Po Toi Islands hike


The Po Toi Islands  are a small group of islands with a population of around 200, south-east of Hong Kong Island, off Stanley, in Hong Kong. The main island of the group is Po Toi Island.

The islands are notable for interesting rock formations and open-air seafood restaurants. Po Toi Island has a “haunted house”, and some rock carvings supposed to be the epitaph of an emperor who died on or near Po Toi.

Known as the ‘South Pole of Hong Kong’, Po Toi Island is composed almost entirely of well-weathered granite. Its peculiar looking rocks and seaweed are equally renowned. Be sure to try some seaweed soup and take home some dried seafood products.

Distance : 4km

Difficulty : 5/10

Duration : 2.5 hours


Board a kaito (small ferry) at Aberdeen Pier. The journey takes around an hour. This kaito service operates only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays; or,

Board a kaito at Stanley Blake Pier. The journey takes around 30 minutes. This kaito service operates only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

From the end point:
Board a kaito at Po Toi Pier for Aberdeen or Stanley Pier.

Turn right and follow the trail by passing a restaurant. The trail will slowly turn into a concrete path with full sea view on your right. Follow the path down a flight of stairs to the shore to see 3,000-year-old rock carvings on a cliff in Nam Tum. A Declared Monument, these prehistoric totems have faded considerably and are currently protected by a sheet of fibre glass.

Po Toi Islands

Go back up the stairs and continue to walk across Cheung Shek Pai, a series of granitic rocks forming a natural track, and find yourself at the peak of the trail. Take a break at the pavilion to enjoy a boundless view of the South China Sea.

Descend until you are greeted by what seems to be a huge tortoise slowing making its way uphill, and a slender monk on the other side bowing at passers-by. Enjoy the magnificent sea view under Lighthouse 126.

Light House 126

Continue down to Gold Panning Cliff, under which waves pound and seaweeds abound. There is a beach at the end of the cliff of which you can go down to enjoy the sunset.