PRIVATE LANTAU TOUR
Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped. Take a tour of Lantau with us and visit the awe inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O.
Our Lantau tours last 7 hours, 8 if you would like your guide to meet you at your hotel.
On weekdays we meet at Tung Chung MTR station at 9:45am (or in your hotel lobby at 9am). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays we meet at Tung Chung at 8:45am (or in your hotel lobby at 8am). We start early to avoid the crowds.
Your Lantau private tour starts with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car. We will be treated to the most wonderful views of Lantau Country Park and the airport as we travel over the back of the island for 25 minutes. Our destination is the famous Big Buddha. Here we will learn about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the new hall of 10,000 Buddhas.
From Ngong Ping it is a 20 minute bus ride to Tai O, the Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the very few remaining places in Hong Kong where we can still see stilt houses over the water. Tai O used to be a fairly big community but due to the decline of the fishing industry it, like Venice, is now primarily a tourist destination, for both overseas visitors and Hong Kongers escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Tai O is still known for its traditional production of shrimp sauce and shrimp paste and for its colourful seafood market.
We will embark on a full exploration of Tai O visiting the beautifully restored Old Police Station, now operating as a heritage hotel. If you are feeling hungry this is where we can enjoy lunch in the very nice Lookout restaurant. We will visit one of the two remaining shrimp sauce production factories, meander the back streets in and around the stilt houses, visit a temple from the late 1400’s and learn about the religion of Taoism. If you have the energy we can trek to a lookout point where we can get an excellent view of the construction of the 42km bridge that is being built between Hong Kong and Macau.
All prices listed are in Hong Kong $ and are the TOTAL price for the tour and NOT the price per person. Children aged 11 years and under are free to join the tour. Anyone aged 12 or over is counted as a full person. There is surcharge of HK$65 for children aged 3 to 11 years to cover the cost of the cable car ticket. Prices include a one way ride on the Ngong Ping cable car in a standard cabin. A boat ride in Tai O is also included. Costs for public transport around Lantau Island (buses) are included but any taxi travel which you may choose to use is not included. Lunch is not included but can be arranged. If you book a private tour and would like to be picked up from your hotel you will need to add on an extra hour when booking. Extra hours cost HK$300 in total for the entire group. These are walking tours not car tours.
This tour does involve a lot of walking. At most you can expect to walk about 12km. We can reduce the amount of walking involved, for example by cutting out the walk to the lookout point for the Macau Bridge, and adding in a boat ride instead. But please be aware that the most we can reduce it to will be about 6km so you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness to take this tour.
Please be aware that the Big Buddha is not in the city, it is in the Lantau National Park. This means that you will need to travel to Lantau which is approximately one hour away from downtown Hong Kong.
At the end of the tour of Tai O you will be in the middle of the National Park. You will need to travel to Tung Chung or Mui Wo (transport hubs on Lantau) in order to travel back to downtown Hong Kong. It will take approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Tai O to Tung Chung / Mui Wo from where it will be another hour to downtown Hong Kong. This journey is made with your guide.
We do have a transport partner who can pick you up in Tai O and take you all of the way back to your hotel in a private car. This will take approximately one hour in total. The charges are $800 to Tsim Sha Tsui hotels, $950 to HK Island Hotels (Causeway Bay / Wan Chai / Central) and $1050 to the South Side of HK Island. The car takes 6 passengers.
Whilst this is a wonderful day out of the city and is often the highlight of peoples time in Hong Kong please do not book this tour if you do not wish to spend 3 hours of your day travelling to and from the Lantau National Park. Please book a private customised city tour instead.