a mother and her two sons at the end of the Mui Wo to Pui O hike
A Mui Wo to Pui O hike means you get to end on a beautiful beach!

Mui Wo To Pui O Hike – Enjoyable For Hikers Of All Levels

Introduction

Welcome to the Mui Wo to Pui O hike, a hidden gem nestled on Lantau Island, Hong Kong. This trail is not just a path, but a journey through diverse landscapes and natural splendor.

Ideal for families and nature enthusiasts alike, this hike takes you through verdant junglescapes and offers breathtaking views of the South China Sea. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a weekend explorer, this guide aims to equip you with all the necessary information, ensuring a memorable and safe hiking experience for you and your loved ones. And since you’ll be on the Lantau Trail for most of this hike, you’ll find it easy to follow the entire time!

If you have any comments/questions about all this, feel free to leave them below!

Trail Information – Fast Facts Mui Wo To Pui O

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 7.2 km (4.5 miles)
  • Elevation Gain: 335 m (1100 ft)
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours

Trail Description and Points of Interest

The Mui Wo to Pui O hike is a fascinating journey, offering breathtaking views and a diverse range of flora and fauna. As you begin your hike in Mui Wo, you’ll be greeted by lush greenery and the serene sounds of nature.

Key points of interest include the historic Man Mo Temple, the scenic Silvermine Bay Beach, and the lush Lantau South Country Park. Don’t miss the panoramic views of the South China Sea, a true highlight of this trail.

Below are some of the sites you’ll see along our route!

The trail starts out a bit “technical,” but really it’s not bad.

the beginning views on the Mui Wo To Pui O hike
The terrain never gets more “technical” than what you see here. And the view is nice almost right away.

If you take some time to play, the bumpy terrain will truly not be an issue at all.

boy playing with natural chalk on the Mui Wo To Pui O hike
Leave some time for your little ones to enjoy playing with the abundant natural chalk all along the Mu Wo to Pui O hike route.

After a bit, the trail smooths out, but still keep any eye out for roots.

mother and her two young sons hiking on Lantau Island in Hong Kong
The terrain gets much flatter quite quickly.

If you haven’t yet seen any water buffalo, you’ll likely see some off in the distance at this farm.

young boy gazing at a water buffalo off in the distance
The boys realized that the cowpies they saw all over the trail were water buffalo pies!

Keep an eye (and ear) out for birds, as there are plenty, especially along the coast.

a kite playing in the coastal thermals of Lantau Island Hong Kong
It’s common to see Kites fishing all along this coastal route.

There isn’t too much Silvergrass along this route, so savor the few spots in which you find it!

Hong Kong silvergrass
The Silvergrass on Lantau Island is well worth checking out!

Most of the path is paved, just as you see below.

boy hiking along the Lantau Trail on Lantau Island
Much of the trail is on paved paths like this.

On the side of the trail opposite the shore, there are a number of farms.

coastal pasture along the Mui Wo To Pui O hike route
There are several pastures along this route, and make a great place for a soft-seated snack break.

If you care to combine this Mui Wo to Pui O hike with strawberry picking, you’re in luck!

locally grow strawberries for picking and sale along the Mui Wo To Pui O hike route
If you do this Mui Wo to Pui O hike and you want to budget a bit of extra time, consider picking some fresh strawberries!

Pui O Beach is where you’ll end this hike, and it’s a great reward on many levels.

Pui O Beach on Lantau Island Hong Kong
Pui O Beach is nice even on an overcast day!

The boys were THRILLED to end on a beach.

two boys playing on Pui O Beach in Hong Kong
The boys didn’t miss a beat, took off their shoes, and quickly began playing on the beach!

The water buffalo were quite happy too.

a group of water buffalo resting on Pui O Beach
Keep your distance from these water buffalos as they are usually quite gentle but also quite giant!

Recommended Gear

For a comfortable and safe hiking experience, and full breath of what we recommend you bring on this hike, check out our day hike packing guide. If you want the essentials only, we recommend the following:

Family Hiking Safety Tips

Safety is paramount, especially when hiking with family. Ensure everyone stays hydrated, stick to the marked paths, and be mindful of weather changes. It’s also a good idea to inform someone about your hiking plan and expected return time.

Also, keep a safe distance from the many water buffalo you will likely see along the route, and in general, follow the Hong Kong Country Park Safety Guidelines.

Trail Head and Route

The trail begins at the Mui Wo Ferry Pier (GPS coordinates: +22.264831, +114.001943). Head south until you get onto Mu Wo Ferry Pier Road – You’ll be on the Lantau Trail.

Very soon, you’ll see a hiking path on your right-hand side leading up and away from the paved road. Follow this up, and then use our map to make sure you’re on track for the rest of the route!

The trail is well-marked, leading you towards Pui O, where the hike concludes. This route offers a mix of some gentle uphill climbs and relaxing flat sections, suitable for a moderate fitness level.

Mui Wo To Pui O Route Map

Start at the Mui Wo Ferry Pier, and end at Pui O Beach. There are many ways to get to the Mui Wo Ferry Pier and back from Pui O Beach. We recommend you use Google Maps to choose the route you best like.

A note about our hiking route: In the spirit of making this hike as family-friendly as possible, we hiked along the coastline the entire time – that is the route we provide you in the maps below. However, at one point along our route, there are trail signs that point to “Pui O” which will take you up and over Tai Ngau Wu Teng Mountain. Do NOT follow those signs if you’d like to avoid that more challenging climb. Put more simply, use our route map, and you’ll be on the gentle and easy route the entire time!

If you’ve read some of our other posts, such as the one on Suicide Cliff in Hong Kong, you’ll be well aware that we think GuruMaps is the best app for navigating while you’re offline.

All you have to do is download GuruMaps, then download our Mui Wo to Pui O route map by clicking one of the file format options in the top right-hand corner of the map below – GPX, KML, or GeoJSON, and then open that downloaded file in GuruMaps, and VOILA! You’ll have our route map on your phone, and you’ll be able to use it even if you have no service when you’re hiking from Mui Wo to Pui O.

If you’re more comfortable with a Google Map, we’ve got you covered too. But keep in mind that the service between Mui Wo and Pui O is quite spotty, so we recommend you download GuruMaps.

Mui Wo To Pui O Elevation Profile

Mui Wo to Pui O Elevation Profile

Nearby Hikes

If you’re hungry for more adventure, consider camping on Lantau Island. If you’re keen to explore another one of Hong Kong’s islands, make sure to hike Lamma Island, and if you’re looking for a real challenge, hike Mount Stenhouse.

Mui Wo To Pui O Hike – Conclusion

In conclusion, the Mui Wo to Pui O hike on Lantau Island is more than just a trail; it’s a captivating adventure that promises to leave an indelible mark on your heart. The combination of diverse ecosystems and panoramic ocean views makes this hike a must-experience activity in Hong Kong.

Whether you seek a family outing, a solitary escape into nature, or a photographic journey, this trail caters to all.

Remember to respect nature, stay safe, and cherish the memories you create along this scenic route. The Mui Wo to Pui O hike is not just a walk, it’s an experience to be treasured.

FAQs

  1. Is the Mui Wo to Pui O hike suitable for young children?
    Yes, with moderate difficulty and well-marked paths, it’s great for families, but children should be accompanied by adults.
  2. What is the best time of year to do the hike?
    Autumn and spring offer the most pleasant weather conditions for this hike.
  3. Do I need a guide for the Mui Wo to Pui O hike?
    A guide is not necessary as the trail is well-marked.

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