One February morning, I discovered Hong Kong’s most beautiful island…
It’s been a while (half a year, to be exact) since that perfect day I spent on Po Toi Island, Hong Kong’s southernmost point. It took me something like six years to get there, because there are such sparse transportation options to be had. But finally, on a warm and sunny ‘winter’ day, I was finally able to wake up early enough to catch the 10am boat from Stanley’s Blake Pier.
Before I get into the details, I want to preface with my impressions of that stunning island. I had seen photos, and am used to Hong Kong’s natural beauty, but I was still surprised by how breathtaking the geography was. I was reminded of Croatia, on Europe’s Adriatic Sea, sans the crystal clear water!
I was reminded of Croatia, on Europe’s Adriatic Sea
Where exactly is Po Toi Island?
From the public pier, we took a loop 8 around the island, starting with the southern circuit – taking our time – and then powering through the northern circle because we wanted to see everything.
Discover Hong Kong’s website – which I used for reference – recommends a shorter route cutting through the middle path. However, you would be missing the Tin Hau Temple, Tai Wan beach, and handful of restaurants and seaweed shops lining the coast.
If you want to do what I did, take both Route 1 and 2 🙂
Total distance: 5.9km
Duration: It really depends on your pace, but since our only boat option was at 3pm that day, we took our time from 10am-3pm to explore, lie down on the rocks, take photos, eat etc. 🙂
When to go
On a sunny day, of course. I prefer hiking when it’s not too hot, so February was perfect. Summer would be great if you want to swim 🙂
The ferries or kaitos to and from Po Toi are few and far between – but that also means less crowds! 100% worth it.
Click here for the schedule.
I believe we went on a Sunday/Public Holiday, when there are more rides from Stanley’s Blake Pier. I also chose to depart from Stanley rather than Aberdeen because I’m familiar with Stanley Plaza – it’s well connected via public transportation.
It’s really up to you how you want to tackle the routes. We decided to start with the path that had the least people on it.
Going back to that day has just made my day infinitely better. I hope you have as wonderful a time as I did 🙂