Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O | La Vacanza Travel

Full-Day Private Tour of Lantau Island including Big Buddha and Tai O

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Hong Kong, New Territories, Hong Kong SAR

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  • 7 hours
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped. 

Take a full-day private walking tour of Lantau with your personal tour guide and visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O. Your tour includes a ride on the Ngong Ping cable car to the Big Buddha and a ride in a boat at Tai O. Tours last 7 to 8 hours.

Available in English, French and Cantonese & Mandarin Chinese. All guides are native speakers.

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Stop At: Lantau island, Hong Kong China

Lantau Island is often referred to as the ‘Lungs of Hong Kong’ because it is so green and underdeveloped. Take a tour of Lantau with us and visit the awe-inspiring Big Buddha and the wonderfully quaint stilt village of Tai O.

Our Private Lantau Tours last 7 hours, 8 with a hotel pick-up.

Your Lantau private tour starts with a ride on the Ngong Ping Cable Car. You will be treated to the most wonderful views of Lantau Country Park and the airport as you travel over the back of the island for 25 minutes. Our destination is the famous Big Buddha. Here you will learn about Buddhism, climb the 268 steps to the Buddha, visit the Po Lin Monastery and the hall of 10,000 Buddhas.

From Ngong Ping, it is a 20-minute bus ride to Tai O, affectionately known as the Venice of Hong Kong. Tai O is one of the few remaining places in Hong Kong where you can still see stilt houses over the water. Tai O used to be a big community but due to the decline of the fishing industry it, like Venice, is now primarily a tourist destination, for both overseas visitors and Hong Kongers escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Tai O is still known for its traditional production of shrimp paste and for its colourful seafood market.

Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: Ngong Ping 360, 11 Tat Tung Road, Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong China

Soar through the sky in Ngong Ping 360 cable car for an astonishing bird's-eye-view of some of Hong Kong's greatest natural and historical sights.

As you step out of the cable car, you will be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5-hectare Ngong Ping Village, where a wide array of shops and eateries offer a delightful shopping and dining experience.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery, Lantau Island, Hong Kong China

The remote Po Lin Monastery, hidden away by lush mountains, became a popular attraction when the extraordinary Tian Tan Buddha statue (informally known as the Big Buddha) was erected in 1993.

Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist sanctums and has been dubbed ‘the Buddhist World in the South’. Home to many a devout monk, this monastery is rich with colourful manifestations of Buddhist iconography and its pleasant garden is alive with birdsong and flowery scents.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha), Lantau Island, Hong Kong China

Tian Tan Buddha or the Big Buddha is the second largest outdoor sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world. Sitting 34 metres high and facing north to look over the Chinese people, this majestic bronze Buddha draws pilgrims from all over Asia.

The eyes, lips, incline of the head and right hand, which is raised to deliver a blessing to all, combine to bring a humbling depth of character and dignity to the massive Buddha, which took 12 years to complete. Climb the 268 steps for a closer look at this remarkable statue, and to enjoy the sweeping mountain and sea views that can be seen from its base.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tai O Stilt Houses, Tai O, Hong Kong China

Tai O is home to the Tanka people, a community of fisher folk who’ve built their houses on stilts above the tidal flats of Lantau Island for generations. These unusual structures are interconnected, forming a tightly knit community that literally lives on the water. Their enchanting world is a photographer's paradise.

The manually operated drawbridge that spans the narrow creek dividing the town replaced a rope-drawn ‘ferry’ that operated for over 85 years.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tai O, Hong Kong China

A visit to Heritage Hotel, dating from 1902, this building was formerly the Tai O Police Station and one of the earliest police stations built in the New Territories. It is situated on a small hill next to the Tai O Ferry Pier.

The building was revitalised and converted into the Tai O Heritage Hotel in 2012. The hotel includes nine colonial-style rooms and suites with sea views and a roof-top restaurant serving Tai O specialties. The surrounding cannons, searchlight and guard towers have all been restored. Here you will be served lunch at the end of your tour.

