Do you know there are actually OVER 260 OUTLYING ISLANDS IN HONG KONG besides the plenty of beaches (over 50) here? Hence why Hong Kong is a city that never cease to amaze you, your exploring adventure here is still a long journey.
Looking for some excursions other than chilling on the beach? Visit these amazing islands for rock climbing, camping, hiking, geo and historical trip, adventure, or just lying on the grasses enjoying the dreaming clouds floating on the clear blue sky.
1. Po Toi Island — The South Pole of Hong Kong
Po Toi Island is the southest point of Hong Kong, hence the name “South Pole of 852”. This is an enchanting islands composed of rare stones and rocks formation, with only 200 residents. The lighthouse is where you need to head to! That is where you can experience that ‘The Edge of the World’ spectacular view with the endless stretching sea! The Old Mo’s House where the Japanese stayed during WWII and the Tin Hau Temple there should be something that you want to see too!
How to get there:
Take the ferry from Aberdeen ferry pier. Click to check out the ferry schedule.
2. Grass Island (Tap Mun) — Camping Best Spot
The British named it Grass Island when they took over, just as they knew this is such a precious spot in Hong Kong with that many pretty and healthy grasses. The island is really small, you would walk around it all in an hour. But you gotta do camping here, you can’t miss this: lying on the soft grass looking at the starry sky with the panoramic ocean view, as well as the stunning sunrise when you wake up.
How to Get There:
1. From Wong Shek Pier: Take Bus 96R from Diamond Hill MTR station (90 minutes) / Take Bus 94 from Sai Kung Town to Wong Shek Pier. The ferry ride is around 30 minutes.
2. From Ma Liu Shui Pier (Chinese University): The pier is 10 minutes walk from the University Station Exit B on MTR East Rail Line. The ferry ride is around 90 minutes.
3. Tung Lung Chau — Rock Climbing, Zipling, Abseling!
With rocks all over this furthest tip of Clear Water Bay Peninsula, the largely unhabited Tung Lung Chau is very famous for all kinds of rock-related excursions, including rock climbing and cliff ziplining, abseiling etc. If you are a thrill-seeker, Tung Lung Chau would be your favourite destination in Hong Kong.
How to Get There: Ferry from Sam Ka Tsuen Pier. Click here for more detailed instruction.
4. Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui Chau) — A Volcanic Geo Tombolo
Situated at the fiery edge of an ancient Volcano crater 140 millions years ago at Sai Kung, Sharp Island is filled with geological wonders of volcanic rocks. The lush greenery and lucid waters also attract hikers that looking for a dip!
And if you are lucky enough and happen to catch the low tide, you be able to witness the emerging promenade (Tombolo) that connects the nearby Kiu Tau islet, which makes you literally ‘Walking On Water’! Stroll along the natural sand levee for a closer look at this interesting coastal landform.
How to Get There:
Take the Kaito ferry from Sai Kung Pier to Sharp Island (Kiu Tsui) (Sai Kung Pier –> Half Moon Bay—> Sharp Island Kiu Chui)
5. Tung Ping Chau — Colourful Layers of Sedimentary Rocks
Tung Ping Chau is the Easternmost island in Hong Kong, and is formed entirely of sedimentary rocks with a variety of marine abrasion landforms along its coast. Hence the islands are decorated with colourful layers of rocks and many other natural wonders. The beach here is also insanely beautiful and quiet, the water is ridiculously as well!