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Sai Kung boat tour (Sun/PH schedule) Hoi Ha snorkeling Fireflies watching (more)
History, culture and natural beauty all in one. See corals, fish, crabs, sea urchins and more. Night walk: watching fireflies in Tai Po Kau.

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Upcoming schedule for this tour:

Fri 12 Jun '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 13 Jun '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 19 Jun '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 20 Jun '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 26 Jun '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Fri 03 Jul '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Sat 04 Jul '15, 18:00 (Book now)

Fri 10 Jul '15, 20:00 (Book now)

Fireflies are small insects that produce light in the dark. Their abdomens light up in a greenish yellow light, making them easy to spot in the dark. Their flashing lights are rather spectacular, and can be remarkably bright, lighting up their immediate surroundings when sitting on a branch.

In Hong Kong there are about 20 species of fireflies, many which can be found in Tai Po Kau. Another key habitat for fireflies is the mangrove areas, as can be found at Mai Po in Yuen Long. In general fireflies like a wet, watery environment with trees and lots of rotting wood. This describes the area of Tai Po Kau perfectly, which is why there are so many of these fireflies there.

Firefly

The main season for fireflies runs from March until November, with mid/late summer the high season. Different species shine their lights in different periods, depending on their life cycles.

As it is really hard to make photos in the dark, the best I can give you for an impression of how it looks is this YouTube video:

This you really have to go see for yourself, photos don't do it justice. And it's too dark for proper photos anyway!

This tour is suitable for most children, please judge your child's abilities carefully. It is late at night and involves almost 2 1/2 hours walking, making it generally OK for children from 8-9 years old, though some younger children will have no problem with it either - I've done this tour with children of all ages. An extra afternoon nap may be a good idea.

Itinerary

  • The Saturday itinerary is given here; Friday's tour is two hours later.
  • 17:45-18:00 meet up at Tai Po Market MTR station.
  • Take minibus to the entrance of the nature reserve (about 10 minutes).
  • The start of the route is steep up - hear how the sounds of the forest change as it gets darker! Sunset is around 19:00, which is when the fireflies become active
  • Walk around the nature reserve, following the river to look at the fireflies.
  • About 21:00 return to the exit of Tai Po Kau nature reserve.

This is a mostly easy going walk of about 4.5 km, with limited height differences.

Bring a torch and mosquito repellant.

Fee per person: HK$ 130, children 4-12: $90.

From the end point, you may take KMB routes 72, 72A, 73A and 74A, GMB route 28K (Tai Po Market MTR - Fo Tan MTR - Sha Tin), or red minibuses to Sheung Shui, Cheung Sha Wan, Mong Kok, Wan Chai or Causeway Bay.

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