One of the quartet of beaches – Tai Wan, Ham Tin, Tung Wan and Sai Wan – that collectively comprise that stretch of Sai Kung known as Tai Long Wan, this beach spot is probably the best in Hong Kong, home to probably the best shaped waves in our SAR. On a good day, they reach up to eight feet and given the location’s relative inaccessibility, it’s rarely busy and you often have the freedom to go crazy. Pure nature at its finest, the nearest store is about 10 minutes walk away, so always prepare properly in advance.
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 Tai Wan.
Break type: Beach
Wave type: Pitching
Crowd factor: Low
Best season: Summer
Wave height: 1-8ft
Potential hazards: None
With more than one beach called Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong sounds like it was made for surfing. In truth, the waves here aren’t as colossal as at more exotic locations like Hawaii or Tahiti. Still, the origins of the sport date back at least 40 years to 1978, the year the Hong Kong Surf Club was established. Although it only lasted four years, members of the club were pioneers of a pastime that’s been gaining increasing popularity of late.
If you’ve ever wanted to join the surfers you’ve seen at local beaches, or if you’re just the world’s biggest Point Break fan, now’s your chance to get involved. Winter is arguably the best time of year to surf in Hong Kong, and these are some of the best spots to ride the waves.
And if surfing doesn’t strike your fancy, why not get active on one of Hong Kong’s best hikes or cycling routes?