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Lobster Bay

About The Site

Feel like a shore dive? Lobster bay might be the way to go!

Lobster Bay is located near Sai Kung, close to Clearwater Bay. Reachable without the need for boat transportation, you might say that the dive spot is accessible to divers 24/7. Scuba diving enthusiasts will frequent the spot throughout March to April each year, when underwater temperatures are still low but optimal for sargassum algae growth. Despite the cold, underwater visibility is relatively good, presenting an opportunity to capture the sargassum forest with wide angle lenses. The forest is typically found towards the right of the dive spot (when facing the water), in the shallow water zones. As underwater temperatures rise, the sargassum gradually disappear.

Prior to conducting shore dives here, divers must have clear contingency plans, and have undergone risk assessments. Shore diving is unlike boat diving, in that there are no skippers or boatmen to come to the assistance of divers in cases of emergencies. Divers must take into account factors including air-usage, current and wind direction to ensure safe return. Consult local weather reports in advance, and take note of high- and low- tide periods to thoroughly plan each dive. Divers may also notify friends and family of their planned time of ascent in advance, so that in the unfortunate event of an accident, emergency services can be contacted sooner rather than later. Compasses are also crucial in helping divers safely return to shore, and such dives should not be attempted without one.

Divers may also choose to approach the Lobster Bay dive site by boat, however, boat dives are typically a less-preferred option at Lobster Bay.

As there are several rocks and boulders of various sizes at the dive spot, divers are advised to be well covered and wear gloves to prevent cuts and scratches. Boulders gradually diminish towards the direction of the sea. Apart from sargassum algae, Lobster Bay is also home to many critters including nudibranchs, blennies, and other even smaller creatures like hairy shrimps.

Note that there are no dive shops or other shops nearby, therefore divers planning shore dives from Lobster Bay must bring their own ready-filled tanks. There are also no public toilets or changing rooms, hence divers are advised to carry sufficient freshwater for rinsing off and have a plan for changing into dry clothes after dives (inside your cars or with a big towel).

It is said that, prior to Hong Kong’s Handover (return of sovereignty from the United Kingdom to The People’s Republic of China in 1997), Lobster Bay had been a hotspot for smuggling. A slope extending from the bay’s main driving road into the water made quick smuggling transfers convenient. It was also rumoured that, in an effort to combat smuggling activities, the Hong Kong government had decided to destroy the slope. A car was also sunk at Lobster Bay. However, after years of weathering underwater, the car has become quite difficult to locate today.

Apart from divers, many recreational fishers also frequent Lobster Bay. Divers must hence beware and take care not to become entangled in the fishing hooks and lines.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: No

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: No

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: No

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Little

Mobile Signal: Fair

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Very little

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 109

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier / Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 8.5 km from Sai Kung Pier / 8.5 km from Pak Sha Wan