20th October 2022 – (Hong Kong) Ocean Park is adding a new programme to its marine tourism series Island South Discovery. Titled Little Geologist, the programme offers a fascinating exploration of Hong Kong’s southern coastal geology and marine features on a thrilling boat ride.
Participants will observe sea waves, learn about coastal landforms and marine conservation, and appreciate various attractions such as famous military landmarks and waterworks while they enjoy the sea breeze. In addition, they will get to see the Southern Island from a different perspective and discover its ecological and cultural diversity.
The programme offers two unique adventures along Hong Kong’s idyllic south coast. The Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour combines adrenaline-pumping jet boating experience with an educational sightseeing opportunity. Those joining the Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour can relax on a traditional fishing boat and take a glimpse of Hong Kong’s fishing heritage and culture.
Itinerary One: Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour
Excitement seekers who are curious about history along the coasts can join the Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour, hopping on the only inflatable jet boat tour led by certified EcoGuides in Hong Kong. They are recognised by Ecotourism Australia who can deliver an authentic, environmentally responsible and professional experience, and will help participants dive into the rich cultural history and spot the ‘strange rocks’ along the coasts from Repulse Bay to Tai Tam Bay. During the enlightening journey, participants will also hear about Hong Kong’s military and nautical history as they go past landmark attractions including Murray House in Stanley and the Wordless Monument in Tai Tam Bay.
Itinerary Two: Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour
Having an irregular coastline, the southern part of Hong Kong is just like a ‘private canvas’ of nature. The Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour, suitable for adults and younger kids, will welcome adventurers onboard a Chinese sailing boat to appreciate this vast ‘landscape painting’. Participants can admire the beauty of different rock formations, including the ‘Godzilla Rock’ in Tau Chau and the sea caves around Middle Island, and see the Ocean Park Intake Station for the ‘secrets of the pond water’ in the Park.
|Dates||29 October 2022 to 2 January 2023(Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays)|
|Requirements||Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour: Aged 9–75 and at least 1.3m tallLittle Geologist – Life on Coast Tour: Aged 3–75Participants below 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent/guardian also enrolled in the programme:· Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour: An eligible paying parent/guardian can accompany a maximum of one eligible paying participant aged 9–11.· Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour: An eligible paying parent/guardian can accompany a maximum of two eligible paying participants aged 3–11.|
|Boat type and capacity||Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour: Inflatable jet boat / 16 pax per session (minimum 4 pax per session) (the only inflatable jet boat tour led by certified EcoGuides in Hong Kong)Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour: Chinese sailing boat / 32 pax per session (minimum 8 pax per session)|
|Schedules and boarding location||· Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour10am–11:45am (1 hour 30 minutes, with a 15-minute briefing session before boarding)· Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour10:30am–11:45am, 2:15pm–3:30pm, 4pm–5:15pm (1 hour 15 minutes) Pier location (round trip):· Surf in History Tour: Ap Lei Chau Sightseeing Sampan Pier Landing No. 6, Hung Shing Street (five minutes walking distance from MTR Lei Tung Station Exit A1)· Life on Coast Tour: Ap Lei Chau Pier Landing No. 2, Hung Shing Street (five minutes walking distance from MTR Lei Tung Station Exit A1)|
|Fee per person||HK$688 (Little Geologist – Surf in History Tour)HK$190 (Little Geologist – Life on Coast Tour)Remarks: Pricing is the same for adults and children. Admission tickets for Ocean Park and Water World are not included in the programme fee. Tickets are not available for on-site sales due to insurance issue.|
|Remarks||· Tours are subject to change and may be cancelled due to adverse weather. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations section on the programme webpage for details.· Both tours are not recommended for any person who is pregnant, suffers from heart disease, neck and spinal problems or in precarious health condition.|