Excluding the waterfall hiking and any break: 3.5/4 hours walk (about 8k) to the Sha Tau pier. 5 hours (about 9.5k) to the bus stop on Pak Tam road.
Difficulty: To Ham Tin Wan, easy and mostly downhill. A bit of incline afterwards over a longer distance.
Appreciation: 10/10. The beach views are incredible, you'd think you're in Hawaii.Transportation: Better go on a Sunday as the other days make transportation harder. From Diamond Hill MTR station, take KMB 92 to the Sai Kung Bus Terminus (50min). Then, in front of the McDonald's on Chan Man street, take the special 29R mini-bus which will bring you to the Sai Wan Road Pavilion (25min).
The mini-bus is meant for the local residents so the schedule is not available on the Transport Department's site. However, it is available here:
Why it's worth it:
Garmin: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/297642121 (to Ham Tin beach only)
|Get to the Diamond Hill MTR station.'s bus terminus. Bus 92 will get you to Sai Kung any day. It is about 1/3 the price of 96R but it is slightly longer (50 minutes instead of 35). On Sundays and holidays, you have the option of taking 96R. Check the PTES schedule for details (http://hketransport.gov.hk).|
|On the left, that's the signpost for the 29R, right by the McDonald's (it looks handmade). The bus itself is a little bit larger than a regular mini-bus (pic on the right). If you miss the bus, take a cab and ask them for the Sai Wan Pavilion.|
|After about a 20-25 minutes ride, the 29R will drop you off at the Sai Wan Pavilion, right by our trail head. Just follow the trail.|
|The full map of the trek. It's clickable (all the images are) to get the full-size version for printing. The double-dots route is the optional stream-trek.|
|About halfway to Sai Wan, you'll climb a bunch of steps and get to a map point. Go straight.|
|Arriving at the Sai Wan village. Just go straight through.|
|At the crossroad, just before the beach, head left. You'll get over a little hill, to another beach.|
|Once you are done soaking the sun at the beach, just zip through the store to the back and head left at the crossroad, following the path made of pavers.|
|Bus Terminus at Wonh Shek Pier. 96R will get you to the Diamong Hill MTR station.|