Header image courtesy of The Murray Hong Kong
Aside from the obvious parks, hikes, and smatterings of beaches, it’s not easy to find dog-friendly activities in Hong Kong. Luckily, the Localiiz team—or rather, our office mascot, Lola—has come to the rescue to bring you 10 novel things to do with your pups and pooches in and around Hong Kong. Check them out!
Take your adventures to the sea with your pup down at Stanley Main Beach! Right next to the Hong Kong Sea School, there are several spots right on the beach where you can rent out stand-up paddleboards or kayaks by the hour for just $80—or three hours for $200, such as at Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, take your pick of places to eat amongst one of the many eateries along Stanley Main Street and then peruse some of the dog-friendly shops in Stanley Plaza for some dog supplies or a fresh new do at Ruff & Fetch and The Dog’s Garden. To wrap things up, swing by Gino’s Gelato where you can buy your pooch some doggie ice cream for $18 per scoop. Silver lining? 10 percent of sales go to a local dog charity, Hong Kong Dog Rescue!
Looking to take your adventures a little further out into the wild? You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards from Blue Sky Sports Centre on Sha Ha Beach in Sai Kung or through several different vendors on the rather beautiful and untouched Hoi Ha Wan. It’s just a 20-minute minibus or taxi ride from Sai Kung Ferry Pier.
Hiwindlover Water Sports Centre, Stanley Main Beach | (+852) 6226 5390
Gino’s Gelato, Shop G09, G/F, Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley | (+852) 2899 0314
Blue Sky Sports Centre, Sha Ha Beach | (+852) 9235 7842
Formerly known as Ham Tin Tai Long Speedboat on Facebook, founder Alison renamed her services in loving memory of her dog, Lik, who passed away as a result of cancer. For a small fee, Alison and LIK Speed Boat Service will take you and your pups to remote beaches in Sai Kung with crystal clear waters for a fun doggie day out. She also occasionally hosts special trips for handicapped dogs, too.
To frolic in the sand with your pup, be sure to reserve your spot in advance! To hire the entire boat, a trip to one of Hong Kong’s beautiful untouched islands for two to three hours could cost up to $2,000—which is just $200 per person if you can organise a group of 10 explorers! Need some fellow explorers? Join Exploring Hong Kong with Dogs to find other keen explorers and their pups for a fun adventure!
LIK Speed Boat Service, Sai Kung | (+852) 6210 8776
Want to find a way to beat the summer heat without having to hike hours to someplace miles away? Hit up any one of the following dog-friendly pools so your pooch can sploosh in a pool with their pals! Whilst your dog is getting their exercise in, you can relax in a coffee shop or host a BBQ party! Most venues offer other facilities in addition to their swimming pools, such as an agility park, barbecue area, pet shopping malls, and pet-boarding! You may even hit up a pet hotel with spa facilities with (self-)grooming amenities to pamper your pooch after their swim!
Petworld Resort has two different pools for doggos to play with other dogs their own size—dogs over 20 pounds have access to a 1,000-square-foot pool, whereas dogs below 20 pounds have a 500-square-foot pool all to themselves. Prices start from $100 per hour (for dogs below 20 kilogrammes at Pet Oasis) but be sure to check ahead of your visit as some require booking in advanced or are only open on weekends.
Countryside Kennel, 76 Tak Ku Ling Road, Kowloon City | (+852) 3422 8818
Dog Dog Come Wonderland, 6 Milestone Tseng Lan Shue, Clearwater Bay Road, Sai Kung | (+852) 2262 4199
The Grand Dogaroo Pet Hotel, G/F, 66 Waterloo Road, Ho Man Tin | (+852) 2768 7668
Petworld Resort, 351, Shui Mei Tsuen, Kam Tin, Yuen Long
Pet Oasis, Hing Fu Street, Tuen Mun | (+852) 2456 1966
Petfield, DD108, LOT 121–125 Fan Kam Road, Pat Heung, Yuen Long |(+852) 2488 6736
Private i Concept Store, 1/F, 9 Kingston Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2877 2225
Whitehead BBQ, 1950 Whitehead, Ma On Shan | (+852) 2744 8188
With more and more pet-friendly staycation offerings cropping up, you can now enjoy some fine dining with your fur friend (be it dog or cat) at some of Hong Kong’s fanciest hotels. From alfresco dining at The Farmhouse in Hyatt Centric and high tea at The Murray to sampling gourmet pet menus at Rosewood Hong Kong—specially curated by chef Sandro Gamba—there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes.
