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Tung Ping Chau

About The Site

Tung Ping Chau is Hong Kong’s north-easternmost island, safely sheltered in Mirs Bay. Originally named “Ping Chau” (lit. Flat Island) after its flat and gentle relief, it was renamed later as Tung Ping Chau (lit. East Flat Island) to avoid confusion with another “Ping Chau” the southwest of Hong Kong.

Attracted by its unique geology, many visit Tung Ping Chau to observe its spectacular rock features, notably its shale (sedimentary rock) formations, recognised as a part of The Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, and ranks second in “Hong Kong Best 10 Scenic Sites”. Tung Ping Chau is blessed with a wealth of exceptionally healthy shore ecosystems, including ecologically precious coral areas and seaweed beds, each boasting a record of 65 species. In November 2011, the Tung Ping Chau Marine Park was established, becoming Hong Kong’s fourth Marine Park. On the sheltered northeast shore, A Ma Wan and Tai Tong Wan are the core areas of Tung Ping Chau’s biodiversity, with over 40 species of hard corals recorded at each of the sites.

Tung Ping Chau features a rubble-sandy bottom, a spectacular sight of coral colonies interlocked with layers of shale, as well as healthy Acropora. colonies. Dive spots in the northeast sheltered bay are within 12 m deep and relatively easy. As corals are located in shallower water, divers and snorkellers should be cautious to not step on or kick the corals while visiting the site. Although Tung Ping Chau is located far away from the city, a pier is located at the center of the sheltered bay, and divers should pay attention to safety and hazards related to maritime traffic. The southeast shore is characterized by steeply sloped sea stumps that can reach as deep as 15 m and is easily influenced by both natural and boat waves, so divers should be extra cautious when diving here.

Lobsters, Yellow hawkfish, cornetfishes, stonefishes, sweetlip, Brownback trevally, Yellowstripe scads along with plenty of butterflyfishes, demoiselles, cardinalfishes, Bronze sweeper, pufferfishes, and Weedy stingfish dwell within Tung Ping Chau’s coral colonies. It is also possible to encounter rarer species such as Spotted nibbler, Malabar blood snapper, boxfishes, and chicken grunt.

Soft Coral & Gorgonian: Yes

AFCD Coral Area Anchor: Yes

Marine Protected Area: Yes – Marine Park area

Sandy / Rubble Habitat: Yes

Rock / Boulder Habitat: Yes

Anemone Garden: Yes

Deep water areas (> 18m): No

Surface Traffic: Sparce

Mobile Signal: Yes

Muddy / Silty Habitat: Yes

AFCD HK Artificial Reef Project: No

Beach: No

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Total Cumulative Species Count: 59

Suggested Boarding pier: Ma Liu Shui Public Pier, Wong Shek pier

Distance from Suggested Boarding Pier: 16 km from Wong Shek pier and 26 km from Ma Liu Shui Public Pier

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