Po Toi Island

Po Toi Island Hike

mapKnown as the 'South Pole of Hong Kong', Po Toi is Hong Kong’s southernmost island. Comprised almost entirely of easily weathered granite, the island boasts peculiar-looking rocks, which have been voted as the most beautiful in Hong Kong in public surveys. The island's seaweed is equally renowned, so be sure to try some seaweed soup and take home some dried seafood products.

Starting Point – Po Toi Pier
Po Toi Pier

Aproaching the pier, you can catch a glimpse of the Conch Rock to your left. Go left from the pier and follow the trail to the right of the store.

Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion
Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion

Walk across Cheung Shek Pai (a series of granitic rocks forming a natural track) and you will find yourself at the peak of the trail. Take a break at the pavilion to enjoy a boundless view of the South China Sea.

Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock
Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock

Descend until you are greeted by what seems to be a huge tortoise slowly making its way uphill and a slender monk on the other side bowing at passers-by.

Nam Kok Tsui lighthouse and Gold Panning Cliff
Nam Kok Tsui lighthouse and Gold Panning Cliff

At one of the two southernmost capes of Hong Kong, enjoy the magnificent sea view under the No. 126 lighthouse. Continue down to Gold Panning Cliff, where the shore below abounds with seaweed and waves crash beneath your feet.

Palm Cliff
Palm Cliff

On your way back to the pier from Nam Kok Tsui, find yourself in awe at the gigantic ‘palm of Buddha’, a hand-shaped feature carved into the face of a cliff by the elements, which is one of the most recognisable landmarks of Po Toi.

Rock Carvings
Rock Carvings

Follow the path and walk down a flight of stairs to the shore to see 3,000-year-old rock carvings on a cliff in Nam Tum. A Declared Monument, these prehistoric totems have faded considerably and are currently protected by a fibre glass cover.

End Point – Po Toi Pier

Info
Area:
Islands District
Starting point & end point:
Po Toi Pier
Average hiking time:
About 3 hours
Distance:
Approx. 4 km
Replenishing stations:
There are eateries and a seafood restaurant near the pier, though no replenishments are available along the hiking trail.
Difficulty:
Moderately difficult
How to get there
To the starting point:
  • Board a kaito (small ferry) at Aberdeen Pier. The journey takes around an hour. This kaito service operates only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays; or,
  • board a kaito at Stanley Blake Pier. The journey takes around 30 minutes. This kaito service operates only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
From the end point:
Board a kaito at Po Toi Pier for Aberdeen or Stanley Pier.

For the kaito service schedule, please refer to the Transport Department website.
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