Visit Mai Po

A haven for thousands of migratory birds during autumn and winter, and bustling with vibrant insect life and plump gei wai shrimp in the spring and summer, the wetlands around the Mai Po marshes and Inner Deep Bay offer visitors a chance to experience Hong Kong’s biodiversity first-hand.
 
As reserve manager of this designated Ramsar site and protected site of scientific interest, WWF can help make visiting Mai Po easier by assisting with organized tours. Make your booking online here.

Mai Po Virtual Tour

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 / ©: WWF-Hong Kong
Public Guided Tour in Mai Po
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Public Guided Tour

WWF organizes numerous tours of the Mai Po Nature Reserve, suitable for individual visitors, students and teachers, and specialists.

WWF’s public guided tours of Mai Po are the best and simplest way to experience the beauty of this truly unique and ecologically diverse wetland location. Guided by a nature interpreter, the tour follows a designated trail that explores the gei wai (traditional shrimp ponds), boardwalk and natural habitats of wild lifes, as well as the birdwatching hides.

Details of the tours can be found below:
  • Year - Round tours: This is one of the most convenient ways to discover the natural beauty of the Mai Po Nature Reserve. All year-round, WWF organizes tours. See the details on how to join here.
  • Autumn - Winter tours: Whether you are naturalists, birdwatchers, environmental scientists or an individual interested with a vested interest in wetland biodiversity, see how WWF can assist you in your visit here.
  • Spring - Summer tours: A number of educational programmes in Mai Po is available for students and educators. Please read the details of the programmes here or apply online directly here.

Online booking

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Participate in our public guided visit to discover the Mai Po natural environment and to know about WWF's conservation efforts. Book your tour!

Directions to Mai Po

Aerial view of the Mai Po Nature Reserve Centre / ©: Martin Harvey
Check out how to get to Mai Po by public transport or by private car here.
Mai Po Nature Reserve Centre - Public Visit on the boardwalk  / ©: Chris Cheung
Mai Po Nature Reserve Centre - Public Visit on the boardwalk
© Chris Cheung

Specialist Tour

Mai Po is a site of great interest for high-level naturalists, birdwatchers, environmental scientists and anyone with a vested interest in wetland biodiversity. WWF can assist specialists in obtaining the permits that are required for individuals wishing to gain access to the Mai Po Nature Reserve and its facilities. Click to learn more about the prerequisite details for a one-year individual permit or the necessary visitation rights for overseas naturalists wishing to visit the site from abroad.

Code of Entry to Mai Po

 / ©: Sze Wong / WWF - Hong Kong
The Reserve is a restricted area under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance (Chapter 170). In order to minimize disturbance to wildlife, all visitors are expected to behave responsibly and observe codes of entry downloadable here.

Photo Album

Rainbow over Mai Po Education centre / ©: Bena Smith / WWF-Hong Kong

Mai Po at a glimpse

Mai Po background and threats / ©: Bena Smith
View the video here.

Teacher & Student Tours

The vast biodiversity of the Mai Po Nature Reserve makes it a key site for students and educators to learn about our environment first-hand, outside of the classroom. Ranging from primary, secondary, tertiary and above, WWF offers a number of on-site educational programmes in Mai Po.
  • The Mai Po Nature Reserve is listed in the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance of Hong Kong and access to the area is restricted. Individual enters into or be within the restricted area without a permit issued by the Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation, may be liable to a fine. For enquiries about the permit, please call 2708 8885 or send it to mailbox@afcd.gov.hk