A couple of months back, on a nebulous afternoon (will it rain or will it not rain?), Joyce and I went on a last minute trip to Big Wave Bay in Shek O.
Shek O is the more popular beach because there are more establishments, transportation options, full-service BBQ areas, etc., while Big Wave Bay is more popular with surfers during the surfing season (you can rent a board here – I can’t remember but it’s around 100-200 a day?). But that’s not to say it doesn’t get crowded, especially in summer. I did come right before summer began though (around April) and it was nearly empty. And reasonably so, it was pretty chilly, especially for a tropical person like me!
Anyway, since sunbathing isn’t our thing anyway, we decided to explore the eastern side of the beach, where we found a path that kept going up, up, and up…
I initially thought this was the end of Dragon’s Back Trail, but apparently it’s some nameless uphill path that intersects with the Pottinger Peak Country Trail, which I believe then intersects with Dragon’s Back / Hong Kong Trail Section 8. You can check Google Maps to see what I mean. (Later research has revealed that this is one option of ending Dragon’s Back Trail…)
See that “Stone Graving” thing on the map? We stumbled upon a rocky outcropping that looked like this:
And then we tried to venture further up, and took a break at a viewing pavilion:
Alas, we didn’t make it to the top because I was just not fit enough nor prepared for a hike of any sort that day, so we told ourselves we’d leave it for another day… It wasn’t exactly the most action packed of adventures, but I thought I’d share it anyway since we thought it was a cool discovery! If you find yourself bored on the beach, like I usually do when everyone’s sunbathing (I don’t enjoy lying in the sun for prolonged periods of time and I don’t need to sunbathe anyway, I get darker after literally 5 minutes under the sun), you can explore this path. Or bring a ball and kick it around on the beach with Spanish people, which I find diverting.
How to get to Big Wave Bay: Take the MTR to Shau Kei Wan and then the red minibus to Big Wave Bay (Tai Long Wan in Cantonese). Or Bus 9, but I haven’t done this. I think it’s Exit A3😉