Hong Kong’s concrete jungle gets way too much attention. While we appreciate the many inner-city options when it comes to things like sky-high dining and brunch, a full three-quarters of our SAR is countryside. That means Hong Kong is one of the greenest cities on the planet, and amongst all the awesome hiking trails and cycling routes are some seriously stunning beaches. So pack your shades and bring your sunscreen as we present the best Hong Kong beaches.
Photo: Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung
Best Hong Kong beaches
Sai Kung has many beautiful beaches but one of our favourites is Ham Tin Wan’s beach on Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung. The sand is powdery, the water is clear and the infamous rickety bridge over a small inlet is always an experience.
How to get to Tai Long Wan:
Take the MTR to Hang Hau and leave via Exit B, then hop on green minibus 101 to Sai Kung Town. At Sai Kung Pier take a water taxi to Ham Tin Wan.
Comprised of two beaches, Clearwater Bay’s pristine sand and sparkling waters are positively tropical. There’s a great view of the nearby country park’s craggy mountains and the sharp tip of High Junk Peak, making this spot picture perfect.
How to get to Clearwater Bay:
MTR to Diamond Hill, Exit C2, then bus 91 to Clearwater Bay.
Cheung Chau’s popular windsurfing beach is where Olympic windsurfing champion Lee Lai-shan trained. With golden sand, a beachside cafe, windsurfing, surfing and canoeing equipment available to rent, Kwun Yam has plenty to keep you occupied if you’re looking to do more than just lay in the sun.
How to get to Kwun Yam Wan:
Ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau, then walk along Tung Wan Rd for 10 minutes.
One of our favourite beaches on Lantau, Cheung Sha’s upper and lower beaches are seriously worth the excursion. The huge stretch of sand means you’re never fighting for space with other sunseekers, and there’re many great beachside restaurants to give you instant holiday vibes.
How to get to Upper/ Lower Cheung Sha Beach:
Take the ferry from Central Pier 5 to Mui Wo, then bus 1, 2, 3 or 4 to Cheung Sha.
The territory’s Gold Coast Resort is home to the imaginatively named Golden Beach, boasting pristine sand from Hainan Island. It does get rather busy up here, but if crowds don’t bother you come for a slice of the Med on the South China coast.
How to get to Golden Beach, Tuen Mun:
Bus 962B from Pacific Place, Admiralty, or bus 252B from Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.
Named for its surfable waves, Big Wave Bay tends to be quieter and cleaner compared to neighbouring Shek O. It’s a great spot to relax and grab a bite at the end of the Dragon’s Back hike and there’re surfboards to rent if you fancy riding the waves.
How to get to Big Wave Bay:
MTR to Shau Kei Wan, Exit A2, then take the red minibus marked Shek O from the adjacent tunnel.
Tai Tam’s Turtle Cove is a dinky golden wonder bordered by lush greenery. Pale skinned peeps beware, there’s not much shade but it’s a peaceful spot frequented mainly by locals. Bring your own drinks and snacks since there’re no stalls.
How to get to Turtle Cove:
Ride the Island Line to Sai Wan Ho, take Exit A, then bus 14. Once you get off, simply walk down the steps to the beach.
Another chill spot in South Lantau, Pui O is popular with beginner surfers and there’s a small kiosk that rents boards if you’re interested. Key facilities like showers and barbecues are all in place, and no write-up about Pui O is complete without mentioning its beachside bar, Mavericks.
How to get there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then take bus 1 to Pui O Beach.
Forget overcrowded Stanley, this little beach is a beaut. It’s tucked away off the road, hidden by trees and down some stairs, making it a lot quieter than other beaches in the area. Barbecue pits make this a great place for a cookout at sunset, too.
How to get to Chung Hom Kok:
Bus 6X, 63 or 66 from Exchange Square bus terminus.
One of the less frequented beaches on the Southside, South Bay is a cloistered spot with its very own beach club. Make sure you check out the club’s open-air restaurant where DJs spin away the afternoon.
How to get to South Bay Beach:
Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus to Repulse Bay, then taxi to South Bay.
This isolated beach on Lamma Island is serene but still comes with lifeguards, showers and changing rooms. An even bigger plus is that unlike Lamma’s Hung Shing Yeh beach, there’s no unsightly power station on the horizon.
How to get to Lo So Shing:
Get onboard the ferry to Yung Shue Wan at Central Pier 4 and follow the Family Walk. Lo So Shing is roughly 15 minutes walk from the hilltop pavilion.