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Hong Kong Dolphin Watch - Day Tour
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Hong Kong Pink Dolphin Watching Cruise
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

Not only do you get to see the famous 'Chinese Pink Dolphons' it is a good opportunity to learn about them and their delicate habitat. The guides are knowledgable and really care for the environment and the welfare of the dolphins, they are not about taking boat loads of tourists around to make loads of money,

Seeing the swim out of the water for the first time was breathtaking but these are wild animals and what you see and what they do cannot be gaurenteed. You need to keep quiet on the boat so not a good place for noisy children but the excitement was electric as the boat cut the engines and we were all hanging over sides eager to spot the first dolphin !

These animals are getting endangered and the threat of them losing their habitat is real, it would be a sad loss if these animals die out because of the pollution and reclamation of land.

Go before its too late, go so you can learn about them , go so you can help them !

Visited July 2011
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Unexpected and amazing”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

The booking process has been efficient and easy. The staff was really nice and helpful, we all were lucky enough to see many dolphins that day including babies! It was an amazing two and a half hour watching dolphins. My 8 and 4 year-old-kids were delighted as much as I was.
Magical moment NOT TO BE MISSED.

Visited February 2012
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3 Thank ISA330
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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“Extremely enjoyable and worthwhile”
Reviewed 8 January 2012

We were really lucky and saw at least 5 different dolphins, which is absolutely amazing considering how rare these creatures are, and how crowded are the shipping lanes that they live near. (Some of the dolphins seemed to want to view us tourists on the boat, and swam along side very closely.) The guides of http://www.hkdolphinwatch.com/ are fantastic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. They try to give you as much information as possible, both so the visitors can have a better experience, as well as to try to do what they can to to save these beautiful animals. The only hope for these extremely endangered pink dolphins is for foreign visitors to become aware of their plight and to help protect them. Their numbers are plummeting every year, so it is extremely important to see them now, learn about their situation, and write to your own government (China doesn't care) as soon as possible.
Everyone on our boat seemed to be having fun; the adults were taking pictures as fast as their cameras would allow, and the kids were extremely enthusiastic. Whether you see any dolphins or not, it's a wonderful way to see Hong Kong island on a nice day. The scenery is great, the boat is comfortable (biscuits, tea, coffee, soft drinks included) and spacious, the people are nice, and learning about the pink dolphins is so much more worthwhile than shopping or eating in Hong Kong (as much as I DO LOVE to do that!). Arrange to go before you leave for Hong Kong, so that you can get a trip scheduled for your first or second day of your visit in case you don't get to see any dolphins on that boat trip. Almost everyone does, but you can go again for free if you get skunked.
Bring a jacket, and a video camera if you have one (don't worry, it's not like you're going to get wet on this boat, and there's plenty of room for a backpack). It's a lot easier to take videos than try to time your still shots right to catch the times when the dolphins were jumping out of the water or standing up on their tails (which they did!). The crew is very accomodating and can drop you off afterward on Lantau Island, HK island, or Kowloon, so you can visit another part of Hong Kong in the afternoon right after your boat trip.
If you're thinking at all of buying pink dolphin souvenirs like stuffed animals, jewelry, or T-shirts - for Heaven's sake, buy it from these people - so at least the money will be put toward a good cause.
BTW, I tried unsuccessfully uploading photos to this review, to show how close the dolphins were - oh well.

Visited December 2011
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Awesome Experience”
Reviewed 1 December 2011

With the often misleading impression given by coverpages of Hong Kong tourism brochures that showcase their signature urban streets, no one would expect that there would be stable populations of endangered wild Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins off the coast.

We arrived in Tung Chung at about 9am after spending the past few days in Hong Kong's many theme parks. Tung Chung is a peaceful suburban area at the end of the Tung Chung MTR Line, and is surrounded by hills and valleys partially abscured by the mist. We joined several other families at Tung Chung pier and set off on a dolphin viewing ferry to open sea.

The ferry was a two-storey vessel, with a viewing deck on the second level accessible by stairs. There are also toilets beneath the first level, so people who need to visit the toilet frequently need not worry.

Upon setting up, the guide, an avid conservationist, briefed us about the dolphins - their natural range, behavioral patterns, conservation status, etc. It was informative and piqued our interest for these creatures even more. He then offered us light refreshments and showed us their array of dolphin souvenirs.

Not long after leaving the pier, the dolphins were upon us. A pod of three, mainly adults, were tailing behind a fishing boat, with their renowned smooth pink skin glistening under the sun. They were concentrating on their prey, occasionally porposing out of the water showing off their elongated dorsal fins before diving down for mullet. It was amazing to see these endangered animals up close in the wild with a city backdrop and other wildlife which included coastal raptors, sea birds and fish that leaped out of the water as we approached them.

It would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see these dolphins hunting in stable populations here, as the unpredictable future might extinguish this species from Hong Kong's coastal waters following the increase in pollution levels. You would be contributing to local conservation efforts by participating in this tour, and I would recommend this to any conservation fanatic out there. The guides cannot promise you an encounter with the dolphins, but this would be a worthwhile 3 hours.

P.S. I would advise you not to concentrate that much on photo-taking, as it is very hard to aim, and you would miss out on the action. You can get their postcard souvenirs, which boast outstanding photos to save you the hassel of photo-taking.

Visited November 2011
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Ra'anana, Israel
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“Excellent half day trip”
Reviewed 7 October 2011

Get out of the busy city, and into the busy harbor.
This half day trip takes you out to see the pink dolphins that live in the HK harbor.
I went on this trip with my 16 year old daughter. There were many other families as well. It is a good thing to do with teens in Hong-Kong. It has animals, a bout ride and unlike other tourist activities in Hong-Kong, it does not require a lot of walking or standing in long lines.

They take you by bus from TST to Tung Chung Pier on Lantau Island. During the ride we got a detailed explanation about the dolphins. Then we board a boat and sailed for about 3 hours to view the dolphins.
It is pretty sad to see how man has taken over these creatures natural habitat. There are so many boats in the harbor and there is no island without some sort of construction.
But then you see the dolphins and they are pink and beautiful.

Visited October 2011
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2 Thank NoPlaceLkeHome
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