- Chilling with a tasty salad and refreshing drink
- Boat ride through Hong Kong Bay
- Swimming and playing in the surf
- Tasty kids menu just for them
About This Day
Take a ferry ride to Pui O Beach on Lantau Island and discover another side of Hong Kong with kids. This half-day Hong Kong trip is a great adventure and offers a break from the city. Recharge your batteries while surrounded by the stunning Lantau Island beach scenery. Now while the journey to Pui O takes some time, it's an easy and unfussy trip. Also, the feeling of the warm black-and-gold sand on your feet makes it all worthwhile. Pick up a surfboard on a good swell day and then relax in the cool yet family-friendly Mavericks Surf Shack. Once sufficiently chilled out, feel free to make your way back to the city.
The ferry service to Lantau Island's Mui Wo departs from Pier 6 (or occasionally from Pier 5, check the schedule online).
You can find a fast or regular ferry service (respectively 20 and 40 minutes long) and can upgrade to the air-conditioned section.
The ferry ride is a great opportunity to see the city from the sea and to observe the sea traffic of barges and cargo boats as you pass by some smaller islands.
DIRECTIONS Hong Kong's Central Ferry Pier is easily accessible from Central MRT station, via the IFC mall air-conditioned exit route.
TIP Aim to arrive approximately 15-20 minutes early, so you have time to buy tickets.
Pui O is a pretty and laid back beach on Lantau Island. It has warm water and a small surf break against a lush hilly backdrop. Try and spot the wild water buffalos that roam the nearby fields and sometimes venture onto the beach. In this setting, you will feel miles away from the hectic city centre as your nuggets play in the surf. You can also rent surfboards (foam) or take lessons. This trip is such a wonderful thing to do in Hong Kong with kids. It is a lovely respite from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
DIRECTIONS The beach is a 10-minute walk from the bus stop in Pui O.
TIP The beach has shower and bathroom facilities, and there are lifeguards on duty in the summer. Make sure to pack some sunscreen and water.
Who knew Hong Kong had a surf shack? Mavericks serves simple but tasty salads and meals right on the beach. The place is chill, yet buzzing (and it gets busy during the weekend, so get there early). It has simple seating in the open dining room and the adjoining terrace. It offers a "mini mavericks" kids menu and plenty of refreshing drink options to quench your thirst after playing in the surf. It's a great place for a relaxing afternoon before gathering your forces to walk back to the bus stop and get back to Hong Kong Island.
DIRECTIONS Mavericks is located directly on Pui O Beach. You cannot miss it.
TIP Mavericks is only open in the evenings (from 5 p.m.) during weekdays, but opens at 11 a.m. on weekends.