Hong Kong is one of Asia’s most densely populated cities, but despite popular belief, the city isn’t just about concrete and skyscrapers. Indeed, Hong Kong has a huge natural side, featuring natural parks, mountains, and beautiful beaches. Some require effort to find, but they’re worth it. During weekends, beaches attract lots of locals as well as tourists who want to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a while.

You have options among the public beaches (also called gazetted beaches), the ones that are under the management of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), and that include public facilities, as well as the non-public ones, that are a free-for-all, including for pets, and that are more natural and less urbanised. Note that in Hong Kong, pets are not allowed on public beaches, but you are welcome to take your furry friends to non-public ones. So, grab some sunscreen, and check out Hong Kong’s best beaches to visit this summer!

Tai Long Wan — Sai Kung

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Beach, camping, waterfall, watersports, Tai Long Wan offers everything you need (© The HK HUB)

The Tai Long Wan area has not one, not two, but four glorious beaches, including Sai Wan, Ham Tin, Tai Wan, and Tung Wan for you to explore, relax and enjoy. They are considered by many as the most beautiful beaches in Hong Kong . They are easily hike-able and are also a popular camping spot in Hong Kong, with incredible starry night views. They do have some shops in the area to grab food or rent tents from, but they are mostly secluded. A beautiful waterfall, Sheung Luk Stream, is located behind Sai Wan, a magic place you must visit.

Facilities: Small food kiosks, small restaurants, tent and surfboard rentals, public toilets
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Take a speedboat or kaito from the Sai Kung promenade to Sai Wan or Ham Tin Wan. Or, you can hike from Sai Wan Pavilion (approximately 40 minutes) to reach the Sai Wan Beach (see direction).

Long Ke Wan — Sai Kung

Long Ke Wan is the closest you can get to untouched beach in Hong Kong (© rheins via WikiCommons)

Renowned for its beauty — think white sand, crystal blue waters, and surrounded by green mountains – this is one of the best beach in Hong Kong, a quite paradise in between mountains and sea. While it doesn’t have many facilities, it transports you to what is known as the Maldives of Hong Kong, so be sure to bring everything you need for the day or an overnight stay, like plenty of water, food, and toilet paper.

Facilities: Open air toilets, small kiosk selling beer, water, and other drinks and snacks
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Take a speedboat or kaito from the Sai Kung promenade, which costs HKD 100-150, and takes 20-30 minutes. Another options is to take a taxi from Sai Kung town to the East Dam of High Island Reservoir, followed by a short downhill 20-minute walk (see direction). Long Ke Wan is located at the end of Stage 1 and the start of Stage 2 of the MacLehose Trail, if you prefer to hike.

Repulse Bay — Hong Kong Island

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Repulse Bay is easily accessible from hotspots on Hong Kong Island (© Leung Cho Pan, gionixxx via Canva)

Repulse Bay is more than just a beach, it’s a lifestyle. Since the opening of The Pulse, you can enjoy the sun, sea, and sand, while also having access to great modern facilities as well as superb restaurants, spas, boutiques, and shops. While the beach itself is not pet -friendly, The Pulse and the restaurants are, so you can take your pooch along! Given how easy the beach and surrounding facilities are to access, this is one of the busiest beaches, so be prepared.

Facilities: Restaurants, fast food kiosk, changing room, showers, public toilets, playground, car park and beach volleyball court
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: From Central Exchange Square, take Citybus 6, 6A, 6X or 260. You can also take minibus number 40 from Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay.

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Shek O Beach — Hong Kong Island

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Shek O Beach is one the top of every Hong Kong beach enthusiast’s must-visit list (© Fernando Coutinho via Flickr, atosan via Canva)

At the end of the famous Dragon’s Back hike you will find one of the most popular soft sand beaches on Hong Kong island. Being tucked away in the peninsula gives it a peaceful vibe, and the surrounding village is known for having amazing food and drinks. Our favourite is Thai food at Happy Garden, although all the restaurants serve top-notch food.

Facilities: Restaurants, BBQ pits, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, playground, car park
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take Exit A3 from the Shau Kei Wan MTR station and take NWFB 9 or taxi.

