Discover The Hidden Coastal Trail To Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse Hong Kong

Family-Friendly & Historical Walk With Stunning Views

Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse, otherwise known as the Hok Tsui Beacon, is a declared monument of Hong Kong and the oldest of Hong Kong’s five remaining pre-war lighthouses. Now, the area, located at the tip of the Shek’O peninsula, is Hong Kong’s first marine reserve. Right next to the popular Dragon’s Back trail, Cape D’Aguilar is a road-less-traveled but is definitely worth the trek! All it takes is an hour’s walk along a paved road from the Cape D’Aguilar Road bus stop to reach the end of the peninsula. The trail is flat, mostly shaded, and stroller-friendly, making it a gentle hike that is family- and pet-friendly. However, be sure to stay alert for cars and trucks that may pass along the road.

What to expect?

  • A trail with a great coastal view and many flowers (…and giant spiders, though they remain on their webs and are not too threatening!)
  • 1.5-2.5 hours to walk to the lighthouse and back
  • Only one bathroom toward the beginning of the trail
  • The path is shared by occasional cars and trucks, so keep an eye out while walking
  • The trail passes through a small village, so you can follow the signs to a quick detour to Shun Kee Store, where you will find sweet Cantonese dessert soups and tofu puddings

Although the path is mostly straightforward, about 3 kilometers into the walk will be a radio transmitting station, which is private property covered with “Do Not Enter” warning signs. Simply follow the dirt path along the left side of the entrance as it takes you around the station fences and back to the paved road. Here, there will be a fork in the road, with the left leading to the lighthouse and the right to the Marine Reserve.

The Marine Reserve has a pebbled beach, and though swimming is prohibited, here lies an opportunity for adventure! Whether it be climbing the rocks or venturing across the beach, Cape D’Aguilar has much to offer. Next to the lighthouse and marine reserve are the skeletal remains of the killer whale named Miss Willy, and if you continue further along the beach, you will find the arch-shaped Crab Cave, which is the perfect Instagram spot!

Now that you know where to go for your next outing when the weather is bright and sunny-bring your family and friends to Cape D’Aguilar! Check out our guide for more short, family-friendly trails around Hong Kong here!

Why Little Steps Loves It:​

Hong Kong Island's best-kept secret that makes for a versatile outing. The trail can turn into a gentle walk or jogging path depending on the desired intensity, and the Marine Reserve has many attractions for those who like history, photo-taking, or simply adventure!

Who It's Perfect For:

Great for all ages! The trail is stroller-friendly as it is flat and paved.

Where To Find It:​

  • Cape D'Aguilar Lighthouse
  • Cape D'Aguilar Rd, Shek O

Additional Info:​

Be sure to wear proper walking shoes and be careful when venturing along the pebbled beach, and stay alert as cars and trucks will pass by along the same trail.

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