Mention Hong Kong and almost everyone will have in their mind a city full of skyscrapers, crowded streets and millions of people. However, Hong Kong does have it’s fair share of nature reserves, beaches and islands which are unfortunately missed out by most travelers.
Speaking of islands in Hong Kong, most people are only familiar with Lantau Island since that’s where you find several attractions like Disneyland, factory outlet shops and the Big Buddha. If you want to know more about Lantau Island, I have a short blog post about it. But, there are other smaller islands around Hong Kong, and they make interesting day trips if you are willing to make time to visit them.
So on my recent trip to Hong Kong, I decided to revisit Sai Kung again. This is a sheltered bay on the eastern part of Hong Kong’s mainland. While seafood attracts many tourists here, there are also cruises to the surrounding islands which you can indulge in.
For more about how to get to Sai Kung from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, you can read my previous blog post here. For this trip we decided to save time and just take a taxi. If 4-5 persons take a taxi, the shared cost isn’t much different from taking the MTR and bus.
The round island cruise takes you on a roughly 2 hour trip past several smaller islands. You have the option to get off on 1 or 2 of the islands for an extra HKD10/person, and return on another boat.
Of course, once you are back in Sai Kung, you can continue to explore the town’s fishing and maritime history. Despite the mass tourism that’s taken root here, Sai Kung still retains that quaint small town feel.
So, the next time you are in Hong Kong and are sick of jostling with a few million other people in the streets and subways, how about taking a day trip to the out lying areas of this metropolis? You’d be surprised at how relaxed and laid back life can be 30-45 minutes out from Central.