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Kat O

The Pearl of Mirs Bay (One-day course)



Kat O is an island west of Mirs Bay and east of Sha Tau Kok. The English name, Crooked Island, is inspired by its shape, which resembles an inverted Z. Kat O’s sinuous coastline makes it a natural shelter. It has always been a lucky anchorage for fishermen; thus, the Chinese name Kat O, which means auspicious bay.

Kat O once had a thriving population of more than 6,000 sea and land dwellers in the 1950s-1960s. Most of the villagers were fishermen or farmers; some ran a business on the island. Kat O islanders began migrating to Europe, Australia and other countries in the 1950s. During major festivals, like the decennial On Lung Ching Chiu or Tin Hau Festival, which falls on the 23rd day of the third month of the lunar calendar, many ex-islanders who now reside overseas return home. As the crowds gather for big parades, lion dances, the Fa Pao challenge and traditional folk performances, the quiet island becomes lively and bustling once again.
The Kat O Heritage Trail is a route with trailside interpretation plates presenting the local history, culture and natural scenery of the area. The trail is generally level, with stone steps leading to a hilltop lookout, where you can gaze across the picturesque Double Haven area. Owning to its rich historical and cultural heritage and stunning landscape, Kat O is truly a gem of the northeast.


Reference:Kat O Heritage Trail

Map:PDF Map of Kat O Heritage Trail


No trip to Kat O is complete without a visit to the Kat O Story Room, in the Tin Hau Temple, the oldest building on the island. The gallery tells the story of the local culture, history, collective memories and intangible cultural heritage of the island, with well-designed, informative displays.



One-day Course to Kat O


How to get there:

By Ferry from Ma Liu Shui

Take the ferry operating between Ma Liu Shui to Kat O and Ap Chau on Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays.

Visitors can travel by MTR East Rail and get off at the University Station, Exit B, then walk for about 15 minutes to Ma Liu Shui Landing Steps No.3 for the ferry service to Kat O and Ap Chau. The normal boat traveling time is about 1.5 hours. Visitors are advised to take the *ferry schedule into consideration in planning the trip.

Service days: Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

Depart from Ma Liu Shui: 09:00am

Depart from Kat O: 15:30pm

Fare: $90 return ticket (Single trip Kat O to Ma Liu Shui $50)

Booking & enquiries: 2555 9269 (Best Sonic Industrial Limited)

(subject to operator's announcement)

ferry schedule



How to Explore Ap Chau and Kat O


travel route

Download the Above Route in PDF




Video of Ap Chau and Kat O






Key of Attraction

Don't forget to take your time to visit them !!


Duck's Eye

Ap Chau Story Room

Fishermen Village

AP Chau Beach

Hakka cuisine

Kat O Plaza

Lover's Tree

Tin Hau Temple

Kat O Story Room

Local Snacks

Ferry Return




Location Map of Kat O




Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.



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Last Review Date : 10 September 2021