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13 beaches to visit in Hong Kong this summer

For those in need of some sandy inspiration

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Life’s a beach. At least in Hong Kong, it is. While beaches like Shek O, Repulse Bay, and Stanley get all the attention, amongst all the awesome hiking trails and cycling routes in the city are some seriously stunning beaches that promise clear, blue waters and (relatively) soft sand. Whether you're itching to get outside as soon as the sun shows its face, or planning ahead for the coming months when beach season gets in full swing, there’s plenty here for you to channel your inner beach bum.

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Hong Kong’ best beaches

big wave bay beach hong kong
big wave bay beach hong kong
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Big Wave Bay

Attractions Beaches Shek O

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 are surfboards to rent if you fancy riding the waves.

How to get there:
MTR to Shau Kei Wan, Exit A2, then take the red minibus marked Shek O from the adjacent tunnel.

cheung sha wan beach
cheung sha wan beach
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Cheung Sha Beach

Attractions Beaches Lantau Island

One of our favourite beaches in 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 are many great beachside restaurants to give you instant holiday vibes.

How to get there:
Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then bus 1, 2, or 4 to Cheung Sha.

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chung hom kok beach hong kong
chung hom kok beach hong kong
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Chung Hom Kok

Attractions Beaches Chung Hom Kok

Forget overcrowded Stanley; this little beach is a beauty. 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 there:
Bus 6X or 66 from Exchange Square bus terminus.

clearwater bay
clearwater bay
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Clearwater Bay

Attractions Beaches Clearwater Bay

Comprising 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 there:
MTR to Diamond Hill, Exit C2, then bus 91 to Clearwater Bay. 

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golden beach hong kong
golden beach hong kong
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Golden Beach

Attractions Beaches Tuen Mun

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 there:
Bus 962B from Causeway Bay or Pacific Place, Admiralty

ham tin wan beach
ham tin wan beach
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Ham Tin Wan

Attractions Beaches Sai Kung

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 there:
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 – be warned that this may be a little pricey though, so share the cost between your crew. Alternatively, from Sai Kung Town take the 29R minibus to Sai Wan Pavilion and then hike 45 minutes to the beach.  

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Kwun Yam Wan
Kwun Yam Wan
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Kwun Yam Wan

Attractions Beaches Cheung Chau

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.

How to get there: 
Ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau, then walk along Tung Wan Rd for 10 minutes. 

lo sho shing
lo sho shing
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Lo So Shing

Attractions Beaches Lamma Island

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 there:
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. 

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lo ke wan
lo ke wan
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Long Ke Wan Beach

Things to do Sai Kung

Boasting powdery white sand, turquoise waters, and bordered by the stunning rock formations from Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, Long Ke Wan Beach is a photographer's dream. This slice of paradise is popular with junk-trippers and beachgoers on weekends, but during weekdays, you'll find nary a soul in sight.

How to get there:
Take a taxi from Sai Kung Town or University MTR station to the East Dam of High Island Reservoir, walk up for 20 minutes and you will see Long Ke Wan beach in front of you. Alternatively, hike the MacLehose Stage 2 trail from the East Dam towards Long Ke village.

Pui O beach
Pui O beach
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Pui O Beach

Things to do Lantau Island

Another chill spot in South Lantau, Pui O is popular with beginner surfers, with a small kiosk that rents out boards if you’re interested. Key facilities like showers and barbecues are all in place.

How to get there:
Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then take bus 1 to Pui O Beach. Alight at Lo Uk Tsuen.

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Sharp Island
Sharp Island
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Sharp Island

Attractions Sai Kung

Not far from Sai Kung, Sharp Island is known for its two distinct beaches – Hap Mun Bay and Kiu Tsui Beach. Hap Mun Bay is a popular beach for sunseekers, while Kiu Tsui beach connects to the nearby island of Kiu Tau, of which visitors can make their away over to when the tide is low. Take a walk over the tombolo as the sea recedes and you’ll feel like a veritable Moses. Just make sure you come back before the tide comes in.  

How to get there: 
Boats leave for Sharp Island from Sai Kung Public Ferry Pier every 30 minutes until 5.30pm. Be sure to check tidal information before your trip.

south bay beach
south bay beach
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South Bay Beach

Attractions Beaches Repulse Bay

One of the less frequented beaches on the Southside, South Bay is a cloistered, serene spot that offers sweeping sea views. The beach, which feels more like a cove, is surrounded by greenery, so it's perfect for those looking for some shade.

How to get there:
Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus to Repulse Bay, then taxi to South Bay.

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Turtle Cove Beach
Turtle Cove Beach
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Turtle Cove

Attractions Beaches Tai Tam

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. Remember to bring your own drinks and snacks since there are no food stalls.

How to get there: 
MTR to Sai Wan Ho, exit A, then take bus 14. Get off at the Turtle Cove bus stop and take the steps down to the beach.

Did that bring out your inner beach bum?

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