Designated Marine Parks and Marine Reserve
Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve
Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve was designated in July 1996. It lies on the southeastern tip of Hong Kong Island. The total sea area is about 20 hectares. The eastern boundary stretches from Sheung Sz Mun to the eastern tip of the Cape D'Aguilar coast, then southwards to the southeastern tip of Kau Pei Chau. The western boundary stretches from the rocky headland opposite the radio transmitting station to the southern tip of Kau Pei Chau coastline. The landward boundary generally follows the high water mark along the coastline. Please refer to the gazette map and explanatory material for the actual boundary. The Marine Reserve is set up for the purpose of conservation of marine resources, scientific studies and education for the appreciation of our precious marine resources. In order to protect the important organisms and their habitats, except those permitted for scientific purposes, water sports and certain coastal recreational activities, such as swimming, boating, fishing and collecting any wild animals or plants, or their parts, are prohibited in the Marine Reserve. Visit by the public to the Cape D’Aguilar Marine Reserve is not encouraged. Thus, there are no public sanitary facilities including litter bins and toilets in the Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve.
Map of Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve
Geological and Geomorphological Interest
Four major rock types are found adjacent to the reserve. From the oldest to the youngest, they are the tuffs with volcanic bombs, granodiorites, porphyritic rhyolites and basaltic dykes respectively. Geomorphologically, the Marine Reserve has typical exposed rocky shore of south-easterly-directed capes and headlands in Hong Kong. Its coastal features are the result of the interaction between prevailing wind, tidal actions and parent rock. The steep granite coast is rugged and irregularly stepped, with both up to a metre high vertical faces and narrow shelves often dipping back to retain temporary splash pools.
Protection of Ecological Habitats in Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve
The biodiversity is rich in the Marine Reserve, including numerous kinds of fishes, stony corals, soft corals, gorgonian and marine invertebrates. In order to protect these important habitats, the activities in Cape D'Aguilar Marine Reserve are controlled under The Marine Parks and Marine Reserves Regulation (Cap. 476).