Repulse Bay Beach is perhaps the most popular beach on Hong Kong Island. Nestled among iconic hiking hills, the bay and beach have a colonial charm and resort-like feel.
Located in Repulse Bay, an upscale neighbourhood that is one of the most expensive residential areas in the world, the beach is a blend of modern facilities and natural beauty.
Its easy accessibility to public transport, large size, and proximity to numerous restaurants and shops make it a perfect beach for just about anyone. Unlike Shek O or Big Wave Bay, which are further away from the city and offer a more rustic vibe, Repulse Bay Beach has a very urban and modern vibe.
How to get to Repulse Bay Beach
It’s relatively easy to reach Repulse Bay via bus, minibus, taxi, or car.
There is a decent amount of car parking space available next to the beach, and inside The Pulse. Of course, those become full over busy weekends.
The following bus numbers stop on Repulse Bay Road.
- 6 – Central to Stanley
- 6A – Central to Stanley Fort
- 6X – Central to Stanley Market
- 63 / 65 (public holidays only) – North Point Ferry Pier to Stanley Market
- 66 – Central to Stanley Plaza (Ma Hang)
- 73 – Cyberport / Wah Fu (North) – Stanley Market
- 260 – Central Exchange Square to Stanley Market
- 973 – Tsim Sha Tsui (Mody Road) to Stanley Market
The following minibus numbers stop on Repulse Bay Road.
- 40 / N40 – Causeway Bay (Jardine’s Bazaar) – Stanley Village
- 40X – Causeway Bay (Jardine’s Bazaar) to Stanley Prison
- 52 – Shek Pai Wan to Stanley Prison
Although the closest MTR station is 4 km away from Repulse Bay, it is possible to walk from the station to the beach. In fact, it’s a beautiful coastal walk that I personally enjoy.
To arrive, take the MTR to Ocean Park station on the South Island Line. Get down at Exit C and walk on Island Road towards Deep Water Bay.
Walk down to the Mills & Chung Path after the Hong Kong Country Club to avoid the traffic. Cross Deep Water Bay Beach, and take Seaview Promenade from the other end of the beach.
Just keep walking on Seaview Promenade till you reach Repulse Bay Beach.
Repulse Bay’s history and name origin
In the year 1841, Repulse Bay was used as a base by pirates causing trouble to merchant ships that were trading with China at the time. But they were subsequently “repulsed” by the British fleet, and hence this bay was named Repulse Bay.
However, because of the shallow waters, the bay is also called Tsin-Shui Wan (Shallow Water Bay) in Chinese. But the pronunciation of Tsin Shui has another meaning – A Thousand Years. And because of that, the bay is also sometimes referred to as the Bay of a Thousand Years, a symbol of longevity.
When the Japanese forces landed on this bay in December 1941, they renamed it Green Seaside Beach because of the green trees alongside the beach.
Since then, the local council has taken numerous measures to make this beach one of the most beautiful beaches on Hong Kong Island, if not all of Hong Kong.
Things to do at Repulse Bay
Located on the south side of Hong Kong Island, Repulse Bay is one of the most picturesque locations on the island.
If you’re planning a day trip, there’s plenty at Repulse Bay to keep you busy. In fact, you can plan your day exploring the beaches, shops, restaurants, and even temples.
Enjoy a day at Repulse Bay Beach
The main attraction at Repulse Bay is its beach.
The water quality is consistently rated as Grade 1 – Good by the EPD, which makes it perfect for swimming.
I’ve personally noted that the sand on the beach is coarser closer to the shore than it is to the water. And that’s because the beach was artificially extended. So, if you’re looking for soft sand to sit on, go closer to the water. But make sure you carry your own shade as there are no trees or sun-umbrella vendors on the beach.
Fortunately, the beach is quite long. In fact, it is one of the longest beaches on Hong Kong Island with a length of 292 metres (960 feet). So, there’s plenty of space for everyone!
Facilities available at the beach
- Changing room
- Shower facilities
- Kids’ playground
- Opening hours:
- April to October – 9 am to 6 pm, and 8 am to 7 pm on Sat, Sun, and PH
- November to March – 8 am to 5 pm
Restaurants at Repulse Bay
Repulse Bay is an upscale neighbourhood, which essentially means there are plenty of trendy restaurants, cafes, and shops around.
Most of the restaurants and shops are located inside The Pulse, the mall on the beach, and The Repulse Bay, the condominium and service-apartments complex.
The Pulse offers some great dining options with panoramic sea views. Some noteworthy ones include:
- Amalfitana (an artisan pizza bar)
- Classified (neighbourhood café-workspaces serving freshly brewed coffee, comfort food and boutique wines)
- Limewood (South East Asian, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean flavours centred around barbequed seafood, meats and great refreshing cocktails)
- Sip Song (Casual Thai eatery & bar inspired by the beach culture of the Southern Thai coast and the food of Bangkok night markets)
- Meen & Rice (Casual Cantonese-style restaurant)
Inside The Repulse Bay, there are two beautiful restaurants with an amazing atmosphere.
