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Sunday, Sai Kung Island Cruise
  • Date

    2018-05-20

  • Time

    14:00 - 17:00

  • Address

    Sai Kung, New Public Pier

  • Price

    $300

  • Teacher / Host

    Wouter van Marle

Min. number of participants to launch: 4

last day to register: 2018-05-18

The Sai Kung geopark is famous for its magnificent hexagonal rock columns, and sweeping coastal landforms which includes sea arches, sea caves, geos and sea stacks.  Having not only interesting geology, the area is also rich in history.

This tour will take us to Yim Tin Tsai, a now mostly abandoned island, previously a major sea salt production site.  Unique to this island is that by 1875 the whole population was converted to catholicism.  Therefore, instead of temples and an ancestral hall, we will see angels statues  and a church. The island also has it's own saint, St. Joseph Freinademetz, who lived on the island for two years and built the chapel.

The next destination will be Jin Island, famous for its rugged coastline, which is riddled with sea caves and geos.  At the southernmost point of the island we will see one of Hong Kong's largest sea arches, large enough for small vessels to sail through.

Next to Kiu Tsui Chau (Sharp Island), which at its southern end has several sea caves, the whole setting resembling an elephant's nose.  We will go on shore, to check out the pebble beach, a sandy beach, the tombolo connecting the main island to tiny islet Kiu Tau and to learn about how these are formed.  There is a large variety of different kinds of rocks at this tombolo, including the interesting "pineapple bun rocks", where weathering makes the rock resemble Hong Kong's favourite snack, the pineapple bun (bo-lo-bau).

Lastly, a short sampan ride back to Sai Kung town, finishing around 5pm.

 

Our afternoon will include 2, half hour walking tours on shore, along with almost two hours spent on board our private sampan.

In case of strong winds, thunderstorms or otherwise adverse weather conditions this tour may have to be amended or rescheduled at short notice. Depending on the tides, the tour may be done in opposite direction.

If so desired, our group can enjoy a shared seafood dinner after the boat tour at the Sai Kung pier.  The dinner will be an additional cost and a shared expense.

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