Coloane is the southernmost island of Macau, just south of Taipa and Cotai Strip, and east of Hengqin Island of Zhuhai in Guangdong province, PRC. Covering an area of 8.07 square km and 4 km long, the island is about 5.6 km from the Macau Peninsula.
Coloane was, until lately, connected to Taipa by a 2.2 km land-fill bridge, the Estrada do Istmo. However, land reclamation and the rising of the new Vegas town called Cotai has practically fused Taipa and Coloane. Today the Cotai Strip is home to the Venetian Macao Resort with more casinos coming under development.
Coloane Village still keeps some of the original ambiances of the previous Inner Harbor of Macau peninsula. Attractions include the church square filled with restaurants, the St Xavier Church, 3 Chinese temples, the riverside and the best egg tarts in town by Lord Stow Bakery. There used to be a thriving wooden boat industry nearby but business has not been so good these past years. A small pier will allow you to see Hengqin Island of Zhuhai across the narrow river.
St Francis Xavier is a small chapel built in 1928 following the baroque style of Macau’s major churches. Portuguese color schemes of cream and white serve as background for classical oval windows and a small bell tower. The spacious plaza in front of the church have arcaded restaurants and on one side is the monument commemorating the local victory over pirates in 1910.
The tall white statue of A-Ma towering over the green trees above the hills of is unmistakable while approaching the island from the Causeway, now called Cotai Strip. The 170m tall peak is also the site for the A-Ma Cultural Village, a 7,000 square meter complex of towers, temple palaces, museums, and shops.
The young A-Ma Cultural Village dated back to the Chung Yeung festival in 2001 shortly after the A-Ma Cultural and Tourism Festival of Macau. Following the style of the Qing Dynasty, the complex is composed of a village like atmosphere, with a bell tower, drum tower, carved marble altar in the Tian-Hou Palace, a dressing hall, museum, and shops.
Seac Pai Van Park is located between the Karting track the Coloane Villa. Sitting at the foot of the wooded hills of the island, Seac Pai Van Park is popular for family outings. Facilities include children’s playgrounds, picnic areas, flowerbeds, a small zoo, and a large walk-in aviary which is home to peacocks, pheasants, and other colorful species. There is also a garden of native medicinal plants and the small but attractive Museum of Nature and Agriculture.
The Natural and Agrarian Museum tries to show the visitor the abundance of the fauna, the flora and the importance of the activities of the primary sector in the economic life of the Taipa and s – both in the previous and especially, the modern times.
The Temple of Sam Seng (Three Divinities) is also called Temple of Kam Fa (Golden Flower), built in the 4th year of Tongzhi Reign (in 1865). The Temple is dedicated to three divinities: Empress of Kam Fa, Kun lam and Ancestral Master of Va Kuong.
Kun Iam Temple in Coloane is quite small but is actually one of the oldest temples in Coloane. The oldest is the Temple of Tin Hau of Coloane. Kun Iam Temple was built in the 5th year of Jiaqing Reign (in 1880), in the 19th year of Daoguang Reign.
has an extensive network of well-maintained hiking trails. Trail maps are available at the information booth at the entrance to Seac Pai Van Park and at the trailheads. The trails are accessible from Seac Pai Van Park, from the various roadside picnic parks on the island, and from both Cheoc Van and Hac Sa beaches. It is also possible to join the main Coloane Trail, which circles the island at a height of about 100 meters above sea level, from various points on Coloane Peak. The main trailhead is on the Estrada do Alto de Coloane, near the Recreational Fishing Zone.
If you are into karting, then the Macau Karting Track in Coloane is the place to go. It has floodlights, a choice of seven different circuits, and paddocks for more than 200 karts. You can visit Entertainment for more details.
The longest and most popular beach of Macau is the Hac Sa Beach. Named after its unique black-tinged sand (“hac sa” means “black sand”) offers a good walk from Westin at one end to the residential peninsula at the other end. The beach facilities include a youth hostel, a Youth Centre for Water Sports, a sports complex with an Olympic-size swimming pool, children’s pool, tennis courts, and a sports field. There are also playgrounds, picnic and camping areas, and a variety of snack stands, cafes, and restaurants. The world famous Fernando’s Restaurant is located here.
Cheoc Van Bay (Baía de Cheoc Van) is a sheltered cove on the west side of . At one end is a boat shelter, kayaking facilities and a sandy swimming beach with changing facilities. Snack bars and restaurants along the beach leads to a free-form swimming pool. The Nautical Club, a marina where members keep various types of recreational watercraft, is near the beach. There is also a youth hostel, a pousada (inn), and two restaurants with terraces overlooking the water.
The Westin Resort Hotel Macau is a 208 room hotel located near the beachfront of Coloane. Built in 1993, the Westin Resort Hotel is synonymous with excellent accomodation and fine service.
Just 4 kilometers from the heart of Macau, the Westin Resort Hotel Macau is recommended for both business and leisure travelers as it meets the stringent requirements of tour operators worldwide.
Coloane Golf Links –
Designed by Mr. Hiroshi Ikeda, the par 71 18 hole Championship Golf course is located on the rooftop of Westin Resort Macau. Many renowned golf personalities who tee off on this challenging golf course include Englishman Lee Westwood and Nick Faldo, Fijian Vijay Singh, Northern Ireland Darren Clarke, American John Daly and Mark O’Meara, Scottish Colin Montgomerie and Irishman Padraig Harrington and Chinese Zhang Lianwei.
Kaho Catholic Church (Our Lady of Sorrows) –
Kaho Catholic Church (Our Lady of Sorrows)
The second small church in Coloane was built in 1966 to serve the needs of the settlement of Ka Ho. Overlooking the big garden in front of the Church is huge bronze crucifix over the north door.
Not all residents of Coloane are there of their own free will. Two city jails are located on the island. The two most famous inmates are Ao Man Long and Broken Teeth. The eyesore and smokestack CEM Power Plant is also located on the island but lately, they have spent millions filtering the pollution.