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Sharp Island

About The Site

Also known as the Maldives of Hong Kong, Sharp Island is undoubtedly one of the most well-known dive sites to Hong Kong’s divers. Particularly on days with rough waves and easterly or northeasterly winds, Sharp Island becomes everyone’s first choice.

Diving activities are mostly concentrated towards the western shore of the island near the AFCD Coral Area Anchors, where the density of coral coverage is among the highest in Hong Kong (according to Hong Kong Reef Check results). A variety of hard corals are found at about 1 – 4 m, including a long stretch of Pavona corals. These corals offer a highly complex structure, providing many reef fishes with food and shelter. It is also a good spot for divers to hover and discover the many species frequenting the habitat.

A slope extending from 5 m to about 9 m depth marks one of the main dive spots of the site, where biodiversity is relatively high. Below 9 m is a muddy and silty bottom. The maximum depth of the site is about 13 – 15 m, where you might encounter some interesting fish and invertebrate species – worth a visit on days with good visibility and calm waters. Ghost nets have also been spotted at the dive site and caution is advised.

Scuba diving activities may also take place towards the east of Sharp Island. Coral coverage is relatively low compared to the western areas of the island. The area also overlays with the traffic coming in and out of the Jockey Club Kau Sai Chau Public Golf Course, and divers should take extra care of passing boats.

Fish release activities have been observed to occur at the site, possibly due to proximity to Sai Kung pier. Perhaps as a result, fish of larger sizes are sometimes found here, being released rather than naturally occurring.

Sharp Island is a geosite of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. The island was once at the edge of a caldera and contains various rock types, including igneous rocks, volcanic rocks and volcanic-sedimentary rocks. A tombolo extending from Sharp Island is one of the major attractions of the island for trail-walkers.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: No

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: Yes

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: No

Deep water areas (> 18m): Max around 13-14 meters

Surface Traffic: Busy

Mobile Signal: Good / Strong

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes (below 10 meters)

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: Yes

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 180

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier or Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 3km from Sai Kung Pier / 6km from Pak Sha Wan Pier