Can’t wait to take a refreshing day trip this weekend?
On the lookout for your next holiday destination?
Invite your friends and family to visit the islands of Po Toi or Tung Lung!
Let us help you plan your next trip to these two hidden gems of Hong Kong by recommending the best routes and things to do there, starting with Po Toi!
Po Toi Island
Located on the southeastern side of Hong Kong, Po Toi Island is also known as “Hong Kong’s South Pole.” It is a small island covered with granite and strange rock formations that attract tourists from far and wide each year.
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Po Toi Island (45 Minutes) → Victoria Harbour
1. Sightseeing & Hiking Tour
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Po Toi Pier (45 Minutes) → Conch Rock (10 Minutes) → Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion (20 Minutes) → Monk Rock & Tortoise Rock (10 Minutes) → Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse (10 Minutes) → Palm Cliff & Buddha’s Palm Rock (8 Minutes) → Po Toi Stone Carvings (15 Minutes) → Victoria Harbour
After disembarking at Po Toi Pier, turn left and walk along the outskirts of the pier. Start up the mountain according to the signs. After about 10 minutes, you will see Conch Rock.
Next, continue walking for 20 minutes to reach the highest point of the trail: Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion. Here, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Po Toi Island.
After taking in the sights at the top, walk down the pavilion’s stone steps for 10 minutes, and you will see Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock.
Next, follow the trail’s signs for another 10 minutes, and you will arrive at the famous Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse. If you go to Po Toi on the right day, this weathered lighthouse is complemented by a background of blue skies and white clouds, making it a naturally popular picture-taking site for Hong Kong people.
On the way back to the pier, you will see another strange rock formation that looks like the palm of a hand (Buddha’s Palm). This extremely recognizable feature of Po Toi is carved into Palm Cliff.
Continue to walk down the stone steps to the beach. In about 15 minutes, you will see one of Hong Kong’s Declared Monuments: Po Toi’s Stone Carvings. These carvings are roughly 3,000 years old, so they have faded considerably and are currently protected by a sheet of glass.
Finally, return to Po Toi Pier, where you can then go and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner!
2. Seafood Dinner
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Po Toi Island (45 Minutes) → Sightseeing & Hiking Tour → Seafood Dinner → Victoria Harbour
Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant is the only seafood restaurant on Po Toi Island. Since many tourists come from afar on the weekends, the quality of the food is absolutely guaranteed! Expect seafood that is local and fresh, and be sure to try some of their signature dishes, which include seaweed soup and salt & pepper prawns.
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Po Toi Island (45 Minutes) → Sightseeing & Hiking Tour → Seafood Dinner → Camping Site Near Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse (40 Minutes From Pier) → Victoria Harbour
Because there is no designated camping site on Po Toi Island, most people who come here to camp will simply set up their tents on any large expanse of flat grass. The ideal spot is the grassland near Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse, about 40 minutes from Po Toi Pier. Here, you can easily set up camp!
(To get to this camping site, walk along the path next to the pier for a bit. Then, following the signs for Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock, go down the stairs for 10 minutes. Next, walk past the two rocks for another 10 minutes to reach the lighthouse, where you will find the camping site nearby.)
Tung Lung Chau
Tung Lung Chau, or Nam Tong Island, is an island a bit northeast from Po Toi. It is accessible in just one hour from Victoria Harbour, and it is relatively remote, making it a great place to quickly escape from the city.
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Tung Lung Chau (60 Minutes) → Victoria Harbour
1. Sightseeing & Hiking Tour
Suggested Route #1:
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Tung Lung Pier (60 Minutes) → Camping Site (20 Minutes) → Tung Lung Fort (5 Minutes) → Ancient Stone Carvings (20 Minutes) → Observation Deck (45 Minutes) → Tung Lung Rock Carvings (20 Minutes) → Victoria Harbour
Walk up along the small stone steps next to the pier, and you will see a taxi stand. Follow the signs to the left for about 20 minutes to reach the camping area.
(We recommend going left, as most people take this route due to its distance being shorter and its path being more accessible for both the young and the old; however, for those interested in something more challenging, the next suggested route will take you to the right!)
Walk forward for another 5 minutes to see one of Hong Kong’s Declared Monuments, Tung Lung Fort.
After making a round, you can walk to the right for several minutes to look at the island’s ancient stone carvings before turning back to the dock.
In addition to its historical monuments, Tung Lung Chau’s natural landscape is quite beautiful! Walk about 25 minutes from the pier to the island’s observation deck, where you can get a panoramic view of the clear blue sea.
It takes about 20 minutes to get to the beach from the mountainous road next to the observation deck. Along the way, you can see another famous monument: Tung Lung Rock Carvings.
(Be careful – this path to the beach can be extremely steep!)
Finally, follow the signs of the trail to return to the dock.
Suggested Route #2:
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Tung Lung Pier (60 Minutes) → Ancient Stone Carvings (20 Minutes) → Luk Keng Wan (30 Minutes) → Peak Launch Tower (20 Minutes) → Tung Lung Fort (40 Minutes) → Victoria Harbour
This route is a bit harder than the first one; consider it a trek off the beaten path! Please be aware of this, and be sure to pack the proper hiking gear, snacks, and plenty of water!
First, go up the small stone steps next to the pier, but this time, follow the signs to go to the right.
In about 20 minutes, the island’s ancient stone carvings can be seen.
Continue to walk along the trail for 30 more minutes, and you will reach Luk Keng Wan, a beautifully private beach.
After relaxing for a bit, walk 20 minutes to the mountain nearby, and you will see the peak of the island’s launch tower.
Walk down the mountain for 40 minutes into the camping area to see Tung Lung Fort.
Finally, return to the dock.
2. Picnic & Camping
Victoria Harbour (Central Pier) → Tung Lung Pier (60 Minutes) → Sightseeing & Hiking Tour → Camping Site → Victoria Harbour
Interested in extending your day trip to two days and one night? Consider bringing some camping gear and setting up camp on one of the island’s hilltops for the evening!
Since the main camping site is flat and wide, it is the perfect spot for resting after a long hike, or even for flying kites! Also, there are barbecue pits nearby, so bring some food for the grill. You can even make dinner a picnic on the grass! Enjoy your freshly cooked meal with the sunset and open ocean as your view.
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