Tai O Fishing Village

Tai O Fishing Village

Out on the edge of Hong Kong’s Lantau Island is a small village of stilted homes, a smattering of shops and restaurants and…pink dolphins!

Seriously, I was doubtful. I mean, Hong Kong water seems…tough…to survive in, but my friend, Sam, and I jumped into a quick boat ride to view the stilted homes. They actually took us out to the ocean first where I spotted a light pink dophin! We saw it probably a handful of times before the captain cruised us back in.

Expectations were already exceeded!


While the homes might look a bit shabby, they were actually very clean and tidy while walking by. Though, it must seen a bit strange to have strangers basically walking through your home.

We found the cutest restaurant called Triple Lantern Cafe, which was fully taking advantage of its location.

The owners and hosts were very kind, warm and helpful on our day trip – I would highly recommend if you’re visiting.

It was so hot and humid, we ended up enjoying the view and breeze up on the second floor patio for quite some time before we went off looking for a temple.

There are several little shops and food stands along the way with snacks and trinkets to distract you.

There’s actually a little bed and breakfast called Tai O Heritage Hotel that I’m keen to check out so that we could relax overnight. Maybe for our anniversary? Hmm!

Getting there is very easy in comparison to many other hikes or attempted adventures:

  • From Central: take the ferry from Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo, then Bus No. 1 to Tai O.
  • From Kowloon: take the MTR to Tung Chung Station, then Bus No. 11 to Tai O.