We made it to Po Toi. My fascination for making it to the southern most tip of Hong Kong finally happened. In fact it’s so far south that the moment we got off at the ferry pier, my phone went into roaming. It thought I was in China.
OK, I exaggerate about how south it is but it did really go into international roaming.
About Po Toi
Often referred to as the South Pole of Hong Kong, Po Toi is Hong Kong’s southern most island. The island is particularly famous for its seaweed and peculiar rock formations.
Getting To Po Toi Island
The only way to get to Po Toi Island is from Aberdeen or Stanley via ferry. The Tsui Wah Ferry Service operates on this route and the timings can be found on their website. Keep in mind that the ferry service is extremely infrequent except on Sundays and public holidays, when it gets a little better. So, plan your itinerary well ahead.
Rock Formations On Po Toi
The island is comprised almost entirely of easily weathered granite. The granite over the years has taken some peculiar-looking shapes, which believe it or not, have been voted as the most beautiful in Hong Kong in public surveys. There’s a rock that resembles a human hand, and another that resembles a tortoise. Can you spot the tortoise and the hand below?
The island is also known for its ancient rock carvings. A declared monument, these carving have faded considerably and are currently protected by a fibre glass cover. Unfortunately, the stairway leading to the rock carvings was blocked on the day we visited.
Hiking In Po Toi
Hiking in Po Toi is fairly easy. The island has a country trail that looks like the figure 8. The whole trail can take up to 4-5 hours, but of course you’re free to do only a part of it. That’s what we did. As we only had 1.5 hours on the island, we decided to head to the southern most tip.
Along the way we encountered an extremely narrow beach, and the path to the ancient rock carvings (which was shut). After the beach, there’s a short incline hike to the top of the hill where the lighthouse is located. The views from the lighthouse of the South China Sea are clear as they can be. Although it was extremely cloudy and windy while we were on the top, for a moment we got lucky when the clouds cleared up for us to witness the most beautiful sunset.
Po Toi Sunset Photos
With nothing obstructing the horizon, the sunsets from Po Toi are a sight to truly behold!
They say that the best camera is the one that you have on you. I had my trusted Nexus 5 and DJI Phantom. Unfortunately it was way too windy for my drone to take off from on top of a hill, so I ended up taking most of the photos with my cellphone.
The photos of the sunset were taken with my 3 year old cellphone camera. So you can only imagine how beautiful the sunset was in real life.