Imagine dipping into a natural pool that’s been carved by time and tide away from it all. If you’re looking for a getaway from the city and an escape from the Hong Kong heat, explore some of Hong Kong’s incredible rock pools. You can find these rock pools at the bottom of cascading waterfalls or hiding along the coastline. They’re perfect for taking a dip or looking into a world of hidden marine life.

Ma Dai Stream (馬大石澗)

Waterfall and Rock Pool along the Ma Dai Stream ( © H. Sun via Google Maps)
Waterfall and Rock Pool along the Ma Dai Stream ( © H. Sun via Google Maps)

Also known as the Tai Shui Hang Waterfall, the Ma Dai Stream hike in Ma On Shan offers an exciting challenge for adventurers. This hidden gem is easily accessible from the Tai Shui Hang MTR Station, Exit B, serving as the trailhead. The trail guides you through lush landscapes, demanding you to scramble across rocks and embrace the occasional refreshing splash from waterfalls and rock pools. It’s important to note that this hike is not suitable for families and is better suited for experienced hikers. Be sure to wear the appropriate gear for this exhilarating adventure.

Duration: 3-5 Hours
Detailed Itinerary: Read this guide from Forsomethingmore.com.

Ping Nam Stream (屏南石澗)

One of the many waterfalls along the Ping Nam Stream (© M. Tsang and P. Nee via Google Maps)
One of the many waterfalls along the Ping Nam Stream (© M. Tsang and P. Nee via Google Maps)

Near the border of Shenzhen in Nam Chung you’ll find the Ping Nam Stream. Start at the rock pools at the base of the stream and work your way up to the top for a mildly challenging hike with several rock pools to dip into along the way.

Duration: 2-4 Hours
Detailed Itinerary: Read this guide from Laughtraveleat.com.

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Sai Kung Rock Pools (Sheung Luk Stream 雙鹿石澗)

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Waterfalls along the Sheung Luk Stream leading to one of the big Sai Kung Rock Pools (© The HK HUB)

The Sai Kung Rock Pools along the Sheung Luk Stream are four consecutive rock pools and falls that are well-known by adventure-seekers in Hong Kong. Tucked between Ham Tim and Sai Wan beaches, there’s a hike before you get to the first pool. But once you reach the first pool, make sure you follow the path up the stream to visit all four pools as the last is a popular spot for cliff jumping! Additionally, it’s also a perfect spot for camping with breathtaking sunrises, adding to the allure of this natural gem in Sai Kung.

Duration: 3-5 Hours
Detailed Itinerary: Read this guide from Trailprincess.co.

Silvermine Waterfall (銀礦灣瀑布)

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Silvermine Waterfall in Lantau Island, Hong Kong (© The HK HUB)

Silvermine Waterfall in Mui Wo, Lantau Island, is an easily accessible natural wonder. A mere 30-minute walk from Mui Wo’s ferry pier, it’s a picturesque hike through lush surroundings, best experienced after heavy rainfall. What makes this spot even more enticing is the “hidden” waterfall above the main one. To reach it, begin your journey with a ferry or bus ride to Mui Wo, then follow a scenic route along the waterfront, over a bridge, and through verdant fields. At the base of the falls, a pavilion offers a close view, but caution is essential if the stream is vigorous. Beyond that, the abandoned silver mine entrance leads to the remarkable “hidden” waterfall—a multi-tiered cascade that adds an extra layer of natural beauty to this accessible gem.

Duration: 1-2 Hours
Detailed Itinerary: Read this guide from Droneandslr.com.

Tai Tam Mound Fall (潭崗飛瀑)

Child-friendly shallow waters at the edge of Tai Tam Mound waterfall (© GetHigh HK)

The Tai Tam Mound Waterfall is a hidden oasis near the Tai Tam Reservoir on Hong Kong Island, known for its tranquil beauty. Despite its secluded location, the waterfall’s easy accessibility makes it a favorite destination for hikers, families, and especially children. This beautiful 10-meter-high waterfall and its refreshing rock pool offer a unique and kid-friendly getaway from the city. Whether you’re looking for a family adventure or a peaceful escape, the Tai Tam Mound Waterfall welcomes visitors of all ages to enjoy its natural splendor and cool waters, making it a perfect spot for a memorable day out with the little ones.

Duration: 1 Hour
Detailed Itinerary: Read this guide from Gethigh-hk.com.

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Safety Tips

Exploring Hong Kong’s rock pools is an adventure filled with beauty and excitement. However, safety should always be your top priority when exploring. Make sure you equip yourself with the proper hiking boots, gloves for your hands, and plenty of sunscreen. Always be sure to check the weather forecast before setting out and visit the government’s Enjoy Hiking website to stay updated on trial conditions.

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