Big Wave Bay — Hong Kong Island

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Big Wave Bay is a nice beach south of Hong Kong Island (© Rob Young via Wikimedia Commons)

Not too far from Shek O is Big Wave Bay, a great spot at the end of Dragon’s back. It is Hong Kong’s only recognized surf beach and in addition to great waves and pretty views, you can also grab a bite to eat or a beer to drink. First-timers can also rent surfboards or stand up paddleboards.

Facilities: Fast food kiosk, BBQ Pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: From Central Exchange Square, take Citybus 6, 6A, 6X or 260. You can also take minibus number 40 from Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay.

Upper Cheung Sha Beach — Lantau Island

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Get fantastic views of the sunset over the South China Sea at Upper Cheung Sha Beach (© finitepossibilities via Flickr)

The Cheung Sha beach, comprised of both upper and lower sections, is one of the longest beaches in Hong Kong, a total of 3km. They have pristine white sand and clear seas, and with a backdrop of the Lantau mountains, you could easily be mistaken to be sitting in the sandy beaches of Hawaii or the Philippines. There are also a ton of activities as well as beach front bars to keep you busy!

Facilities: Bars, restaurants, BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets, convenience stores, water sports
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then take bus 1, 2, or 4 to Cheung Sha Ha Tsuen.

Hung Shing Yeh Beach — Lamma Island

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This is one of the more popular beaches on Lamma Island (© Linus Mak via Flickr)

Lamma Island is located 25 minutes from Central by ferry, and reaching the beach requires another 25-minute walk from the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier. Hung Shing Yeh is relatively large, with lots of facilities, making it ideal for families. You can rent large umbrellas to protect yourself from the sun, public barbecue pits are available, and small shops allow you to buy refreshments and snacks like meat skewers and corn skewers. Two restaurants are available: Concerto Inn for Western food, and Lamma BBQ, where you can enjoy yummy noodle soup and Tofu Fa.

Facilities: Resort, restaurants, BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 or Aberdeen to Yung Shue Wan and follow the Family Walk trail. Follow the main street and signs to Hung Shing Ye Beach, it is a 25-minute walk (see direction).

Lo So Shing — Lamma Island

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Lo So Shing beach is a quite and beautiful beach located south of Lamma Island (© The HK HUB)

Lo So Shing Beach, located just a 5-minute walk from Lo So Shing village in Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma Island (South Side), stretches over 200 meters with fine, clear sand and clear waters. This tranquil beach is equipped with facilities like changing rooms, public showers, and BBQ pits, offering a serene and shop-free environment. A perfect spot to chill after a feast in a seafood restaurant close-by. It’s an ideal spot to relax after enjoying a meal at one of Lamma’s renowned seafood restaurants nearby.

Facilities: BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Kwu Wan, head to Lo So Shing village and follow the beach signs (see direction), or, if you come from Yung Shue Wan, follow the family trail (see direction).

Powerstation Beach — Lamma Island

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Powerstation beach is a pet-friendly beach on Lamma (© The HK HUB)

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly beach on Lamma, Powerstation Beach is the right choice. While there are no public facilities there, a restaurant located behind the beach and a small shop will be your go-to destinations should you need drinks or food to spend the day. Located just a 5-minute walk from Hung Shing Yeh Beach, the public beach in Yung Shue Wan, Powerstation Beach is generally more popular with local residents and those who love to bring their four-legged friends for a swim.

Facilities: None
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 4 or Aberdeen to Yung Shue Wan and follow the Family Walk trail. Follow the main street and signs to Hung Shing Ye Beach, turn right when you reach the Tofu Garden, a famous Tofu Fa dessert spot. Count 20-minute walk to reach the beach (see direction).

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Kwun Yam Beach — Cheung Chau

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Kwun Yam Wan is a great spot in Hong Kong for windsurfing (© Martin Ng via Flickr)

One of the two gazetted beaches in Cheung Chau, Kwun Yam Wan beach rose in popularity as it was the former Olympic women’s windsurfing champion, Lee Lai-Shan’s, training grounds. Today, it is home to the Windsurfing Centre which provides windsurfing, surfing, and canoeing equipment with a cordoned area for casual swimmers.

Facilities: Light refreshment kiosk, changing room, shower facilities, public toilet, raft, water sports
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 5 to Cheung Chau and walk 10 minutes to the beach (see minutes).

