Coral reefs are a dominant tourist attraction in countries like the Philippines, Indonesia or Malaysia. A little do we know that a very long time ago, they appeared in abundance in Hong Kong too. Luckily, there are still a few left here and you can explore them too! But please be gentle to these fragile ecosystems and take your litter home!
Hoi Ha Wan
Although not as colorful or diverse as in the countries mentioned above, it still makes for a great snorkeling day! Hoi Ha bay is located north of Sai Kung and promises waters of the best quality in Hong Kong. It’s a marine park and protected area. You can see beautiful creatures and corals of the seas at your fingertips.
Hoi Ha is a great place for kayaking too with rich coastlines and small hidden beaches where you can chill and enjoy the silence. The best time is always the late afternoon. If you are lucky, you can see plenty of fish jumping on the water level and the warm golden sun makes for an outstanding end of the day.
Tung Ping Chau
This sedimentary rocks full of the island is a great weekend getaway. We recommend staying at least one night camping on Tung Ping Chau as there are many things to see and do and the ferries don’t operate very frequently.
We arrive in Tung Ping Chau on a late afternoon after a 90 mins ferry ride from University station. To quickly catch the sunset, we head to the opposite shore to where the ferry dropped us. As a reward, we discover a variety of marine abrasion landforms along its coast and witnessed a romantic pinkish sunset. Taking out our headlamps, we continue to the official camping ground on the east of the island only to find out that none of the travelers who shared the ferry with us earlier are there. Is it alright to camp here? Shall we move on?
Slightly scared when with a dark forest next to the beach, We build the tent and make a bonfire. With nobody at sight, just the lights of China’s mainland surrounded the island in the far. The next day, we catch up with the other people in a local bistro. They tell us that there were some tombs near the camping ground, they saw spiders and nobody was there so they better headed back to the ferry pier and camped at the main beach. Good for us not knowing about all these things:)
The next day, we snorkel at the local coral reef which is slightly richer than Hoi Ha but smaller. Some of the other travelers also show us a photo of a sea turtle which they were lucky enough to spot nearby. What a perfect city escape for the weekend!
Please be considerate when visiting these areas. We’ve collected plenty of trash and plastic bottles there. It’s very sad to see that even in such remote areas of Hong Kong, a human trace still finds its way. Take your litter home!