Sai Kung beaches are among the best in Hong Kong and if any of you follow me on Instagram, you will know that it’s the most beautiful part of Hong Kong. Sai Kung is located in the easternmost region of the New Territories and surrounded by ocean, it is dotted with protected marine area and islands. Hence, the quality of sand on a Sai Kung beach is unrivalled. I have already covered what a boat trip is like, as well as the famous Four Consecutive Pools and Falls, here, let’s talk about the best beaches in Sai Kung
Although this might be confusing, but Half Moon Bay is also located on Sharp Island, but the place that is referred to as “Sharp Island” is northwest of the Island and known for its geological and geographical features.
Most famous for its tombolo, which connects Sharp Island to a smaller one during low tide, and it is the main attraction. The tide usually goes out around noon, but if you go before, the water is the clearest and it definitely makes a better photo. There is a lovely little beach between the pier and the tombolo where you can relax. Note that this is not a government regulated beach.
Sharp Island used to be on the edge of a caldera 140 million years ago. The rock types feature volcanic debris and silica rich viscous lava, which for those who aren’t geological savvy, means pink coloured rocks with wavy patterns. The pineapple rocks are an attraction in itself too, a result of weathering and exfoliation of the rock.
The other side of the island faces the lighthouse, and is a pretty great photo spot:
How to get there: you can also reach Sharp Island via Kaitou by the Sai Kung public pier for 30 HKD.
One of the marine parks in Hong Kong, it is also known as Jone’s Cove and is on the northern end of Sai Kung. A kayaking and snorkelling hotspot, Hoi Ha is among the best place for watersports beginner due to its sheltered bay.
From Hoi Ha, you can rent a kayak (see my kayaking guide here) and head off to the protected areas for a good snorkel. While I wouldn’t say that they are an official Sai Kung beach, there are plenty of small sandy bays you can dock on for a quick break. The best area is by the pier, straight out from the beach, and you’ll be wise to wear or rent wet shoes to avoid stepping on sharp objects.
How to get there: The green minivan route 7 from the Sai Kung Pier. The ride isn’t short either, and during weekends and public holidays, it is normal to wait for 2 minivans before you are able to get on.
Long Ke Beach is probably my favourite among all the Sai Kung beaches. I almost thought I was in the Philippines or something. Despite its remote locale, it is a popular spot with the long stretch of beach and doubles as a campsite as well.
With no refreshment point, you must bring your own drinks and food and either hike in from the East Dam or take a speedboat from the Sai Kung pier for 160 HKD. I thoroughly recommend planning your day ahead as taxi fare from East Dam back out can be significantly higher in the evening with taxi drivers raising the price.
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