Finding Taractrocera maevius
at Ninepin Islands

Hosts: Dr. KKYU and Ms. Eva Lam (Tour Guide)

  • Date : July 1, 2020 (Wednesday)
  • Time : 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Place : Ninepin Group (Kwo Chau Islands)
  • Assemble Time & Point: : 8:30 a.m. at Sai Kung Pier
  • Fee : HKD430 per person
  • Includes : Lunch, Drinks & Fruits

This is the biggest event of the year! NPS hosts the event for people who like to explore rare butterflies and wonderful coastal landforms. As the islands are uninhabited, there is no public transport but only private tours can be arranged to visit them. We have been organizing the event over four years. Let's go to explore the world-class hexagonal columns and a very unique species of butterflies - Taractrocera maevius!

Tour in 2016

The Ninepin Group comprises South Ninepin Island, North Ninepin Island and East Ninepin Island, along with several small rock islets. It is also the place where the hexagonal rock columns are at their largest, with diameters of over two meters, making them the largest in the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region. Besides sight-seeing from the boat, we will land on both North and South Ninepin for exploration.

Tour in 2017

Taractrocera maevius, the common grass dart, a rather common species in India, but it is rare in Hong Kong and can only be found on Ninepins Group Islands off Sai Kung in certain months of the year. It is not recorded in the Mainland China and is far from its distribution range between India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. This extraordinary butterfly feeds on Ischaemum setaceum, which can be commonly found on the Islands.

Tour in 2018

Famous scenic wonders on North Ninepin Island include Cannon Rock, Moon Rocks and Big Stove Arch; and on South Ninepin Island include Stone Arch, Jacob's Ladder Cave, Backwash Cave and Y-shaped Cave. In the Sai Kung Volcanic Rock Region, the hexagonal rock columns exposed on North Ninepin are the most magnificent.

Tour in 2019

With a series of preventive measures, the NPS hosted the first biggest event since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The annual trip was very successful and we would like to thank you and all of our friends for all your support. See you next year !

Tour in 2020

Other Events

A list of our past events and you can check out details.