Po Toi is a remote island, well and truly off the beaten track. It’s undeveloped and basic which is a large part of its beauty. We recently spent a day here and our 2 highlights were the Po Toi Walking Trail and lunch at the Ming Kee Seafood Restaurant.
The walking trail allows you to do a 5 km loop of the island and features stark but striking scenery, with rugged, barren cliffs and curious granite rock formations. The other main sights listed on the trail are Mo’s ‘haunted’ mansion, the Tin Hau temple, a lighthouse, pagodas and a set of prehistoric carvings. You’ll also see derelict buildings being slowly consumed by jungle growth and very elderly villagers sitting by their homes and cutting up dried seaweed and fish in the traditional way. It was a relatively easy paved walk and is well sign-posted but because we were there on a hot day, we found the sun was relentless. The island is quite exposed without much shade so next time, I’d choose a cooler time of the year to go.
We really enjoyed our long lunch at Ming Kee which sits over the sand on the main beach. Despite it’s remoteness, it’s very popular and lots of people come here just for the restaurant so it’s best to book ahead. Be aware, that it’s only open on weekends and is cash only.
Apart from Ming Kee and a couple of very simple food stalls, there are not many other facilities so you need to come prepared and in summer, hats, sunscreen and bottled water are absolute essentials.
Getting there can be a bit tricky. You can’t be too spontaneous and you’ll have to keep an eye on the ferry timetable because the ferries only run a few times a day and only on certain days. We caught the ferry from Blake Pier at Stanley. From here, they run on weekends & public holidays. The trip takes 30 min and was $50 return (cash or Octopus). Be careful to tuck your ticket away safely for the return trip because if you lose it like we did, you’ll have to pay again. The Aberdeen ferry runs a little more often.