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.
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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 just loves the views from on top of the Dragon’s Back.
How To Get To Shek O Beach
You can get to Shek O by bus, minibus, or taxi.
- Hop on to the Island Line to Shau Kei Wan MTR Station. At Shau Kei Wan, take exit A3 to the bus terminal, and catch Bus No. 9 to Shek O. Get a window seat on the right side of the bus for the best views!
- Or take the red minibus (stop is next to theShau Kei Wan MTR exit A2) which costs a few dollars more, but is much faster.
- You can also take a taxi from Shau Kei Wan.
- In case you decide to take a car, you should know that parking is limited and regulated at Shek O and Big Wave Bay.
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 my top 5 recommendations.
1. Relax at 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.
Renting an umbrella and sun-lounging chairs usually sets us back HK$ 100 for one umbrella and two chairs for the day. Of course, you can bring your own beach towels or chairs and simply rent an umbrella.
2. Restaurants at Shek O
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.
3. Beach BBQ
However, if you want to grill some meat on your own, Shek O also has a BBQ area that is located on the north-west side of the beach (next to the playground).
4. Discover 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 gorgeous views of the South China Sea.
Unfortunately, the Lover’s Bridge (pictured above) was destroyed when Typhoon Mangkhut hit Hong Kong on 16 September 2018 🙁
5. Walk To Big Wave Bay
If you get overwhelmed by the crowd at Shek O Beach, you can always walk across to Big Wave Bay Beach. Big Wave Bay Beach is relatively less crowded and commercial than Shek O Beach. And it’s a 30 minute shaded walk from Shek O.
Unlike Shek O, the waves here are much fiercer (hence the name). On weekends, you’ll see numerous surfers riding the waves. It definitely is worth checking out! More information on Big Wave Bay can be found on this post.
Beautiful Photos of Shek O
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Here are a few more photos of Shek O – the village and the beach.
If you’re visiting Hong Kong for the first time, I would you recommend you visit Shek O Beach, along with these other attractions.