The Tai Tam Mound Waterfall is one of the most popular and scenic waterfalls on Hong Kong Island. Although the waterfall is hidden from plain sight along the hiking trail, its ease of access makes it a popular spot for not just hikers, but also families with kids.
How to get to Tai Tam Mound Waterfall
There are plenty of ways to get to the Tai Tam Mound Waterfall (sometimes referred to as Tai Tam Mound Fall). However, for now, let’s focus on the easiest route.
To get to the starting point, first get to Sai Wan Ho MTR station. At the station, take exit A and then bus number 14 to Stanley Fort. The bus stop is just outside exit A.
Alight at Tai Tam Reservoir (North) bus stop. It’s the bus stop right before the Tai Tam Reservoir Dam. Once you’re on Tai Tam Road, be mindful of the traffic as there is no sidewalk. The trick is knowing that only one side of the traffic is allowed at a time on this road. So, if the traffic on your side of the road is flowing, walk in the other lane.
From the bus stop walk back, away from the dam, till you see the entrance to Tai Tam Country Park. This is your starting point.
Tai Tam Waterfall hike
From Tai Tam Road to the Tai Tam Mound Waterfall is an easy 1 km hike.
The walk is along Section 6 of the Hong Kong Trail that connects Tai Tam Road with Tai Tam Reservoir Road. It’s flat for the most part, except for a few steps along the way.
The walk to the waterfall should take about 15-20 minutes depending on your speed. But before you arrive at the Tai Tam Mound Waterfall, you’ll reach the stream above it.
You can walk around the side of the bridge to get closer to the stream and its shallow pools. However, you can’t reach the waterfall from here.
Tai Tam Waterfall location
Finding the entrance to the waterfall can be slightly tricky. For that, you need to walk another 50-odd metres ahead of the stream till you see a wooden bridge. Just before the bridge, there is a path between the trees on your left.
Take this path and go down slowly as it may be very slippery. Hold the trees and branches for support. Ideally, you should wear proper shoes for this hike. But we saw plenty of people in their flip-flops. However, we recommend that you wear shoes for your safety.
At the end of this slippery path, you’ll finally arrive at the Tai Tam Mound Waterfall!
Do not swim in the waterfall
As tempting as it may be, you’re technically not allowed to swim in the Tai Tam Waterfall. The waterfall feeds into the Tai Tam Reservoir, which is a source of drinking water for Hong Kong Island residents.
Sadly, the fine and jail time usually doesn’t scare away those who come here to swim in the pool below the waterfall. However, if you’re reading this, please remember to admire the waterfall from a distance and refrain from swimming in it.
Other ways to get to Tai Tam Waterfall
The hiking route above is the easiest way to get to the waterfall. To finish the hike, simply trace your steps back to Tai Tam Road.
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However, you can also hike to the Tai Tam Waterfall from Quarry Bay, via the Quarry Pass Pavilion. I personally really enjoyed ending my hike from Braemar Hill to Tai Tam Reservoir at the waterfall. It’s a great way to end a long hike.
And you can also make this waterfall a part of your Tai Tam Reservoir walk.
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