Sharp Island is a wonderful place to explore on foot and hang out for the day. The hike starts at Hap Mun Beach which happens to be rather pristine and secluded – so why not take a dip at the start of your journey (changing rooms are available)? The route is easy to follow and begins near the picnic site area on the beach. The path takes you to the top of Hak Shan Teng Hill where you’ll experience breathtaking views of sea and endless greenery.
The route then brings you down to Kiu Tsui Beach so you’ll have yet another chance to go for a cooling swim. This is where a little magic happens…if you reach this point at low tide, a path of sand and stone presents itself and acts like a bridge that connects to Kiu Tau Islet (doesn’t that sound like something out of a fantasy world?) For all of you geology geeks, this walkway is called a tombolo! On the tombolo, you’ll see interesting geological formations like volcanic rocks and cracked boulders which look like Hong Kong’s favourite pineapple bun snack. If you’re able to cross, more gorgeous views await you on the islet, but don’t linger too long or you may find yourself in a mini castaway situation!
How to get there: From Diamond Hill MTR Exit C2 take bus 92 to Sai Kung Town. Take a small ferry (kaito) at the Sai Kung Pier which brings you to Hap Mun Bay in around 15 minutes.
Distance of hike: 3km – 3.5 km
Duration of hike: 1 ½ hours
Getting home: After crossing back across the tombolo and getting back to Kiu Tsui Beach from the islet, there is a pier from which you take a kaito that will bring you back to Sai Kung Pier
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Tip: To maximise your chances of seeing the tombolo, try to reach that stage of the hike at 3pm when the tide tends to be at its lowest.
Have a look at the trail map here!