You can even stuff yourselves silly before checking into one of their pet-friendly rooms where you can take your whole new luxury experience to another level. Aside from receiving a sumptuous bed, toys, and delicious welcome treats for your pet, you may also receive recommendations for local dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and parks in the neighbourhood. The Murray is also known to host weekend afternoon tea specials, such as their Paws for Tea package (or Purr for Tea package for our feline friends) at The Arches on their first-floor patio on special occasions to raise money for local animal charities!
The Arches, The Murray, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8888
The Farmhouse, 2/F, West Tower, Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3896 9896
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888
Visit a farm? In Hong Kong? One that allows dogs? Yes! Your eyes do not deceive you; out in Sai Kung, Nature’s Harvest is a farm and wellness getaway that welcomes your furry friends! Let your dogs run free on the grass fields, learn about sustainable organic farming, and pet some baby goats! Check out the workshops they have on offer and frolick on nature’s playground.
Nature's Harvest, Pak Shui Wun, Sai Kung | (+852) 5112 9195
Hire yourself a quad bike and explore New Territories via bicycle! There are plenty of rental spots to hire bicycles and quad bikes along Tai Wai and Tai Mei Tuk and can cost around$80 to hire a bicycle or $150 for a quad bike for the day.
Take the cycle paths along the beautiful Pak Shek Kok Promenade to Hong Kong Science Park where you have a selection of restaurants to choose from, with some offering outdoor seating for those of us with dogs! The promenade also has plenty of kiosks and public toilets along the way, so be sure to stop for an ice-cold drink and stay hydrated. Read more on this cycling trail here.
Fancy a day of shopping with your beloved pet in tow? Well, there are actually a few dog-friendly malls around Hong Kong which can make that possible. Some of the rules at these facilities vary, with some allowing dogs to walk within the mall on a leash (such as The Pulse, eMax, or Stanley Plaza) whereas others require that you hire one of their pet strollers before you are allowed to enter (such as Yoho Mall and Harbour North).
Most of these malls offer pet-friendly dining options, whether the arrangement is outdoor seating or that they stay in their strollers. The Mills in Tsuen Wan offer the most pet-friendly dining options, whilst certain restaurants, such as Green Waffle in Yoho Mall, even go as far as offering a special doggy menu of dog waffles and chicken rice!
eMax, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay | (+852) 2620 3388
Harbour North, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 2805 6605
The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan | +(852) 3979 2300
The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay | (+852) 2815 8888
Stanley Plaza, 23 Carmel Road, Stanley | (+852) 2813 4623
Quite a few hotels around Hong Kong now offer staycation opportunities for you and all of your loved ones! If you head over to the southside, you and your pup can enjoy a stay at Ovolo with their V.I.Pooch package and make a fun weekend of it! With this new initiative, dog owners can take their pick of either the Southside or Central Ovolo Hotels for a dog-friendly room, where you and your pup can enjoy some of the wonderful delights Ovolo has to offer.
Not only is the minibar free for humans, but doggies get their very own plush doggie bed and bowl, not to mention a doggy bag of treats and specially-designed toys! If you’re looking for more things to do on the southside, Whiskers & Paws is only a short taxi ride away and comes with an outdoor doggie play area and in-store café! Win! Click here find out more information on other hotels offering pet-friendly staycations.
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 3460 8100
Ovolo Central, 2 Arbuthnot Road, Central | (+852) 3755 3000
Whiskers & Paws, 10/F, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau | (+852) 2552 6200
If you fancy something a little more “low-key” than a hotel but don’t quite fancy slumming it completely, Holimood offers a pet-friendly caravan experience for you and your pooch! Yes, that’s right—you can hire out a four-person caravan and stay at their nature park camping spot in the New Territories and experience that #VanLife without even needing to leave Hong Kong!
Unfortunately, true caravan parks don’t really exist in Hong Kong so you can’t go on a tour across Hong Kong in your mobile home, but their Kam Tin location gets you as close to the real thing as possible, being conveniently located near Kai Kung Leng Country Park and Nam Sang Wai Campsite where you can go hiking and enjoy the sunset or join an eco-tour! Special arrangements can be made for groups of twenty; all you need to do is email Holimood at [email protected] for more information or to arrange your booking.
Holimood Caravan Experience, Fung Kay Yueng, Kam Tin
If you fancy celebrating the holidays with your pup, keep your eyes peeled for Pup-Up events! It’s exactly as it sounds: pop-up events—but for pups! These dog parties are open invites to anyone who wants to ring in the festivities with their fur friends—and all for a good cause, with donations going to animal shelters or welfare societies. To find out when the next event will be taking place, follow their Facebook page.