Silvermine Bay Beach — Lantau Island

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Low tide at Silvermine Bay Beach (© edwin.11 via WikiCommons)

While the beach itself is quite nice, clean, and easy to access, it is the surrounding activities that make Silvermine Bay Beach popular. A short walk away is the waterfall and the soft sand beach’s namesake, a silver mine! Also, not too far away is the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market that truly comes alive at night after you’ve lazed away the day on the beach.

Facilities: Fast food kiosk, BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilet, family changing room, babycare room, beach volleyball court
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo and then follow the path to the beach (see direction).

Pui O Beach — Lantau Island

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Pui O’s wide stretch is a well-known spot for barbecueing and overnight camping (© Warren R.M. Stuart via Flickr)

Popular amongst locals and campers, Pui O is a beautiful spot on Lantau Island that has black and brown sand, making for a unique beach experience. It has over 50 tent spots as well as BBQ pits, so you can enjoy a nice grill before you camp out for the night. Or, you can grab dinner at Treasure Island before falling asleep under the stars.

Facilities: Fast food kiosk, BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets, baby care room, tent spots, water sports
Pet-friendly: No.
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo and then catch bus number 1, 2, or 4 to Pui O San Wai Tsuen. The beach is a 5 minute walk from the bus stop.

Golden Beach — Tuen Mun

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Golden Beach stretching into Cafeteria Beach in Tuen Mun (© Citobun via WikiCommons)

A man-made beach may not be what you have in mind for your resort trip, but Golden Beach in Tuen Mun is a 545-metre stretch with pristine sand, great views, and vacation vibes. With a number of tempting restaurants and the family-friendly Gold Coast Resort, you have everything at your fingertips for a sunny summer day out!

Facilities: Restaurant and refreshment kiosk, changing room, shower facilities, self-services storage cage, public toilets
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the K53 bus from Tuen Mun Station and alight at Golden Beach. Or take bus 962B from Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace) or bus 252B from Tsim Sha Tsui (Middle Road).

Clearwater Bay Beach — Sai Kung

Clearwater Bay Beach — Sai Kung
Hike or take a boat to Clearwater Bay Beach (@ ngchikit/earth100 via WikiCommons)

A favourite of Hong Kong junks, you can also access Clearwater Bay Beach by land and enjoy the two interconnected beaches. They are both stunning, with powder white sand and clean blue water, perfect for a dunk in the water, followed by sunbathing on the beach. You can also get to the beaches via hikes.

Facilities: BBQ pits, changing room, shower facilities, public toilets, raft
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take bus 91 from Diamond Hill Bus station

Lung Mei — Tai Po

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Lung Mei is among the newer beaches in Hong Kong (© Sun8908 via WikiCommons)

Newly opened in 2021, another man-made beach that has brought respite to Hong Kong beach lovers is Lung Mei Beach in Tai Po. Nestled between Tai Mei Tuk and Plover Cove reservoir, the 200-meter-long beach has calm waters, great views and access to water sports. What more could you ask for?

Facilities: Changing rooms, shower facilities, public toilets, kayak rentals
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take bus No. 75k or 275R or minibus 20C from MTR Station Tai Po Market, and alight at Lo Tsz Tin and walk two minutes.

Sheung Sze Wan Beach — Sai Kung

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Sheung Sze Wan is a peaceful base for exploring the UNESCO Global Geopark (© Underwaterbuffalo via WikiCommons)

Near the Clearwater Bay beaches, but not gazetted is the Sheung Sze Wan beach, known as the go-to spot for kayak rental or Stand Up Paddling around the UNESCO Global Geopark. The waters in the area are stunning, and of course the guided tours can take you to picturesque spots such as Sharp Island, Tiu Cheng Island and the Insta-worthy Green Egg Island.

Facilities: Kayak and SUP rentals, public toilets
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Take a taxi from Hang Hau MTR station or take bus 91 from Diamond Hill station or minibus 16 from Po Lam station and get off at Sheung Sze Wan.

Lung Kwu Tan — Tuen Mun

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Sunset glow from Lung Kwu Tan (© johnsls vioa Flickr)

For a beach experience that goes beyond sunbathing and swimming, check out Lung Kwu Tan in New Territories. Facing west towards the South China Sea, it is an incredible spot to watch the Hong Kong sunset, while surrounded by the black sand. If you are lucky, you might also spot the Chinese white dolphin. It is also a favourite for kite surfers, with prime months between May and August.

