Beyond the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong are long stretches of sand perfect for the summer heat, so why not take a break and enjoy one of the most thrilling water sports Hong Kong has to offer?
With some beaches like Big Wave Bay only 30 minutes away from the city, and surfing shops located everywhere from Causeway Bay to Stanley, there is no better time to make a splash. Although it may seem daunting at first, it's easy to get into the swing of things even after just an hour of learning the basics.
Wondering where to begin? Take a look at our in-depth guide on where to go and what to get before getting your surf on.
Where to go
Tai Long Wan
Located east of the Sai Kung peninsula, the beaches of Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan, Tai Wan and Tung Wan make up Tai Wan Long Wan’s long stretch of sand. The vast expanse of space combined with having the biggest waves in Hong Kong (up to 8ft on a good day!) makes this the ideal place for surfing.
Out of the four, Sai Wan Beach is the best for beginners: as it's the beach with the smallest waves, it is also the most accessible, along with being the location of Surf Hong Kong, who offer lessons. Fair warning: this beach may be better suited for those who know their way around water as none of the four beaches have lifeguards.
How to get there: Take the MTR to Choi Hung (Kwun Tong Line), and head for Exit C1, then take the green minibus 1A to Sai Kung Town.