The well-known Repulse Bay Beach is located on a beautiful bay with a long line of coast and smooth sand. It is a Grade 1 beach for its good water quality. In addition, large waves rarely hit the beach, making it an ideal place for swimming.
Repulse Bay has changing rooms, showers, toilets, swimming rafts, swimming safety-zone markers, and playgrounds. Several Chinese restaurants dot the beach, and kiosks serve light refreshments. The Lifesaving Club is at the east end and resembles a Chinese temple, with large statues of Tin Hau, goddess of the sea, and Kwun Yum, goddess of mercy.
Take Bus 6, 6A, 64, 260, or 262 from Exchange Square, Bus 73 from Aberdeen. and Bus no. 6, 6A, 6X, 260 from Central.
Shek O Beach
Shek O, not far from Big Wave Bay, is almost Mediterranean in aspect. A wide beach with shops and restaurants nearby, it has refreshment kiosks, barbecue pits, lifeguards, swimming rafts, playgrounds, changing rooms, showers, and toilets. The views are magnificent as the bus begins its descent toward the heart of the small village. In the center of town there are several outdoor dining areas, serving everything from Thai to Cantonese.
Take the MTR from Central to Shau Kei Wan (there is a bus from Central to Shau Ki Wan, but it takes between one and two hours), then Bus 9 to the end of the line.
Deep Water Bay
At Deep Water Bay the action starts at dawn every morning, all year long, when members of the Polar Bear Club go for a dip. The beach is packed in summer, when there are lifeguards, swimming rafts, and safety-zone markers, plus a police reporting center. Barbecue pits, showers, and restrooms are open year-round.
A taxi from Central will take about 20 minutes. You can also take Bus 6A from the Exchange Square Bus Terminus; for a scenic route, take Bus 70 from Exchange Square to Aberdeen and change to Bus 73, which passes the beach en route to Stanley.
Big Wave Bay
Big Wave Bay is Hong Kong's most accessible surfing beach, lives up to its name and is frequently closed for swimming as a result. The beach has kiosks, barbecue pits, a playground, changing rooms, showers, and toilets.
From Shau Ki Wan, take Bus 9 to the roundabout; walk about 20 minutes along the road, which is usually lined with cars on weekends.