“The Verandah” serves continental cuisine, fine wines and discreet service in a beautiful colonial setting for a true Peninsula-style dining experience. They are best known for their traditional English afternoon tea and Sunday brunch.
And “Spices” is an Asian-inspired restaurant with an Eastern décor inside a spacious lawn.
Explore the neighbouring beaches
If you would like to get away from the crowds at Repulse Bay Beach and find another quieter beach, then there are 3 neighbouring beaches that you can walk to – Deep Water Bay Beach, Middle Bay Beach, and South Bay Beach.
Deep Water Bay Beach
Deep Water Bay is the bay adjacent to Repulse Bay. It too is known for its beach, and golf course.
Deep Water Bay is less commercial than Repulse Bay and only has one restaurant on the beach – Coconuts Thai. And unlike Repulse Bay Beach, Deep Water Bay Beach has plenty of barbecue pits (35 in total).
Seaview Promenade – Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay Walk
The walk between Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay is only 1.4 km and runs along the coast on Seaview Promenade, a popular path for walkers and joggers.
Seaview Promenade connects the south end of Deep Water Bay to the north end of Repulse Bay. The walk is shaded in parts and comes very close to Middle Island around the headland.
I personally love walking on Seaview Promenade and enjoying the views of the sea!
Middle Bay and South Bay Beaches
There are two additional beaches located on the south side of Repulse Bay – Middle Bay Beach and South Bay Beach.
Both beaches can be accessed on foot from the south end of Repulse Bay Beach, via South Bay Road (behind The Pulse).
Middle Beach is an 850-metre walk (approximately 10 minutes) and South Bay Beach is an additional 1.1 km from Middle Bay Beach (approximately 15 minutes). You can also take a taxi to or from the beaches.
Both beaches offer a bit more seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Repulse Bay Beach and don’t skimp out on the basic facilities such as shows, changing rooms, lifeguards, and barbecue pits.
Visit the Tin Hau Temple
On the southern end of Repulse Bay Beach is another hidden gem – the Tin Hau Temple.
The temple is one of the oldest Tin Hau Temples in Hong Kong and includes a Chinese-style garden leading up to the sea. There are two 10-metre statues of Tin Hau (Goddess of the sea) and Kwun Yum (Goddess of Mercy) inside the temple. The tallest statue of Kwun Yum (Guan Yin) in Hong Kong is located at the Tsz Shan Monastery in Tai Po.
And next to the temple is the Bridge of Longevity, which is believed to prolong your life by 3 days each time you cross it.
Hotels and Staycation
The south side of Hong Kong Island is really quite beautiful, especially the area around Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay. So, it’s no surprise if you’re tempted to plan a staycation here!
From what I know, the closest hotel to Repulse Bay is the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel. And that’s actually great because the hotel is in close proximity to Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, and Ocean Park!
Weddings and parties
Speaking of the beauty of Repulse Bay, it’s also no surprise that it is a popular location for weddings.
The two popular venues for hosting weddings or parties at Repulse Bay are:
Hikes to admire Repulse Bay
If you’re like me and are interested in learning about the best hikes around Repulse Bay, you’ve come to the right place.
The numerous hills surrounding Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay offer stunning views and vantage points to admire this beautiful coastline on the south side. Here are a few of the hills that you can conquer to earn those incredible views!
Violet Hill and Twin Peaks Hike
The Violet Hill and Twin Peaks Hike is perhaps the most challenging hike on Hong Kong Island. The hike consists of climbing and descending two hills in succession.
The hike starts from Wong Nai Chung Gap and first scales Violet Hill, the hill behind Deep Water Bay.
It then descends into Repulse Bay Gap before climbing the challenging Twin Peaks, which is behind Repulse Bay, before ending at Stanley Gap.
This legendary hike offers incredible views of Deep Water Bay, Repulse Bay, Stanley, and Tai Tam Country Park. Full details can be found on our guide for the Violet Hill and Twin Peaks Hike.
Brick Hill Hike
You can read all about the Brick Hill Hike in this guide.
Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path
And finally, if you’re looking for a family-friendly, super easy walk that offers incredible views of Repulse Bay, then the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path Hike is perfect for you!
This hike, which is only flat or descending, runs along the catchwater basin of Violet Hill and offers panoramic views of Repulse Bay.
You can learn more about the Tsz Lo Lan Shan Path Hike in our guide.
Repulse Bay Guide
We hope you enjoyed our guide to Repulse Bay, and perhaps now have a better idea of how to plan your day when visiting the beach or neighbourhood. Or at the very least, we hope that you learned something new about the neighbourhood.
If you’re looking for more beach recommendations on Hong Kong Island, I highly recommend Shek O Beach or Big Wave Bay Beach. Both have a more rustic charm. But if you’re looking for the most beautiful beach in all of Hong Kong, that would probably be Long Ke Wan or Tai Long Wan.
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