Sai Kung is one of the busiest, and most happening places in Hong Kong over any given weekend. Everyone from far and wide comes to visit Sai Kung to enjoy its hikes, beaches, country park, and other natural attractions.
Sai Kung has so much to do that one could keep coming back here every weekend, and still discover something new. There’s enough to see in Sai Kung town, or make a day trip from Sai Kung to one of the outlying areas.
So, use this guide help you decide on what to do. Let’s start with the Sai Kung town and its waterfront.
1. Explore The Sai Kung Town
For first timers, Sai Kung offers plenty to explore within the town. From walks along the pier, to restaurants, and quaint cafes. One can easily spend a day in Sai Kung discovering the town. Also, there’s always something happening in Sai Kung over the weekends. So keep an eye out for that.
Once you’ve seen enough of the Sai Kung town area, why not make a day trip to one of the many attractions beyond Sai Kung?
2. Go to High Island Reservoir East Dam
High Island Reservoir’s East Dam showcases Hong Kong’s volcanic past – hexagonal rock columns, sea caves, the Global Geopark, and the Geo Trail hikes. Budget enough time for the East Dam because it is far (even from Sai Kung), and the only way to get there is via taxi.
3. Discover The UNESCO Global Geopark
Visiting the High Island Reservoir will only get you a glimpse into Hong Kong’s UNESCO Global Geopark. Perhaps the best way to discover the Geopark – the hexagonal volcanic rock columns and coastal erosion landforms – is to do it via a boat tour. This way you can truly admire the beauty of the Geopark that can be difficult or impossible to access on foot.
But of course, you can also see part of the UNESCO Global Geopark from the East Dam of the High Island Reservoir.
4. Visit Sharp Island
Sharp Island is probably one of the easiest islands to access from Sai Kung Pier. A short ferry ride gets you to an island with two beautiful beaches, and a hiking trail.
5. Hop Over To Grass Island
Grass Island (or Tap Mun) is one of Hong Kong’s most pristine and untouched islands. Mostly overrun by cows, the island is know for its plateau that is…grassy. Grass Island is popular destination for those who seek to get far away from the city life to enjoy a picnic.
6. Discover Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park
Hoi Ha Wan is one of five marine parks in Hong Kong. It is a protected area that contains 60 types of hard coral and 120 species of coral fish. Hoi Ha Wan offers visitors plenty of activities from snorkeling, to kayaking, and even short hikes.
7. Explore Hong Kong’s Most Pristine Beaches
Sai Kung Country Park is home to Hong Kong’s most beautiful beaches. From Tai Long Wan, Ham Tin, to Long Ke Wan, all are located within the vast Sai Kung Country Park.
To get there, one must either thread the Maclehose Trail, or hire a ferry from Sai Kung Pier. Either way is a long journey, so be prepared. But I can assure you, that it’s worth it!
8. Hire A Junk Boat
Sai Kung is possibly the most beautiful area in Hong Kong, and there is no better way to explore its beaches, and waters than on a junk boat. Hire a public junk boat if you’re on a budget, or get a private one with your friends. Obviously, getting a large group of friends and hiring a private charter is the way to go!