Your Guide to Hong Kong’s Best Beaches for Surfing


Your Guide to Hong Kong’s Best Beaches for Surfing

Hong Kong may have established itself as a juggernaut of fast-paced city living, but that doesn’t mean it falls short on something slow and steady. Like going on a beach trip! Behind the city’s tall skyscrapers are surfer-friendly beaches with decent waves that make for a nice ride whether you’re a noob or an expert.

From beaches resting at the foot of hills to clear waters and a sandy bottom, here are the best surfing spots in Hong Kong.

Big Wave Bay

Best Surfing Spots in Hong Kong

All roads lead to Big Wave Bay when it comes to Hong Kong’s surfing scene. The city’s tight-knit community of surfers flock to this sandy beach for its huge swells. Even if you’re not a fan of the waves, the verdant hills in the background and the fun tribe of sun worshippers will make the trip worth it. Big Wave Bay is a 30-minute cab ride from Central.

What to love about it: Great facilities like board rentals and cafes; more accessible than other beaches; big waves

Cheung Sha

Located on Lantau Island, Cheung Sha boasts a long stretch of powdery sand, clear waters, and waves that will give you a decent ride. Don’t worry about packing your board as there are many rentals nearby. Best to come here during summer to catch those waves. From Central Pier 6, take the ferry to Mui Wo and ride bus 1 or 2 bound for Pui O.

What to love about it: Less crowded; restaurants and cafés run aplenty

Pui O

If you’re new to surfing, Pui O beach is for you. Its waves reach decent heights (one to four feet), perfect for novice surfers. It’s also an ideal spot to watch the sunset while chugging a bottle of beer or lying on the powdered sand. Pui O is the home of Mavericks, a beloved beach restaurant-bar in Hong Kong.

What we love about it: Reasonably-sized waves; refreshment areas nearby

Tai Long Wan

This gem in Sai Kung is one of the four beaches that make up Tai Long Wan (the others being Sai Wan, Ham Tin, and Tung Wan). The sweeping views of the mountain ranges and the kilometres-long beach are a stark contrast to Hong Kong’s lofty skyscrapers, making this tourist spot an ideal escape from the humdrums of city-living. Waves here reach as high as eight feet and attract surfers of all levels. Be on the lookout, though, during winter for shifting sandbanks and powerful rip tides.

What we love about it: Clean beach; consistent waves

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