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01 Introduction
02 Itinerary
03 Transport
04 Feature Stories

About Discovery Bay

As Hong Kong’s largest island, the verdant, mountainous Lantau Island is home to many hiking trails and nearly 50 enticing towns and villages. Among them is the resort town of Discovery Bay, which offers breathtaking nature, outdoor adventures and fine restaurants only a 25-minute ferry ride from the heart of the city.

Its proximity to Hong Kong International Airport, the extensive retail offerings at Tung Chung New Town, and the family theme park of Hong Kong Disneyland has kept Discovery Bay a popular neighbourhood since its creation in the 1980s.

These landmark developments are interconnected by trails snaking over rolling hills that pass through white-sand beaches, old villages and heritage sites. One great way to explore this side of the island is to take a walk through the relaxing route that links the charming coastal town of Mui Wo and Discovery Bay, which is suitable for all fitness levels.

Recommended Sights around Discovery Bay

Refuel
The cooked food market, right beside Mui Wo Ferry Pier, offers local seafood dishes and hearty bowls of noodles. Nearby, there is also a range of restaurants serving international offerings from Italian to Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisines. There are also many shops situated along Silver Mine Bay Beach, which sell snacks and soft drinks.

Mui Wo

One of the first sights greeting you as you step off the ferry is a collection of hundreds of parked bicycles, some of which are for rent. Many enjoy cycling here and visit nearby villages along the way.

After a refreshing stroll along the seaside promenade, you will reach the white-sand beach of Silver Mine Bay. Continue walking along the beach to the sign for ‘Discovery Bay’ near the end of Tung Wan Tau Road. A paved slope marks the beginning of a long ascent. Pace yourself, and do turn around from time to time to admire the spectacular views of Mui Wo’s coastline.

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Our Lady of Joy Abbey

After a moderately strenuous hike, you will reach the Monastery of Our Lady of Joy Abbey, founded in the 1950s by the Trappists. It’s home to 14 monks and closed to the public, but visitors are welcome to stroll down the hill to explore the Pax Intrantibus garden, known for two granite pillars at its entrance and the East-meets-West-style pavilion where a Virgin Mary statue stands. In this tranquil setting about midway through your journey, you will find benches where you can sit and relax your tired legs.

The abbey used to be known as the Trappist Monastery before 2000. It was also the site of the local popular Trappist Dairy from the early 1960s to the 1980s. Production has since moved to Yuen Long, and its milk and yoghurt offerings are still sold throughout the city.

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DB Plaza and D’Deck

After following the meandering pathway that passes through villages along the bay of Nim Shue Wan, you will arrive at the resort-style neighbourhood of Discovery Bay.

Situated next to the ferry pier stop, the circular oceanfront DB Plaza is a great spot to sit and relax as you people-watch.

In addition to its good range of restaurants and shops, it also hosts a monthly Sunday market with stalls selling locally produced handmade arts and crafts.

You can recover from the hike while enjoying al fresco dining at D’Deck next to the plaza, which offers an array of international cuisines, from Chinese and Thai to Italian, Spanish and Mexican.

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Tai Pak Beach

Don’t leave the island without taking a barefoot stroll along Tai Pak Beach’s 400-metre-long stretch of soft white sand. The city’s first man-made private beach, the area was created in the 1980s using 300,000 cubic metres of sand imported from Mainland China.

It’s also home to Hong Kong’s largest beach playground, featuring a mini zipline, plus attractions such as a rope bridge, numerous climbing frames and obstacles, slides and swings.

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While you may enjoy ambling around the town, you can also hop on one of the buses running within Discovery Bay. Visit their official website for more details on the internal bus service.

Central Park

Another 30-minute stroll along Discovery Bay Road will take you to Central Park, the communal heart and the largest public park in Discovery Bay. The park features tree-lined paths, ponds, streams and waterfalls. Families often have picnics sitting out on the grassland while children play ball games.

Many visitors love to relax here in the shaded areas by the water while enjoying birdsong and watching turtles and koi carp swim.

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The Pavilion

A stone’s throw away from Central Park is the hotel Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong. Its Pavilion, also known as the White Chapel, is one of the most Instagrammable hotspots in Discovery Bay. This waterfront, 16-metre-tall, triangular prism-shaped glass house is, unsurprisingly, a popular wedding venue.

The most photogenic spot is at the triangular front door, where you can capture the building’s geometric form, flanked by lush mountains behind the chapel and the sparkling sea.

If you happen to visit just before a wedding, you may see a horse-drawn carriage bringing the soon-to-be-married couple to the venue.

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Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

The waterfront resort also offers guests an idyllic escape away from bustling city life. Visitors can wind down after a hike and soothe their weary limbs in the spa, or savour sea and mountain views while sipping a cool drink. You can also enjoy all-day dining and drinks at the cafe and the sports bar. Or, if you wish, extend your day trip to an overnight stay at the hotel.

Next to the hotel is the palm-tree-flanked outdoor shopping centre, DB North, which offers a good selection of cafes and restaurants, as well as an impressive European-style clock tower — another popular photo spot for Instagrammers.

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Take a stroll along the seaside promenade in Mui Wo

Mui Wo

One of the first sights greeting you as you step off the ferry is a collection of hundreds of parked bicycles, some of which are for rent. Many enjoy cycling here and visit nearby villages along the way.

After a refreshing stroll along the seaside promenade, you will reach the white-sand beach of Silver Mine Bay. Continue walking along the beach to the sign for ‘Discovery Bay’ near the end of Tung Wan Tau Road. A paved slope marks the beginning of a long ascent. Pace yourself, and do turn around from time to time to admire the spectacular views of Mui Wo’s coastline.

