Tai Long Wan

There’s something about entering a beach from a hilltop where you get a bird’s eye view of the blue water turning into emerald as it laps on the white shore. From the walkway leading down to sultry Ham Tin Beach, you might be torn between heading down to cool off by taking a dip in the waters or staying longer up on the hill to admire this beauty from a distance.

Ham Tin is just one of a few gorgeous beaches on this trail. Sai Wan Beach is another popular destination. Take out your favorite swimwear before starting this hike on the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula.

It’s a sunny trail, so be prepared with your shades, hat, and sunscreen if you like. It’s a half-day walk along a well-maintained path, which in some parts put you next to the verdant hills of the Sai Kung East Country Park. Besides the four popular beaches in Tai Long Wan Bay, you also get a good view of High Island Reservoir.

Worry not about your pulse racing at the sights of Ham Tin and Sai Wan for when you reach the quaint village of Chek Keng, its still waters will calm you down.


Get to the start:

  1. There are irregular buses to the Sai Wan Pavilion from Sai Kung, but it’s better to get a taxi if you can.
  2. From the pavilion, follow the signs to Sai Wan along an easy path that affords great views of the High Island Reservoir inlets.
  3. Once you reach Sai Wan Village, walk through to the beach and then turn left joining the MacLehose Trail. This takes you up a hill on the far side of the beach and past the Sai Wan Stargazing Site.
  4. Follow the cliff path down to Ham Tin beach where you take an immediate left turn through sand dunes, past a river and then up to Tai Long Village. You will be following the MacLehose Trail for the rest of this hike which is well-marked.
  5. Climb the hill up and over the pass and down to Chek Keng Village where you follow the coast.
  6. To finish, there is one final climb up to the road at Pak Tam Au, where you can find buses back to Sai Kung.