Magnificent Geological Landscape Tour ( Half-day course )
The High Island Geo-trailat the East Dam of the High Island Reservoir is an appealing route, offering beautiful vistas of the reservoir and the surrounding verdant hills, as well as magnificent hexagonal volcanic rock columns. This easily accessible scenic spot is among Sai Kung’s most popular natural attractions. It is also an ideal location for observing the world-class hexagonal rock columns at close range.
The hexagonal columnar rock formations in Hong Kong are products of devastating volcanic eruptions about 140 million years ago. They were formed in specific conditions when masses of scorching molten volcanic materials underwent condensational contraction. They are different from hexagonal rock columns found elsewhere in both rock texture and chemical composition, making them globally important geo-wonders. They are also vastly distributed and occur in large diameter.
Visitors will find interpretation plates and picnic facilities along the High Island Geo Trail, which is a generally level and easy trail, suitable for all hikers. This idyllic country course winds along sheer rock cliffs, with giant columns plummeting up to a hundred feet to the ground. The visitor’s gaze takes in the beautiful coastline, which stretches for miles, and endless clusters of tall rock columns, revealing the genius and grandeur of nature. The newly opened Biu Tsim Kok extension of the geo trail offers a panoramic vista across the ancient High Island caldera, the delightful Long Ke Wan, and the idyllic High Island Reservoir.
Video Of East Dam of High Island Reservoir
This video will show you the major attractions of East Dam of High Island Reservoir of HONG KONG UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK.
How to Get There
How to get there:
Join a Local Tour
You can book the East Dam Half-day Tour at the Volcano Discovery Centre. Round-trip itinerary is available. For enquiries, please contact the Volcano Discovery Centre (tel: 2394 1538); or
Take bus no. 94 departing from Sai Kung town centre or bus no. 96R departing from Diamond Hill MTR station (weekends and public holidays only) and get off just after Pak Tam Chung. Walk along Tai Mong Tsai Road to the junction ahead. Turn right on Sai Kung Man Yee Road and walk about 9 km; or
Take a taxi from Sai Kung town centre or Pak Tam Chung to the geo-trail at the East Dam, High Island Reservoir; or
Take a NT Green minibus #No. 9A which plies between Pak Tam Chung and the East Dam of High Island Reservoir, on trial basis, on Sundays and public holiday.
Service Hours: 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Every Sunday and Public Holidays). Frequency: 20-25 (min). Fare: $11.3
Remember to bring along enough water, snacks, sunglasses and sun cap.
Volcano Discover Centre at Sai Kung Town
High Island Reservoir Monument
Hong Kong Geopark Park Sign
Information Board & Shelter
Hexagonal Rock Columns
Sea Cave & Boardwalk
Long Ke Wan
Rocks Cliff Wall
Leave No Trace. Take Your Litter Home. Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.