Duration: 1 hour

  • Professional guide
  • One way cable car ride in a standard cabin (upgrade to crystal cabin available on request)
  • Public bus ride from Ngong Ping to Tai O and public bus ride from Tai O to Tung Chung or Mui Wo at the end of the tour
  • Boat ride at Tai O fishing village
  • Entry/Admission - Lantau island
  • Entry/Admission - Po Lin (Precious Lotus) Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Ngong Ping 360

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • If you wish to use a taxi at any point during your tour, the costs will be payable by yourself
  • Note: This is a walking tour, even if you book a hotel pick-up, also using of public transportation
  • Souvenirs
  • Children aged 2 or under join for free
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour requires you to be physically fit. You will be walking between 5 and 10km over the course of the day. How far you walk will depend on how much walking you want to do at Tai O. You will be going at a slow pace, across flat land but you do need to be in reasonable health. If you wish to visit the Big Buddha up close you will need to be able to climb up 268 steps!
  • Occasionally the cable car is closed for maintenance. If it is closed on the day that you would like to tour, your tour guide will refund you the price of the cable car tickets and you will use the bus instead.
  • Please also inform us if you are travelling with children under 12 years of age.
  • Tours will be conducted in English unless requested otherwise at the time of booking.
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Tours are available in French, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel more than one week (more than 168 hours) in advance we will give you a full refund (excluding credit card processing charges. If you cancel between 7 days and 2 days (between 167 and 48 hours before) we will give you a 50% refund (excluding any service charge). There are no refunds if you cancel less than 48 hours' notice.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Departure Point

Tung Chung Station, Tung Chung, Hong Kong
Traveler pickup is offered
Meeting Time for 7-hour tours starting at Tung Chung: Monday to Friday - 09:40 am. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - 08:40 am.
Meeting time for 8-hour tours with a hotel pick-up: Monday to Friday - 08:40 am. Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays - 07:40 am.


  • Hong Kong Intl Airport, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong China


  • Kai Tak
  • Ocean Terminal

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


7 hours

User's Reviews


19 Nov, 2023

The entire day was an adventure that will not be forgotten. Sinclair was our guide, his personality is a 10, his English was excellent and he moved us along at a pace that was good for all of us. The information he provided regarding the history, culture and religion of the Hong Kong people was presented professionally. Overall this tour was 6 star ****** and we would recommend him and this tour to all. The crystal cabin was worth the extra $$$.


19 Nov, 2023

We had an amazing day visiting Lantau. We highly recommend Synclair as your guide, he is very knowledgeable, kind, nice and funny. He shared with us a lot about their culture, history and religions in a very interesting way. He is very friendly and proud of his country and people. He makes you feel like you are expending a day with a close friend. Regarding the tour , visiting the Buddha is a MUST. It is breathtaking, beautiful, you cannot miss it. The monastery is also very beautiful, colorful and very interesting. Tai O is a fisherman’s little town. It is interesting to walk through the market and taste some of the street food. Dim sum was amazing, the bread and sweet ginger also. Taking the boat was very nice. The tour gift was to have the fortune to meet a pink dolphin!!! It was so beautiful and make me very happy. I highly recommend this tour. You cannot miss it!!!


25 Oct, 2023

This tour was amazing. Our guide Sinclair was extremely knowledgeable and kind. He met us at the metro station and guided us through all the sites listed on the description. This tour surpassed our expectations and is a must do. Thank you Sinclair.


25 Oct, 2023

Sinclair was our amazing guide, from pick up to drop off he was happy, informative and made the tour exciting. This is one of the best tours we have done and was so much better done as a private tour, as we had time to spend on the things we were interested in while still seeing everything at an enjoyable pase . We would definitely recommend this tour to everyone.


29 Sep, 2023

Sinclair is a great friendly tour guide that showed us around Lantau Island! He showed us the great places around Tai-O village and the recommended places to eat. Even during the transit times of being in the car/cable car, he was still telling us the history of some of the landmarks, and doubled as a photographer for Kelly and myself. The best part would be visiting the Tian Tan Buddha and visiting Tai-O village (the boat ride throughout the village). Would recommend eating at the local restaurant rather than at the Heritage Hotel for lunch.

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Amazing unforgettable day at Lantau Island ♥️


Great day in Lantau & Tai-O




Chilly day at big Buddha


Great Guide and experience in Lantau Island


Great tour awesome guide.


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