The One With A Sunny Saturday At Shek O Beach

In a bid to visit more places in Hong Kong before winter truly ends and the wretched summer begins, I took the road again with some travel buddies to visit yet another beach in Hong Kong; this time round to the famous family beach of Shek O, located to the east of Hong Kong Island.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

Shek O Beach, together with Big Wave Beach located about two km away, was famous of its big wave and clean beach (of Grade 2). During summer the beach will be packed with families and wind surfer; yet another reason to visit during non-summer months.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

However when we visited, it was hardly crowded with only some children frolicking around on the beach and a few brave gweilos ventured into the icy cold water.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

Yes, the waves were this huge. Easily the biggest I have seen in Hong Kong.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

Further out to the left of the beach was some stony hillside (Shek O literally means Rocky Bay which was easily climbable even for someone as uncoordinated as me. With a few beer in hand we scaled the boulders and soon was rewarded with some rare views of Hong Kong’s ocean.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

After spending some time on the beach, we made our way to the other (rocky) side of Shek O, which essentially is a headland into water. On the way we need to pass through some village which looked like a cross between the bohemian Lamma and the localised Cheung Chau. Dotted around the village were some BBQ shops (where you could rent a spot for BBQ-ing, around HK$150 for a whole day), grocers and the general necessities for a beachfront town.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

The headland. Not being a fan of climbing dangerous rocky surface I can’t claim I loved this spot, but I can see why people find this place beautiful. So much so that various local MTVs were shot here. The waves here were even bigger, owing to the narrow water opening just further out from this rocky beach.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

We saw there was a hiking trail leading up to the peak of the headland, and who were we to deny an invitation from Mother Nature? With the sun smiling down our backs, we took a collective breathe and took on the steep staircases.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

What a view. Blue sky, blue water, strong wind. Definitely worth the climb.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

From the peak we can see the entire Shek O beach and its village. It made me think of Moulay Idris in Morocco. Kinda isolated, but not really. Beautiful in a mournful way.

Sunny Saturday At Shek O

On the way down we found this piece of graffiti. Yes, we love Shek O today. I’ll be back with my shades and beach mat in summer.

How to get there
Take the MTR network to Shau Kei Wan. Find your way to the bus terminal and look for the red mini bus written “Shek O”. The journey will take about 20 minutes from the terminus. The bus will first stop at Big Wave Beach before making a U-turn to Shek O.

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