Are you ready for a new adventure in Hong Kong after all those beach days and barbecues? Look no further! We’ve carefully curated a list of the best camping sites and spots that promise an unforgettable outdoor experience. With Hong Kong’s autumn weather at its finest, it’s the perfect time to pitch your tent, gather around the firepit, and immerse yourself in the magic of camping!
Po Toi Island
Nestled off the southern coast of Hong Kong, Po Toi Island is a hidden gem for camping enthusiasts. With its rugged terrain, breathtaking sea views, and unique rock formations (Hi, “Palm Cliff”), it’s a nature lover’s paradise. People are drawn to Po Toi for its tranquil atmosphere and stunning 360 sunset views over the South China Sea. With only a few ferries making the journey each day, it’s the perfect spot for those seeking a true escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Keep in mind that there are only three restaurants on the island: Yiu Kee Food, Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant, and Wan Chai Restaurant. It’s essential to bring everything you need for your camping trip, making Po Toi an ideal destination for self-sufficient nature enthusiasts.
How To Get There: Take a ferry from Aberdeen or Stanley (check the ferry schedule).
Shek Pai Wan (Lamma Island)
Only 25 minutes away from Central or Aberdeen, Lamma Island is probably one of the most convenient camping spots if you’re not far from Hong Kong Island. Surrounded by lush greenery and considered a must-visit destination for seafood lovers, Lamma is home to various camping sites. While most campers choose to go to the north of the island (Yung Shue Wan) to camp on Powerstation Beach, one of the best (and lesser-known) camping areas is on the south side of the island (Sok Kwu Wan). If you’re up for a remote camping experience on the beach, head to Shek Pai Wan. There aren’t many facilities, but there’s a shop that serves food and more.
How To Get There: Take a ferry from Central to Sok Kwu Wan (see schedule) then hike 1 hour to Shek Pai Wan, or take a ferry from Aberdeen to Mo Tat Wan (see schedule) and then hike 0.5 hours to Shek Pai Wan.
Nam Shan Campsite
This is a large campsite with barbecue areas and additional cooking space, tables, clotheslines, raised camping platforms, bathrooms, and flushing toilets (!) – you’ve also got access to tap water. The site is perfect for beginners and a favourite for school trips. You’re also near Nam Shan Viewing Point and Lantau Trail (Stages 1 & 2).
How To Get There: All buses from Mui Wo, or Bus 3M from Tung Chung Town Centre.
Man Cheung Po
This is an easily accessible but small-sized campsite. Fully equipped with barbecue pits, tables and benches, toilets, clotheslines, and proper drainage, you’re close to Tsz Hing Monastery and numerous pools, rock formations, and beautiful flying dragon imagery, all of which are very Instagrammable! Immerse yourself in nature with a soothing waterfall and wonderful birdsong and take life at a slower pace.
How To Get There: Bus 11 to Tai O runs from Tung Chung Town Centre, then enter through Keung Shan (South) Catchwater and along Lung Tsai Ng Yuen to the end. This takes you to Lantau Trail (Section 5) where you’ll end up at the campsite.
Nam Fung Wan
Another hiker’s dream, with quick access to the MacLehose Trail and Chong Hing Water Sports Centre for activities including surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and sampan riding in the lake. The reservoir provides stunning scenery as does the adjacent Sheung Yiu Country Trail, with plenty to do for active families, couples, and friendship groups! Facilities include barbecue pits, tables, and toilets. Again, bring your own water.
How To Get There: Bus 94/96R from Diamond Hill MTR Bus Terminal on Sundays/holidays, and hike along the MacLehose Trail (Stage 1).
Ngong Ping Campsite (Ma On Shan)
That’s right, there’s more than just cable cars at Ngong Ping! This is a fairly large campsite with access to several fantastic viewpoints, including Pyramid Hill. You’re in good company, too, as local nature and wildlife make their homes at this site. The woodland has fabulous feng shui too… what’s not to like? Facilities include barbecues, benches, toilets, and good drainage, but bring water.
How To Get There: Minibus NR84 from Ma On Shan, alighting at the Village terminus, or Minibus 3 to Po Lo Che, followed by a hike.
Tung Lung Chau
Another accessible campsite, surrounded by a Qing Dynasty era fort and an ancient dragon-like rock carving, perfect for those who want to learn a bit more about Hong Kong’s history. Facilities on this island off Clear Water Bay Peninsula include barbecue pits, tables, rubbish bins, and pavilions for shelter. Again, bring your own water.
How To Get There: Kaito ferries run from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier, but make sure you check for the latest directions.
Pak Fu Tin
Experienced campers will love this site along Lantau Trail. You’ve got access to barbecue pits, plenty of tables, space for your clothes to dry, and bathrooms. Note that the water supply is solely stream water, so pack extra bottled water or bring purification tablets. You’ll be immersed in the woodlands of Mui Wo Valley for your trip which makes for a peaceful weekend or day out. Make sure to arrive early as the campsite is small and hosts 20 to 50 tents.
How To Get There: Bus 3M from Tung Chung Town Centre.
Tai Long Wan
For a challenge, hike up to Tai Long Wan beach. The slopes might be hard to climb, but they’re worth it for the added serenity and tranquillity offered by the small site. You’re also next to the opulent Shek Pik Reservoir and Lantau Trail (Stage 8). Facilities include barbecue pits, tables, and clotheslines. Bring water, you’ll need it for the climb!
How To Get There: Bus 11/23 from Tung Chung Town Centre or Bus 1 from Mui Wo to Sha Tsui. Then, you’re going up, up, up to the campsite.
Lantau Trail (Section 2) brings you to Sunset Peak. Glamping fans beware: this one is really for experienced hikers, so make sure you’re ready for a steep hike and a bit of scrambling. Photography enthusiasts will enjoy the abandoned buildings and sweeping vistas of Lantau island along the way, and the coming and going of planes into the airport below. There are NO facilities at the site. Pack well! There’s space for 5 to 6 tents and potable water supply if you are experienced in water purification.
How To Get There: Lantau Trail Section 2, accessible from buses 3M/11/11A/23/A35/N35 from Fu Tung Shopping Centre, alighting at Pak Kung Au, then it’s upwards!
Long Ke Wan
This small campsite is great for experienced outdoors lovers! You’re next to Long Ke Wan, a calming beachside location with clear water and a refreshing sea breeze. The High Island Reservoir is equally stunning. The site provides a welcome break from the busy city. Facilities include barbecue pits, tables, and toilets, and you can find MacLehose Trail (Stage 2) hiking routes nearby.
How To Get There: Bus 94/96R from Diamond Hill MTR Bus Terminal on Sundays/holidays, or Minibus 7 from Sai Kung Town, alighting at Pak Tam Chung, followed by a hike.
Tung Ping Chau
Truly a hidden gem, Plover Cove is home to Tung Ping Chau campsite with a fantastic view of Kang Lau Shek and beautiful flora and fauna to investigate. You’re also a stone’s throw away from a viewing point which is perfect for stargazing on clear nights, how romantic! Facilities include barbecue pits, tables, good drainage, clotheslines, toilets, and pavilions for shelter. Bring your own water.
How To Get There: Tsui Wah ferries run from Ma Liu Shui Pier to Tung Ping Chau, then walk for 20 minutes to Sha Tau Tsuen. Ferries run from 9am on weekends with an extra 3:30pm ferry on a Sunday.