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Shelter Island

About The Site

Shelter Island and Sharp Island are the two most visited dive sites in Hong Kong, as their calm waters provide the perfect conditions to conduct dive training.

Shelter Island is situated within Port Shelter, off the coast of Clearwater Bay and opposite the north-eastern coast of Little Palm Beach, a popular shore dive site. The main dive sites of Shelter island are Tai Wong Wan on the north-western tip and Ngau Tou Wan on the western shores. The former has been designated as a coral area where vessels are not allowed to anchor. Dive sites around Shelter Island are about 5 – 8 m deep on average and do not go deeper than 15 m. Blessed by a gentle and open relief situated in a sheltered location, the waters of Shelter Island tend to stay calm even on windier days and are especially accommodating for beginner divers. Yet, because of the dive sites’ proximity to main fairways, divers should pay attention to overhead vessels when ascending. Larger ghost nets are also found in the dive sites, so divers should be cautious to avoid the risk of entanglement.

The dive site is also characterized by sandy bottoms and loosely distributed tires that have been deposited to act as artificial reefs. Offshore, hard corals, and anemones are scattered over the site, with denser hard coral colonies found near shore, and symbiotic anemone fish reside in anemones. Other commonly found marine creatures include sweetlips, goatfishes, Russell’s snapper, butterflyfishes, cuttlefishes, and octopuses. Occasional visitors to the site also involve various, less frequently seen species of snappers, demoiselles, groupers (including the Highfin Grouper and the Orange-spotted grouper), Red drum, Peacock soles, and seahorses. What’s more, Shelter island is home to at least 7 different species of pufferfishes, including the rarer Stellate puffer and Immaculate puffer.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: No

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: Yes

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: No

Anemone Garden: No, anemone distribution is scattered

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Nearby fairways – maritime traffic is especially busy during summer

Mobile Signal: Yes

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 198

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier or Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 7 km from Sai Kung Pier or Pak Sha Wan