Shek O Beach is probably one of the most popular, and scenic beaches on Hong Kong island. The very fact that it’s on the island makes it easy to access, and is often the first beach that anyone new to Hong Kong visits (well at least I did). It’s literally a glimpse into the other side of Hong Kong, the side without skyscrapers.
About Shek O
Shek O, which means the “rocky bay”, is a peninsula located on the south-east corner of Hong Kong island, and is home to two beautiful beaches on Hong Kong island – Shek O Beach, and Big Wave Bay. The rest of the peninsula, from the north, right down to the tip at Cape D’Aguilar, is covered by Shek O Country Park.
I’ve often found that taking first timers to Hong Kong to Shek O, through the Dragon’s Back Hike gets the best response. The super easy hike which is situated within the Shek O Country Park offers visitors beautiful views of Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay, and the Shek O Golf Course. Everyone gets wowed by the views from on top of the Dragon’s Back.
How To Get To Shek O Beach
Unlike Big Wave Bay that can be reached through a hike, getting to Shek O Beach requires you to take a bus (not unless you hike via Big Wave Bay Beach).
To get to Shek O, hop on to the Island Line and get to Shau Kei Wan. At Shau Kei Wan, take the exit to the bus terminal and catch bus no. 9 to Shek O. Or take the minibus (stop is next to the MTR exit) which costs a few dollars more, but is much faster.
You should know that parking is limited and regulated at Shek O and Big Wave Bay in case you decide to take a car.
Things To Do in Shek O
There are a lot of things to do in Shek O if you plan on spending your day here. Here are a few things that come to my mind.
Visit Shek O Beach
The Shek O Beach is a sandy public beach that attracts large crowds over the weekend. The water quality at the beach is constantly ranked “Good”, and the lack of waves makes it a rather peaceful beach. If you prefers the waves or want to surf, that’s what Big Wave Bay Beach is for.
Shek O Restaurants
The area around the beach is extremely lively and full of restaurants, and cafes. My favourite restaurant at Shek O is Shek O Chinese & Thai Restaurant. The last time we were at Shek O we sat at this cozy cafe next to it on Shek O Village Road. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch its name but it’s the one with earthy tones.
Behind the beach, there are also quite a few Thai BBQ restaurants that always look inviting.
Shek O Beach BBQ
However, if you want to grill some meat on your own, Shek O also has it’s own BBQ area that is located on the north-west side of the beach (next to the playground).
Walk Around The Shek O Village
And finally, if none of these activities is your cup of tea, I’d suggest a walk through the Shek O village. The village itself is quite interesting on its own – with old and new houses, and lot’s of picture perfect spots.
The village ends at the Shek O Headland, where one can step onto the beautiful rocky shores. Walk further down to the Shek O Lovers’ Bridge, and make your way to Tai Tau Chau Pavilion for some beautiful views of the South China Sea.
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