Lying close to China, in the northeast of Plover Cove Country Park, this far-flung island is home to a few hundred people. The 2.4sq km isle is also known as Crooked Island, thanks to its irregular shape. Getting here is far from easy, but that very fact makes it all the more interesting – the quiet streets here are time capsule-esque.
You should first stop by at Kat O Geoheritage Centre (142 Kat O Main St) – open every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday (except Lunar New Year) from 10am to 3.30pm. Opened in 2010, it celebrates the island’s geology and cultural history (see bit.ly/KatOGeoheritage).
You can also take a wander along the Kat O Nature Trail – this short path winds through the villages before heading upwards and finishing up at a pagoda. Look out for the ancient temples, ancestral halls and three corroded cannons along your way.
One thing not to miss:
Kat O Geoheritage Centre
How to get there:
A public ferry to Kat O runs from Shau Tau Kok, but this falls in the Closed Border Area and requires an access permit. Your other options are to join a private island tour, to charter a boat or get a water taxi from Wong Shek Pier.
The number 94 and 96R buses go to Wong Shek Pier (96R operates on weekends only). To arrange a water taxi from Wong Shek, call Sing Kee on 9178 0495 (Chinese only), in advance. A round trip to Kat O costs around $800 and the boat holds a maximum of three passengers. For more information see bit.ly/KatOFactfile.
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