When the sun is out and the sky is blue, it can be easy to find yourself struggling for the incentive to work out indoors. Luckily, with Hong Kong boasting a surprising amount of greenery and nature (a staggering three-quarters of the city’s land mass), the options for outdoor adventures abound whether you’re a swimmer or surfer. These are the best beaches in Hong Kong for wellness warriors looking to take to the water.
Not only is Shek O Beach one of the most accessible on Hong Kong island, but it also makes for the perfect place to end up after a quintessentially Hong Kong hike: Dragon’s Back. It also has a dedicated barbecue site for those looking to make a day of their outdoor activities, and surfers can hire boards at the local stores.
Big Wave Bay
Walking distance from Shek O Beach, Big Wave Bay is the second bay you overlook from Dragon’s Back. True to its name, it is home to Hong Kong island’s legion of dedicated surfers. Newcomers to the sport can rent equipment on the beach for the day.
Situated in South Lantau away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Pui O is a relaxing beach haven. It is also home to Treasure Island, an outdoor adventure company specialising in school, corporate and surf camps.
St Stephen’s Beach
Accessible from the popular tourist spot Stanley Market, cool down at St Stephen’s Beach and hit the waves on a paddleboard or kayak, both available to rent by the hour or the day. St Stephen’s is also the home-ground for several dragon boat teams who train and race here in the lead up to Dragon Boat day in June.
Long Ke Wan
In the Sai Kung Peninsula within the country park, Long Ke Wan is a popular spot for hikers to end up. In the cooler months, many tend to set up camp and spend the weekend exploring nearby attractions including the High Island Reservoir.
Ham Tin beach in Sai Kung is known for some of the clearest waters in Hong Kong – thanks in no small part to its relative inaccessibility. A stroll through the country park and down to the bay makes the walk even more worthwhile, especially for the views along the way.
Lo So Shing Beach
On the west of Lamma Island — a tranquil car-free haven in Hong Kong — is Lo So Shing Beach. The quiet beach boasts all the amenities you could want for on a day out. Around an hour walk from more popular Yung Shue Man Ferry Pier, you can turn this beach excursion into a hike, or access it more quickly via Sok Kwu Wan, where there are plenty of seafood restaurants around the pier.