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See prehistoric rock carvings on Po Toi island hike

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Po Toi Island

Average hiking time: About 2.5 hours | Distance: Approximately 4 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Known as the ‘South Pole of Hong Kong’, Po Toi Island is composed almost entirely of well-weathered granite. Its peculiar looking rocks and seaweed are equally renowned. Be sure to try some seaweed soup and take home some dried seafood products.

Po Toi Pier

Stop 1: Po Toi Pier

Approaching 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.

There are eateries and a seafood restaurant near the pier, though no replenishments are available along the hiking trail.
Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion

Stop 2: Ngau Wu Teng Pavilion

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

Trail condition
Trail condition

Steep climb and descent for the first half.

Monk Rock and Tortoise Rock

Stop 3: 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 to passers-by.

Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse and Gold Panning Cliff

Stop 4: Nam Kok Tsui Lighthouse and Gold Panning Cliff

Enjoy the magnificent sea view under Lighthouse 126. Continue down to Gold Panning Cliff, under which waves pound and there is seaweed abound.

Palm Cliff

Stop 5: Palm Cliff

On your way back to the pier from Nam Kok Tsui, get a good look 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

Stop 6: Rock Carvings

Follow the path 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 sheet of fibre glass.


Getting to Po Toi Island:

  • 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.

Leaving from Po Toi Island:

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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