Big Buddha & Tai O – private Lantau car tour

Make the most of your visit by taking a Lantau car tour with your very own driver and guide. With our door-to-door service, collecting you from and returning you to your hotel, airport or cruise ship, we can make this the most memorable day out.

As well as offering comfort and convenience, we are one of the few tour companies licensed to access the restricted access zone of Lantau Island by car. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides all speak excellent English and will ensure you make the most of your time in Hong Kong.

Listed below are some of the options we could include in your itinerary depending on your interests and time constraints. Your itinerary is completely flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs. If you have a destination in mind that is not listed, please enquire and we will accommodate your request if possible.

    Lantau Island:

  • The Big Buddha
  • Po Lin Monastery
  • Tai O Fishing Village
    Additional options:

  • Ngong Ping 360 cable-car
  • Cheung Sha beachside lunch
  • Tai O Waterfall and rock pool
  • Hong Kong DolphinWatch experience

Lantau Island Car Tour

As one of the only tour companies licensed to access the restricted access zone of Lantau Island, a car tour with Hong Kong Greeters opens the door to this fascinating part of Hong Kong. Lantau is known as Hong Kong’s green lung, and you can imagine stepping back in time 50 years when you visit.

We will visit the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha statue, where we will help explain the importance of Buddhism and how it is represented in the hearts, minds and belief system of the people of Hong Kong. We will also be walking the 268 steps up to the Tian Tan Big Buddha, which was erected in 1993, rises 34 metres into the air and faces north, to look over the people of China. It is a magnificent statue and pilgrims flock to it from across Asia.

A visit to Lantau Island can also incorporate a visit to the traditional fishing village of Tai O, which features stilt houses inhabited by fishermen and their families. This relaxing village is one of the best-preserved places on Lantau, indeed the whole of Hong Kong, largely owing to the efforts of the local community and it is a place to just really slow down.

We can also weave in a trip on the Ngong-Ping cable-car for you to experience the breathtaking landscape surrounding the Big Buddha.

Hong Kong DolphinWatch Tour

Set sail with the Hong Kong DolphinWatch team on this wonderful adventure to find the “pinkies”, the Chinese pink dolphins which are native in Hong Kong waters. The dolphins are located in North Lantau, where the South China Sea and Pearl river merge, making ideal feeding conditions for the small pod we have remaining. Due the large-scale development including the Hong Kong International Airport and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge over the last thirty years, plus continued water contamination, the numbers of these beautiful creatures have been steadily decreasing. This experience is also of ecological importance, because along with sharing our love for these magnificent creatures and raising awareness to their situation, the trip supports the ongoing surveillance and conditions to report back to local researchers, in the hope that we can continue to protect their habitat.

This three to four hour group trip begins at Tsim Sha Tsui every Sunday, where we will make the coach transfer to Tung Chung to board the DolphinWatch boat. The coach trip includes a full and detailed introduction about the dolphins by an expert DolphinWatch guide. Options to board at Tung Chung are available. We will spend a few hours out at sea to observe the dolphins in the wild, before making the return journey back to Tung Chung for the bus ride back to Tsim Sha Tsui.

Charter trips for schools and organisations are available mid-week, please email info@hkgreeters.com for more information.

Highlights

  • Return transfers from Tsim Sha Tsui to Tung Chung to board the new
  • DolphinWatch boat
  • Learn all you need to know about the unique pink dolphin from specialist guides
  • Three to four hours at sea for dolphin watching

Inclusions

  • Specialist pink dolphin expert guide
  • Accredited local guide
  • Coach transfers
  • DolphinWatch tickets
  • Insurance (inclusive of COVID coverage)

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks

The VIP Hong Kong Tour

Travelling across most of Hong Kong in a day, we will use some of the most exclusive transport to get to the most breath-taking and memorable sights in Hong Kong, Kowloon and Lantau Island. I am one of ToursByLocals’ top-rated and award winning private tour guides.

Please note that this tour is completely bespoke and below is a sample of what we can do during your visit in Hong Kong.

Lantau Island Full Day Tour

Lantau is known as Hong Kong’s green lung, and you can imagine stepping back in time 50 years when you visit. Most of this stunning island is untouched and can only be accessed by public transport. I will navigate you seamlessly through the highlights in this 8 hour private tour. Highlights include, a private car transfer from your accommodation to the cable-car, skip the line access at the cable-car (I am a licensed guide and so you will avoid the long lines), the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery and Tai O fishing village.

As an expert on the Buddhist faith, I will help you to understand the meanings of the stories that make this place so special, and how the teachings weave their way into Chinese culture and society on this experience. We will arrive by cable-car via skip-the-line access and enjoy the stunning and dramatic landscapes of Lantau on the 24-minute panoramic ride. Once we arrive to the top of the mountain, we will continue by foot to explore all corners of this uniquely different part of Hong Kong. Many times travellers visit this area as a first introduction to Buddhism, let me open it up for you! There are many things to see, but not that easy understand, such as Buddha’s story, a visit to the memory palace connected to the Big Buddha statue, and the word “emptiness” in relation to the faith – perhaps the most misunderstood word in Buddhism. I can also show you a hidden place where you will be able to “speak” directly to the Buddha. These are the things that you will not learn from a guide book.

This is an in-depth look at Tai O village. This is a must-see for anyone interested in visiting the real Hong Kong. This relaxing village is one of the best preserved places on Lantau, indeed the whole of Hong Kong, largely owing to the efforts of the local community… and a place to just really slow down. Situated at the end of the Pearl River Delta, where it meets the South China Sea, its history and culture are intrinsically linked to its geographical location. We will take a small boat ride to view the stilted houses for a close up look at how people live in this small enclave. There is a chance to view the Hong Kong- Macau – Zhuhai bridge from the open estuary and maybe a pink dolphin or two. Then we will visit the Tai O Heritage hotel, a former colonial police station which was converted in 2013. This has a story all on its own. Finally, we will wander through the market streets, say hello to the villagers who live there, and see all the home-made produce (much of which is linked to the preservation of fish).