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By: Melissa Stevens

While Repulse Bay is probably Hong Kong’s most famous, the city is home to a surprising number of beaches if you are looking for a bit of swimming and sunbaking. Here’s a guide to some of the top Hong Kong beaches.

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Repulse Bay is one of Hong Kong's most famous beaches
Repulse Bay is one of Hong Kong’s most famous beaches

#1 Repulse Bay

This crescent-shaped beach is popular with locals and tourists alike and is easily the most recognisable beach in the city, making it one of the top Hong Kong beaches. Once you have had your fill of surf and sun, you can have a meal at one of the restaurants adjacent to the beach or head into The Repulse Bay or do some shopping. Make sure you check out the gardens at one end of the beach with colourful statues of traditional deities such as Tin Hau.

Where: Beach Road, Repulse Bay

How to get there: Taxi or bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square in Central

#2 Deep Water Bay

One of the more picturesque beaches, this Southside beach is usually busy on weekends, but with views out to Middle Island and the Ocean Park cable car it is always a pleasant experience nonetheless. It connects to Repulse Bay via Seaview Promenade, a walking and jogging trail.

Where: Island Road, Deep Water Bay

How to get there: Bus 6, 6A or 260 from Exchange Square in Central. Green minibus 40 or 52.

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Popular Stanley beach is on Hong Kong's southside
Popular Stanley beach is on Hong Kong’s southside

#3 Stanley Beach

There’s plenty to do to make a day trip to Stanley with an extensive street market, high street shopping and a strip of restaurants to enjoy looking over the water. There are also two beaches – Stanley Main Beach on the eastern end and St Stephen’s Beach to the west. Both have sand for sunbathing and barbecue facilities. Stanley Main Beach is popular with windsurfers and is the site of dragon boat championships in June.

Where: Stanley Market Road, Stanley

How to get there: Taxi or bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square in Central

#4 Turtle Cove Beach

This little beach is secluded and only 70m long. The beach has showers and barbecue facilities, but does not have any stalls selling food or drink, so you will need to bring a picnic or barbecue. Its exclusive vibe makes it one of the top Hong Kong beaches.

Where: Tai Tam Road, Stanley

How to get there: Bus 14 from exit A at Sai Wan Ho MTR or minibus 16X from Chai Wan to Red Hill estate bus stop. Stairs near the bus stop lead to the beach.

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Shek O beach is popular with Hongkongers
Shek O beach is popular with Hongkongers

#5 Shek O

This beach has long been one of the top Hong Kong beaches. Take the no.9 bus from Shau Kei Wan Station on weekends and it will be packed with local Hongkongers heading to Shek O for a day at the beach. Once you get off the from the bus, there are plenty of street food and market stalls in Shek O village, as well as local restaurants. The Cococabana Mediterranean restaurant overlooks the water.

Where: Shek O Road, Shek O

How to get there: Taxis, minibuses and bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan MTR station exit A3

#6 Big Wave Bay Beach

Not to be confused with Big Wave Bay, this is popular with surfers with decent waves as a result of winds coming from two directions. It can be pretty crowded at weekends. Big Wave Bay Beach is close to Dragon’s Back hiking trail. It is also home to a prehistoric rock carving which is now a declared monument.

Where: Big Wave Bay Road, Shek O

How to get there: Bus 9 from Exit A3 at Shau Kei Wan MTR Station

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Cheung Sha beach is a great spot for a family day out
Cheung Sha Beach is a great spot for a family day out

#7 Cheung Sha Beach

This beach is a popular day trip for Lantau locals who head down with their families to spend the day at one of the restaurants which face the sand, making it easy for the kids to play on the beach under watchful eyes and for everyone to cool down with quick dips in the ocean in between food and drinks. You can get to Cheung Sha by car or bus from Mui Wo town centre. Keep an eye out for wandering Lantau buffaloes!

Where: South Lantau Road, Lantau

How to get there: Ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo. Bus 1 or 2 from Mui Wo town centre

#8 Pui O Beach

Nestled down in South Lantau, Pui O is loved for its laid-back vibe which makes it an easy entry on a list of top Hong Kong beaches. It has showers, barbecues and even a kiosk to rent surfboards and other equipement. Beach bar Mavericks has a cult following and does food and drinks and has DJ sessions.

Where: South Lantau Road, Lantau

How to get there: Ferry to Mui Wo and the bus 1 takes about 15 minutes or a blue Lantau taxi

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Silvermine Beach in Mui Wo is a short walk from the Mui Wo pier
Silvermine Beach in Mui Wo is a short walk from the Mui Wo pier

#9 Silvermine Beach

If you get to Mui Wo and can’t be bothered moving on to a second destination, Silvermine Beach is just a short stroll from Mui Wo town centre. The beach takes its name from the original reason for the Mui Wo settlement, a now defunct silver mine. The Silver Mine Hotel is located overlooking the beach, but Mui Wo has a number of eateries with excellent reputations as well as a few local seafood restaurants. The beach is currently closed so check the Leisure and Cultural Services Department website for updates.

