Off the cost of Clear Water Bay in Sai Kung, Tung Lung Chau (Chau = island in Cantonese) is one of the few outlying islands where you may only visit at the weekend when the ferries are running. However, there are certainly more ferries than other remote islands such as Po Toi Island, Crooked Island and Tung Ping Chau.
“Tung Lung” pheonetically sounds like “hole” in Cantonese. That’s the origin of the name given by the locals because the island features many sea caves that look like holes on the wall. While there are very few residents today, this small island attracts hundreds of visitors at the weekend to go camping, rock climbing or coasteering.
Monuments and Lighthouse on the Island
There are a few sight seeing spots on Tung Lung Island. The first monument is the ancient rock carving measuring 1.8m by 2.4m. It was the earliest ancient rock carving recorded in Hong Kong and was declared a monument in 1979. To visit, you will have to take 600 steps down from Nam Tong lookout and come back up the same way.
The second monument is the ruins of a Tung Lung Fort which was built over 300 years ago during the Ching Dynasty to guard against pirates. There were some 15 barracks and 8 cannons installed. Today, it is only a ruins with no cannons in sight.
The third landmark is the lighthouse facing Clear Water Bay Golf & Country Club. You may reach it by climbing down the rocks from the campsite.
You may hike around the island in a loop, starting from either ferry pier. If you start from Nam Tong Pier (the first stop of the ferry), simply walk pass the eateries, straight up and follow the signs towards the view point, rock carving, and continue on to the Nam Tong Peak which is 232 meters above sea level. This section of the hiking trail is gentle and well paved but no shades.
The hiking trail ends at the radio station then you will have to walk around to the other side. The descending part is pretty rough. You will need both hands to climb to keep the balance.
If you start from the new pier (Fat Tong Mun Pier), start going up the rugged hill from the barbecue area and go clockwise.
The Hen Rock is a set of rocks standing on top of a small hill between the two ferry piers.
Spectacular Coastline: Strong Wave and Steep Cliffs
The beautiful coastline and spectacular cliffs, strong waves and wind attracts many outdoor adventurers, rock climbers and coasteering team at the weekends. The special wave-watching spots and a “belly cave” are along the water that requires climbing on rocks and walking through dense bush to get to. These off-the-beaten-path sightseeing spots are not for everyone, certainly not for the elderlies and small children.
Tung Lung Chau Special — Shrimp-Squid Burger
While it is advisable to bring your own water and snacks for the 3-hour hike, there are some few eateries near the two ferry piers where you can get light replenishment such as drinks and instant noodles.
Having said that, it is a pleasant surprise to find a fancy shrimp-squid burger available at a seafood restaurant called iFish Teahouse by Leung Kee (梁記漁家茶座) near Nam Tong ferry pier. It is a burger bun with the Shrimp and Squid meat. You may also get some stomach-filling food like fried noodles a and rice as well.
There are several ferries from Sam Ka Tsuen Public Pier and Sai Wan Ho Typhoon Shelter Landing No. 10 Pier to Tung Lung Chau on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. These 2 ferries are operated by different companies, you are required to buy returned tickets and advise your returning time in advance. There are 2 stops in Tung Lung Chau: Nam Tong Pier (old) and Fat Tong Mun Pier (new) .
|From Sam Ka Tsuen to Tung Lung Chau||From Tung Lung Chau to Sam Ka Tsuen|
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Operator of Sam Ka Tsuen: Coral Sea Ferry Services Company Limited. Tel: +852 2513 1103
|From Sai Wan Ho to Tung Lung Chau||From Tung Lung Chau to Sai Wan Ho|
Operator from Sai Wan Ho: Leung Kee Kaito by Bluesea Ferry Ferry Company Limited. Tel: +852 2337 6568.