Mai Po Nature Reserve

Mai Po Nature Reserve, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Mai Po Nature Reserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Mai Po Nature Reserve
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The 380-hectare Mai Po Nature Reserve is managed by WWF-Hong Kong. As a haven for thousands of migratory waterbirds every year, Mai Po Nature Reserve and the surrounding Inner Deep Bay wetlands sets a prime example of conservation success for regional wetlands. The six main habitats in Mai Po Nature Reserve – gei wais, freshwater ponds, inter-tidal mudflats, mangroves, reedbeds and fishponds – are home to a host of wildlife. Joining one of our eco visits is the best and simplest way to experience the beauty of this truly unique and ecologically diverse wetland location.
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China136,125 contributions
Winter haven for migratory birds, great birdwatching opportunity
Mar 2021
The Mai Po Nature Reserve is a protected wetlands and conversation area in the northwestern corner of Hong Kong that is managed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This it a marshland and winter haven for around 100,000 migratory birds of nearly 400 different species thus making it an international recognised area of importance and a popular destination for serious birdwatchers.

Independent entry permits are possible for members of the Hong Kong Birdwatching Society and WWF Members by way of application through these organisations. Otherwise, the general public can only enter the Ma Po Reserves by way of guided tours given by the WWF which can be organised online through their website. There are a couple tours visiting different areas of the Reserve and of different lengths of time. Tours are lead by a trained naturalist and are mostly conducted in Cantonese. However, the guides speak English and can provide information in both languages.

Tours start from the WWF Visitor Centre in Long Ping where you will receive your permit and binoculars (for loan) before being shuttled into the Nature Reserve. During the tour, you will learn about the five main habitats in Mai Po including the mangroves, reed beds, inter-tidal mudflats, freshwater ponds as well as the gei wai, a local use of the wetlands as tidal prawn farms in the past. You will walk through the wetlands, along boardwalks and spend time in various bird hides, viewing interesting and if you are lucky, endangered birdlife. For best results, visiting during the winter when tens of thousands of migratory birds make Mai Po their home is most recommended.

We visited recently, attending the Mangrove Boardwalk Adventure (5 hour) tour that includes time spent on the boardwalks located in the Deep Water mudflats and mangrove forest. This was a rewarding experience. We enjoyed viewing countless bird species, including an osprey, black-faced spoonbills and a delightful little kingfisher amongst so many other commonly sighted birds. While walking through the gei wai area, we saw a rat snake crossing the water as well.

At the end of the tour, the shuttle bus returns all visitors back to the WWF Visitor Centre where you return your permit card and binoculars before returning home by way of the Long Ping MTR which is 2-3 minute walk from Visitor Centre.

Note: The WWF Visitor Centre has nice toilets, water refill station as well as a small eatery where you can have a coffee and light bite before or after your visit into the Nature Reserve. There are gifts and souvenirs available for purchase as well.

Note: There are no shops in the Reserve so make sure to bring water and a snack with you. Also best to have a meal prior to starting the tour, especially if you are taking a morning tour. Related, we had one toilet break at the Education Centre within the Reserve around halfway through the tour. Toilets are modern and very clean.

