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Kau Sai Chau

About The Site

Restricted by less-than-favourable weather, but tired of Sharp Island? Why not give Kau Sai Chau a go? Located just next to Sharp Island, Kau Sai Chau is not a bad option at all!

There are two main dive spots within the Kau Sai Chau dive site. One is at Kau Sai Wan, located near Tiu Chung Chau (which is also known as Jin Island). The other is Whiskey Bay, which is located towards the direction of Sharp Island.

First off, divers are reminded that both dive spots are highly popular options for various types of water sports and activities, being not too far from the Sai Kung public piers. Divers should descend close to shore and at shallow water areas, while paying attention to the surface traffic at all times.

As for the dive spots, Kau Sai Wan is situated towards the south of Kau Sai Chau. Its beautiful beach is an attraction for many. The strait between Kau Sai Wan and Tiu Chung Chau creates a natural barrier, and many boats and fish farms have hence congregated in the area, forming Kau Sai Village. The Hung Shing Temple of Kau Sai Village was also once widely featured in the local news. Fish farms in Kau Sai Village also provide fishing activities, adding to the surface traffic of the dive spot. Similar to Bluff Island, Kau Sai Wan is particularly busy on weekends and holidays, hence divers must be alert of the surface traffic. From the shallow water areas to about 8 – 9 m, sandy bottoms dominate. Unlike Bluff Island, however, coral areas are small and dispersed (if any), hence the dive spot is rendered relatively less popular.

Towards the west of Kau Sai Wan is Whiskey Bay – another easily accessible dive spot. As there is a golf course on Kau Sai Wan, boats regularly depart from Sai Kung public piers to the golf course, passing through the Whiskey Bay dive spot. For this reason, divers are advised to remain within the shallow water areas and refrain from venturing to the deeper water areas, which are further out from the shore. From the shore of Whiskey Bay, this dive spot extends westward, passing through coral areas at 1 – 3 m deep and sandy bottom areas at 5 – 6 m deep. Beyond that, between 6 – 10 m, is the dive spot’s key feature – a large sloping terrain covered in corals and boulders of all sizes scattered around, providing habitat for various fish species. Schools of juvenile fishes can often be spotted here, and now and then divers may even run into frogfishes! However, ghost nets and sea urchins are also known to occur in this dive spot, so divers must beware. Below 10 m, silty, muddy bottoms dominate and there are far fewer signs of marine life. Visibility will also be greatly reduced if the muddy bottoms are disturbed by kicking fins. Divers are hence advised to not descend below 10 m at this dive spot.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: No

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: No

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: No

Anemone Garden: No

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Normal to Busy

Mobile Signal: Normal

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: Yes

Beach: Yes (without life guard on duty)

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 104

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier / Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 6 – 7 km from Sai Kung Pier / 6 – 7 km from Pak Sha Wan