Hong Kong is made of several islands – some bigger than others, some more accessible than others. At the very “southern pole”, there lies an isolated gem – Po Toi Island. Situated a bit further away from Stanley, Po Toi Island boasts for its amazing landscape and scenery. If you are interested in weird and wonderful rock formations – this island is definitely for you!
Duration: 2-3 hours
Transportation to Po Toi Island is quite tricky. Ferries to the island only run on Tuesday, Thursday and the weekends at very specific times from either Aberdeen or Stanley. Visit here to find out about the ferry’s timetable. If you so happen to miss a ferry but would still like to hike, I recommend hiking up Nam Long Shan if you’re in Aberdeen or go searching for the rhino if you’re in Stanley! A friendly reminder that there’s not a lot shade and tuck shops along the route – so do bring lots of water and wear a hat because it can get quite hot during summer!
I took the ferry ride from Aberdeen on a Thursday. It took around 50 minutes to get to the island. Take a turn to your right to get onto the trail en route to see different rock formations as well as the lighthouse! Along the route, you’ll get a great view of the vast sea and crashing waves.
Not long you’ll reach a mini circular route – it doesn’t really matter which route you take first as you’ll be hitting the same spots, including the Buddha’s palm, turtle rock and light-house. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, feel free to venture a bit off trail, climbing up and down the rocks and reaching the ends of the island. At the southern-most tip of the island, you can look back onto Poi Toi Island itself and appreciate just how magnificent it is.
From the circular route onwards, the route becomes quite tough as it becomes very staircase heavy and the ascent is quite steep. Do take a lot of breaks during the ascent and stop to look back at the light house to enjoy a different view perspective of the island! The ascent takes around 45 minutes until you reach a pagoda for a well-deserved rest!
From the pagoda onwards, there will be a sign directing you back down to the ferry pier!
At the ferry pier, there are many local cafes for you to grab and drink. Po Toi Island is known for its local production of seaweed – a lot of the cafes serve seaweed instant noodles which is worth a try!