Tai Long Wan
Best for: Rest stops in secluded coves. Swimming and cliff diving optional.
This 12km hike traces the coastline of the Sai Kung Peninsula, past hidden rock pools and blemish-free beaches - including some of Hong Kong's finest (and most secluded) sands. Starting at the end of Sai Wan Road, the first part is pretty fuss-free, all downhill and flat surface until you reach Sai Wan beach. Take a dip to combat the heat and humidity before soldiering on.
Feeling refreshed, stroll along the coastline-hugging path that leads to the beach. Pass the staircase of waterfalls and natural rock pools - we suggest stripping off here - onwards to Ham Tin beach. Up next, Tai Wan and further on, Tung Wan. We're heading all the way to Tung Wan for some Crusoe-esque seclusion, but each of the beaches are jaw-achingly beautiful.
Set aside a full-day to hop between the quadrant of beaches or purchase camp gear and beach barbecue coals from On Kee Store on Ham Tin to sleep under the stars. If you can, hike the trail on weekdays, when you'll seldom see another soul. Weekends aren't exactly as busy as Nathan Road, but you will have to arrive earlier to snag a camping spot.
Short on time? Walk the second part of the MacLehose trail, starting in Pak Tam Au and finishing on Sai Wan beach. It'll take about 90-minutes and is a manageable 6km.
How to get there: Head to Sai Kung Town by taking bus 92 from MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2. Take the 94 Bus from Sai Kung Central Bus Station, alight at Pak Tam Au, hike to Ham Tin or Tai Wan Beach.