Guide to Island Hopping in Hong Kong

If I told you Hong Kong was a great travel destination for nature lovers you would probably look at me like I have three heads. 

So many people were so surprised while I was on my trip to Hong Kong to see I was spending my days basking in the sun and island hopping. Hong Kong is home to some incredibly astonishing landscapes and remarkable scenery.

If you want to island hop in Hong Kong it really isn't too hard. Here's how to do it....

Islands in Hong Kong

Where Are The Best Islands in Hong Kong?

You'll want to head to the island peninsula known as Sai Kung, and specifically get to Sai Kung Pier. Around Sai Kung are some of the breathtaking islands I visited while on my trip. Known for its quaint fishing villages and hiking paths it's one of the most popular destinations in Hong Kong. 

From the Sai Kung Pier you can visit many different islands like Sharp Island, Shelter Island, and Jun Island. 

How to get to Sai Kung Pier

Sai Kung Pier is only around 20 km from Kowloon and getting there is relatively easy. 

By Public Transport... There are no MTR lines that take you directly to Sai Kung Pier but you can get close by taking the MTR to Hang Hau Station. Alternatively, you can get off at Mong Kok Station or Choi Hung and then take a minibus to Sai Kung. Below is a screen grab directly from the Sai Kung information website.

MTR to Sai Kung Pier.JPG

By Taxi... You can of course take a taxi out to the Sai Kung Pier. The cost will of course depend on where you are staying in Hong Kong but from Kowloon is roughly 170 HKD. I use this taxi fare calculator to find out prices beforehand!

By Minibus... The last way to get there is by minibus which I also recommend. You should know that green minibuses leave based on a time table while red minibuses don't leave until the bus is full. You can find a full list of minibuses that travel to Sai Kung here.

How to island hop in Hong Kong

You Made it to Sai Kung Pier - Now What?

You have a couple of options. You can island hop by simply taking ferries, know as Kaitos, to the surrounding islands. This is, of course, the cheaper option. You can find a full list of ferries on the Sai Kung website. Take a look at the screen grab below for some of your options.

Sai Kung Public Ferries

A bit more expensive, but well worth it, is hiring a private boat for a tour of the islands. There are many tours like this sold along the pier or you can book one in advance. I did a simple boat tour of the Sai Kung islands, you can see my route below. We used the Eco Tour Sai Kung and I definitely recommend them. Click here for rates.

Sai Kung Boat Tour

Can You Take a Private Tour of the Islands in Hong Kong?

Yes. I suggest using Eco Tour Sai Kung (I used them and loved the experience). Contact them for rates here.

Final Thoughts

One last thing... even though researching ahead of time is great, I definitely recommend bringing a guidebook along with you.

Lonely Planet Pocket Guides are my absolute favorite because, as the name suggests, they are tiny enough to fit in a pocket or a small bag while still giving you a ton of information. But, here are some other books I recommend as well...

Also, a super common question I get is: What camera do I use for my travels. The body is a Nikon D3300 and I use the kit lens and a Sigma wide-angle lens which I am genuinely obsessed with.

My full list of travel gear, that I take on every trip can be found here.

And of course, if you have any questions DO NOT hesitate to reach out to me via Instagram, Twitter, or just shoot me an email ( 

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Island hopping in Hong Kong is often overlooked - travelers think Hong Kong is only skyscrapers and city streets. Read on to find out how to visit the islands and lay on the beach in Hong Kong.

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