Located off the north-eastern part of Sai Kung, Grass Island (or Tap Mun – 塔門) is a small island community of local fishermen mostly concentrated near Tap Mun Village. To get to the island, you’ll need to take the ferry or high speed kaito from the piers at Wong Shek in Sai Kung or Ma Liu Shui in Tai Po. Grass Island is also my first camping experience in Hong Kong – more on that in my next post.
Like most traditional fishing villages in Hong Kong nowadays, residents rely on weekend tourists to shop their varieties of sun-dried seafood and other local specialties. There is only one seafood restaurant and a handful of tea houses that cater to the visiting city folk. The rest of this little island consists of a small hill and some open areas of gently sloping grass meadows – hence the Grass Island name – against a backdrop of dramatic rocky cliffs and crashing waves. It is a very popular destination for overnight camping, even though there are no official campsites on the island.
Tap Mun is quite busy on the weekends, but as evening falls the crowds disperse and the village settles back to its quiet slumber. This is the best time to go for a stroll and take in the local atmosphere.