Shek O Beach is perfect for a day out with the family! — a picturesque beach adventure that’s just a mere 30 minutes from the skyscrapers of Hong Kong.
Shek O Beach, facing the South China Sea and surrounded by Shek O Country Park, is one of the most scenic beaches on Hong Kong Island and is perfect to spend a day with the family! Cradled between two mountains and literally meaning ‘rocky bay’, Shek O is a popular and family-friendly destination offering clear and calm waters for everyone to enjoy. A welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, head out to Shek O and explore all it has to offer.
How To Get To Shek O Beach
The easiest way to access Shek O Beach is via MTR to Shau Kei Wan on the Island line. Exit via A3 from the station and catch bus number 9 at the bus terminus. Alternatively, take a taxi from Shau Kei Wan station directly to Shek O Beach.
On weekends and public holidays, Citybus operates an express bus number X9 from Shek O directly back to North Point, Causeway Bay and Central in the afternoon. In 30 minutes you can be back in the centre of Hong Kong!
Sassy Mama Tip: Grab a window seat on the right side of the bus for amazing views!
If you are driving, make sure to get there early, especially on weekends. Parking is limited and located right at the beach.
Things To Do With Family At Shek O Beach
Family morning at Shek O Beach — Allow the sun and sea to wash away the weekday woes
Pack the beach towels, swimmers and sun protection and head out for a morning at the beach. Shek O offers gentle waves, so it’s a popular weekend destination for families. Get there early, stake your spot (you can rent umbrellas and sun lounging chairs) and relax on the glorious, soft white sand while the kids splash about.
Hiking with the kids at Shek O Country Park — Stunning views of unique geological features
There are two hiking trails recommended for kids in the Shek O Country Park. Pottinger Peak Country Trail is an easy 2km, 1.5-hour walk with views south to Big Wave Bay and Shek O or east towards Clearwater Bay. A moderate but paved, and therefore stroller-friendly route, is the D’Aguilar Peninsula path (7km) from Shek O Beach to Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse. The well-known Dragon’s Back hike is also a popular option, though better for older children.
Lunch BBQ by Shek O Beach — Perfect for catching up with family and friends
Nothing beats the combination of fresh air, sunshine and good food! Let the kids run free on the beach, discover the playground and try out their skills at the free mini golf course. The adults can take advantage of the 40 free barbeque fire pits available to cook up a lunch feast (available on a first-come-first-served basis) located right next to the playground. Don’t forget your BBQ utensils and remember to clean up the BBQ afterwards!
Shek O Village Stroll — A mix of quaint buildings and Chinese history
The brilliantly coloured buildings of Shek O Village are reminiscent of European seaside villages. Explore the Instagram-worthy streets before taking in the historic Tin Hau temple believed to be built in 1891, the memorial archway at the entrance to the town and the recently rebuilt Blue Bridge also known as Lover’s Bridge, popular for wedding shoots.
Dining At Shek O Beach
While you can always opt for a beachside barbeque, Shek O alos features many Thai restaurants and several other wonderful and affordable options.
- Shek O Thai Restaurant – An open-air restaurant featuring Thai and Chinese cuisine. Location Map.
- Lulu’s Cafe – Friendly staff, all-day breakfast and great coffee. Location Map
- Ming’s Cafe – A Shek O institution with great smoothies and bacon and egg rolls. Location Map
- Cococabana – Upmarket, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with a kids’ menu. Location Map
- Daphne – Delicious, high-quality pizza and pasta dishes. Location Map
Tips For Visiting Shek O Beach With Family
- Both Shek O and Big Wave Bay beaches have changing rooms, shower facilities and bathrooms which are all generally neat and clean.
- The local shops opposite Shek O Beach have an extensive range of inflatables, beach balls, buckets and spades.
- There is no ATM at Shek O Beach or Village so remember to bring cash with you if you intend to hire an umbrella or buy lunch.
- Renting an umbrella and two sun-lounger chairs costs about $100 for the day.
- Lifeguards are on duty throughout summer (9am to 6pm on weekdays, 8am to 7pm on weekends and public holidays from June to August) but there are no lifeguards during winter (November to March).
- Download a taxi app to ensure you can get a taxi when the little ones reach their limit and it’s time to head home quickly.