Where: Tung Wan Tan Road, Miu Wo, Lantau

How to get there: Ferry to Mui Wo and then turn right at the pier and walk 10-15 minutes following the signs

#10 Tai Pak Wan

This Discovery Bay beach is a short hop from the ferry terminal and its ease of access makes it one of the top Hong Kong beaches. There is an excellent kids’ playground at the north end of the beach. Enjoy a day on the sand and if you then have lunch or dinner at one of the nearby D’Deck restaurants you will get your return ferry trip to Central for free.

Where: Discovery Bay Road, Discovery Bay

How to get there: Ferry from Central Pier 3. Turn right at Discovery Bay ferry pier and walk 5 minutes to beach entrance

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Hung Shing Yeh Beach on Lamma Island
Hung Shing Yeh Beach on Lamma Island

#11 Hung Shing Yeh Beach

Located on the slow-paced Lamma Island, Hung Shing Yeh Beach is possibly one of the most chilled beaches in Hong Kong as a result. It’s been the scene of many a beach party or barbecue as locals and visitors alike congregate to enjoy some peace away from hectic Hong Kong. The beach is on the Yung Shue Wan side of Lamma.

Where: Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island

How to get there: Ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan. Turn right at the pier and walk along the Family Trail to the beach for about 30 minutes

#12 Tung Wan Beach

Tung Wan Beach on Cheung Chau has a link to the Olympics, being the place where Hong Kong’s first-ever gold medallist trained. Lee Lai-Shan won gold at Atlanta in 1996. Head to Tung Wan Beach and enjoy views of Lamma Island and Aberdeen, as well as the garden commemorating the achievements of Shan Shan.

Where: Cheung Chau Beach Road and Hai Pak Road, Cheung Chau

How to get there: Take the ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau. From Cheung Chau ferry terminal, walk along Tung Wan Road 10 minutes to Tung Wan Beach

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Chill out on one of Cheung Chau's beaches
Chill out on one of Cheung Chau’s beaches

#13 Kam Wan Beach

Next to Tung Wan Beach is Kam Wan Beach, where is where a young Lee Lai-Shan trained. It is now the site of the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre and no.13 on our top Hong Kong beaches list.

Where: Take a ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau. From the ferry terminal walk in same direction as Tung Wan Beach ­– Kam Wan Beach is five minutes further

#14 Golden Beach

This was the first artificial beach in Hong Kong. At 545m long, it is also the largest beach in Tuen Mun, making the cut for our top Hong Kong beaches list. There are refreshment kiosks, shops and restaurants just off the beach, as well as a volleyball court.

Where: 18.5 milestone of Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

How to get there: The beach is serviced by a number of KMB, Citybus and MTR feeder buses

Top Hong Kong Beaches: Big Wave Bay is a popular camping spot
Big Wave Bay is a popular camping spot

#15 Tai Long Wan/Big Wave Bay

Fancy a spot of camping? Tai Long Wan, which translates to Big Wave Bay, on the Sai Kung Peninsula, is well-equipped to cater for this, but you need to be prepared to make a bit of an effort to get there. Take a one-hour hike on the MacLehose Trail and head down to the beach, where there is an eatery where you can order food, as well as hire camping equipment. Beware, though, that is one of the beaches that does not have a lifeguard service and has some dangerous currents.

Where: Sai Kung Peninsula

How to get there: MTR or bus to Sai Kung. Take bus 94 from Sai Kung to Wong Shek Pier. Speedboat from Wong Shek Pier to the start of the trail.

#16 Clear Water Bay Beaches

The beautiful Clear Water Bay is on the eastern shore of the Clear Water Bay peninsula within Clear Water Bay Country Park. There are two beaches – Clear Water Bay First Beach and Clear Water Bay Second Beach. Both have shower facilities, toilets and rafts, but only First Beach has a barbecue area and only Second Beach has a kiosk. First Beach is smaller and more secluded.

Where: First Beach – Tai Wan Tau, Clear Water Bay Road; Second Beach – Tai Au Mun Road, Clear Water Bay

How to get there: MTR to Diamond Hill and bus 91, which stops at First Beach before terminating at Second Beach.  to Second Beach.  Bus stop Clearwater Bay First Beach is the stop before reaching the terminus at Clearwater Bay Second Beach. The two beaches are connected by footpath and steps which takes about 15 minutes to walk. 

Top Hong Kong beaches: Silverstrand Beach in Sai Kung
Silverstrand Beach in Sai Kung

#16 Silverstrand Beach

This small beach is on the Clearwater Bay peninsula in Sai Kung. A wide range of facilities are available, including car parking, refreshment kiosks, barbecue pits, changing rooms and shower facilities.

Where: Clearwater Bay Road, Sai Kung

How to get there: MTR to Choi Hung, then Bus 92 or a taxi.

 

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