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Hong Kong’s Frolicking Best Beaches

A cool breeze across an idyllic beach offers the perfect escape from the summer heat in Hong Kong. And that's exactly what you can expect at the city's many fabulous beaches. Over 260 islands, 700 kilometres of picturesque coastline and almost 100 beaches – many hidden away from the summer crowds – offer Hong Kong visitors a wide range of beach options. Whether you'll be catching the rays, getting your feet wet, swimming in sparkling waters, trying your luck at surfing, or just hanging out on the sand enjoying unspoilt scenery, there is just the right beach for you. 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!
 
 
Shek O / Big Wave Bay– haven for surfing and swimming
 
These beautiful beaches on southeast Hong Kong Island are popular with swimmers, families and also surfers, thanks to the unimpeded waves from the South China Sea. The enchanting village of Shek O provides a rustic backdrop to both beaches. Full BBQ facilities are available for a picnic cook-out. And it's still only a (thrilling) bus ride away from the urban core of Hong Kong. Bus 9 from Shau Kei Wan.
 
Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay– convenient and iconic
 
Two of Hong Kong's most loved beaches are just minutes away from the city centre. Set against the steep mountains and framed by surrounding high- rise buildings and luxury estates, Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay are also good swimming beaches with full amenities. Be sure to visit the large Kwun Yam Temple just next to Repulse Bay, while the scenic promenade connecting the two beaches makes for a delightful and leisurely stroll. Bus 6A, 6X or 260 from Central.
 
 
Turtle Cove– perfect hideaway
Secluded location, sparse crowds, smooth sand, and clean water – sound enticing? This beach near Tai Tam on the south side of the island is perfect if you want 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 are Hong Kong 's emerald playground, with verdant landscapes and the territory's most idyllic seaside. The powdery white sand and clear blue waters make these capacious beaches Hong Kong's most scenic and beautiful. The locations require some legwork to reach, but that only adds to the enjoyment of their sheer, unspoiled beauty.
 
 
 
Tai Long Wan(Big Wave Bay) beaches– pristine and untamed
Further up the coast from Long Ke, along Section 2 of the MacLehose Trail, lie the famous four Tai Long Wan beaches, widely acclaimed as the crown jewels of Hong Kong's beaches. 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, making it a surfer's paradise, while 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 from the public pier in Sai Kung Town. Admire the beauty: it's the closest to a tropical paradise that Hong Kong offers, but swim with care as these beaches are also unattended and the waves can be strong.
 
Long Ke– visual treasure
A beautiful secluded beach surrounded 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.
 
A kaito ferry-ride from Sai Kung's town centre, the island is home to part of the Hong Kong Geopark, featuring a real tombolo and two sparkling beaches: Kiu Tsui Beach and Hap Mun Bay Beach. On a good day, the water can be crystal clear
 
 
Sharp Island Beaches– clean water fun
 A kaito ferry-ride from Sai Kung's town centre, the island is home to part of the Hong Kong Geopark, featuring a real tombolo and two sparkling 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.
 
 
Lantau beaches
 
 
Hong Kong's largest island also is home to several beautiful beaches along its southern coastline, facing the South China Sea. A day trip to Lantau combining sightseeing (Tai O fishing village, Ngong Ping) and an afternoon at one of the lovely beaches could be the highlight of your trip to Hong Kong. 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 from which to enjoy a gorgeous sunset over a tall drink at one of the beachfront restaurants. The long beach is mostly crowd- free and sleepy Pui O village retains the air of old Hong Kong.
 
Tai Long Wan and The Sea Ranch– quiet, clean, and off the beaten path
 
A 9km hike from Mui Wo takes you to Tai Long Wan and nearby The Sea Ranch, a strip of sand in front of a surreal, half-abandoned, resort development from the 1970s. The lovely beaches with nary a visitor are a deserved reward. Cap your visit with a sampan ferry ride to Cheung Chau island from the pier at Sea Ranch for a delicious fresh seafood meal at one of the bustling waterfront restaurants.
 
 
Tuen Mun Golden Beach
This popular beach located in the northwest New Territories is adjacent to Gold Coast – a resort hotel, marina, and shopping complex. The long and wide sandy beach is staffed by lifeguards and has full amenities. After an afternoon on the sand, you may like to stop by one of the local and international restaurants along Castle Peak Road. Numerous buses include Citybus 962B and KMB 52X passes through Gold Coast and Golden Beach.
 
 
 

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