Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

Hong Kong is a perfect getaway for tourists seeking great shopping and urban explorations and it is also a preferred choice for family vacations in Asia, thanks to the presence of attractions like Disney Land. But, at the same time, Hong Kong also has a lot of character and colour to offer to those who like to go off the beaten path… Did you know that Hong Kong has a great beach and hiking scene as well? 

 

Sometimes misinterpreted as an urban jungle, Hong Kong, is a great place to visit if you love to spend the holidays close to mother nature. On our trip to HK, a little research showed us a plethora of options for some great hikes and pretty beaches. Since we were short on time we could only visit one such place and we zeroed down upon Sai Wan and Ham Tin beach (part of Tai Long Wan peninsula).

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Spectacular Views on the Hike to Sai Wan Beach

 

 

Now you can easily take a boat ride and arrive at these beaches as a part of some beach-hopping tour or even hire private boat from Sai Kung Town, but in case you are looking for some moderate level trekking with breathtaking views (like we did), then you have come to the right place, as we’ve got you covered!

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

First up, you need to get to Sai Kung Town from Hong Kong. Now there are various routes to do it largely depending on your location.

 

To list a few:

1. Take MTR till Daimond Hill and then bus no. 92

2. Take MTR to Hang Hau Station (Purple Line) and from there take exit B2 and then minibus 101M to Sai Kung. (This is the option which we followed)

3. A direct red Minibus from Dundas Street, Mong Kok

 

Once you are in Sai Kung Town you need to reach to the Sai Wan Pavilion, and your options are:

 

1. Take a Green Taxi to Sai Wan Pavilion approx. (HK $ 100)

2. Take bus no. 29R or NR29 form the bus stop near the McDonalds (there is a lot talked about it having a limited frequency but when we visited the frequency seemed to be ok).

The original bus after filling in the passengers got them transferred to another minibus just a short ride away – not sure what’s that about but it seems to be bridging the gap between demand and supply well 🙂

 

Here’s a link for the timetable – Village Bus 29R Timetable (Sai Kung Town Centre to Sai Wan Pavilion)

*Octopus Card is accepted on all the buses mentioned above.

 

Once you have reached Sai Wan pavilion the hike starts, follow the signs to Sai wan village which is about 2 km, largely downhill (very steep at times).

 

Tip – try and not use the public bathroom here as its very dirty, you can either use the washroom at the McDonalds at the Sai Kung or use the washroom of the restaurants at the Sai Wan beach which are very clean.

 

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Downhill Walk

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Sign towards Sai Wan Village

 

 

The track is concrete and the views are majestic. There is a noticeable pit stop which comes after a bit of hike up, it’s more of a crossroad, so don’t get confused. You should walk down straight from here and you will soon arrive at the Sai Wan beach.

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Sai Wan Beach

 

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

 

Sai Wan has a few restaurants, they serve good food and the washrooms here are clean. Also, the beach is great, you can hire surfing equipment as well (we saw a few people trying to surf, but honestly the waves didn’t seem good enough for surfing), there are plenty of advertisements for boat hires in case you want to go back to Sai Kung by boat (an advance booking is advisable.)

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Timings and Contacts for Boats, Sai Wan Beach

 

We didn’t wait here long and pushed ourselves to go further towards Ham Tin Beach, this leg of the hike was a bit more challenging but the views were equally rewarding! We walked up for around 20 minutes, enjoyed some breathtaking views and headed back to Sai Wan beach. We wanted to go to the Ham Tin beach but considering that we had to walk all the way back to Sai Wan Pavilion, we thought it would be better if we returned.

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Hikes in Hong Kong

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Ham Tin Beach, Hong Kong

 

 

At Sai Wan beach we relaxed for a while in the water, had lunch and few beverages before we headed back to Sai Wan Pavilion.

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Nothing like a Chilled Beer to Cool Down after a Hike!

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Enjoying a drink at Sai Wan Beach, Hong Kong

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Restaurant Menu, Sai Wan beach

 

 

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

 

On arriving Sai Wan Pavilion, we were exhausted and saw plenty of green taxis lined up so we didn’t bother to wait for the bus and took a green taxi back till Hang Hau Station which cost around $160 which we thought was a decent fare.

 

So that’s how we spent a great morning hiking up the mountains, pondering over the great views and relaxing on the beach with some sand in our feet 🙂

 

 

 

 

Have you ever gone hiking in Hong Kong? Don’t forget to share the places you explored and if you have any recommendations for good hikes in HK, leave them in the comments below…we love to hear from you! 🙂

 

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Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

Hiking to the Best Beaches in Hong Kong | A Detailed Guide to a Scenic and Easy Hike

 

 

2 Comments

  • Hunida August 20, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    The drink looks so refreshing for after such a long & beautiful hike!

    Reply
    • Ankita August 21, 2018 at 7:12 am

      The drinks were so refreshing! 🙂

      The hike is quite tough in certain places, but so scenic <3

      Reply

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