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. However, one of the biggest challenges is getting to Sai Kung from Hong Kong Island, or anywhere not close to Sai Kung. The demand for public transport outstrips the supply on weekends.
But once you’re in Sai Kung, there is plenty of fun stuff to do in and around Sai Kung. So, let’s start with the waterfront.
1. Explore The Waterfront
For first timers, Sai Kung offers plenty to explore within the town area. From walks along the pier, to restaurants, and quaint cafes. One can easily spend a day in Sai Kung just walking around and discovering the town. Also, there’s always something happening in Sai Kung over the weekends. So keep an eye out for that.
2. Discover 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.
Visit High Island Reservoir
3. 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 short hiking trail.
Visit Sharp Island
4. 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.
Visit Grass Island
5. 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.
Visit Hoi Ha Wan
6. 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!
7. 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.