First things first. Yes, there are actually natural waterfalls in the densely populated city of Hong Kong. One of the first you might find with a quick bit of Googling would be our main character for today, Waterfall Bay. But although appropriately named, this little bay doesn’t really live up to expectations. In fact, I was sourly disappointed when I visited. Maybe I was expecting something like Sandy Bay, which was amazing. If you’re planning on making the trip to Waterfall Bay, here are five things to prepare yourself for.
Located in Pok Fu Lam off the coast of Wah Fu Estate, Waterfall Bay is easily reachable by bus or by minibus. Historically, the fresh water flowing from the waterfall is said to be the source of Hong Kong’s name, “fragrant harbour”. Surrounding the bay is an eponymous park with a BBQ site. But my goal wasn’t barbecuing, it was to snap breathtakingly beautifully wondrous pictures of Waterfall Bay. Sadly, I wasn’t prepared for what greeted me when I finally arrived at the site.
1. A fenced-off path
There is only one single path down and the first thing you’ll encounter even before entering Waterfall Bay is a locked gate blocking you from getting into the little retreat. Don’t let it discourage you. When I arrived at the gate, there were visitors on their way back up who were just casually climbing over the fences small enough to ignore. There isn’t even a point to the locked gates. No one pays attention to them, so feel free to live on the wild side and break some rules.
2. People everywhere
As soon as you enter Waterfall Bay, you’ll be met with crowds of people. At least, that’s what happened when I visited on a Saturday. Waterfall Bay is a fairly well-known enclave that has attracted Instagrammers over time, but I wasn’t prepared to see lots of other types of people as well. There were whole families with children, the elderly and even tourists. Why the tourists decided to waste their time there, I wasn’t so sure. Perhaps, like me, they were fooled into thinking Waterfall Bay would be an incredible photo spot.
3. A lot of rubbish
Sadly, no matter what day you choose to go, you won’t be able to avoid the large amount of floating manmade debris all over the shore. It’s quite a sad scene, actually. Waterfall Bay is filled with litter, from large foam boxes to empty bottles, all carelessly dumped aside by visitors. What a way to ruin something that could’ve been beautiful. 🙁
4. Rising and falling tides
According to my Instagram husband, the tides rise and fall twice a day. This statement isn’t backed up by research or double-checking, so don’t take my word for it. But anyway, if you want to get the best shots of Waterfall Bay, make sure to come at a time when the tide is low so you can cover more ground while exploring. Just don’t get so engrossed in your photography that you trap yourself out in the water as the tide rises.
5. Honestly, not much
And lastly, what to expect in Waterfall Bay? Not much. It’s not Nigeria Falls. But if you’re looking for a quite getaway that doesn’t involve a five-hour hike, then Waterfall Bay’s your place. And of course, if you angle your camera right, you might even end up with some incredible shots!
I hope you enjoyed this post! When I Googled Waterfall Bay after visiting, I only found generic information on it – there were no mentions of the litter at all. Maybe it only recently became a rubbish dump, who knows. But hey, aren’t you glad I contributed to a little bit of truth on the internet for the unsuspecting?
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