Beach season is finally here! Whilst we’re incredibly lucky to live in a place like Hong Kong where a beach is never a stone’s throw away, sometimes the crowdedness of our most popular beaches (looking at you, Shek O), can be overbearing and off putting especially if you’re in need of some serious vitamin sea! But did you know that Hong Kong has over 50 beaches across the Islands, the New Territories and Kowloon that are safe for you to soak up the sun and swim! Here are our top six beaches that are not only beautiful, but definitely pack a smaller crowd so you can enjoy the sun, sand and sea to the fullest.
Tong Fuk Beach
If you’re looking for an ideal place for a staycation, Tong Fuk is the perfect place! Not only can you rent cute village houses in the quiet areas of Lantau that make you feel a million miles away from Hong Kong, but Tong Fuk beach is also one of the top places to go in Hong Kong for good sea water quality, and if you’re new to Hong Kong you’ll quickly learn that this isn’t always the case. Despite it’s remote location, and being one of the few beaches in Hong Kong to never be packed, the beach’s facilities are actually impressive with nice toilets, changing rooms and showers. If you rent a house for a weekend away, make sure you take advantage of Gallery Bar & Restaurant for a few post-beach day drinks.
How to get there: Take coach no. 11 from Tung Chung MTR station or take coach no. 4 from Mui Wo Pier.
Cheung Sha Beach
Fairly close to Tong Fuk beach are the Cheung Sha beaches. Both the upper and lower beach have their individual merits so you can choose which beach fits you best. Lower Cheung Sha beach is far from a hidden treasure but it’s easy to see why so many families visit for a sunny weekend with their safe waters and life guard stations as well as water sport facilities and all the local restaurants and cafe’s that are perfect if you don’t feel like bringing a picnic.
Upper Cheung Sha beach isn’t far from the busier lower beach with only about a 10 minute walk up the beach to find another “hidden beach” by a cove. Spotlessly white sands, gorgeous water and a calming place to tan away from all the crowds…just be careful some of the wild cows don’t come along and take your shade!
Getting There: About 15 minutes by #11 bus from Tung Chung MTR stop or Mui Wo ferry from Pier 6 in Central will get you there in half an hour. From Mui Wo take the bus to Cheung Sha Beach (approx 15 minutes), Lantau’s blue taxi’s also often park outside the pier if you don’t fancy the bus!
Tung Ping Chau
By far the most remote beach on this list, Tung Ping Chau is also the most unique steeped in history and culture. This Island close to Shenzhen might be more difficult to get to than the other beaches, but it’s definitely worth it! Crystal clear waters with white sandy beaches go around this kidney bean island, as well as the history steeped in it’s culture and small population of locals. Definitely recommended for diver’s too since the island offers some of Hong Kong’s finest corals, fish spotting opportunities as well as mentioned before, all the crystal clear vitamin sea!
Getting there: Take the MTR to University station (East Rail Line) to go to Ma Liu Shui pier then get the ferry. Ferries only come on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays and there is only one ferry back so be careful not to miss it!
Middle Bay Beach
As the name suggests, Middle Bay is located next to South Bay and Repulse Bay along Hong Kong Island. Not only is this reach a lot quieter than South Bay and Repulse, but also has fine white sand and phosphorescent sea that lights up at night like you’re in a science fiction movie!
How to get there: Take Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square Bus Terminus and get off at Repulse Bay. Then you can either walk to small distance or take a $22 taxi if you can’t wait!
Pui O Beach
Ok, so not so hidden unless you’re new to Hong Kong, but this is a definitely a must-do when it comes to beaches in the 852! Just a short bus or a taxi from Mui Wo pier and you’re at Hong Kong’s longest stretch of beach with a very chilled out Island vibe that you’d expect from Lantau. Not to mention Mavericks, the beach bar serving up delicious cocktails and grub all day! If you want to make a weekend out of it, there are also lots of village houses to rent which would be perfect for a long weekend with the girls!
How to get there: Take ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Then take bus no. 1 to Pui O Beach.
Sharp Island and Hap Mun Beach
If you don’t fancy the hike to Ham Tin beach, then why not jump on a small ferry from Sai Kung to Sharp Island on to Hap Mun Beach. Hap Mun means “half moon” in Chinese, and this sleepy little crescent shaped beach is perfect for those that love a low tide to snorkel!
Getting There: There are lots of different routes to Sai Kung, but the most common are MTR to either Mong Kok, Diamond Hill or Hang Hau then a bus from there to Sai Kung. Sai Kung to Sharp Island by Ferry.
Now you’re all set for the next few months in Hong Kong! If you’re looking for some staycation fun or maybe just a guide on where to go out of the city, why not check out our guide here!
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Beach season is finally here! Whilst we’re incredibly lucky to live in a place like Hong Kong where a beach is never a stone’s throw away, sometimes the crowdedness of our most popular beaches (looking at you, Shek O), can be overbearing and off putting especially if you’re in need of some serious vitamin sea!…