Looking to visit lush beaches in Hong Kong? Gather the little ones, it’s time to build sandcastles, collect sea shells and bask in some vitamin D.
The city may be famous for its epic skyline and the hustle and bustle but it also has beaches aplenty. Most of these beaches are under government supervision and so they often have a lifeguard on duty, and changing, shower and toilet facilities — all things you need with the little ones in tow! Pack the beach toys, swimming costumes for the kids and Mama, sunglasses and sunblock and get ready to take the kids on a seaside adventure. We’ve rounded up our favourite beaches in Hong Kong.
Best Beaches On Hong Kong Island
Repulse Bay Beach
Repulse Bay Beach needs no introduction – it is a popular choice for weekend beachgoers. But it’s got everything you need – and vendors with things you forgot (umbrellas, sand toys, etc.). Take a break from the beach at the playground and be sure to toss a coin into the mouth of the fish statue for good luck at the Tin Hau Temple before you head home.
Sassy Mama Tip: Arrive early for a good spot on the sand and be sure to stop for lunch along The Pulse!
Facilities: Restaurants, fast-food kiosk, changing room, shower facilities, toilet, playground and beach volleyball court.
Repulse Bay Beach, Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Deep Water Bay Beach
The (somewhat) quieter little sister beach to Repulse Bay, Deep Water Bay is located just around the headland. Follow the easy, pram-friendly boardwalk for a lovely stroll by the sea. This one is popular with locals and early-morning swimmers, and the 30 barbecue pits are always in hot demand.
Facilities: Café, changing rooms, showers, public toilets and barbecue pits.
Deepwater Bay Beach, Island Road, Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Stanley Main Beach
Famous for its market, Stanley is always full of activities. We have to warn you that this beach gets very busy, so it’s not one to go to if you’re looking to avoid crowds. Be sure to wander along the boardwalk and choose from the many seafront restos, or pick up some groceries from the supermarket in Stanley Plaza and have your own beachside BBQ.
Facilities: Restaurants, changing rooms, showers, public toilets and barbecue pits.
Stanley Main Beach, Stanley Beach Road, Stanley, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Shek O Beach
Shek O is ever popular with locals and tourists alike. Go prepared and enjoy a seaside barbecue at one of the many pits available. It’s best to arrive as early as possible, as the barbecues are available only on a first-come-first-serve basis. The village has a mellow vibe so it’s great for a stroll and we can vouch for the beachside cafes serving up Thai-Chinese cuisine!
Facilities: Café, changing rooms, showers, playground, public toilets and barbecue pits.
Shek O Beach, Shek O Road, Shek O, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Big Wave Bay
Big Wave Bay Beach is Hong Kong’s only officially recognised surf beach due to its waves and consistent swell (did its name not give that away?). It’s a hit with surfers and you’ll find everything from chair and sun umbrella rentals and lifeguards. It also has board and rowing boat rentals and lessons if the young ones want to hang ten or boogie boards.
Facilities: Cafés, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Big Wave Bay, Big Wave Bay Road, Shek O, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Chum Hom Kok Beach
Tucked away around the corner from Stanley sits Chung Hom Kok, a quaint beach that has an “urban hideaway” written all over it. Easily accessible but slightly tricky to find Chung Hom Kok is a short 3-minute walk down a leafy park directly off a quiet residential street (meaning it’s nowhere near as busy as the likes of Repulse Bay or Stanley).
Facilities: Café, changing rooms, showers, playground, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Chum Hom Kok Beach, Chum Hom Kok Road, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Turtle Cove Beach
Located between Stanley and Tai Tam Reservoir, Turtle Cove Beach is a less populated beach, perfect to spend a lazy afternoon with the family. There is also a children’s playground nearby if the kiddos want to jump around a bit more. There is not much shade available, so you may have to carry your own umbrella.
Facilities: Barbecue pits, changing room, showers, public toilets, raft and playground
Turtle Cove Beach, Tai Tam Road, Stanley, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Best Beaches On Hong Kong Outlying Islands
Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Lamma Island
This beach has been long adored by foreigners and locals because of its clear blue waters and powdery white sand. It’s the place to be when you want to host a beach party and barbecue up a storm, or just to relax and have a laid-back day. Hung Shing Yeh is also fully equipped with all the essentials and has very good water quality.
Facilities: Changing rooms, showers, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Tung Wan Beach And Kwun Yam Beach, Cheung Chau
The beaches of Cheung Chau are loved by Hong Kong families and for good reason. You can easily spend your day exploring the island, or just find your patch of sand and relax for the day. Both beaches are loved by windsurfers but are also perfect for little children! If you’re into watersports (or just want to give it a try!), the Cheung Chau Windsurfing Centre provides windsurfing, surfing and canoeing equipment.
Facilities: Restaurants, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Tung Wan Beach, Cheung Chau Beach Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Kwun Yam Beach, Hak Pai Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Silvermine Bay Beach, Lantau Island
Just a short walk from Mui Wo ferry pier, Silvermine Bay Beach itself is considered one of the cleanest in Hong Kong. Though relatively quiet during the day, Silvermine comes alive at night, with many enjoying the public barbecue pits and other dining options available nearby.
Facilities: Restaurants, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Silvermine Bay Beach, Tung Wan Tau Road, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Pui O Beach, Lantau Island
Pui O Beach has a very relaxed, laid-back vibe and although it is popular, it never feels overwhelmingly busy. Complete with a campsite, It’s also worth noting that, although pleasant, the sand here is darker and quite sticky – so don’t visit and expect to find idyllic white sands.
