Private Lantau Tour
Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped. Take a tour of Lantau with us and visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O.
Our Private Lantau Tours last 7 hours, 8 if you would like your guide to meet you at your hotel.
A unique exploration of Lantau.
We can meet you at your hotel.
Your Lantau private tour starts with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car. We will be treated to the most wonderful views of Lantau Country Park and the airport as we travel over the back of the island for 25 minutes. Our destination is the famous Big Buddha. Here we will learn about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the new hall of 10,000 Buddhas.
From Ngong Ping, it is a 20-minute bus ride to Tai O, the Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the very few remaining places in Hong Kong where we can still see stilt houses over the water. Tai O used to be a fairly big community but due to the decline of the fishing industry it, like Venice, is now primarily a tourist destination, for both overseas visitors and Hong Kongers escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Tai O is still known for its traditional production of shrimp sauce and shrimp paste and for its colourful seafood market.
We will embark on a full exploration of Tai O visiting the beautifully restored Old Police Station, now operating as a heritage hotel. If you are feeling hungry this is where we can enjoy lunch in the very nice Lookout restaurant. We will visit one of the two remaining shrimp sauce production factories, meander the back streets in and around the stilt houses, visit a temple from the late 1400s and learn about the religion of Taoism. If you have the energy we can trek to a lookout point where we can get an excellent view of the construction of the 42km bridge that is being built between Hong Kong and Macau.
At the end of the tour of Tai O, you will be in the middle of the National Park. You will need to travel to Tung Chung or Mui Wo (transport hubs on Lantau) in order to travel back to downtown Hong Kong. It will take approximately 45 to 50 minutes from Tai O to Tung Chung/Mui Wo from where it will be another hour to downtown Hong Kong. This journey is made with your guide.
All prices listed are in HK$ and are the total price for the tour.
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For numbers over 8 please add HK$460 per person. Children aged 11 years and under are free to join the tour. Anyone aged 12 or over is counted as a full person. There is a surcharge of HK$110 for children aged 3 to 11 years to cover the cost of the cable car ticket. Prices include a one-way ride on the Ngong Ping cable car in a standard cabin. A boat ride in Tai O is also included. Costs for public transport around Lantau Island (buses) are included but any taxi travel which you may choose to use is not included. Lunch is not included but can be arranged. If you book a private tour and would like to be met at your hotel by your guide you will need to add on an extra hour when booking (8 hours tour). Extra hours cost HK$300 in total for the entire group. These are walking tours not car tours. If you would like a private car transfer from your hotel to the Ngong Ping Cable Car and back to your hotel from Tai O this can be added on when booking.
This tour requires you to be physically fit. We will be walking between 5 and 10km over the course of the day. How far we walk will depend on how much walking you want to do at Tai O. We will be going at a slow pace, across flat land but you do need to be in reasonable health. If you wish to visit the Big Buddha up close you will need to be able to climb up 268 steps! Please be aware that the Big Buddha is not in the city, it is in the Lantau National Park. This means that you will need to travel to Lantau which is approximately one hour away from downtown Hong Kong. Please also note that if you book a hotel pick-up it is still a walking tour, not a car tour which means that you will be still be travelling around using the excellent public transport system.
We do have a transport partner who can pick you up in Tai O and take you all of the way back to your hotel in a private car. This will take approximately one hour in total. The charges are HK$1,150 to Tsim Sha Tsui hotels, HK$1250 to HK Island Hotels (Causeway Bay/Wan Chai/Central) and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. The car takes 6 passengers including your guide. A one way or two-way transfer can be booked.
Whilst this is a wonderful day out of the city and is often the highlight of peoples time in Hong Kong please do not book this tour if you do not wish to spend 3 hours of your day travelling to and from the Lantau National Park. Please book a private customised city tour instead.
WHEN/TIME: Private Lantau tours can run on any day of the week. Monday to Friday: We meet at your hotel at 9 am or at Tung Chung MTR station at 9:45 am. Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: We meet at 8 am at your hotel or 8:45 am at Tung Chung MTR station. We start early to avoid the crowds and queues.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: The tour price includes a cable car ticket from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping (Big Buddha) and a ride in a boat at Tai O. Public transport used during your tour is included (bus, MTR) but any taxi which you may choose to use is NOT included. The costs of food/drinks and souvenirs are NOT included nor are the costs of any transport which you use before or after your tour.
STARTING POINT: Tung Chung MTR station (directions sent upon booking) if you opt for a 7-hour tour or your hotel lobby if you add an extra hour on.
END POINT: Tung Chung MTR station (instructions on how to get back to Central / Tsim Sha Tsui provided).
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable shoes.
WEATHER CONDITIONS: All tours take place as scheduled except under Red/Black storm warning or Typhoon #8 or above. For up to date information see the Hong Kong Observatory website. If the cable car is shut down because of bad weather we will be able to give you a refund for the cable car tickets.