Pink Dolphin Tour in Hong Kong

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In our 3 days stay in Hong Kong, we go to a Pink Dolphin Tour.

pink dolphin near Lantan Island

Pink Dolphin in Hong Kong

These unique pink dolphins live in a small area near the north and southeast of Lantau Island and around the smaller Peng Chau Island.

They are called Chinese white dolphin, a variety of Indo-Pacific humpbacked dolphin.  The pink colour originates not from a pigment, but from blood vessels which are overdeveloped for thermoregulation.  At birth, the dolphins are black. They change to grey, then pinkish with spots when young.  Adults are white.

How to go there

Take MTR from Central Station to Tung Chung staion. 
From MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B, you will find the Tung Chung Bus Station.
Take New Lantao Bus Route 11 to Tai O.

In Tai O, local people offer a boat ride of Pink Dolphin Tours. The boat tour takes you through the fishing village and out to the China Sea. No tour can guarantee that you will see the dolphins, the best time is June, July and August. You might see dolphins, jimping out of the water.

Tai O Boat Excursion Operating Hours: 10am – 5:30pm, each boat journey is approx 20 minutes.

Tai O village

Tai O village

Tai O village is a unique memory of life in an old fishing village. Stilt houses along the waterways are home to fisherfolk families and boats are the main form of transport. Salted fish and shrimp paste are some of the renowned local specialties.

Tai O Heritage Hotel

Tai O Heritage Hotel

After the Pink Dolphin Cruise, walk around the Tai O Village, and you will find choices of different foodstands along the narrow street. Follow the road sign and go as ocean-front as you can get, you will see a beautiful pier and a colonial style buiding hidden on hill. Dating from 1902, this building was formerly the Tai O police station and one of the earliest police stations built in the New Territories.

This is the first time I have a tour like this. It is not really an ordinary Hong Kong tour, We are very happy for having a chance to explore a traditional village life in Hong Kong.  Well, children are so excited when they see dolphins!

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