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(Aberdeen harbor : 114°9'E_22°15'N, South China sea)
WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Big Wave Bay
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
PowerHollow, Fast, Powerful
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouth, SouthEast, East
Good wind directionNorth, NorthWest, West
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising and falling tides
Week-end crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Tai Long Wan is made of 4 bays, facing North or East, linked together by a footpath. 'Main Beach' ('Tai Wan') is the best for good size swells. It gets swell year-round but the surf becomes gorgeous in the NorthEast monsoon season (N hemisphere winter) : 2 weeks/1.5 meter swell are not uncommon...
Surf the place from mid- to high tide (or high to mid); low tides make things out of control.
Mostly uncrowded, this spot is the best by far in Hong Kong or even in all South China. As i said, this is a 'regional classic' and it ain't a joke.
If you consider Hong Kong's 24/7 rush and overpopulation, getting at Tai Long Wan is just like going to another world. Nearly nobody, no accomodation and this beautiful landscape with pristine beaches and green bush around : great !
This is protected natural area, though, and you do have to think about security before you go.
No lifeguard, no public phone, no toilet, no hotel and few inhabitants : consider such a trip at Tai Long Wan with survival in mind. Bring water, food, camping gear and anything you need to be autonomous. 1 wood-shack is known to sell meals (but it's hard to call it a restaurant) and you'll also find few rugged camping facilities.
Good on average conditions, excellent on good conditions, Tai Long Wan is a rare, unexpected place for the traveler or businessman in Hong Kong.
If you do go in South China (i.e Shenzen or GuangZhou), you can consider bringing your board for a short trip to Tai Long Wan, especially if you happen to be there from september to december.
In any case, you must now consider Hong Kong as a good place to surf !
By Anonymous , 31-03-2007
china waves= not good - Waves in china are relly small. wave in australia are way better
By firstname.lastname@example.org , 08-08-2006
anyone in HK surfin at pres - just got to HK and desperate for a surf. Is anyone about who goes out to Big wave bay regularly and could give me the low down?(might be able to get use of a boat). If so get in touch email@example.comPatrick
By anonymous , 05-01-2006
Driving - I've been to HK only twice. Is it possible to drive to Sai Kung from the city?
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