Hong Kong’s lengthy and winding natural coastline is home to the best beaches in East Asia. With some accessible within a few minutes, others are completely secluded from the clamoring noise of the city. Whatever you’re looking for, check out our handy guide to find the best spot for your trip.
Although most popular on weekends and holidays with local families, Shek O Beach will win the hearts of beach fanatics on any day with its golden sand and rustic charm. Just a bus-ride away from Shau Kei Wan Station, it is one of the most accessible beaches on Hong Kong Island. There are plenty of stores and local barbecue restaurants for amazing food and an authentic laid-back experience.
Kiosks of lockers and surfboard rentals line the street towards Big Wave Bay. As the name suggests, the beach is celebrated for its towering waves and excellent wind conditions; it is also Hong Kong’s only officially recognized surfing beach. It’s nestled in the lush hills of Shek O Country Park and the bay’s fine white sand is perfect for lounging under the warm sun. It makes a great alternative to Shek O Beach, which is only a one-kilometer walk away.
Although it’s not the longest stretch of white sand in Hong Kong, it is still quite famous for its relaxed vibe and the numerous water sports activities available. The town is a one-stop tourist destination; you can learn about Hong Kong’s history by wandering around the colonial buildings, or get lost in the myriad of handmade souvenirs in Stanley Market. Stanley Main Street is home to brightly colored buildings, international restaurants and pubs, all of which enjoy a view of the southern waters of Hong Kong.
Although recognized for its prestigous residential dwellings, Repulse Bay is a 300-meter stretch of golden sand – the main attraction for all beach goers. Repulse Bay is located on the southern coast of Hong Kong Island, amidst Violet Hill and The Twins Hill, and holds one of the most amazing sea views. With boutique shops and fine dining on offer, Repulse Bay provides a whole new level of seashore experience with a touch of luxury. Plus, you’re not too far from Stanley if you fancy checking out the local market stalls to find a bargain.
Placed in an idyllic location below Shouson Hill and the Deep Water Bay residential area, this seaside spot is most famous for the locals living around the lavish strip. The fantastic scenery comprises of the hills of Ocean Park and yachts resting near the Middle Island. There is a promenade that stretches around the headland, which separates it from the Repulse Bay beach. Deep Water Bay is complete with public facilities, including barbecue pits and shower rooms.
Only accessible by boat from the Sai Kung Pier, Tai Long Wan is a three-kilometer bay located on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula in Hong Kong and is complete with four beaches – Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Wan and Tung Wan – all of which are separated by headlands and short trails. This location is perfect for those that want to embrace the untainted wilderness and pure tranquility that surrounds the area. Although toilets are accessible and there are a handful of cafés and restaurants, there are no lifeguards, waste bins or shark nets compared to other gazetted beaches in Hong Kong. Surfboard rental shops can be found by those brave enough to explore the stronger current of Tai Long Wan.
The beaches in Lantau are favored by locals and expat families alike because of the calm and tranquil atmosphere that is both an ideal environment for children to play in while also rejuvenating for adults. Adventurous families can stay overnight at one of the campsites and there’s ample opportunity for water sports at either beach – be it windsurfing or kayaking. If water sports aren’t your thing, you can choose to relax at the cafés and restaurants overlooking the buffalos cooling themselves by the sea water. To reach the beach, you can take a direct ferry from Central to Mui Wo where they have scheduled services that run throughout the week. Buses to Tung Chung MTR Station remain as an alternative.