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Tai Pai

About The Site

Situated in Port Shelter, Tai Pai is an underwater reef south to Sharp Island and north to Shelter Island. The relief of Tai Pai is characterized by three underwater hills. These hills can be found at as shallow as 4 – 6 m deep water. At 10 – 12 m deep, a rocky platform of about 800 m x 300 m in area connecting the hills can be found. The hills may extend downwards to as deep as 18 m.

These iconic underwater hills are made up of large boulders, which form burrows suitable to accommodate large fishes. A diverse range of coral species can be found in the reef, along with sea fans, sea whips, and soft corals. Divers paying special attention to sea whips may be able to spot tiny whip coral gobies (Bryaninops spp.). On the platform, alternate patches of rocky and sandy bottoms dominate. Here, silver-biddies, snakefish, cardinalfishes, and sweetlips are a common sight. Occasionally, frogfishes, flatheads, snake eels, Pennant coralfish, and Redcoats may also be found. Other than reef fishes, octopuses and nudibranchs, along with other marine animals, also inhabit the area.

Tai Pai is situated in the middle of Port Shelter and a fairway, and diving in Tai Pai requires extra caution. When ascending, an SMB must be deployed to warn vessels sailing through. As there are no islets nor natural barriers near this dive site, this dive site is more suitable for experienced divers.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: Yes

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: In a fairway with busy maritime traffic

Mobile Signal: Yes

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 88

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier, Pak Sha Wan

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 5 km from Sai Kung Pier and Pak Sha Wan

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