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Sai Kung - Boat Tours

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My husband and I will be in Hong Kong in October. We are planning on going to Sai Kung and wanted to get information on boat tours to some of the islands near Sai Kung. Are there any boat tours that are recommended? Also information on ferry to Sharp Island? Also is there a ferry to Kau Sai Chau? I heard that there are lady's at the piers who arrange sampan boat tours but need to tell them which islands you want to go to. What islands do you recommend and how much should those tours cost? Also, do I need a full day in Sai Kung? Any info would be great.

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If you walk along Sai Kung Promenade you'll see various boat operators advertising boat trips to islands and also fishing trips, more so at weekends than on weekdays. However, its not always easy to work out which is which and what goes where as the signage is mostly in Chinese and most of the boat operators don't have a particularly good understanding of English. There are also numerous "old ladies" along the promenade touting sampan trips;

http://tinyurl.com/pm6j3n8

Sharp Island is part of the Hong Kong Global Geopark and there is a Geotrail from the main beach around the tiny adjoining island of Kiu Tau, which is accessible at low tide by walking across a tombolo;

http://www.geopark.gov.hk/en_s4f11.htm

On most weekday afternoons and at weekends, "Kitty's Boat" operates a round trip from Sai Kung Pier which first takes you to view some sea caves at Sharp Island (you don't get off the boat) and then drops passengers off on the main beach. It returns to Sharp Island about every hour so you can spend one or two hours on the island. The fare was HK$30 per person about 18 months ago. You can also hire a sampan to take you to Sharp Island, for which you'll probably be asked HK$150 but can usually haggle down to HK$100/120 for an hour on the island and the sampan will wait offshore.

Kau Sai Chau is home of the only public golf course in HK and there are frequent ferries to the island from the Jockey Club Pier on Sai Kung Promenade;

http://www.kscgolf.org.hk/eng/going.html

The fare includes a shuttle bus ride to the golf club which has dining facilities open to the public as well as panoramic views, or from the pier you can follow trails across the rest of the island. There is another pier on the other side of the island at Kau Sai Chau village, where there is a Tin Hau Temple, and again you can hire a sampan or try and find a boat tour there but there is no scheduled ferry service;

discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/culture-heri…

You can also consider Yin Tim Tsai;

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There is a regular ferry service at weekends and a service "on demand" at other times;

oasistrek.com/yim_tin_tsai_timetable_e.php

The newly opened Volcano Discovery Centre (formerly the GeoHeritage Information Centre), next to Sai Kung Bus Terminus, alongside the promenade also acts as an information centre for the Geopark and may be able to offer information regarding boat tours;

http://www.volcanodiscoverycentre.hk/en/

Plenty to see in and around Sai Kung;

http://www.hongkongextras.com/_sai_kung.html

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Thanks for all the great information. Which would you choose (Ferry to Kau Sai Chau, Kitty's Boat to Sharp Island, Ferry to Yim Tin Tsai or the Old Ladies boat tour? Looking for a scenic trip with great picture opportunities.

1. If we went to Kau Sai Chau and walked to the other side of island, how long would that take?

2. If we went to Sharp Island, is it a nice beach on Sharp Island to relax and go swimming?

3. If we went to one of the "old ladies", what islands should I tell them that we want to see and how much should we negotiate to?

4. Which is the most attractive island of the 3?

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You can walk from Yim Tin Tsai to Kay Sai Chau too. The 2 islands are bridged by a pedestrian walk:

http://goo.gl/pAVWIZ

From one side of Kay Sai Chau to the other side, my rough guess is about 1.5 hour?

Sharp Island is really small. The beach is really tiny! :) If you can relax on it...

To me, if you want a real excursion experience, I would look up to someone who can/would take me to the east dam of High Island Reservoir, through Po Pin Chau and to a beach - at least Long Ke Wan. If they go to Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan or Tai Wan (those are the most pristine beaches in Hong Kong), that would be fantastic. But such a boat ride would be expensive. Much more than those short haul island ferry service.

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Some old threads on Sai Kung boat rental to Tai Long Wan:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294217-i1496-k444…

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5. Re: Sai Kung - Boat Tours

There are regular speedboats in weekends from Sai Kung to Sai Wan and Ham Tin Wan, fare is HK$130 a person for a single ride. Passing by Fa Shan coast (hexagonal columns) and from a distance you can see the sea arch of Basalt Island. A great thrill ride, those boats are ridiculously fast (my GPS clocked one at over 60 km/hr top speed!).

There are several companies offering ferries to Sharp Island. The geosite is at Kiu Tsui Beach (the Chinese name of the island is Kiu Tsui Chau - you'll see this name used in English as well - just remember it's the same place), the best swimming beach is Hap Mun Bay aka Half Moon Bay.

Furthermore there are longer and shorter geopark tours offered by various companies.

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