Facilities: None, 10 minutes’ walk away from seafood market
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There Take bus K52 from Tuen Mun MTR station and get off at the last bus stop.

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Whiskey Beach — Sai Kung

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Whiskey Beach is a lesser-known beach, conducive to coral growth (© Mike Angrisano via Google Contributions)

Often described as “one of the most beautiful beaches” in Hong Kong, this one is only accessible via kayaks or boats. It is quiet and peaceful, great as a stopover during your kayaking trip in Sai Kung, or even worth spending the day with a book and a beer. It’s also worth popping into the sea for a quick snorkel and a swim to see the abundant corals growing there!

Facilities: None
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Via kayaks or speedboats from Sai Kung

Tai Pak Wan — Lantau Island

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This man-made beachin Discovery Bay has a children’s playground and hosts fun events every summer (© Fernando Coutinho via Flickr)

Discovery Bay is like a little city in and of itself, and it has its very own beach as well. Tai Pak Wan is easily accessible and has a lovely little playground at the end of the beach. Accessibility and proximity to supplies makes this an ideal option for owners looking for pet-friendly beaches. There are also a number of restaurants and bars just a short walk away. And you can’t miss the Discovery Bay Sunday market for a great day of shopping, dining, and beach fun!

Facilities: Public toilets, restaurants, bars, shops, etc.
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Ferry from Central Pier 3, followed by a five minute walk to the beach.

Wu Kai Sha Beach — Ma On Shan

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Wu Kai Sha Beach is a small, peaceful sunbathing spot (© WiNG via WikiCommons)

A beautiful, large pebble beach in the southern shores of Tolo Harbour in New Territories, Wu Kai Sha is worth a visit if you are looking for a relaxing day and a great sunset. While it doesn’t have soft sand, the pebbles are large and comfortable to walk on barefoot. You can also rent kayaks to explore the serene waters, and it is a popular spot for early morning swimmers, too.

Facilities: Public toilets, kayak rental
Pet-friendly: Yes
How To Get There: Take the MTR to Wu Kai Sha Station Station and walk 10 minutes to the beach

Hap Mun Bay — Sai Kung

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This remote beach is located in the UNESCO Global Geopark (© ekfdang via Flickr)

If you don’t mind heading to a picturesque beach that’s slightly out of the way, we recommend Hap Mun Bay, or Half Moon Bay, which gets its name from the crescent-like shape of its shores. Its clear water and golden sands surrounded by lush green hills and can be reached by boat or kayak. But since it’s in a remote location, you won’t be within easy reach of restaurants or stores, so pack your own food, towels, and other beach essentials. You can even hike from Kiu Tsui Beach to Hap Mun Bay and take in sweeping views of the UNESCO Global Geopark.

Facilities: Showers, bathrooms, changing rooms, kiosks, BBQ pits
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the kaito (small ferry) from Sai Kung pier to Sharp Island

Tung Wan Beach — Ma Wan

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This relatively unknown spot has great views of two iconic bridges in Hong Kong (© Kai Yan, Joseph Wong via Flickr)

This beach is great for a half-day getaway and great for a full-day family outing. It’s a quiet spot from where you can see both the Tsing Ma and Ting Kau Bridges while you picnic and build sand castles on the shore. It’s also located in Ma Wan Park, which is home to one of Hong Kong’s most unique theme parks — Noah’s Ark. Depending on how old your kids are, you can cycle along the coast or hike up the hilltop to get a great view of Tsing Ma Bridge.

Facilities: Changing room, self-services storage area, shower facilities
Pet-friendly: No
How To Get There: Take the ferry from Central Ferry Pier No. 2 to Park Island Pier, or take the Park Island bus from of Tsing Yi MTR Station (Exit C)

FAQ about Hong Kong’s beaches

What are the most popular beaches in Hong Kong?

While the beaches on Hong Kong island, such as Repulse Bay and Shek O are more popular, given that they are more easily accessible, the more elusive, hence pristine beaches in Sai Kung and Lantau are also gaining in popularity for a true get away feel. 

What are the longest beaches in Hong Kong?

Cheung Sha Beaches, both upper and lower, together span over 3km of white soft sand with access to beautiful crystal waters.

What are the cleanest beaches in Hong Kong?

The Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department regularly releases beach gradings based on water quality of public beaches. Some that repeatedly do well include Shek O, and Cheung Sha Wan.

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