Sai Kung Rock Pools, also known as 雙鹿石澗 (Sheung Luk stream) in Cantonese, is a quadruplex set of naturally occurring pools hidden amidst the pristine coast of Sai Kung in Hong Kong.
Nestled within the Sai Kung Country Park, these rock pools offer a refreshing escape from the bustling city life, providing a serene oasis to relax and rejuvenate. Let’s delve into the allure of Sai Kung Rock Pools, uncovering their unique features, and guide you on how to embark on this unforgettable adventure.
1 What are the Sai Kung Rock Pools?
The Sai Kung Rock Pools (or Sai Wan Rock Pools) are a series of natural pools formed over centuries by the gentle flow of water and the erosion of the rocky landscape from the Sheung Luk Stream. Situated within the Sai Kung East Country Park and just a short hike away from my favourite beach, these rock pools boast crystal-clear waters, cascading waterfalls, and striking rock formations that create an ethereal ambience, making them a popular destination for locals and tourists alike.
2 How to Get to Sai Wan?
Reaching the Sai Kung Rock Pools within the Sheung Luk Stream may require a bit of effort, but the journey is an adventure in itself. Follow these steps to get there:
If you’re hiking, you’ll first have to get to Sai Kung first. The best way to get there is to go to Choi Hung MTR Station and then catch the 1A minibus to Sai Kung.
From Sai Kung, you can catch a taxi or 29R limited-service village shuttle bus to the starting point at Sai Wan Pavilion.
The hike between Sai Wan Pavilion and the Sai Kung Rock Pools takes between 45 minutes to an hour.
Before heading there, consider the following:
Prepare Adequate Supplies: Ensure you are well-prepared for the journey. Pack enough water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and breathable clothing, and consider bringing a swimsuit to take a dip in the inviting rock pools.
Respect the Environment: While visiting the rock pools, remember to be mindful of the environment. Leave no trace, take your rubbish with you, and avoid damaging the delicate ecosystem surrounding the pools.
For detailed instructions on getting to Sai Wan Beach, check out this guide:
Taking a speedboat will get you there a lot quicker. However, it comes at a steep price of approximately HK$160 for a one-way ticket.
Before you plan your trip, check if speedboat services to the rock pools are available at the time you intend to go. Speedboat services might vary based on weather conditions and other factors, so it’s better to ensure the boats are operational. I wouldn’t recommend going if the weather is bad anyway, so chances are that they’ll be available if you plan on going.
Start by heading to the waterfront towards the Sai Kung Pier. Once here, you’ll see numerous operators offering speedboat services to various islands.
Enquire about the speedboat services, such as the schedule, prices, and safety precautions you need to be aware of.
Book a return ticket to Sai Wan Beach.
Make sure you take down the details of the operator. This way, if you need to change your pick-up time you can give them a call and do so.
3 How to Get to the Sai Kung Rock Pools (Sheung Luk Stream)?
Once you’re at Sai Wan Beach, getting to the rock pools is fairly simple.
Total Time:15 minutes
Walk from Sai Wan Beach to Kap Man Hang
At Kap Man Hang (see photo above), do not cross the bridge but instead walk towards the sign in the corner.
Follow the sign to Sai Wan Road
Continue following the sign to Sai Wan Road Via Lo Tei Tun. Don’t worry, it’s just a short walk from here and not 2.2km.
Cross the trough
There’s a bit of a gap here. You will have to either jump it or step down on the piece of rock.
Walk along the perimeter
Continue walking straight and then turn left at the end of the road, alongside the perimeter of the wall.
Beware of slippery rocks
On the other side, you’ll reach this sign. This area is a bit dangerous due to the slippery rocks. I would not recommend bringing children along here.
Enjoy the Sai Kung Rock Pools!
That’s it. Up ahead are the rock pools. Be careful as you head over.
Google Maps doesn’t have the directions mapped out by default, so I’ve mapped out the route here:
The Sai Kung Rock Pools are a natural treasure that beckons those seeking an escape from the urban hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. With their pristine waters, stunning rock formations, and breathtaking surroundings, these rock pools offer an ideal destination for nature lovers, photographers, and adventure seekers.
Remember to plan your journey, be prepared, and respect the environment to ensure a memorable and enjoyable experience. Embark on this enchanting journey, and let the magic of Sai Kung Rock Pools captivate your soul.
Can I swim in the rock pools?
Yes, you can swim in the rock pools. The water is usually clear and inviting, providing a refreshing experience during your visit.
What should I bring for the hike to the rock pools?
Essential items include water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a first aid kit. Consider packing a swimsuit and a towel if you plan to swim.
Are there any nearby amenities, such as toilets and restaurants?
Limited facilities are available within the park. It’s advisable to use restrooms before starting your hike. There are restaurants and shops in Sai Wan Pavillion for food and amenities.
Are the Sai Kung Rock Pools suitable for children?
The rock pools can be difficult to get to and have a danger sign upon entry. It’s not advisable for children to climb up this path. In fact, numerous incidents, including death, have occurred at the pools in the past.
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