5 Best Beaches in Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Best Beaches

The best beaches in Hong Kong have been selected from a surprisingly long list of sandy bays found throughout the territory. In fact, there are well over 50 beautiful beaches to enjoy in Hong Kong and its surrounding islands. Whether you are looking for big waves for surfing, a secluded camping spot or family friendly weekend escapes, if you like to get your feet in the sand, these are the finest beaches in Hong Kong to do just that. We have selected beaches on Lantau and Cheung Chao islands too, so don’t confine yourself to just the main island when choosing your perfect spot in the sun.

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    Tai Long Wan (Big Wave Bay)

    New Territories

    Soft sandy coves, plenty of space and some of the cleanest water for miles around, Tai Long Wan is surely the best beach in Hong Kong. Add the great surf breaks and nature trails dotted around and that should convince you to brave the inconvenient journey out onto Sai Kung peninsula on the eastern edge of the New Territories. In fact, there are four beaches separated by short trails over headlands: Tai Wan is the most popular as there are simple facilities for surfboard rental and a restaurant, but it also includes Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan and Tung Wan. It takes a couple of hours hike to reach Tai Long Wan, although you can also hire a private speedboat from Sai Kung town to shuttle you straight there if hiking is not in your DNA. You can camp here and equipment is available.

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    Shek O Beach (Big Wave Bay)

    South-eastern shore of Hong Kong Island

    Not to be confused with Big Wave Bay in New Territories, this popular beach spot on the south-eastern shore of Hong Kong Island is a definite hit with expats who come here for the clean sand, convenient restaurants and relaxed vibe. Literally translated as ‘Rocky Bay’, Shek O Beach is a popular windsurfing and hiking spot so you can be as active (or inactive) as you like. Shek-O village still retains the vibe of a quaint fisherman’s village, although fancy summer homes dot the hillsides above the coastline these days. Nevertheless, if you want a day out at the beach on Hong Kong Island, this is our favourite spot.

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    Kwum Yan Beach (Cheung Chau Windsurf Beach)

    Cheung Chau Island

    Consisting of two beaches, Tung Wan Beach and Kwum Yan Beach, separated by a small headland, this is where locals and expats come to enjoy water sports. Famous as the place where Hong Kong’s first ever gold medal winner first trained (Lee Lai-Shan won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta), Kwun Yam Beach is home to Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre which offers windsurfing, surfing and kayaking equipment for hire. From Tung Wan Beach you can see Aberdeen and Lamma Island in the distance which look particularly attractive around sunset time. To reach Cheung Chau Island from downtown Hong Kong take the ferry from Central Pier 5 (40-60 minutes depending on the type of ferry).

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    Cheung Sha Beach

    Lantau Island

    Cheung Sha Beach is a secluded stretch of soft white sand that stretches on unto the horizon. It is the perfect Hong Kong beach to escape the hustle of the city. The water is clean, and even on weekends you will be able to find your own patch of solitude away from the restaurants and changing rooms. A unique sight some people are able to enjoy is a herd of water buffalo who like to cool themselves in the gentle waves on Cheung Sha Beach. Nearby Oui O Beach has a range of accommodation if you plan to stay overnight. Get to Cheung Sha Beach from Hong Kong by taking the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Mo, then bus number 1. The whole journey should take 1 hour 30 minutes.

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    Stanley and St Stephen's Beaches

    Southern shore of Hong Kong Island

    Stanley Beach is very popular with day-trippers who come for the relaxed vibe of this colonial seaside town. Charming restaurants and a central market complement the beach and make for a great day out to see a different side of what Hong Kong is all about. Stanley Beach is located on the eastern edge of the town and St. Stephen’s Beach on the west. Both sandy bays have barbeque pits, changing facilities and netted areas for swimming safely. Stanley Beach is also one of the easiest to reach from downtown Hong Kong. Just take bus 6X or 260 from Exchange Square in Central. The journey takes around 30 minutes.

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