Next: Our Lady of Joy Abbey
Bird eye's view of Our Lady of Joy Abbey

Our Lady of Joy Abbey

After a moderately strenuous hike, you will reach the Monastery of Our Lady of Joy Abbey, founded in the 1950s by the Trappists. It’s home to 14 monks and closed to the public, but visitors are welcome to stroll down the hill to explore the Pax Intrantibus garden, known for two granite pillars at its entrance and the East-meets-West-style pavilion where a Virgin Mary statue stands. In this tranquil setting about midway through your journey, you will find benches where you can sit and relax your tired legs.

The abbey used to be known as the Trappist Monastery before 2000. It was also the site of the local popular Trappist Dairy from the early 1960s to the 1980s. Production has since moved to Yuen Long, and its milk and yoghurt offerings are still sold throughout the city.

Next: DB Plaza and D’Deck
DB Plaza

DB Plaza and D’Deck

After following the meandering pathway that passes through villages along the bay of Nim Shue Wan, you will arrive at the resort-style neighbourhood of Discovery Bay.

Situated next to the ferry pier stop, the circular oceanfront DB Plaza is a great spot to sit and relax as you people-watch.

In addition to its good range of restaurants and shops, it also hosts a monthly Sunday market with stalls selling locally produced handmade arts and crafts.

You can recover from the hike while enjoying al fresco dining at D’Deck next to the plaza, which offers an array of international cuisines, from Chinese and Thai to Italian, Spanish and Mexican.

Next: Tai Pak Beach
Tai Pak Beach

Tai Pak Beach

Don’t leave the island without taking a barefoot stroll along Tai Pak Beach’s 400-metre-long stretch of soft white sand. The city’s first man-made private beach, the area was created in the 1980s using 300,000 cubic metres of sand imported from Mainland China.

It’s also home to Hong Kong’s largest beach playground, featuring a mini zipline, plus attractions such as a rope bridge, numerous climbing frames and obstacles, slides and swings.

Next: Central Park
Resort-style neighbourhood of Discovery Bay

Central Park

Another 30-minute stroll along Discovery Bay Road will take you to Central Park, the communal heart and the largest public park in Discovery Bay. The park features tree-lined paths, ponds, streams and waterfalls. Families often have picnics sitting out on the grassland while children play ball games.

Many visitors love to relax here in the shaded areas by the water while enjoying birdsong and watching turtles and koi carp swim.

Next: The Pavilion
The White Chapel is an instagrammable hotspot

The Pavilion

A stone’s throw away from Central Park is the hotel Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong. Its Pavilion, also known as the White Chapel, is one of the most Instagrammable hotspots in Discovery Bay. This waterfront, 16-metre-tall, triangular prism-shaped glass house is, unsurprisingly, a popular wedding venue.

The most photogenic spot is at the triangular front door, where you can capture the building’s geometric form, flanked by lush mountains behind the chapel and the sparkling sea.

If you happen to visit just before a wedding, you may see a horse-drawn carriage bringing the soon-to-be-married couple to the venue.

Dining Option: Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong
Central Park

Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong

The waterfront resort also offers guests an idyllic escape away from bustling city life. Visitors can wind down after a hike and soothe their weary limbs in the spa, or savour sea and mountain views while sipping a cool drink. You can also enjoy all-day dining and drinks at the cafe and the sports bar. Or, if you wish, extend your day trip to an overnight stay at the hotel.

Next to the hotel is the palm-tree-flanked outdoor shopping centre, DB North, which offers a good selection of cafes and restaurants, as well as an impressive European-style clock tower — another popular photo spot for Instagrammers.

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Transport

Getting to Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

Leaving from Discovery Bay

Scheduled ferries depart from Central Pier 6 for Mui Wo, and from Central Pier 3 directly for Discovery Bay — both of which are accessible from MTR Hong Kong Station. The journey from Central to Mui Wo takes 35 to 55 minutes, depending on the ferry type. Bus 3M from MTR Tung Chung Station also goes to Mui Wo Ferry Pier, while buses DB03P and DB03R take you directly to Discovery Bay (DB North and DB Plaza Bus Terminus) from MTR Sunny Bay Station.
A 25-minute ferry ride takes you from Discovery Bay back to Central Pier 3. It usually departs every 15 minutes during peak times, with the first and last ferries departing at 6am and 12am respectively on weekdays, and 6am and 12:30am respectively at weekends.

From DB Plaza Bus Terminus, bus DB01R takes you to Tung Chung Bus Terminus and DB03R takes you to MTR Sunny Bay Station. From DB North, bus DB03P also reaches MTR Sunny Bay Station.

Getting to Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

Scheduled ferries depart from Central Pier 6 for Mui Wo, and from Central Pier 3 directly for Discovery Bay — both of which are accessible from MTR Hong Kong Station. The journey from Central to Mui Wo takes 35 to 55 minutes, depending on the ferry type. Bus 3M from MTR Tung Chung Station also goes to Mui Wo Ferry Pier, while buses DB03P and DB03R take you directly to Discovery Bay (DB North and DB Plaza Bus Terminus) from MTR Sunny Bay Station.

Leaving from Discovery Bay

A 25-minute ferry ride takes you from Discovery Bay back to Central Pier 3. It usually departs every 15 minutes during peak times, with the first and last ferries departing at 6am and 12am respectively on weekdays, and 6am and 12:30am respectively at weekends.

From DB Plaza Bus Terminus, bus DB01R takes you to Tung Chung Bus Terminus and DB03R takes you to MTR Sunny Bay Station. From DB North, bus DB03P also reaches MTR Sunny Bay Station.

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