2. Basalt Island
Basalt Island and neighbouring Wang Chau and Bluff Island are some of Hong Kong’s most spectacular natural wonders — and a great place to see not only sea caves and sea arches, but volcanic cliffs too. Part of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, the area features rigid rock formations that date back to the Cretaceous period. You might spot a monument on Basalt Island while kayaking around it — it’s in remembrance of a tragic aircraft accident that happened there in 1948.
How to get there: As it’s located in a core protection area, you won’t find any public piers or trails around here. Instead, you’ll need to travel by boat or kayak. For the latter, you could start at Ham Tin Wai, where you can rent a kayak and paddle out. A warning that it’s a few kilometres of open water, so it’s best for those with some experience. It can also be dangerous on the rocks, so it’s strongly advised to stay in the boat and not try to go ashore.