The gorgeous seaside town of Sai Kung is where Hongkongers and tourists alike go to get away from it all. The town itself boasts numerous restaurants and bars, while the surrounding parks and waters offer endless opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors. If you’re planning a trip to Hong Kong any time soon, here are six activities to consider adding to your schedule.
Eat at a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant
It’s hard to believe that a town as small as Sai Kung has not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants, but it’s true. Sing Kee Seafood Restaurant and Loaf On both serve classic Cantonese dishes, and seafood like deep-fried squid, braised abalone, crab meat soup and more.
Junk tripping is an iconic Hong Kong group activity, combining all of life’s best leisure activities: dining, swimming, sun bathing and partying. The secluded waters of Sai Kung are a perfect place to spend a day at sea. Boat rentals come at a range of different prices, depending on the catering and extra amenities you need. To book a junk, try Jaspa’s Junks or Koh Thai Junks; alternatively, if you’re looking to charter a luxury yacht, try Breakaway or Hong Kong Yachting.
Go scuba diving
Sai Kung is one of Hong Kong’s best scuba diving locations thanks to its coral reefs, variety of fish species and lack of strong currents. Scientists have found over 300 species of reef fish and over 80 species of reef-building corals in Hong Kong, mostly in the Sai Kung area. To dip in, check out Splash HK or Diving Adventure for details.
Take a walk along the waterfront
Unlike the impressively hectic skyline of Victoria Harbour, Sai Kung’s peaceful environs provide a serene break from the bustle of city life. The pier is filled with small boats and yachts, with islands dotting the horizon. Seat yourself at one of the waterfront benches and watch the clouds go by.
Bowl and booze
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Tikitiki Bowling Bar, Hong Kong | Adeel Anwer/Flickr
Pair excellent cocktails with some mild athletic activity at the island-themed bowling bar, Tiki Tiki. This jazzy, spacious venue boasts a host of tropical cocktails and state-of-the-art bowling lanes decked out with neon pink lighting. If you get hungry, you can order snacks like calamari, vegetable samosas and buffalo wings at the lanes; for a larger meal, shuffle over to their Beach Bums & Cannibals restaurant.
Astropark, Sai Kung, Hong Kong | José Ozorio/Flickr
Sai Kung Astropark in Sai Kung East Country Park is one of the Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets. Far away from the inner city, where light pollution blocks any view of the stars, this 1,200 square meter astronomical theme park is remote enough for you to see the night sky in all its glory. There are stargazing facilities available for the public, so pick a clear evening and enjoy a peaceful night under the stars.