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Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O

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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
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Overview

Enjoy a comprehensive tour of Lantau Island, known as the 'Lungs of Hong Kong,' during this 7- to 8-hour private tour. With your dedicated guide, get personalized attention and the opportunity to ask plenty of questions while exploring the island's top attractions, including a boat ride at Tai O and a trip on the Ngong Ping cable car.
  • Private tour with just you and your party
  • Choose to meet your guide at your hotel or the Tung Chung MTR Station
  • Total walking distance 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10 km)
  • Visit the Big Buddha and the village of Tai O
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Professional guide
One way cable car ride in a standard cabin (upgrade to crystal cabin available on request)
Public bus ride from Ngong Ping to Tai O and public bus ride from Tai O to Tung Chung or Mui Wo at the end of the tour
Boat ride at Tai O fishing village
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
If you wish to use a taxi at any point during your tour, the costs will be payable by yourself
Note: This is a walking tour, even if you book a hotel pick-up, also using of public transportation
Souvenirs
Tung Chung Station, Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose to meet your private guide at your hotel (tour duration will be 8 hours) or at the Tung Chung MTR Station on Lantau Island (tour duration will be 7 hours). 

Begin your exploration of Lantau with a ride on the Ngong PIng Cable Car, which features views of Lantau Country Park over the course of the 25-minute ride. Once you arrive at the Big Buddha, you can climb the 268 steps to visit the top, the hall of the 10,000 Buddhas, and the Po Lin Monastery. 

Hop on the bus for the 20-minute ride (own expense) to Tai O, a village comprised of homes on stilts in the water. Visit the colorful seafood market and learn how the village is famous for its production of shrimp sauce and shrimp paste. Stop by the restored Old Police Station, now a hotel, where you can stop for lunch (own expense). 

Visit one of the remaining shrimp sauce factories and a temple built in the 15th century before boarding a speedboat for a 20-minute ride (keep an eye out for the native pink dolphins). If you like, you can trek to a lookout point to see the bridge being built to connect Hong Kong to Macau. 

Please note: Total walking distance is 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10km); this tour is suitable for participants who are reasonably physically fit. 

Weekdays, you'll meet at Tung Chung at 9:45am (hotel 9am) and holidays/weekends at Tung Chung at 8:45am (hotel 8am).
Itinerary
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Lantau island
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 with a hotel pick-up. Your Lantau private tour starts with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car. You will be treated to the most wonderful views of Lantau Country Park and the airport as you travel over the back of the island for 25 minutes. Our destination is the famous Big Buddha. Here you will learn about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the hall of 10,000 Buddhas. From Ngong Ping, it is a 20-minute bus ride to Tai O, affectionately known as the Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the few remaining places in Hong Kong where you can still see stilt houses over the water. Tai O used to be a 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 paste and for its colourful seafood market.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Ngong Ping 360
Soar through the sky in Ngong Ping 360 cable car for an astonishing bird's-eye-view of some of Hong Kong's greatest natural and historical sights. As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful shopping and dining experience.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains, became a popular attraction when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993. Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Tian Tan Buddha or the Big Buddha is the second largest outdoor sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia. The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Tai O Stilt Houses
Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise. The manually operated drawbridge that spans the narrow creek dividing the town replaced a rope-drawn ‘ferry’ that operated for over 85 years.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tai O
A visit to Heritage Hotel, dating from 1902, this building was formerly the Tai O Police Station and one of the earliest police stations built in the New Territories. It is situated on a small hill next to the Tai O Ferry Pier. The building was revitalised and converted into the Tai O Heritage Hotel in 2012. The hotel includes nine colonial-style rooms and suites with sea views and a roof-top restaurant serving Tai O specialties. The surrounding cannons, searchlight and guard towers have all been restored. Here you will be served lunch at the end of your tour.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children aged 2 or under join for free
  • This tour requires you to be physically fit. You will be walking between 5 and 10km over the course of the day. How far you walk will depend on how much walking you want to do at Tai O. You 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!
  • Occasionally the cable car is closed for maintenance. If it is closed on the day that you would like to tour, your tour guide will refund you the price of the cable car tickets and you will use the bus instead.
  • Please also inform us if you are travelling with children under 12 years of age.
  • Tours will be conducted in English unless requested otherwise at the time of booking.
  • Tours are available in French, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one week (more than 168 hours) in advance we will give you a full refund (excluding credit card processing charges. If you cancel between 7 days and 2 days (between 167 and 48 hours before) we will give you a 50% refund (excluding any service charge). There are no refunds if you cancel less than 48 hours' notice.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Hello Hong Kong

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O.

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sammintz
, Jan 2019
My friends and I LOVED Ryan. He was absolutely amazing and showed us everything we wanted to see. He went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, knew where we were and even made sure we got home. You can tell he genuinely cared about us and was passionate about the places we were seeing. We would highly recommend him and this tour. :)
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Mel was our guide for this trip and...
Jen T
, Jul 2018
Mel was our guide for this trip and was probably the best tour guide we've encountered! He was well prepared, professional, and catered the tour to our group's needs. He shared interesting information in a way that kept everyone in our multi-generational group engaged. He even had hand-held fans for our group to stay cool in the heat. Throughout the day, he took photos of our group and then emailed them to us the next morning. He sent a trip recap including personalized information that he thought would be interesting to specific members of our group - for example, directions to buildings we'd asked about and recommendations for food near our hotel. Side note - we tried a couple of Mel's restaurant recommendations and they were AMAZING! Thanks, Mel, for a fantastic day!
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This is a great contrast to the...
Ruben S
, Feb 2018
This is a great contrast to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Amy is a fantastic guide who provides a unique and local perspective of Lantau island.
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Our tour with our Guide Richard...
Susan R
, Oct 2017
Our tour with our Guide Richard Dias was one of the highlights of our trip to Hong Kong. It was well done and Richard added so much to make the trip memorable. His knowledge and execution of all the facts was first class. We were picked up at our hotel and brought back which made the day very easy and we did not have to do a thing, Richard took care of the whole day. I recommend this to any one going to Hong Kong to get a idea of life outside the big city. I would highly recommend Richard Dias for a guide.
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Great tour. Fantastic day out...
Nigel S
, Nov 2016
Great tour. Fantastic day out. Thanks for being the guide Don. You are highly knowledgeable and your information was second to none.
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