From gorgeous beaches to a ghost island, Sai Kung is filled with hidden gems
Have you ever explored Sai Kung? Getting there is a bit of a trek, but trust us, it’s one of the best places for a fun Hong Kong day trip, besides Kowloon City and the Dragon Centre. Not only does it have tranquil beaches and unique dining spots, it’s also filled with other hidden gems. Pack a backpack as we’ve found a list of fun things to do in Sai Kung.
Find fun things to do in Sai Kung
Tai Long Wan
One of the worst kept secrets in Hong Kong, Tai Long Wan has four beaches: Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Wan and Tung Wan. They’re considered some of the finest in the territory with their powdery white sand and crystal-clear water. Sai Wan and Ham Tin are popular with those who prefer to be close to restaurants and other facilities. If you want a break from the crowd, hike further down to Tai Wan and Tung Wan. Secluded and remote, they’re perfect for a solo surf day or an overnight camping trip with friends.
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Tai Long Wan, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 西貢大浪灣
Tikitiki Bowling Bar
For those of us who would rather stay indoors, head to the fabulous Tikitiki Bowling Bar. This wonderland boasts 10 bowling lanes, three bars and a live band. The décor is fun and beachy, with woven Polynesian-inspired furniture and lit with flashy fluorescent lights. What can be more delightful than drinking Mai Tai with your pals while knocking over some pins? This quirky joint also offers a whole range of food – from flaming lobsters to tender chicken skewers to spicy veggie samosas – yummy!
Tikitiki Bowling Bar, 4/F, Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, p. 2657 8488, 西貢翠塘路1A號Centro4樓
Continuing with the theme of four, be sure to check out the four consecutive pools and falls in Sai Kung along the Sheung Luk stream. Getting there requires a hike, but once there, you can go for a dip in one of the natural pools or have a scenic picnic. There is an 8-meter drop at the end – perfect for cliff jumping for those daredevils among us.
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Four Pools, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 西貢四疊潭
Splash Hong Kong
Have you ever dreamed of exotic underwater vacations but don’t want to spend your holidays learning to dive? At Splash Hong Kong, you can learn to dive on weekends! The dive shop is PADI-certified and offers a wide range of classes to suit your needs. They also offer weekend dive excursions around Hong Kong as well as longer trips to the Philippines, Malaysia and other exciting destinations. It’s definitely one of the funnest things to do in Sai Kung.
Splash Hong Kong, Unit 5, 1/F, Ko Fu House, 58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, p. 27924495, 西貢福民路58-72號高富樓1樓5號舖
Yim Tin Tsai Village
A 15-minute boat ride away from the Sai Kung Pier is Yim Tin Tsai, an abandoned village on a small offshore island. In its hay day, the island had over a thousand inhabitants, but since the decline of the salt industry, people moved away. Now, it’s a fascinating place for the nerd inside everyone, as you can roam around the 0.24sq-km ghost island steeped in history. While you’re exploring, be sure to snap a pic of the spooky homes. #ruinporn.
Yim Tin Tsai Village, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 西貢鹽田仔