"Venturing into the wilds of Sai Kung, the plethora of options open to hikers is astounding! Amongst the area’s finest beaches are Long Ke and Sai Wan. Of the many people who visit these spots, few manage get the sand of both beaches on their feet in a single visit. However it is possible!
Essentially this route is simply a segment the MacLehose Trail stage 2, however it is the optimal way to see many of the regions finest beaches in one go; from Long Ke in the south, all the way up to Tai Long Wan in the north.
The drive around the azure waters of High Island Reservoir is very scenic and upon arrival at the east dam it is definitely worth having a look around before charging up the trail. The natural rock formations in the area are very special and if you have a little extra time, exploring the adjacent HK Geopark makes for a fun detour.
From the turning circle, depart the paved road and follow a footpath up and over the hill. Before long you will be greeted by the inviting sight of Long Ke Wan, our first beach en route. The path leads straight down to some of the whitest sands and clearest waters in all of Hong Kong. Often on weekdays, you will have this little slice of paradise all to yourself.
Soak it up before biting into the heart of this route, the hike up and over Sai Wan Shan. Working one’s way up to the 314m Summit is hard work on a summers day, however it is all worth it for what awaits on the other side.
Drop back down into the shady valley below, following the MacLehose Trail to Sai Wan Beach where cooling refreshments await! From that juncture one can either return up the paved footpath for 45minutes to reach the Sai Wan access road or continue onwards. The beaches to the north at Tai Long Wan are more expansive and well worth the effort to reach.