You’ve staycationed hard, visited every beach possible, and barbecued anything you could find…what’s next? We’ve compiled the best campsites for an outdoor adventure. Read on for more!
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).
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Directions: Kaito ferries run from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier, but make sure you check for the latest directions.
For Experienced Campers
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.
Directions: 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!
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Directions: 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.
Now you’re ready, get down to an outdoor gear shop for a tent and stove. Have you had success with camping in Hong Kong? Let us know below!