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Hoi Ha Wan MLC

About The Site

The dive spot of Hoi Ha Wan is located inside the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park. The protection it receives as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and location within the inner bay has given it very high diversity!

***Do you know how many Marine Parks and Marine Reserves there are in Hong Kong? Take a guess! The answer will be revealed below.***

Towards the right (eastward) of the pier of Hoi Ha Wan, next to The Jockey Club HSBC WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre, is the AFCD buoys marking the coral protection area. Note that motor boats may not enter here. Housing a variety of marine life, the high diversity of corals found in this area is rare for Hong Kong, with some rare species too. This coral area extends from around 1 m to 4 m, where sandy, rubble bottoms also dominate in the habitat. Muddy, silty bottoms dominate beyond 4 m. Divers are advised to take extra care in controlling their buoyancy to avoid damaging the corals or getting scratches and cuts from the coral reef.

Particularly during the summer, surface traffic at Hoi Ha Wan becomes very busy, frequented not only by motor boats, but also canoes and kayaks. Divers must take caution of the surface activities when ascending in the area (and in fact throughout the whole marine park, regardless of the depth of water or the distance from the coast) as canoes and kayaks do not make noise like the motor boats, but they can still cause injury if they collide with divers. Before ascending, use your SMB, or make bubbles with your octopus to signal to the surface. Only ascend when safety is ensured.

Apart from the coral areas near shore, divers may also venture further out to the deeper water areas in the north, where you can find several shipwrecks and artificial reefs of various sizes. Note that shipwrecks are located over muddy bottoms, at 8 m to 14 m depth, so visibility is typically poor and the use of dive torches are advised even on day-dives. Getting into the shipwrecks is potentially dangerous, and divers are cautioned to refrain from entering, to avoid becoming entangled. In addition, the wrecks have spent many years underwater and there is a chance of collapse if the structure cannot withstand the current or air bubbles created by divers. Enjoy the shipwreck from the outside. The shipwrecks have provided habitats for many marine life forms. You may encounter many reef fish species, and even a variety of nudibranchs if you look closely enough. Avoid getting too close to the muddy bottom, so as not to worsen the visibility by kicking up the mud. Remember to always bring your torch, in both day-dives and night-dives.

Certain rules must be observed when diving within Marine Parks, including no anchoring in prohibited areas, no hunting, or no feeding of the wildlife, for instance. Divers should be aware of all such restrictions before visiting a Marine Park. For details, please contact the relevant government departments.

The Jockey Club HSBC WWF Hong Kong Hoi Ha Marine Life Centre is Hong Kong’s only marine education facility that is built on water. Opened in 2008, it is a centre for education on marine resources, training and research.

Reveal! Hong Kong’s Marine Parks and Marine Reserves:
There are currently 6 Marine Parks and only 1 Marine Reserve designated within Hong Kong waters. Marine Parks include the Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Yan Chau Tong Marine Park, Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park, Tung Ping Chau Marine Park, The Brothers Marine Park and Southwest Lantau Marine Park . Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve is currently the only Marine Reserve in Hong Kong.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: Yes

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: Yes

Marine Protected Area: Yes

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: No

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Busy (Summer time)

Mobile Signal: Low to None

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: Yes

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 123

Suggested Boarding pier: Wong Shek Pier

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 8km from Wong Shek Pier