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Summer Breeze,Sparkling Waters –Hong Kong’s Best Beaches

A cool summer breeze across an idyllic beach relaxes the mind and refreshes the body. And that’s exactly what you can expect at Hong Kong’s many fabulous beaches.

Among over 260 islands, 700 kilometres of picturesque coastline, and almost 100 beaches – many hidden away from the summer crowds, Hong Kong offers visitors a wide range of beach options. Whatever your seaside preference – enjoying the fresh ocean breeze, getting your feet wet, swimming in sparkling waters, trying your luck at surfing, or simply hanging out on the sand taking in the unspoilt scenery, there is just the right beach for you, and better yet, many of them are only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

So, don’t wait – grab your swim gear and get ready for a wonderful day out by the sea as CityLife showcases Hong Kong’s best beaches!

Hong Kong Island beaches: Your no-hassle choice. The beaches maybe a bit crowded in the summer, but they are just so convenient to get to, taking usually 30 minutes or less from Central.

Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay – convenient and iconic: Two of Hong Kong’s most iconic and popular beaches are just minutes away from the city centre. Picturesque against their surroundings, both are also good swimming beaches with full amenities. Be sure to visit the large Kwun Yam Temple just next to Repulse Bay, and the scenic promenade connecting the two beaches makes for a delightful and leisurely stroll. Bus 6A, 6X or 260 from Central.

Shek O / Big Wave Bay – haven for surfing and swimming. These beautiful beaches on southeast Hong Kong Island are popular with swimmers and surfers alike, thanks to the unimpeded waves from the South China Sea. The enchanting village of Shek O provides a rustic backdrop to the beaches. Full BBQ facilities are available for picnic cook-outs. And it’s still just a (thrilling) bus ride away from the urban core of Hong Kong. Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan.

Turtle Cove – perfect hideaway: Secluded location, sparse crowds, smooth sand, and clean water – sound enticing? This beach near Tai Tam south is perfect if you want to a quick getaway far from the madding crowd. Bus 14 from Sai Wan Ho, getting off at Red Hill Peninsula.

Sai Kung beaches: Sai Kung Peninsula and its neighbouring islands, long considered Hong Kong ‘s emerald playground, are home to the territory’s best and most scenic beaches.  With powdery white sand and clear blue waters, these are easily Hong Kong’s more beautiful and pristine beaches. The beaches require some legwork to reach, but that only adds to the enjoyment of their sheer, unspoiled beauty.

Long Ke – visual treasure: A beautiful secluded beach framed by spectacular geological formations and sparkling waters, Long Ke is accessible by a moderate hike from the east dam of the High Island Reservoir – bring your own food and water as there are no provisions and it’s not tended to – but you’ll have all the privacy you could wish for. Take a taxi ride from Pak Tam Chung in Sai Kung to High Island Reservoir East Dam.

Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay) beaches – pristine and untamed: Further up the coast from Long Ke along Maclehose Trail Section 2, the famous four Tai Long Wan beaches, arguably the crown jewel of Hong Kong’s beaches, await.  Ham Tin and Sai Wan are the more frequented, both good for surfing and near-shore swimming. Tai Wan is known for its high waves and is a surfer’s paradise, and Tung Wan is a smaller strip of sand that is sparsely visited.  Overnight camping at these beaches is popular. You can also get there by taking a 90-minute hike from Sai Wan Pavilion or hire a boat form the public pier in Sai Kung Town. Admire the beauty, but swim with care as these beaches are also unattended and the waves can be strong – it’s the closest to a tropical paradise that Hong Kong offers.


South Lantau beaches. Hong Kong’s largest island also is home to several beautiful beaches along its southern coastline, facing the South China Sea. Easily accessible by ferries to Mui Wo from Central and then buses 1, 2, 3 or 4 to the beaches.


Cheung Sha beaches – clamming and swimming:  The long stretches of the Upper and Lower Cheung Sha Beaches offer smooth sands and calm waters for swimming. And you can try your luck digging for clams all along the seashore – you’ll be surprised how many big juicy clams you can find. Watch the setting sun over cool drinks at one of the beachside restaurants – a most relaxing way to cap a sun-soaked afternoon.

Pui O Beach – golden sands and golden sunset:  Located on a beautiful bay with calm waters and fine smooth sands, the west-facing Pui O Beach is another fabulous vantage point to watch a gorgeous sunset over a tall drink at one of the nearby beachfront restaurants. The long beach is mostly crowd-free and sleepy Pui O village retains the air of old Hong Kong.


Island Beaches: Explore some of the city’s idyllic islands and their lovely beaches. It’s a blissful way to spend a summer day.

 Sharp Island Beaches – clean water fun: A kaito ferry (boat) from Sai Kung’s town centre, the island is home to part of the Hong Kong Geopark, featuring a real tombolo and two clean beaches: Kiu Tsui Beach and Hap Mun Bay Beach. On a good day, the water can be crystal clear-perfect for swimming and thrashing about.

 Lo So Shing Beach, Lamma Island - solitude: Lamma has become a popular tourist attraction and can be a bit crowed in the village area, But it doesn’t take long to find quite solace on some of its beaches, especially Lo So Shing Beach on the other side of Sok Kwu Wan, also easily reachable from Yung Shue Wan, the other popular spot, as well. A seafood dinner in Sok Kwu Wan is a must. Central Ferry Pier No. 4 to Lamma Island, either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan.




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