Saikung area in north eastern Hong Kong has some of Hong Kong’s best hikes, and it’s an area I always enjoy exploring. Though I’ve done many, if not most, of the trails in Saikung, I always discover something interesting and new when I head back to redo some of the old paths. Last time I visited Hoi Ha Wan was in 2010 (!) to do a bit of snorkling, though I never really took the time to do the hikes around the marine parks and explore some of the glorious nature that surrounds it.
So, yeah, you can just come in to swim, snorkel, or dive in some of the clearest waters in Hong Kong. Or, you can do one of the many hikes around that area.
I took a taxi all the way up to the nearby village, and then headed east towards Sai Kung West Country Park (Wan Tsai Extension) and their camp sites, which at the time were just opening up back again from the pandemic closure. Then, along Tai Tan Country Trail and the Tai Long area towards the Wong Shek Pier, where you can either catch a ferry, bus, or taxi back to civlization.
Overall, 3-4 hours of nature bliss, with some wonderful beaches and spectacular views. Aside from a few people here and there at the campsites, it was just me and nature.