Hong Kong is such a bliss with all the beautiful mountains and nature, including this picturesque and all-natural hidden rock pool. Whether you are looking for a refreshing dip or more extreme, jumping off the cliff, opportunities abound in this tiered series of waterfalls and natural pools hidden in the hills between Sai Wan and Ham Tin beaches in the Tai Long Wan cove.
Sheung Luk Stream behind Tai Long Sai Wan is located in Sai Kung East Country Park. Around a 10 minutes’ walk from Sai Wan are the Four Pools. This spot has deep pools for swimming and cliff jumps of differing heights from little ledges to 7-meter drops.
The upper pool with a 40 ft high vertical cliff standing on its side is the largest and deepest among the four, where you can jump off from a cliff and take some cool pictures. – Well, jump at your own risk!
After you have finished playing with the water, continue your walk to Ham Tin Wan and you will find the best camping site in Hong Kong! This natural rock pool is a perfect side stop for a day trip to the beach or during a camping staycation weekend!
How to Get There
Length: 3.5 km (one way)
Time at a leisurely pace: About an hour
- From Sai Kung town, take the 29R Minibus from outside the McDonald’s to the Sai Wan Pavilion, or take a taxi to the Sai Wan Pavilion.
Note: this minibus is not like the majority in Hong Kong such that it only runs from this stop to Sai Wan Pavilion 4 times a day: 8:30, 9:15, 11:30 and 15:30. If you happen to miss this bus, you would need to take a taxi ($90)
- After getting off at Sai Wan Pavilion, walk on the path to your left for about 40 minutes to reach Sai Wan beach.
- Walk past the stores and reach a longer beach of Sai Wan where you should see a stone bridge at the end of it. The opening to Sheung Luk stream is hidden in shrubs next to the stone bridge BEFORE crossing the bridge.
Avoiding wrong turns: Do not go over the footbridge! Stay on the path to the left.
- Follow the stream upwards and you will eventually hit rocks. Trek through the rocks until you see a sign that says “caution, deep water”. There you go! (10 mins)
How to Get Home
Either hike back out the way you came or arrange a sampan from Sai Wan or Ham Tim, the next beach over in the inlet. You should arrange your boat before you leave Sai Kung town as they can get full, or may not be running due to weather.