Big Wave Bay, or Tai Long Wan in the native Cantonese, is a fine strip of beach located 2 kilometers to the north of Shek O. While it is encased between tall mountains and thick jungles, it is not too secluded to be inaccessible. Nevertheless, Big Wave Bay remains as one of Hong Kong's less crowded beaches, which is actually a good thing for those who seek peace and quiet.
Big Wave Bay lives up to its name, occasionally. So don't expect to ride waves in there anytime of the year like you would in Hawaii or other surfing destinations. The surf in Big Wave Bay is only really up during strong winds, such as during typhoons or tropical storms.
Overall, this is still one of the cleanest and beautiful beaches of Hong Kong. Aside from sunbathing, swimming and surfing, other activities like trail hiking and camping can also be enjoyed there. There are several trails in the area such as the MacLehose Trail, which cuts through the beach's surrounding hillsides. Another attraction is the prehistoric rock carving located on the headland above the beach. This is one of Hong Kong's eight prehistoric rock carvings which are declared monuments.
Big Wave Bay is equipped with showers, toilets, changing rooms, BBQ areas, and shark prevention nets. There is also a cafe which serve snacks and refreshments. Lifeguards are on duty during peak season (March to November).
To get there, take MTR Island Line to Shau Kei Wan Station exit A3 then from nearby Shau Kei Wan Bus Terminus take number 9 bus* for Shek O. Get off at the junction of Shek O Road with Big Wave Bay Road (at a sharp U-turn) from where it is about 10 minutes walk to Big Wave Bay Village and beach.
Big Wave Bay Hong Kong - Photo Gallery