Luckily, living in an archipelago of more than 260 islands means its citizens are never more than a train ride away from the stunning shorelines of Hong Kong. So if you wish to beat the heat and stay away from the crowds this summer, check out these Top 5 Secret Beaches In Hong Kong. It’s time to grab your sunnies and swimsuits and head to one of the city’s off-beaten beaches.
Snuggled away on the southside of the Tai Tam Reservoir, the Turtle Cove beach is a brilliant splash of blue waters and golden sands. You can shower on this beach, spot some lifeguards here and there, but don't go expecting shacks and shops. On a sunny day, though, the glistening sand and clear waters of this 230-feet wide beach make it perfect for a splash, swim, or hanging out on the raft. The more adventurous can trek for an hour to reach the Tai Tam Reservoir.
Turtle Cove Beach, Tai Tam Road, Stanley, Hong Kong, +852 2813 0386, www.lcsd.gov.hk
How to get there: Take the MTR to Sai Wan Ho and leave via Exit A, then hop on bus 14 to Tai Tam Reservoir.
Tranquil, sheltered, armed with amenities like showers, beach equipment rentals, and a shack, the crescent-shaped Hap Mun beach (also known as “Half Moon Bay) is one of the cleanest and most photogenic stretches in Hong Kong. So pack some toys, build sandcastles and click a picture (or four) of the stunning sunset here.
Hap Mun Bay Beach, Kiu Tsui Country Park, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 2796 6788, lcsd.gov.hk
How to get there: Take a boat from Sai Kung Pier. Plenty of vendors sell boat tickets to Hap Mun Bay along the pier. Alternatively, hike for 40 mins to reach the beach from Kiu Tsui, through Sharp Island.
There are times when you want a quiet communion with nature, to just spread the towel on the sands and stay well-hidden from the world. Lo So Shing Beach on Lamma Island is perfect for that. It has all the rustic charm and rugged coastal scenery of Lamma with the relative quiet from the nearby more famous, Hung Shing Yeh beach.
Lo So Shing Beach, Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, +852 2982 8252, lcsd.gov.hk
How to get there: Take the ferry to Yung Shue Wan at Central Pier 4 and follow the Family Walk path - the beach is barely a 15-minutes trek.
Hong Kong’s version of the jungle meets the sea is right here on the Pui O beach. Located on Lantau Island, this understatedly vibrant wide-stretch of sand and surf has a very laid-back, surfer vibe to it. A mere 30-minutes ferry ride from Central to Mui Wo, followed by 15 minutes on a cab and you are in one of the most chill, well-serviced spots in South Lantau.
Pui O Beach, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2984 7675, lcsd.gov.hk
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo and then hop on to bus number 1 to the beach.
This wild beauty is lit with the die-hard surfer crowd. It’s a couple of minutes’ drive from the Shek-O Village and, as the name suggests, Big Wave Bay is known for its swells and surfboards. The waves are consistent, cool, refreshing and the azure views are broken only by the craggy green hills on one side. The beach is one of the best equipped in Hong Kong – from surfboards to wetsuits, umbrellas, beach toys, barbeque pits, shower and lifeguard facilities, fringed with quaint cafes.
Big Wave Bay, Big Wave Bay Road, Shek O, Hong Kong, +852 2809 4558, www.lcsd.gov.hk
How To Get There: Ride the MTR to Shau Kei Wan and head out from exit A2. From here, bus number 9 will take you to Shek O.