Hong Kong Geopark

Sharp Island and Kau Sai Chau

Geological & Cultural Tour ( Half-day course )


Sharp Island Sharp Island is one of the most easily accessible geopark attractions. About 15 minutes from Sai Kung town centre by boat, it is a lovely island of great natural beauty and geoheritage. The Sharp Island Geo Trail begins at the beach and stretches across a tombolo, ending at the opposite islet, called Kiu Tau. The “pineapple rocks” there are superstars of Hong Kong Geopark. They were once ordinary granite boulders, which were sculpted into their present appearance by weathering processes and wave erosion. With their reticulate cracks on the surface, they bear a striking resemblance to the pineapple bun, a local delicacy well-loved by locals and tourists alike.

The tombolo is the famous landmark on Sharp Island. This 200m natural sand levee is made up of sediments transported and deposited by wind and waves. It appears above water only at low tide. To see it, check the tidal information published by the Hong Kong Observatory beforehand and plan your trip for a time when the tide is below 1.4m. When in Sai Kung, don’t miss Sharp Island. Enjoy the sea breeze and lovely sunshine on the beach and the tombolo. What better way to spend a leisurely day than exploring this idyllic spot!




Video Of Sharp Island and Kau Sai Village

This video will show you the major attractions of Sharp Island and Kau Sai Village of HONG KONG UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARK.







Kau Sai Chau is the largest outlying island in Sai Kung and home to Hong Kong’s only public golf course. Kau Sai Village, in the south corner, is an old fishing settlement, which has retained its original character, with fishing tools from the old days and common medicinal herbs on display in the Kau Sai Village Story Room. There are also images and text descriptions presenting traditional fishing methods, the fishing heritage and local festivities.

The Hung Shing Temple on Kau Sai Chau is the most important historical building in the village. It is the shrine for Hung Shing, the guardian deity of all fishermen. This ornate ancient temple dates back more than a century. In 2000, it received the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation. The birthday of Hung Shing is celebrated every year on the 13th day of the second month of the lunar calendar. This major religious ceremony brings together the whole community. The village is dressed up with colourful lanterns and other decorations, and there are lion dance, dragon dance and Chinese opera performances to bring luck and fortune. Once a year, the happy sound of drums and gongs can be heard across the bay, and this quiet fishing village becomes a bustling place. Returnees and visitors in their thousands arrive for this special occasion.


How to Get There

How to get there:

Join a Local Tour to Sharp Island & Kau Sai Chau

You can book the Sharp Island and Kau Sai Chau Tour at the Volcano Discovery Centre. Round-trip itinerary is available. For enquiries, please contact the Volcano Discovery Centre (tel: 2394 1538); or

By Ferry to Sharp Island only

Take a ferry shuttling between Sai Kung Town and Sharp Island at Sai Kung Pier, right next to the Sai Kung Bus Terminus.



Remember to bring along enough water, snacks, sunglasses and sun cap.

Tombolo is accessible when tidal level is lower than 1.4 meter. Visitors should note the tidal levels before crossing the tombolo and observe the safety guidelines.






Ferry Shuttle to Sharp Island
Ferry Shuttle to Sharp Island
Sharp Island Public Pier
Sharp Island Public Pier
Sharp Island Rocks and Beach
Sharp Island Rocks and Beach
Sharp Island's Tombolo
Sharp Island's Tomobolo
Tomobolo is submerged by the tide
Tomobolo is submerged by the tide
Sharp Island's Uphill Footpath
Sharp Island'sUphill Footpath
Sharp Island's Chinese New Year Flower
Sharp Island'sChinese New Year Flower
Sharp Island's Rocky Shore
Sharp Island'sRocky Shore
Kau Sai Village
Kau Sai Village
Kau Sai Village Story Room
Kau Sai Village Story Room
Kau Sai Hung Shing Temple
Hung Shing Temple
Kau Sai Traditional Festive
Traditional Festive







Leave No Trace. Take Your Litter Home. Enjoy Your Geopark Journey.



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