Pink Dolphin Watching in Tai O

Tai O Boat Excursion
Tai O Boat Excursion

Hong Kong International Airport's Airport Express can whisk you from the arrival terminal to the Ritz Carlton at Kowloon Station in thirty minutes. It is easy to forget that Hong Kong is more than just the peninsula of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. There is an archipelago of over 200 islands in South China Sea, and 大澳 Tai O is one of them. The serene water surrounding Tai O is often frequented by a type of dolphins known for their pale pink and white color. The pink dolphins (Sousa chinensis) are also known as 中華白海豚 Chinese white dolphins. One would think they should be very easy to spot against the jade green water surrounding Tai O. But that was not the case.

Whenever weather permits, 大澳小艇遊 Tai O Boat Excursion is ready to go spot pink dolphins. Their boats are parked right outside the marketplace at Tai O. Our captain first took us on a cruise through the channels of Tai O before reaching Pearl River Estuary. Once out in the open water, he slowed down the boat. Sometimes he even stopped with the boat and turned off the engine. Everyone onboard looked in different directions, searching the crests of waves for any signs of the pink dolphins. At every gasp or "oooh", we all turned towards the origin of the sound. After a while, we finally saw one. It came up above the water briefly, swoosh, and it dove back below the surface. It looked like a pale pink pillow. We caught just two quick glimpses, but they were the best souvenirs from Tai O.

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