Top 5 Hong Kong Pools

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With the tell-tale signs of a Hong Kong summer in full swing (crowded beaches, dripping air-con units, and an almost unavoidable swelter) it might be time for a refreshing swim. Fortunately, there are plenty of pool staycation options for escaping the heat and enjoying some water fun without leaving the comfort of your hotel room.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet retreat or a place to let loose with the kids, here are some of our top picks for the best hk pools.

This is the largest pool complex in Hong Kong and features a main pool with diving platforms, a teaching pool, two leisure pools, and three children’s pools. The little ones will have a blast on the four waterslides, including two that are claimed to be the fastest in the city. There’s also a footbridge and waterfall that will make the whole experience extra fun. Plus, there’s a cafe and public library right beside the pool.

The best part about this pool is its location, tucked away in a peaceful spot far removed from the usual crowds of Happy Valley, Causeway Bay, and Wan Chai. Not only will you be able to enjoy some peace and quiet swimming here, but the nearby Tseung Kwan O Public Library makes it easy to take a break from the water with a book and some snacks.

Another great thing about this pool is its size and layout — it’s the perfect place to get your swim on as there are tons of different lanes to choose from. Plus, the water isn’t too cold so even the chilliest of swimmers will be able to brave the water.

One downside to this swimming pool is that it’s not open for the entire summer — and it has a very strict dress code. Shirts must be clean and white and foam flotation devices are not allowed. The rules might seem a bit harsh but the reality is that many of the swimmers here are not well-dressed and are bringing in their own cheap flotation devices that don’t fit properly and might be dangerous for others.

Public swimming pools are run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and require a HK$17 entry fee on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends. People over 60, children under 13, or full-time students can receive a discounted or free entrance.

It’s important to remember that not all public swimming pools are supervised by lifeguards. In fact, the number of lifeguards in the city was cut in 2004 and it has led to some serious controversy. The lifeguards’ union has even gone on strike in the past to protest this decision. Despite the controversy, most of the city’s public pools are safe to swim at when manned by lifeguards. For more information about swimming pools, including opening hours, visit LCSD’s website here.