Big Wave Bay Beach is probably Hong Kong’s favourite surfing location. But you don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy a day at the beach.
Located on the eastern end of Hong Kong Island, Big Wave Bay Beach is often a good alternative to Shek O Beach. Although not as commercial and large as Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay surely has a different (surfer) vibe.
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How To Get To Big Wave Bay
Broadly speaking, there are two ways to get to Big Wave Bay Beach – by bus, or by foot. However, each option comes with multiple sub-options.
Bus to Big Wave Bay
Probably the easiest way to get to Big Wave Bay Beach is to take the bus from Shau Kei Wan. Hop onto the Island Line (blue coloured line) and head east towards Shau Kei Wan Station. Take Exit A3 and then look for bus number 9 to Shek O. Alight at the Big Wave Bay Beach stop, which is essentially the 2nd or 3rd last stop on the bus.
Minibus to Big Wave Bay
If you prefer the speed and thrill of riding on Hong Kong’s minibuses, take the Red Minibus from Exit A3 at Shau Kei Wan Station. The minibuses line up on the opposite side (closer to the shops) of the main bus stop.
Hike To Big Wave Bay Beach
You can also hike your way to Big Wave Bay Beach, from the Dragon’s Back, Chai Wan or Siu Sai Wan. I personally enjoy the scenic hike from Siu Sai Wan, but the Dragon’s Back hike is clearly more popular. Of course, you can also hike to Big Wave Bay from Chai Wan too.
Hong Kong’s Favourite Surf Spot
Whether you’re a amateur, pro, or first timer surfer, Big Wave Bay is the best place in Hong Kong to surf, or learn to surf.
For first timers, or amateurs Hong Kong Waterman offers surfing lessons at Big Wave Bay Beach. Their office is located at Big Wave Bay and is open during the morning hours.
If you’re a pro, or seasoned surfer, there are numerous surf equipment rental shops all over Big Wave Bay village. And before you head down to Big Wave Bay to surf, it’s advisable to check out the day’s surf report.
Relax On The Beach
You don’t have to be a surfer to make the most of Big Wave Bay Beach. I find the beach to be less crowded, and more secluded than Shek O. And if you’re lucky to arrive on a day when the sea is very rough, it can be a lot of fun to watch the surfers. And like most commercial beaches in Hong Kong, Big Wave Bay also has public barbeque pits, and restaurants and cafes.
If you walk a little further towards the sea from the BBQ pits, there is a prehistoric rock carving that is now preserved as a declared monument.
Sure Shek O beach has way more things to do, but I do enjoy sitting at the beach side cafe at Big Wave Bay, and drink a beer while watching the surfers. And if you ever feel like heading down to Shek O, it is only a 10-15 minute walk from the Big Wave Bay Village.