Known for its natural scenery, prime hiking and beautiful beaches, Sai Kung is one of those places in Hong Kong that remains unknown to some, beloved by many. Find out more about this intriguing area in New Territories in our round-up.
What to Do
Tai Long Wan
Secluded and stunning, Tai Long Wan is off the beaten track for sure: after arriving in Sai Kung centre, you need to take a minibus, taxi or speedboat to get there, but there’s a reason why people make the trek. The 3 kilometer-wide bay on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula is home to four equally gorgeous beaches – Tai Wan, Tung Wan, Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan – and is a mecca for surfers (Tai Long Wan means “Big Wave Bay”). It’s an all around top choice for those wanting to really get away from it all.
Spend the day at the beach, and end it with a lively round of bowling! TikiTiki Bowling Bar makes for a fun and unique bowling experience with its bright Polynesian interior, lanes with bright lights and a visually engaging video wall. Head out to the restaurant area after for island-style food, cool tropical cocktails and live music.
4/F Centro, 1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2657 8488 or [email protected]
Fancy a night of stargazing? Bet you don’t do that too often, so why not bring the family, or make it a romantic outing with a loved one. Astropark, located in Sai Kung’s High Island Reservoir is divided into three zones (for daytime visitors, casual users or amateur astronomers) with ancient and modern astronomical instruments to peruse. Guided tours are organized by the Hong Kong Space Museum or you can just drop by, as no reservation is needed. The best part: admission is free and it’s open 24 hours.
Sai Kung, New Territories; 2721 0226
Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park is a sheltered bay in north Sai Kung covering an area of about 260 hectares, and it’s something to be seen. The marine park is one of four in Hong Kong, and the first to be designated (in July 1996), with more than 100 species of coral fish and 60 types of hard coral. Bring your snorkelling gear and see the remarkable sealife for yourself, kayak through the clear waters for a great view of the surrounds, or just sit by the serene bayside and chill.
Sai Kung, New Territories; 2708 8885 or [email protected]
The waters off Sai Kung are prime for water sports and diving, and Splash Hong Kong can help you out, whether you’re looking for a fun diving excursion or want to take a diving course. The award-winning, PADI Instructor Development Five Star Dive Center offers a range of diving services and courses, plus equipment sales and servicing.
58-72 Fuk Man Road, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2792 4495 or [email protected]
Where to Eat
This is a dining experience you’ll be talking about for a while afterwards. One-ThirtyOne serves contemporary European cuisine in a picturesque 3-storey Mediterranean-style house, in one of the most beautiful parts of Sai Kung, Three Fathoms Cove. Sip some pre-dinner Champagne on the green grass out front and take in the pretty view, which sometimes can include yachts bringing guests in on the private dock, and even small helicopters landing on the lawn with eager diners.
131 Tseng Tau Village Shap Sze Heung, New Territories; 2791-2684 or [email protected]
This Michelin guide rated dining spot on the waterfront has an awesome view, with some of the freshest fish you can imagine: it’s caught straight from the water, then the masters whip up a memorable Cantonese meal for you to enjoy. Sai Kung Sing Kee is known for its abalone, carefully prepared a variety of ways (we like it deep-fried) and there’s plenty of space to take it all in, with 12 dining rooms spread over three floors.
39 Sai Kung Tai Street, Sai Kung,New Territories; 2791 9887 or [email protected]
Quickly gaining a great reputation from locals and visitors alike, The Conservatory is a warm and laid-back dining experience. The restaurant, bar and café serves Mediterranean favourites like tapas (you must try the pesto chicken and parmesan risotto balls) and mezze perfect for sharing, plus good-sized gourmet salads and thin-crust pizzas when you want it all for yourself. Brunch is popular on weekends, so book ahead, and take it outside on the terrace on a sunny Sai Kung afternoon.
G/F, 26 Wan King Path, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2792 1105 or [email protected]
The baked goods and dessert here are so good, both in flavour and looks, you’ll be regularly whipping out your phone for Insta posts. They are inventive – Earl Grey and Lemon Muffins, Coconut Panna Cotta with Buckwheat Granola, Chia, Banana and Strawberry – and accommodate everyone as many are vegan, paleo, and free of gluten, refined sugar and dairy. There’s a lovely outdoor setting for enjoying a healthy breakfast, or a hearty lunch bowl, like the Middle Eastern Lamb Salad Bowl.
Sai Kung Town Villa Block A, Siu Yat Building Block A, Shop 1+2, G/F, Sai Kung Hoi Pong Square, Sai Kung, New Territories; 9572 8560 or [email protected]
A Sai Kung favourite for more than 20 years, this sweet spot brings locals in daily and attracts people from all over for its traditional Chinese desserts. Its known for Chinese dessert soups made with fresh fruit and coconut milk, and the fruit pancakes are also popular. Choose from mango or banana, or other more exotic picks like durian or yam.
10A-C Po Tung Rd, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2792 4991 or [email protected]
Where to Shop
Beer lovers always on the hunt for an exotic import are frequent visitors to Sai Kung’s Bottle Shop. It offers a slew of the top craft beers in the world, and the friendly staff know their stuff if you need help deciphering one bottle from another. But it goes beyond beer, with quality spirits and wine, and you can pick up snacks and sweets by local businesses or imported brands.
G/F 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2791 1600 or [email protected]
We’ve been fans of BeCandle ever since we came across the artisan candle shop. The candle scents are not too overpowering (we love the Cinnamon, Musk and Sandalwood) and are all made by hand in Sai Kung with high quality vegetal wax and premium fragrance oils. The minimalist glass jars look great in any room, or take a travel candle in a portable tin to brighten a stuffy hotel room.
8 Wang Street, Sai Kung, New Territories; 9839 1180 or [email protected]
A wee taste of Holland in seaside Sai Kung, who would have thought? Dutch expats can get a taste of home and counter any gouda cravings, as the shop boasts a large selection of the popular cheese. The rest of us can happily partake in the world of Dutch cheeses, and the accommodating staff will help you pair each one with a carefully selected glass of wine or beer. Yes, you can come here to nibble and shop!
19 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2792 6179 or [email protected]
For all things French, Le Magasin is a one-stop shop filled with genuine French products including a nice selection of food, condiments, deli meats and sweet-smelling soap from Provence. And of course, there is cheese and wine – en entire wine cellar in fact stocked with reds, whites and rosés from around France, with a variety of organic wines.
12 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, New Territories; 2791 or [email protected]