Sometimes it takes five years and longer to discover a really great spot – in this case, it’s a beach. Chung Hom Kok is one of the prettiest and most relaxing beaches in Hong Kong, and it is actually not too far away from our home (compared to some of the beaches around Sai Kung!).
Located at the southwest part of Hong Kong island, between Repulse Bay and Stanley, Chung Hom Kok beach is tucked away from the road – it sits at the end of a roundabout and then you’ll have to walk several steps downhill, to reach the beach.
Compared to other beaches, it is smaller but beautiful – and it is so much more quieter! Not only because it is a little more difficult to find (unless you know where the steps are), but also it is a little more difficult to get to (it is tiring to ‘schlepp’ down all your equipment for the day).
But it is really a great beach – with a stack of BBQ pits. That’s where we headed right in the beginning, on Easter Monday, with our friends. We arrived at 11am, thinking it would be crowded, but because it was a little bit cooler (just around 18 degrees) there were not many people at the beach. We probably saw around 30 people during the day.
Also the swimming season hadn’t started then (it runs from April to October), so there was no lifeguard on duty and hence that might have deterred a few people from coming.
Anyway, we headed straight for the BBQ and started to get the fire going – we had packed a big lunch of vegetables, meat and lots of snacks for the kids, plus plenty of drinks – and in between eating and drinking, we spread out a blanket on the beach to relax and watch the toddlers playing in the sand.
Next to the BBQ pits are showers, washrooms and a small kiosk (which wasn’t open yet, I guess that once the swimming season has started, it will be open too) – and the best part for the kids: there is a nice big playground just a few steps upwards from the beach.
There are two big slides, two swings, two bouncing horses and lots of balancing and climbing activities. If you bring your ping pong set you can play at the two tables, or you could even play badminton next to it (there are some markings on the floor, so you can play a real game – the only thing missing is a net).
The whole playground area is nicely done, the structure is from recent years – while the small house (to shelter from the sun or the rain) and the ping pong and badminton areas look like they have been around for a few decades already. But that does not matter, all is in good state and what is nice is that it is surrounded by greens – you feel like you are next to a jungle! So with this in mind, just be sure to bring your mosquito spray with you.
Chung Hom Kok beach can be reached from Central (Exchange Square) via bus 6 to Chung Hom Kok – hop off at the roundabout, walk downhill and turn left to reach the staircase.