I feel like all the nicest beaches in Hong Kong take a bit of effort to get to. I guess that’s pretty unsurprising, otherwise they might end up being not so nice (i.e. overcrowded and dirty). Tai Long Wan in Sai Kung is touted as the nicest beach in Hong Kong, but it takes several buses plus a 2 hour hike to get to. Sadly, the only time I’ve ever been it was raining so I didn’t really get to enjoy the beach! Another beach that I quite like is Cheung Sha Wan on Lantau. To get there you need to get to Lantau somehow (such as a ferry to Mui Wo) and then get on one of the Lantau buses and ride them along the winding and hilly roads (which my husband really hates!) to the beach. But at least this beach has some lovely restaurants and is near a village so you don’t feel quite so in the middle of nowhere.
But a great beach that is a little more accessible is Clearwater Bay Second Beach. There are many ways to get there, such as take the MTR to Hang Hau and get a taxi, or go to Tsuen Kwan O MTR station and get the 103M minibus. Or if you are in Kowloon, you can take the 91 bus from Diamond Hill station. It still takes us about 1 1/4 hours to get there from Hung Hom though!
The beach itself is really beautiful, set in a bay with the golf course on one side and hills on the other so all you can really see is the sea and greenery. The sand is fine and clean and the water is very clear (hence the name). Importantly, the beach doesn’t get as busy as those on the South side of Hong Kong island, although on a sunny public holiday it will still get fairly busy.
There are the usual changing facilities with toilets and showers, and lifeguards and shark nets in summer. There isn’t a huge amount of shade and I don’t think you can hire sun umbrellas, but lots of people bring little tents to sit in! We were lucky that we arrived fairly early and were able to find a gap in the shade under the trees at the back of the beach.
There aren’t any restaurants but there is a little refreshment kiosk selling cold drinks and dumplings so you won’t starve, but it’s still a good idea to bring your own food and drink (if you can carry it – we always end up taking huge amounts to the beach with our young children!).
This is somewhere where I would have never thought of going myself but some friends invited us, and I’m so glad they did! So I’m sharing it with you too. It’s not exactly a secret but I don’t think that most people go there.
What is your favourite beach in Hong Kong? I’d love to hear other people’s opinions!
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