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Swim in clear waters and take a short hike at Sharp Island

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Swim in clear waters and take a short hike at Sharp Island

Visitors are advised to check the lifeguard services availability at the beach with the respective website before you visit. The public should not swim at the beaches without lifeguard services in order to avoid accidents.

Average hiking time: About 2 hours | Distance: Approximately 3 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Located in the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, this tiny elongated island is home to geological spectacles created 140 million years ago. It is perfect for visitors to enjoy natural wonders, a fairly short hike and a dip in the sea in one go.

Hap Mun Bay Beach

Stop 1: Hap Mun Bay Beach

Start your day with a short bouncy kaito ride from the Sai Kung Public Pier. Hap Mun Bay, also known as Half Moon Bay, is a picturesque crescent-shaped beach tucked away at the southern tip of Sharp Island Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info with emerald waters. In fact, it consistently tops the water quality ratings among Hong Kong’s beaches. A snack bar, barbecue and picnic sites, showers and lockers are available.

Sai Kung town centre has lots of options for stocking up.
Hak Shan Teng

Stop 2: Hak Shan Teng

The hiking route to Kiu Tau starts from the rear of the picnic site. It takes you to the top of the hill — Hak Shan Teng — for a breath-taking panorama of the coastline and the tombolo of Sharp Island. The trees, climbers and thickets along the way are so thick at some spots that it’s like walking through a green tunnel, where you will be greeted by a wide variety of fluttering butterflies.

Trail condition
Trail condition

Short walk; but mind rugged relief at the tombolo and few stops for replenishment.

Kiu Tsui Beach

Stop 3: Kiu Tsui Beach

After hiking for just an hour, Kiu Tsui Beach comes into sight. Partly bouldery and partly sandy, it’s a great spot for scuba-diving, kayaking, swimming and sunbathing.


Stop 4: Tombolo

If you happen to catch the low tide, witness the emerging promenade that connects the nearby Kiu Tau islet. Stroll along the natural sand levee for a closer look at this interesting coastal landform.

Photography Tips from Kelvin Yuen
Photography Tips from Kelvin Yuen

The tombolo is characterised by the many pineapple bun-shaped stones here. See the stone path connecting the Kiu Tau islet appear during low tide.

Use an ultra-wide-angle lens (e.g. 16 mm) to capture the unique stones in the foreground and highlight the stone path.

‘Pineapple buns’

‘Pineapple buns’

Dozens of giant boulders are scattered on the tombolo beaches, looking bizarrely like the local snack ‘pineapple bun’. The quartz monzonite has been weathered and eroded to various degrees to yield irregular cracks. Other typical volcanic rocks found on Sharp Island include volcanic breccia and rhyolite, the former containing angular pyroclasts while the latter’s surface is adorned with lava flow bandings.

Kiu Tau

Stop 5: Kiu Tau

Cross the tombolo and follow the trail up Kiu Tau. From the hilltop lookout, you can get a good look at Hap Mun Bay, Port Shelter and Clear Water Bay. Descend to the rocky shore to observe coastal wildlife. At the end of the trail, you will see a beacon guiding ships in Inner Port Shelter.

Sharp Island Pier

Stop 6: Sharp Island Pier

Return to the main island via the tombolo and walk towards the direction of Kiu Tsui Beach. The pier is an elevated platform where you can enjoy one last glimpse of the beautiful scenery before hopping onto the Kaito.

Sharp Island

Getting to Hap Mun Bay Beach:

  • From MTR Diamond Hill Exit C2, take bus 92 to Sai Kung Town.
  • From Sha Tin New Town Plaza Bus Terminus take bus number 299X to Sai Kung Town.
  • Take a Kaito to Hap Mun Bay from Sai Kung Public Pier. The journey takes around 15 minutes.

Leaving from Sharp Island and Sai Kung Town:

  • Board a kaito at Sharp Island Public Pier to return to Sai Kung Public Pier.
  • From Sai Kung Town, public transport is available to other destinations.
  • Sai Kung Ferry Traders Association (enquiry):  +852 9080 5794 / +852 9082 2057
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