Ham Tin Beach, Sai Kung East Country Park, New Territories


Although not known for being a beach destination Hong Kong does have some fine beaches mainly along the south side of Hong Kong Island, in the Sai Kung Country East Country Park in the New Territories and on some of the outlying islands. There are 41 gazetted beaches which are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) of the Hong Kong Government, most of which have good facilities including changing rooms, showers, toilets, BBQ areas, rafts and often refreshment kiosks. Most LCSD beaches have a lifeguard service during at least the summer months and most are protected by shark prevention nets. There are several excellent remote beaches such as those in the New Territories and some of the outlying island’s beaches which are not managed by LCSD and there are some private beaches available for public use such as the artificial beach at Discovery Bay and other beaches, some artificial in the “Gold Coast” residential area near Tuen Mun in the south-west New Territories. Along the Rambler Channel, west of Tsuen Wan, seven beaches which were officially closed during the 1990's owing to polluted water were reopened between 2011 and 2013 following a dramatic improvement in water quality.

Visitors should not be alarmed by the mention of shark prevention nets. Although there are sightings of sharks in the waters around Hong Kong particularly when the sea temperature rises above 23C there have been no reported attacks since 1995 and the risk of attack is considered very remote. Occasionally some sightings result in beaches being closed as a precaution. The shark nets are often dismantled for maintenance during the winter months.

The beaches featured here range from popular easily accessible beaches with good facilities to quiet more idyllic remote beaches. The most popular beaches can be very busy during the peak summer months July to September particularly at weekends when locals as well as tourists seek relief from the heat and humidity of the sub-tropical climate;

Shek O
Big Wave Bay
Repulse Bay
Deep Water Bay
Stanley Main Beach
Stanley St Stephens Beach
South Bay
Middle Bay

Clearwater Bay First Beach
Clearwater Bay Second Beach
Tai Long Wan (Ham Tin, Tai Wan, Sai Wan) Golden Beach (Hong Kong Gold Coast - Tuen Mun) Tsuen Wan Beaches along the Rambler Channel (to be reopened between 2011 and 2013)


Cheung Sha Upper and Lower Beaches
Silvermine Bay
Discovery Bay

Tung Wan
Kwun Yam Wan
Pak Tso Wan

Hung Shing Yeh
Lo So Shing
Mo Tat Wan
Shek Pai Wan

Tung Wan Beach