The Best Places to Swim in Hong Kong

With the onset of warmer weather, we’re seeing plenty of swimmers flocking to our local pools. But while the easing of social-distancing rules could have seen most public swimming pools reopen last Thursday, miscommunication and a lack of lifeguards meant that many facilities had to stay closed until this week. The situation is expected to continue until next Monday, when the majority of pools will welcome swimmers once again.

Located in the heart of Victoria Park, this is one of Hong Kong’s largest and most popular public pools. It boasts an Olympic-sized pool, a spectator stand that seats 2,500 people and an indoor complex. The swimming complex is also home to a variety of water sports and leisure activities, making it the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Kids will love the large number of slides, fountains and other fun things to do in this leisure pool, while mum and dad can enjoy a few laps in the main swimming area. There are even a couple of family changing rooms.

This beautiful outdoor pool boasts an amazing 150-degree sea view. In addition to the main pool, it has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, three teaching and diving pools and a children’s pool, and is one of Hong Kong’s best places to swim. It’s also a top pick among water slide fans, with an impressive selection of slides suitable for a wide range of ages.

If you’re looking for a swimming experience that’s a little more luxurious, look no further than the pools at Hotel Indigo Hong Kong. Guests can purchase annual wellness memberships to enjoy exclusive benefits including full access to the hotel’s outdoor and indoor pools, fitness centre and changing room; complimentary wellness consultations and spa credit, to name just a few.

The hk pools were built and funded by the Urban Council and backed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. The first was unveiled on 16 October 1957 and was extremely popular with the city’s residents. The 50 by 20 metre pool was the first public swimming complex in the city, serving over 360,000 visitors during its first year of operation.

Entry fees for the 22 public pools are HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends, unless you’re eligible to pay a concession rate (aged above 60, below 13, students or those with disabilities). Most outdoor pools open from 15th April until the end of October and indoor pools remain operational throughout the year. Check out the list of public pools and their opening times here. Those interested in purchasing a season pass can do so online here. Alternatively, they can get their tickets at participating outlets and some convenience stores.