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Pak Lap Tsai

About The Site

Pak Lap Tsai is a small bay located on the east of Pak Lap Wan, High Island. High Island was originally named Leung Sheun Wan Chau, but it is no longer an island since its artificial connection to the Sai Kung peninsula was built for the construction of the High Island Reservoir in 1969.

The dive spots of Pak Lap Tsai are approximately 12 m deep and are suitable for divers across different experience levels, but divers should be aware to not dive outside of the bay. Due to its exposed location and lack of natural barriers, the site is not ideal for diving when south, southeast, or southwest winds are stronger than force 3.

The site’s bottom is primarily composed of sand and rubble, although a gravel bottom covers the northern and southern areas of the site. Corals, anemones, and seaweed are mainly found in the north and northeast. Corals here are in general good health and larger corals can also be found. Common sightings at the site include large groups of demoiselles, cardinalfishes, rabbitfishes, and catfishes, along with varieties of butterflyfishes, Bluespotted cornetfish, Stripey, moray eels, Russell’s snapper, snappers, pufferfishes, and nudibranchs. Species that are less common elsewhere, such as butterfly rays, boxfishes, trumpetfishes, barracudas, Redcoats, Blackfin dartfish, and Western Gregory may also be found in Pak Lap Tsai.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: No

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: None

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: No

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Sparce except increased visits by dive boats during diving season

Mobile Signal: Yes

Muddy / Silty Habitat: No

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: Yes

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 151

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier or Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 15 km from Sai Kung Pier and Pak Sha Wan

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