Double Haven islands tour
This tour is suitable for children of age 8 and up.
A full day tour by speed boat through Double Haven, one of Hong Kong's most beautiful and unspoilt stretches
of sea. Due to it being so remote and hard to access from other parts of Hong Kong development is very
limited, almost non-existent. The area is very sparsely inhabited, most of the communities are very
small, mere shadows of their former selves. This itinerary has little overall walk, but the walk we do is
partly on rough terrain such as barren rock
faces, pebble beaches and unmaintained trails, hence the difficulty rating.
After meeting at University MTR we walk to Ma Liu Shui pier (about 15 minutes), where we board a speed boat to
take us through Tolo Harbour to our first stop: Port Island, a small rocky outcrop located right at the end of
Tolo Channel. A concrete path
and the remains of a pier and some concrete foundations are all signs of human occupation - a lookout of the
British navy used to be here. This island is part of the Geopark and is best known for it's red sedimentary
rocks which formed some 100-120 million years ago. Thick layers of sandstone
and conglomerates can be seen here, along with faults and folds.
Next stop is the Devil's Fist, a rock shaped like a fist sticking out of the sea. It has a dramatic
backdrop of red and white layered sandstone. These layers were originally formed horizontally, but
earth movements over the 400 million years since these rocks formed pushed the layers up so they are now
The trip continues along the aptly named Hung Shek Mun (Red Rock Passageway) - a narrow strait between
abandoned Hung Shek Mun village and Double Island, lined with red rocks. We'll have a walk here again before
we go back on board to visit Kat O. A once thriving fishing island home to
over 2,000 people spread over at least a dozen villages, only a few dozen live here nowadays.
There are many abandoned and unmaintained houses here. One always wonders, what makes people abandon
their home leaving behind furniture and even the pictures on the wall?
At Kat O we will also take some time for a Hakka style seafood lunch (optional; not included; please make
your reservation when booking).
The Hakka village of Lai Chi Wo is still inhabited, albeit by a mere handful of elderly people. This was one of
the largest villages in the area, and the most important. Here some 2,000 people lived at its peak in over 300
houses, neatly arranged along narrow passageways.
Ap Chau, literally the Duck Island as from a distance it
looks a bit like a duck floating on the water. This tiny island was uninhabited until the 1950s, when it
became a refuge for followers of the True Jesus Church. The small church on the island is still in
active use, even though only a handful of people live here nowadays.
This island is also part of the Geopark, as it is the only place in Hong Kong where a large outcrop
of sedimentary breccia is found. This red rock is eroded by the waves to form all kinds of interesting
features, including wave-cut platforms and a sea arch - the eye of the duck.
Finally the speed boat will take us back to Tap Mun to catch the 17:30 ferry back to Ma Liu Shui,
or you can be dropped off at Wong Shek, from where you can catch bus route 94 to Sai Kung
and from there on to other parts of Hong Kong.
- 9:00 meet at University MTR, walk to Ma Liu Shui pier (green map marker) to board the speed boat.
- Visit Port Island (geopark site - red rocks, folded layers) - map marker 1.
- Visit the Devil's Fist (geopark site) - map marker 2.
- Visit Hung Shek Mun (ghost village - red rocks) - map marker 3.
- Visit Kat O, traditional fishing village (temples, lover's tree, viewpoint) - lunch - map marker 6.
- Visit Lai Chi Wo, walk around the village and the fung shui woods, visit the geoheritage centre and the
restored Hakka houses - map marker 4.
- Visit Ap Chau, see the sea arch (geopark site - arch, red sedimentary breccias) - map marker 5.
- About 17:20 at Tap Mun (map marker 7), catch the 17:30 ferry to Ma Liu Shui (there about 18:45,
fare $28/person - not included) or about 17:30 at Wong Shek (red map marker).