Repulse Bay

Repulse Bay is public beach located on the south side of Hong Kong Island. The bay was once a pirate’s stronghold until the British took control in 1841. Now it is one of the most popular beaches and one of the most expensive residential areas in Hong Kong. Repulse Bay is favorite for its clean water and soft sand. The fact that the beach was extended artificially explains why you will come across the coarser sand closer to the shore.

Repulse Bay is obviously not a tropical beach, but it is a great city beach and peaceful retreat for both locals and tourists. It is hard to find a better place in Hong Kong to get away from city hustle and bustle. Beach is cleaned daily and it is very well maintained. Trees along the beach provide shade. Repulse Bay is worth visiting even if you don’t want to swim. You can take a nice stroll along the seaside promenade or relax and enjoy sunbathing. Charming little Tin Hau Temple set on the southern end of the Repulse Bay, is not to be missed. It is one of over 100 Tin Hau Temples in Hong Kong. This one is devoted to the Tin Hau (Mazu), the Goddess of the Sea and protector of the fishermen and sailors, and Kwun Yam, the Goddess of Mercy.

You can find bathrooms, showers, changing rooms, barbecue grills and a beach volleyball court on the beach. There are also restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets nearby. Restaurants in Repulse Bay are pricey, but you can bring snacks and drinks.

Lifeguard season runs from March to November. Beach is protected by the shark nets.

Repulse Bay can sometimes be crowded, but if you prefer quieter beaches, there are more isolated alternatives within walking distance south of Repulse Bay. Middle Bay is 15 minutes and South Bay is about 30 minutes’ walk from Repulse Bay along South Bay Road. They both have free bathrooms, showers, lifeguard service, shark nets and restaurants.

To get to the Repulse Bay take bus #6, #6A, #6X or #260 from Central Exchange Square Bus Terminal (about 40 minutes ride), bus #63 or #65 from North Point Ferry Piers and Causeway Bay (about 40 minutes ride) or bus #973 from Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Station (about 70 minutes ride). Ask the driver where to get off.