Get Out: Cheung Sha Beach
Located on the south coast of Lantau Island, Cheung Sha beach runs close to 3km, making it one of the longest in Hong Kong. The beach is split in two by a small headland: the upper beach feels more remote, while the lower is stuffed with services, including changing rooms, showers, a rental shop, and restaurants.
The surf is usually pretty tame at Cheung Sha, making it a little lame for surfing. But a constant breeze and reasonably flat water make it decent for anyone wanting to practice their windsurfing skills. Long Coast Seasports rents windsurfers for as little as $90 (one hour for a beginner board), and up to $750 (a full day with an advanced board). We suggest calling ahead to check on the weather. Even if there’s a strong breeze blowing elsewhere, it can be dead still out at Cheung Sha; the day we went, one windsurfer ended up ‘sailing’ backwards due to the tide moving him faster than the wind. Luckily, the Long Coast shop provides daily wind and wave reports by phone: call 2980 3222.
Apart from windsurfing, there's great food (and drink) to finish a day on the waves. Check out our review of The Stoep’s South African cuisine at timeout.com.hk.
From Central you have two options. If you don't fancy steep mountain roads and hairpin turns, catch the Mui Wo ferry from Central Pier No. 5 (check the timetable for the fast boat), and board bus 1 or 2 bound for Tai O. If you’re up for an adventurous bus ride, take the MTR to Tung Chung, and at the terminus board bus 11 to Tai O. Get off the bus just after the first intersection, after the bus descends over the hill.