Family Friendly Hike – Waterfall Bay in Hong Kong

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(Last Updated On: June 19, 2019)

If you want to experience a Hong Kong waterfall, but you have small children who might not be able to make it up to the challenging Ng Tung Chai waterfalls or the remote Ping Nam Stream waterfalls, than you will want to hike Waterfall Bay in Pok Fu Lam. On this family-friendly path, you probably will not break much of a sweat, but you will certainly get to experience a beautiful Hong Kong waterfall, gorgeous coastal views and interesting cultural features all in a short and flat 3.4 km (2.1 mi).

You will start at the Cyberport Waterfront Park, and you will end at the Aberdeen Promenade. There are plenty of picnic and barbecue sites, restrooms, water fountains and play structures along the way, so when you hike Waterfall Bay you might even want to make a picnic out of it! Since this trail is quite easy, it’s even possible to do it with an infant in a hiking backpack!

Unfortunately, this route is not pet-friendly, since there are a few small gates you will have to hop over, and for this same reason, you will not be able to push prams/strollers along it either.

If you and your family would like to hike Waterfall Bay, but you’d prefer to leave the navigating to us, just give a click below, and we’d be glad to guide you on this family-friendly waterfall experience!

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Hike Waterfall Bay to Experience Nature, History and Culture

The briefest history of Waterfall Bay is that it used to serve as a vital source of freshwater for sailors and pirates alike! The once gushing Waterfall Bay has since been damed, and while it does not flow as heavily as it did in the past, it is still beautiful and well worth hiking to!

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This is the majestic waterfall at Waterfall Bay

A bit farther down the trail is where you’ll experience some of the cultural elements, so when you hike waterfall bay, make sure to bring your camera. More specifically, about halfway down the path, you’ll come upon a serene seaside statue-garden, filled to the brim, with figurines of gods, deities and religious figures from many world religions.

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If you’re brave enough (and at your own risk of course), it’s at this part of the path where you can take a swim in the ocean with some of the old folks who frequent this locals’ swimming hole. 

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Ultimately, if you’re looking for an easy yet rewarding family outing, we highly recommend you hike Waterfall Bay. Below are all the details you’ll need to enjoy this family-friendly path!

What You’ll Need to Bring

When you hike Waterfall Bay, you will not need a lot of gear, but we do suggest you bring the following few items. Also, don’t forget to bring a couple snacks for the kids!

Hiking Shoes

Even on a family friendly hike, it’s important to have the right shoes. These are what we use/have used and love, so we think you will too!

Rain Jackets

It never hurts to have a rain jacket*. On the off chance that the weather turns, these will keep you dry and a bit warmer. 

Water Bottles

We love these water bottles because they are insulated and reusable. Reduce your plastic waste by using these!

Sun Protection

It never hurts to protect yourself from the sun!

Camera and Lens

We love this camera and lens. This whole setup is weatherproof too, so we don’t have to worry about it in the rain!

Getting There and Getting Home

The path we detail below is not a loop. Thus, we recommend you use public transit to get to the Cyberport Waterfront Park. We also recommend you use public transit again to get back home from Aberdeen.

If you’re new to Hong Kong you will most likely first use the MTR to get to Kennedy Town, and then you’ll hop on a green minibus from there.

From Kennedy Town, we recommend you use the #58 Green Minibus to get to the Cyberport Waterfront Park. From Kennedy Town, the 58 departs from the Kennedy Town Station Bus Terminal. Just hop off when the minibus arrives at this stop at Cyberport.

Once you arrive in Aberdeen, we again recommend you use the #58 Green Minibus to travel back to Kennedy Town. From Aberdeen the 58 departs from the Aberdeen Center Bus Terminal.

If you prefer to drive, you can park your car at the Cyberport Car Park. However, be forewarned, if you leave your car at Cyberport, once you reach the end of this trail, in Aberdeen, you will have to return back to Cyberport to retrieve your car.

Difficulty and Distance

Difficulty

The entire path to and from Waterfall Bay is very easy. Anyone who can walk for ~1.5 hours will be able to enjoy this experience.

Distance, Elevation Gain, Duration

Distance: This path is at 3.4 km (2.1 mi) long.

Elevation Gain: There is virtually no elevation gain, as the path is nearly flat.

Duration: The time estimates below are assuming you don’t stop for a picnic or to play on the various play structures. If you do, this route could take quite a bit longer. 

-For families with very young children, 3 and under, plan on this taking 2 hours.

-For families with kids 4 and over, plan on this taking 1.5 hours.

Our Route

In the map below you can see our Hike Waterfall Bay route. (There are picture directions below, if you’d prefer to use those as well.) If you would like to use our map to navigate while you’re out on the path, just click this hike Waterfall Bay route link, and you’ll be able to view it in your Google Maps app.

Again, if you’d like to simply enjoy the sights and leave the navigating to us, just click below, and we’d be glad to guide you and your family on a hike to Waterfall Bay.

Want a guide?

Picture Directions

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Walk straight through the Cyberport Waterfront Park. Then, exit the park and walk uphill on Cyberport Road.
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Make sure to enjoy the coastal views from Cyberport Road!
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At this sign, hop the fence.
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Continue down this path. 
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Enjoy looking over the edge of the waterfall at Waterfall Bay, but be careful!
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More beautiful nature!
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Hop this blue fence.
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If you want to go and see the waterfall itself, walk through this gate. Then walk down the stairs. If you don’t, skip ahead 5 pictures.
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Head over this railing.
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And this one too.
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Check out the beach and the views of Lamma Island.
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Ta-da! The waterfall at Waterfall Bay!
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More coastal views. Lamma Island is what you’ll be looking at. Once you’re finished down here, head back up to the path.
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Continue down these stairs. 
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Check out the religious statue-garden.
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Continue down these stairs. 
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Take a dip, if you dare!
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You can bear right here. That is how we go. You can also go left. They both take you to the same destination.
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Climb up onto this wall. Then, walk straight along it. Eventually, hop down to your left, and then make your way out to the road which will be paralleling you on your left.
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Walk down this road.
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Head under this tunnel. 
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Walk through the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market. Then, exit the fish market at this hole in the fence.
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Enter the Aberdeen Promenade, and enjoy the scenery! 

Get Hiking

As you can now see, when you hike Waterfall Bay, you’re going to experience a little bit of everything! From Waterfall Bay itself, to the statue garden, to the swimming hole as well as the plentiful coastal views, a hike at Waterfall Bay will surely not disappoint. If you get to the end of this path however, and you’ve only just had your appetite wet for experiencing Hong Kong’s beautiful waterfalls, you might want to leave the little kids at home and experience some of the more difficult to get to Hong Kong waterfalls such as Ng Tung Chai water or the remote Ping Nam Stream waterfalls. Or, since this hike ends in Aberdeen, why not consider hiking nearby Ap Lei Chau?

Whatever you do, if you have comments, questions, compliments or concerns, please feel free to leave them below, and we’ll get back to you just as soon as possible.

Happy hiking!

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