Overall, we really enjoyed our time spent in the Mai Po Nature Reserve recently. Permits are a bit pricy but this allows the WWF to conduct tours with smaller visitor numbers which is a luxury here in Hong Kong. It makes a real difference compared to the nearby Hong Kong Wetlands which is open to the public and takes on large numbers of visitors, particularly on weekends and public holidays.
Written March 22, 2021
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bikingrenee
Hong Kong, China117 contributions
Great morning out! Lots of birds.
Jan 2021
Really enjoyed our visit to the Mai Po Nature Reserve. We chose the "Magic of Mai Po" tour. The WWF meeting place in Long Ping is easy to find and is a very cute little shop and cafe with lots of interesting, sustainable items for purchase. The shuttle bus ride to the reserve was about 25 minutes. At the reserve, we had two guides who looked after us. The tour was mainly in Cantonese but supplemented in English. Both guides went out of their way to make sure the none Canto-speakers knew what was happening, which was great. We saw tons of birds of all different species and got some nice photos. The brand new visitor center is really nice. Cool to spend time in the bird hut too, with real bird watchers! For photo taking, no need to bring a tripod on the tour as you don't stay in one spot for a very long time. A monopod would work better if you have long/heavy lenses (400mm+). You can see the border with Shenzhen during the whole visit, which is a bit weird, but that is just the reality I guess.
Written January 24, 2021
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Taq
2 contributions
Great place
Jan 2021
On this Christmas vacation we have visited the MaiPo Reserve, the Ramsai Site. At this of the year there was a lot of cool birds that we got a chance to see. We have seen many nice birds. The reserve is divided into 2 main parts. The first one is the Mangrove area with a lot of mangrove trees and and a number of bird hides. Walking there, you feel yourself peaceful with all the nature around you. The second and also the main part is the GeiWai. It has a lot of fish ponds where the farmers grow the fish for eating in. Around the ponds there are a lot of birds trying to catch their food. The guide explained everything we asked and answered all out questions translating between English and Chinese so as to ensure that everyone understood what she wanted to say. I totally recommend this tour.
Written January 4, 2021
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Jeffng63
Hong Kong, China13 contributions
Hidden gem in south china
Dec 2020 • Family
We went for 3 hours tour guide. At 19 degree Celsius temperature and nice warm afternoon, we had a good time! Get to know a lot more birds and respect its habitats.
Written December 19, 2020
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Terry B
Hua Hin, Thailand25 contributions
Must visit place
Jul 2020
As an avid birdwatcher I have been meaning to go here for some time. Glad I did. For a reasonable $HK 400 you have a shuttle to the reserve, guide and a packet of panda cookies. What more do you need for a great day out!
Our guide, Tom, was very informative and patient with all the dawdling I was doing searching for more birds off the beaten track.
If you are fascinated by nature then this is somewhere to go while in Hong Kong. Away from the centre but a stones throw from Shenzhen China.
Highly recommended.
Written July 15, 2020
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Nature boy
3 contributions
Great escapes
Mar 2020 • Friends
Exploring the marshes on the restricted border zone between Hong Kong and Shenzhen reveals a surprising world where nature is in the inique position of having the upper hand.

Limited intrusion from man, nature rules. Where nature rules, magic happens.

Well worth the trip. Best to go before the Peter Scott center is demolished for an added treat of seeing some nice older buildings with character ..some of the few remaining.
Written March 19, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Egret watcher’s paradise
May 2019 • Friends
Beautiful and fascinating wetlands for wildlife. This year egrets were out in full force. We met birdwatchers from Sweden, UK, Germany, and Australia. This place has a worldwide reputation for being one of the best places for birdwatching.
Written July 11, 2019
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Sarah v
35 contributions
Well worth the trip!
Apr 2019 • Friends
Our WWF guide Emily really made this an even more enjoyable experience than it already was. She was so knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We saw around 30 species in the 2.5 hours we were there. I highly recommend a trip to Mai Po.
Written April 13, 2019
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svprajesh
Chennai (Madras), India40 contributions
Best Place in HongKong for Birdwatching
Apr 2019 • Friends
Never miss this place if you are a birdwatcher. Seen more than 20 species yesterday. Guide was extremely informative and helpful in explaining every detail of the reserve. Great experience. Thanks
Written April 6, 2019
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aemanuele_HK
Hong Kong, China42 contributions
birdwatching on a stunning Shenzen backdrop
Nov 2018
This is a quite stunning experience, nature and developed world together
Very kind and useful guides, do book in advance.
To sort out some of the confusion around the booking process, NO passport needed, no need for any permission to the forestry department, just book via WWF
Written March 23, 2019
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