Shek O is a scenic peninsula located at the south-eastern part of the Hong Kong Island. Shek O is a famous tourist attraction which is surrounded by many spectacular views, hiking trails, lovely beaches and mountains. This place is also famous for many music video shootings and some movie shootings as well. Shek O is also extremely famous among photographers, hikers and nature lovers who flock to the place throughout the week.
Shek O means a “rocky bay” which is true to its name as the most surfaces in the area and around the beaches are rocky. The white sand beaches, Barbecue pits around them and outdoor eating places attract a lot of visitors to this area. Many houses are painted with bright colors which also add to the scenery.
How to Reach Shek O
Shek O is not very far from Hong Kong and you can reach here within a 20-minutes’ drive by car or taxi. You can also reach here by MRT station Shay Kei Wan and taking the bus no 9 from there.
9 Tourist Attractions at Shek O Peninsula
Shek O Country Park
This is a rural marine park facing the South China Sea and is located on the peninsula. The 701- hectare park was allocated in 1979. The park has three amazing and interconnecting hiking trails. The Pottinger Peak Country Trail, the Dragon’s Back Trail and the Stage 7 of the Hong Kong Trail. All these trails are equally spectacular and offer wonderful views of the nature, Shek O, its surroundings, beaches and Tai Tam Bay. The park is loved by everyone and gets very busy on weekends.
Dragon’s Back is the most famous and busiest trail out of all three trails. This splendid hike route is considered as the best and accessible for all ages including kids. The trail starts from Tei Wan Village and takes you to the top of the Shek O Peak at 284 meters which has magnificent views from the top. You continue the trail until you reach the Big Wave Beach to end your 8-kilometer trail with a fabulous and refreshing beach.
Read more about the Dragon’s Back hiking trail, tips and attractions around it.
Pottinger Peak Country Trail
This scenic trail shaded with trees will lead you from Pottinger Gap to Cape Collinson Road. If you are facing Collinson Road, you will have views of Pottinger Peak on your left side and Mount Collinson on your right side. You will also enjoy the views of the Shek O peak and the Dragon’s Back trail that is visible like a spine of a dragon. As you hike further you will be mesmerized by the beautiful views of Big Wave Bay and Shek O Beach.
Stage 7 of the Hong Kong Trail
This third trail is also part of the Country Park and is a also wonderful track for hiking lovers. This is an easy trail which starts from Tai Tam Road. This trail runs along the border of the Shek O Country Park and bends around Obelisk Hill. While hiking around the Obelisk Hill on the forested path, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Tai Tam Harbor. Continuing further will take you through the lovely fishing villages like Lan Nai Wan, Tung Ah, Tung Ah Pui and Ngan Hang to the last village which is called Tei Wan Village. From here, you can follow the signs to the Shek O Road which is the end of the trail.
Shek O Village
Shek O Village is a 200-years-old wonderful village that consists of many old and new houses. The village has lots of picturesque spots. The village was founded as a fishing village by the fishermen of the Yip, Li, Chan and Lau clans. The village became very famous for its lobsters. The surrounding areas of the village became the part of the Country Club and the people living in the country club area were evacuated. The village’s temple “Tin Hua Temple” was built in 1891 and is a Grade II historic building. The village is a great place for relaxation and to enjoy the cultural cuisines specially seafood.
BIG WAVE BAY
Big Wave Bay is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Shek O peninsula. This beach is mostly less crowded and has a café and a relaxing environment. The Big Wave Beach is also the ending point of the Dragon’s Back Trail. As the name suggests, the waves are fiercer which attracts the surfers. There is a short bus service between Big Wave Beach and the Shek O Beach.
Shek O Beach
This beach is considered as one of the most scenic beaches of Hong Kong. The beach is highly popular and has an easy access, so it is always crowded. Tourists and residents love to visit this beach which is not far from the skyscrapers of the main city. This beautiful white sandy beach has very calm water which is also ranked good for swimming. You will see a huge crowd enjoying and relaxing under colorful umbrellas and comfortable chairs which can be rented from the spot. You can also bring your umbrella and chairs if you can.
There are many nice cafes and restaurants around the beach, so you can always get something to drink or eat. There are many shops which sell floatable objects for the beach lovers. There is a huge variety of these inflatable dolphins, whales, boats and octopuses in different sizes and shapes. There are also many barbeque pits around the beach which are mostly full. To take one, you need to reach early morning with your stock. Otherwise, you will have to rent a private barbeque pit.
Cape D’Aguilar is a wonderful 20-hectare marine reserve on the southernmost part of the Shek O peninsula. The spectacular place has mangroves, a coral reef and a heritage lighthouse which dates back to 1875. This is also a favorite hiking spot for the hikers who love the wild and wave-lashed area. One of the main attractions is the whale skeleton that is visibly mounted outside the Swire Institute of Marine Sciences.
Golf at Shek O Country Club
This is a beautiful but private golf club on the Shek O peninsula. The golf club was founded in 1921. This golf club serves to all ages ranging from 5 to 55.