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Hiking the Dragon’s Back to Big Wave Bay

August 6, 2016

Life has been sweet to me lately. Yes, it is humid, humid, humid here in Hong Kong but that hasn’t stopped me from going out and exploring more of the city’s trails and beaches. And I have the weird tan lines to prove it!

Making friends as an adult isn’t always easy, so I’m extra thankful to have met a few lately that I really click with aka we like eating, hiking, and beaching a lot but can also have real conversations. Win.

It’s been a busy year settling into this vibrant city, and I haven’t written a proper blog post for ages. So here goes a new attempt. I’ll definitely want to remember these adventures in the future, and maybe some of my lessons learned will help others too.

Today I hiked Dragon’s Back and the Hong Kong Trail, and then spent a few glorious hours soaking up the sun in Big Wave Bay. For reference, after finishing Dragon’s Back, choosing to take the Hong Kong Trail path (there is an obvious wooden sign) will lead straight to Big Wave Bay.

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Loving Hong Kong summer skies.

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Can you see the Dragon’s Back?

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Paved walkways = a great hike for a range of ages and abilities.

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More lovely paved steps.

I think I’ve hiked Dragon’s Back five times or so this year. It’s a fairly easy hike with impressive views – perfect for doing with visiting friends, or when you (if you live on the Island) want to be outside for some sun and air without going too far.

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The stunning scene at Big Wave Bay today.

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Beautifully clear water.

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Coconuts by the ocean floor.

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Many rented beach umbrellas.

While I’ve been to Big Wave Bay before, it was my first time spending a sunny afternoon there. A bit soon to say perhaps, but I think it’s my favourite Hong Kong beach so far. Yes, Long Ke was stunning but I did not love the lack of proper bathrooms or restaurants. Repulse Bay had fantastic restaurants and is so convenient but the water there was not great. At Big Wave Bay, you can easily rent sports equipment (surfboards, boogie boards, paddle boards) and beach umbrellas, grab fresh food (the Hawaiian pizza at Eric’s is to die for), use the bathroom, and hop on a red minibus to get back to Shau Kei Wan MTR station. It’s an easy, breezy break from the city. I already can’t wait to go back but until then, there are new hikes and beaches to explore this summer. Thankfully, it’s sunny until October-ish so this is really feeling like an endless summer and I’m loving every moment.

How to get to Dragon’s Back:

  • Take the blue MTR line to Shau Kei Wan station
  • From Shau Kei Wan station, take exit C to the bus terminal
  • Board bus 9. You’ll get off at the Dragon’s Back stop – the flashing lights sign inside the bus will indicate this.

How to get home from Big Wave Bay:

  • There’s only one way out to the main road. Keep walking up the slope, and the red minibus picks you up at the top.

Time spent hiking Dragon’s Back and the Hong Kong Trail to Big Wave Bay: about 2-2.5 hours

Difficulty level: easy to moderate.

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