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Tsim Chau

About The Site

Tsim Chau is located towards the northeast of Hong Kong, close to Tai Long Wan. The dive spot here lies between the islands Tsim Chau and Tai Chau.

Underwater visibility is often regarded as relatively high. The site was once characterized by a vast garden of clownfish host anemone, which in recent years have reportedly largely disappeared (for reasons yet uninvestigated).

Divable sites of Tsim Chau are mainly concentrated towards the west, where the water is relatively shallow. The anemone community of the past was reportedly located towards the northwest of Tai Chau. The slope found between 5 – 9 m is one of the key features of the site. Here, a variety of marine life can often be encountered by divers, including nudibranchs, lobsters, and the striped sea urchin (Tripneustes gratilla).

A range of hard corals are found towards the north of Tai Chau, where schools of reef fishes are occasionally seen. Towards the east of Tsim Chau, depths may reach up to 20 m, although habitats are relatively less complex and currents are often stronger. Diving activities here are not advisable.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: Yes

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: No

Marine Protected Area: No

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: Yes

Deep water areas (> 18m): Possible

Surface Traffic: Busy (Summer time)

Mobile Signal: Weak / None

Muddy / Silty Habitat: No

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 117

Suggested Boarding pier: Sai Kung Pier or Wong Shek Pier

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 24km from Sai Kung Pier / 16km from Wong Shek Pier