barbecue the squid for an onboard feast. Packages start from $6,000 for up to 30 people from 7pm-11pm. For details, visit www.saffron-cruises.com or call 2857 1311.
Ever wanted to “drift” a car like Steve McQueen in Bullitt – or, more sadly, like Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious – all squealing tyres, clouds of smoke and an overload of testosterone? It’s harder than it looks, apparently, but Zhuhai International Circuit in China has drivers lined up to show you how. Those with mainland-registered cars can mangle their own wheels on the racing circuit, while the rest of us can learn the skill in its “partner vehicles” in four different classes. While you’re there, take a spin on the 90cc Easy Kart (RMB50 for 10 minutes). Or challenge your mates to a karting race day, including warm-ups, practice laps, a 12-lap preliminary race and 15-lap final race (from RMB500/person). For details and reservations, visit www.zic.com.cn and click on Fans Club.
There aren’t many places where drinking and driving is acceptable, but with a bar on the premises, Sideways Driving Club allows you to do just that without worrying about random breath tests. With a fleet of 13 racing-car simulators – each outfitted with its own screen, driving capsule and replica Formula 1 steering wheel – it’s the safe option for boy racers. Prices start from $200 (off-peak) for 30 minutes of driving rising to $1,200 (peak) for three hours. LG/F, 1-2 Chancery Lane, Central, www.sideways-driving-club.com, 2523 0983.
Take a terrifying, but manly, dive off the Macau Tower with the AJ Hackett bungy jump, the highest in the world. The views are spectacular for those who can focus on the dizzying panorama of the Pearl River Delta while plunging earthwards from 338 metres. Standard packages start from $2,488, or $3,188 with a photograph and video set. Even better, AJ Hackett is offering a $200 cash coupon for all our readers. Details at www.ajhackett.com/macau, +853 8988 8656.
Take a trip down memory lane and land a plane at Kai Tak – or pretty much any other airport you choose – with Flight Experience. Its flight simulator in MegaBox, Kowloon Bay, is as close as most of us are likely to get to taking control of a Boeing 737-800 without actually getting a pilot’s license. Among the packages available are the Scenic Flight ($990 for 30 minutes) and the Multi City Flyer for two to three people ($1,990 for 60 minutes). For details, visit www.flightexperience.com.hk or call 2359 0000.
See Hong Kong from a whole new perspective on a helicopter trip around the harbour, the island or Kowloon and the New Territories. For the ultimate thrill, opt to ride without the doors and strap in and hold on tight. The Peninsula Flight Seeing Tour is $7,000 for 15 minutes, $14,000 for 30 minutes and $21,000 for 45 minutes. For details, visit www.peninsula.com or call 2696 6500.
July 13 and 14 is beer o’clock at the Lan Kwai Fong Beer and Music Festival. Sample more than 200 chilled beers from Denmark, Holland, England, Japan and Korea, and munch on everything from satays to roasted oysters, German sausages to dim sum. Providing the soundtrack are dozens of music performances, with extra entertainment in the form of arm-wrestling, beer-drinking, and hotdog-eating contests. 1pm-late, Lan Kwai Fong.
Fore! Gather your mates for a stag golfing day or two. Fifteen minutes from Sai Kung by solar-powered ferry, Kau Sai Chau has three challenging 18-hole courses (two designed by Gary Player) in beautiful island scenery and open to anyone with a handicap card. There’s a 60-bay driving range, instructors and a clubhouse open to the public. For reservations and bookings, visit www.kscgolf.org.hk. Or tee off in the footsteps of Tiger Woods on the World Cup Course designed by Jack Nicklaus at ritzy Mission Hills, just across the border. It has 12 18-hole courses, as well as five-star hotels, spas and fine-dining restaurants in two sister resorts in Shenzhen and Dongguan. It is currently offering a two-day, one-night package including accommodation, a round of golf and a 90-minute spa treatment for RMB2,388 per person (RMB3,088 weekends and public holidays), based on two sharing. For details and reservations, visit www.missionhillschina.com.