Hong Kong’s Nature and Islands- Part 1
Hong Kong is known for being a concrete jungle, but do you know that Hong Kong also has one of the best nature and islands? Read more about it!
Cape D’Aguilar (鶴咀島)
Cape D’Aguilar is located in the south of Shek O (石澳) and southeastern of Hong Kong Island (香港島). As its name suggests, it is a cape itself and the area has lots of landscapes from coastal erosion. The photo above is one of the highlights of this island, Bones of Miss Willy. This doesn’t mean that creatures are all dead here loll, just to be clear. Although there is a lot of online information indicating that this whale was the one (named Willy) that died in the Ocean Park, that piece of information is incorrect (even the English translation still call it Bones of Miss Willy). The whale bones was actually from a killer whale that was stranded in Victoria Harbor back in 1955 and it was brought back to do marine research from the University of Hong Kong.
Cape D’Aguilar used to be a hidden gem until people started to share this place on the Internet. This destination is not easy to reach, as compared to most of the popular tourist attractions, but the scenery here is really worth all the work to get there. To get to Cape D’Aguilar, take Bus 9 at Shau Kei Wan (筲箕灣) and get off at Cape D’Aguilar Road (鶴咀道), as the road is private, only buses and certified taxis are allowed to go there. After getting off, it will be around a 50-minute walk from the bus stop to the main attractions. Photo 1 is the first view you will notice, once you are almost done with your 50-minute walk. Photo 2–3 is the scenery nearby.
While we are waiting for our turn to have a look at 蟹洞 (crab cave), we wander around the area and enjoy the landscape which I find very impressive. However, as the rocks are quite hard, one should be extra careful to keep balance and not to fall down. The rocks here really similar to those at Sai Kung (西貢), but I love all of them.
蟹洞, from its Mandarin name meaning a crab cave, but I didn’t manage to find an official English translation. To keep it simple, I will call it “crab cave”. It got its name due to the shape of the cave being like a crab when looked from above; nevertheless, I don’t really see the resemblance. Also, people always take a photo inside the cave. Therefore, I guess not many people really focus on how it looks from above.
Another famous cave is 雷音洞, not sure about the official name of this cave either, but let’s call it “thunder cave”. Thunder cave got its name due to the sound the seawater makes once it flows into the cave. This cave is very slippery and your shoes might get wet, so be aware.
Lastly, it goes without saying, the best way to end day as well as the article is with a beautiful sunset. Like many places in Hong Kong, sunset at Cape D’Aguilar is also amazing.