Facilities: Restaurant, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, campsites, barbecue pits.
Pui O Beach, Pui O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Upper And Lower Cheung Sha Beach, Lantau Island
Located in southern Lantau, Cheung Sha Wan is one of Hong Kong’s longest beaches. Lower Cheung Sha has more restaurants and tends to be busier, so if you want to escape the crowds, head to Upper Cheung Sha Beach. Be sure to check out family-favourite Bathers beachside restaurant which is open all week.
Facilities: Restaurants, changing rooms, showers, barbecue pits and public toilets
Upper Cheung Sha Beach, South Lantau Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Lower Cheung Sha Beach, South Lantau Road, Lantau Island, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Best Beaches In Sai Kung And Clearwater Bay in Hong Kong
Clearwater Bay First And Second Beach
Sitting in the southeast corner of the New Territories, Clearwater Bay comprises two beaches — aptly named Clearwater Bay First Beach and Clearwater Bay Second Beach. First Beach is a little more secluded and can be quieter, though Second Beach has a small café selling refreshments, is a bit more scenic and offers more of the perks that families need.
Sassy Mama Tip: You’ll have to walk down quite a few steps to get to Clearwater Bay First and Second Beach (more steps at First Beach), so it’s not ideal for strollers. However, both beaches are connected by a newly renovated asphalt trail which is a super easy walk.
Facilities: Café, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, barbecue pits.
Clearwater Bay First Beach, Tai Wan Tau, ClearWater Bay Road, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Clearwater Bay Second Beach, Tai Au Mun Road, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong. Location Map.
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Grab your kids and head down to this treasure trove because it’s easy to reach with little ones in tow. Trio Beach has all the essential amenities and your little kids can paddle away in the shallow water under your watchful eyes. We admit it is a trek to get to, but hey, it involves a sampan ride! Bonus: it’s also a beach that consistently is at the top of the Environmental Protection Department’s rankings of water quality.
Facilities: Refreshment kiosks, changing rooms, showers, public toilets, playground, barbecue pits.
Trio Beach, Hebe Haven, Pak Sha Wan, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Kiu Tsui And Half Moon Bay Beach, Sharp Island
Sharp Island makes a lovely day out with the kids in Sai Kung. Jump on the ferry from Sai Kung Pier and hop off at your chosen beach. Kiu Tsui is the larger of the two and has a tombolo (use this as an opportunity to teach your kids geography terms!) that connects to the islet called Kiu Tau. Half Moon Bay (or Hap Mun Bay) is another great spot to explore. It’s decked out with all the essential amenities and also allows you to hike admiring the unique fauna and flora.
Facilities: Refreshment kiosks, changing rooms, showers, public toilets and barbecue pits.
Kiu Tsui Beach, KiuTsui, Sharp Island, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Half Moon Bay Beach, Hap Mun Bay, Sharp Island, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Best Beaches In The New Territories, Hong Kong
Ma Wan Tung Wan
Located on Ma Wan Island, Ma Wa Tung Wan is quiet and one of the least crowded swimming beaches. It is clean and scenic with beautiful, soft, white sand that you can sink your feet into. You will love the picturesque view of the iconic Hong Kong bridges. Visit the Ma Wan Park nearby and make a trip to Noah’s Ark Theme Park, which is a fun trip on its own.
Facilities: Restaurants, showers, changing rooms, toilets.
Ma Wan Tung Wan, Pak Lai Road, Ma Wan, Hong Kong. Location Map.
If you are looking into getting away from the bustling city life for a day or two, head to Golden Beach for beautiful sunsets and plane-watching on a man-made beach paradise. This gem features lots of crabs, shells, and smooth rocks that get washed up in the mornings. Visit the many eateries nearby and walk to the Gold Coast Piazza. Best avoid peak hours because it does get busy (and how!).
Facilities: Restaurants, refreshment kiosk, changing rooms, showers, toilets.
Golden Beach, Castle Peak Road, Hong Kong. Location Map.
If you’ve got lil’ campers who are ready for some nature exploring, bring them to Butterfly Beach for the weekend. There are loads of facilities at the campgrounds, including a barbecue area, jogging track, soccer pitch, volleyball court, basketball court, toilets, and refreshment kiosks. The beach here is popular as there are no big waves and you can fish as well.
Facilities: Refreshment kiosks, changing rooms, showers, toilets, barbecue area, camping site.
Butterfly Beach, Lung Mun Road, Hong Kong. Location Map.
Tai Po Lung Mei Beach
If you think you’re always heading back to the same beaches, try a new scene at Tai Po. Stretching 200 metres long, the man-made stretch of sand and sea sits next to Tai Mei Tuk and the Plover Cove Reservoir. As with most beaches in Hong Kong, you’ll be surrounded by lush mountain views and the waves here are very gentle, making it great for kids (especially if they’re new swimmers).
Facilities: Changing rooms, shower facilities and toilets.
Tai Po Lung Mei Beach, 168 Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. Location Map.
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Editor’s Note: “Best Beaches In Hong Kong To Visit With The Family” was most recently updated in May 2023 by Najuka Redkar. Special thanks to Jess Mizzi and Fashila Kanakka for their contribution.