Sai Kung has many beautiful beaches but one of our favourites is Ham Tin Wan's beach on Tai Long Wan bay. 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:
MTR to Hang Hau, exit B, then green minibus 101 to Sai Kung Town. At Sai Kung Pier take a water taxi to Ham Tin Wan.
One of the less frequented beaches on the Southside, South Bay is a cloistered spot with its 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.
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 Admiralty (West) Bus Terminus, or bus 252B from Middle Rd, 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.
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:
Ferry from Central Pier 5 to Mui Wo, then bus 1, 2, 3 or 4 to Cheung Sha.
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:
MTR to Sai Wan Ho, exit A, then bus 14. Get off just after the Tai Tam Reservoir stop and take the steps down to the beach.
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.
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.
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:
Ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan and follow the Family Walk. Lo So Shing is roughly 15 minutes walk from the hilltop pavilion.
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 to Kwun Yam Wan:
Ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau, then walk along Tung Wan Rd for 10 minutes. Holly Graham