Hong Kong – a city that is synonymous with skyscrapers and expensive real estate. Unless you’ve lived here. Then it’s still the same, but a bit more. There’s so much more to Hong Kong than meets the eye. To discover new parts of Hong Kong you need time and the willingness (to get away from all the commercial stuff).
Hiking is a great way to discover Hong Kong. With trails located all over the city, it’s a great way to get away from the concrete jungle. Other than hiking, I’ve enjoyed discovering beaches across Hong Kong, and its islands and outlying territories. In sum, Hong Kong has close to 50 beaches, and over the past year I don’t think that I’ve even scratched the surface.
So, I thought I’d create a single post to share my pictures and experiences of visiting beaches in Hong Kong. And as I continue to discover more beaches in Hong Kong, this list will continue to grow.
Shek-O Beach, Hong Kong Island
Shek-O is probably the most popular beach on Hong Kong Island. Located in a village by the same name, the beach is known for its massive expanse of soft sand, beautiful sunsets and relatively calm waves. The beach is well connected and is served by buses from Shau Kei Wan. There are also quite a few restaurants and bars located on and around the vicinity of the beach. With all this, no wonder there’s never any space left on the beach on weekends.
Big Wave Beach, Hong Kong Island
Big Wave beach is within walking distance from Shek-O beach. If you’re visiting Shek-O, you could probably kill two birds with one stone. Big Wave Beach is also accessible from the Dragon’s Back hike, which I personally prefer. The hike isn’t all that difficult, it’s more like an easy walk downhill and offers amazing views of Shek-O and Big Wave Beach. In fact, it’s a great way to show-off Hong Kong’s beaches to friends visiting from out-of-town.
Big Wave beach is relatively less commercial than Shek-O beach but is popular among surfers and those seeking big waves (duh).
Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island
Stanley Village is a popular residential area among expats in Hong Kong. So, it should come as no surprise that the beach located in the village is extremely popular with the residents. A much smaller beach, it fills up quickly on summer days. However unlike the rest, Stanley is much easier to get to as it’s directly connected by bus from Central station.
Pui O Beach, Lantau Island
Pui O Beach is the biggest and probably my favourite beach in Hong Kong. Located on Lantau Island, Pui O Beach is easily accessible (as long as you’re on Lantau Island) by bus, car or even a hike from Mui Wo. My favourite part about the beach was it’s less crowded than the beaches on Hong Kong Island and has a great place to chill out and grab a drink called Mavericks. Sitting on the beach, there is no way that you can tell that you’re in Hong Kong. The horizon is obstruction free and there are mountains on either side to give it a cut-off-from-the-world feel.
Cheung Sha Beach, Lamma Island
At over 3 kilometres, Cheung Sha Beach is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches. With limited development in the neighbouring area and a towering peak in the backdrop, Cheung Sha Beach feels like paradise.
The beach front is full of restaurants, and cafes that gives it a vacation vibe. Read more about the beach in this post.
Sharp Island, Sai Kung
Sai Kung is always like a breath of fresh air in Hong Kong. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love Sai Kung. Sai Kung is also home to many islands, and islets in Hong Kong. Sharp Island is one of the more popular ones. In fact, it’s been featured on CNN as one of Asia’s most underrated attractions.
Sharp Island has two beautiful beaches – Kiu Tsui Beach and Hap Mun Bay Beach. You can read all about them, and how to get there on this post.
Hung Shing Ye Beach, Lamma Island
For some reason, I’ve always associated Lamma Island with great vegan and seafood. Recently, we spent a day roaming around Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island (the northern part of the island) and walked over to Hung Shing Ye Beach. The beach is a good 30 minute walk from the pier, so come prepared. It’s also fairly commercial and can get crowded over weekends and holidays.
What I loved about the beach was that while we sat there, it didn’t fee like we were in Hong Kong. The beach is nestled by hills and there are no skyscrapers in sight. I’ve written a whole post, with lots of aerial pictures of Hung Shing Ye Beach that you can check out.
Cheung Chau Island
Cheung Chau is a relatively popular island between Lamma Island and Lantau Island. Over the weekend and holidays, the island gets significant traffic from the city because of its ease of access, tons of options to eat and drink and a couple of nice beaches. Tung Wan Beach is the main beach on the island and is only a couple minutes walk from the ferry pier. Continue walking south on the promenade and you’ll reach Kwun Yam Wan Beach, a much smaller and quainter beach. Both beaches are popular with surfers and kayakers over the weekends.
Peng Chau Island
Like Cheung Chau, Peng Chau is a small outlying island close to Lantau. An old fishing village, Peng Chau has numerous small beaches to visit. The lack of commercial establishments attracts a smaller crowd to Peng Chau, which makes its beaches worth the visit. Take a look at the pictures of the beaches, they don’t lie.
I’ve dedicated a whole post to Peng Chau where you can find more information about the island.
Star Fish Bay Beach, Ma On Shan, New Territories
I don’t think anybody visits Star Fish Bay for its beaches. The bay is located in the Ma On Shan area, a stones throw away from the new Double Cove apartment complex. For those living nearby, it potentially serves as a private beach, which is pretty cool. I stumbled upon the beach one weekend while discovering the area. I couldn’t help but overhear all the noise and commotion on the main road.
I also know that further up the road from Starfish Bay lies another beach, that I haven’t personally visited myself. Maybe next time…