Ham Tin Wan Beach
Clinging to the side of the Sai Kung Peninsula is a necklace of four bays separated by a turret of hills, each with pearly sands and mirror-clear waters. Set off from San Wan to Ham Tin Wan, crossing through grassy valleys and forest-fringed corridors. You'll know you're near when you reach the waterfalls and rock pools. Take a dip before continuing on. It's quite a journey, so set up camp overnight - you can rent surfboards, camping gear and firewood from On Kee Store. S'mores under the stars? Obligatory. For something more substantial, before you leave the city proper, pick up a ready-made picnic from Brick Lane. These aren't your run-of-the-mill sandy sandwiches; its hampers come complete with (proper) utensils, blankets and, the best bit, loaded-truffle fries.
Getting there: Head to Sai Kung Town by taking bus 92 from MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2. Once there, jump on a speedboat direct to Ham Tin or set about on the hike from Sai Wan Pavilion. It'll take you about 90 minutes depending on how many times you stop (for snacks/ snaps/ a swim in the rock pools).