Summer or not, these are the best beaches in Hong Kong for fun and frolicking all year-round
One of the perks of living in Hong Kong is that there are plenty of things we can do to enjoy the surrounding nature, from exploring hiking trails and camping out to riding a junk boat or enjoying water sports. Tourists and locals alike also love to hang out at the beach. If you’re planning on making the most of the sunny days, these are the best beaches in Hong Kong that you should not miss. See you in the surf!
The best beaches in Hong Kong
1. Shek O Beach
Located at a beachside village on the south-eastern part of Hong Kong Island, Shek O is a peninsula that literally means a rocky bay. Facing the South China Sea, Shek O Beach is surrounded by a rocky headland that makes a perfect spot for rock climbing. The water here is clean and always relatively calm, attracting families who will pack the shore with colourful inflatables especially during sunny days and the holidays. The beach also has a barbecue area, bars and restaurants, a raft playground, and a golf course, and that’s why it’s one of the best beaches in Hong Kong!
Shek O Beach, Shek O Road, Shek O, Hong Kong, 香港石澳道石澳泳灘
2. Big Wave Bay
Located a short distance from Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay is the go-to beach if you plan on riding the waves. Living up to its name, the beach is famous for its big waves, making it a favourite destination for surfers in the island. The only officially designated surfing beach in Hong Kong, this beach is known to be less crowded than its neighbouring Shek O Beach, which is separated from Big Wave Bay by the Shek O Golf and Country Club.
Big Wave Bay, Big Wave Bay Road, Shek O, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, 石澳大浪灣道大浪灣泳灘
3. Cheung Sha Beach
This beach is the longest one in Hong Kong, stretching to Lower Cheung Sha and Upper Cheung Sha, separated by a rocky outcrop. Given its vast length, the crowds are more spread out for you to have some uninterrupted beach time. Lower Cheung Sha is slightly more happening as there are restaurants and kiosks, if you’d like to have a more chill time (with water buffalos), you can head to Upper Cheung Sha Beach instead. You can also rent surfboards or go paragliding if you’re feeling adventurous too.
Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 長沙泳灘
4. Clearwater Bay
Located within Clearwater Bay Country Park on the eastern shore of Hong Kong’s Clearwater Bay Peninsula, this area is home to two beaches. Called Clearwater Bay First Beach and Second Beach, both beaches offer public facilities such as changing rooms, lockers, shower, toilets, and rafts. To make the most of the great outdoor, don’t miss the chance to play water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating on the calm waters, or you and your group of friends can also have a feast at the designated barbecue area.
Learn more about water sports in Hong Kong.
Clearwater Bay, Tai Wan Tau and Tai Au Mun Road, Clearwater Bay, Hong Kong, 清水灣大環頭路及大坳門路清水灣一灘及二灘
5. Repulse Bay Beach
Located in the south of Hong Kong Island, Repulse Bay is much loved by both citizens and tourists alike thanks to its clean water and white sand. The crescent-shaped beach has a resort-like feel as it is overlooked by the high-end residential area, making it a perfect place to swim, sunbathe, and simply unwind. You and your sports-loving friends can also play beach volleyball at the designated court. Want to grab some snack or shop after your time at the beach? Check out the stores, restaurants, and shopping centre The Pulse which are only a few steps away from the beach.
Repulse Bay Beach, Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 淺水灣海灘道淺水灣泳灘
6. Yung Shue Wan
Located on Lamma Island, Yung Shue Wan is about 30 minutes away from Central by ferry. The area is home to Hung Shing Yeh Beach, which is located on the northern part of the island. The beach itself can be accessed through a walking trail from the main street that is lined with restaurants, cafes, and street vendors selling souvenirs, making sure that you’ll never run out of things to do and food or drinks to enjoy. If you choose to make your own meals instead, there’s also a public barbecue area at the beach that is surrounded by lush green hills.
Yung Shue Wan, Yung Shue Wan Main Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, 南丫島榕樹灣大街
7. Tung Wan Beach
Located on the island of Cheung Chau, Tung Wan Beach is a favourite destination among windsurfers, as it is the place where former world champion and Olympic windsurfing champion Lee Lai-shan used to train. There is even a garden nearby that is dedicated to commemorate the achievement of Hong Kong’s first-ever gold medallist with her own sculpture. Surrounded by affordable accommodations for short staycations, the peaceful beach offers a panoramic view of Aberdeen and Lamma Island that looks especially stunning during the night.
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Tung Wan Beach, Tung Wan Beach Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong, 長洲東灣泳灘