Coloane (路環 - Louwan in Cantonese) was the southern-most island in China's Special Adminstrative Region of Macau. It used to be separated from Taipa to the north but the two are now joined by the Cotai Strip to form one huge island.
The island, formerly a haven for pirates who sought shelter in its many coves, is largely rural and provides a wonderful break from the crowded and busy Macau Peninsula. Here, you'll find the quaint Coloane Village with its pastel Portuguese-style houses and narrow lanes. Coloane also has two of Macau's best beaches - Cheoc Van and Hac Sa. Many people from Macau come over to Coloane to feast on Macanese cuisine and seafood.
Buses connect various parts of the Macau Peninsula with Coloane via Taipa and Cotai.
- MOP5 for buses between Macau Peninsula and Coloane Village
- MOP6.40 for buses from Macau Peninsula which end their journey at Hac Sa Beach
- MOP3.20 for buses between Taipa and Coloane
- MOP3.60 for buses from Taipa which end their journey at Hac Sa Beach
- MOP2.80 for bus journeys within Coloane
Between Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane:
- 21A - Barra/A-Ma Temple to Hac Sa Beach via Av do Amirante Sergio, Rua das Lorchas, Av de Almeida Ribeiro, Av Infante Henrique, Praca de Ferreira do Amaral/Hotel Lisboa, Taipa City/Av Dr Sun Yat Sen, Cotai/Venetian, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane Village, Cheok Van Beach.
- 25 (return route)- Portas do Cerco to Hac Sa Beach via Mong Ha Fort (Av Horta e Costa), Av Sidonio Pais (Av de Conselheiro Ferreira do Amaral), Av Rua do Campo, Praca de Ferreria do Amaral/Hotel Lisboa, Taipa City/Av Dr Sun Yat Sen, Taipa City/Jardim Cidade das Flores, Taipa City/Olympic Aquatic Centre, Cotai/Venetian, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane Village, Cheok Van Beach.
- 26 - Fai Chi Kei to Coloane Village via Red Market, Av das Lorchas, Av do Amirante Sergio/Ponte a Horta, Barra/A-Ma Temple, Macau Tower, Sai Van Bridge, Taipa City/Macau Jockey Club, Taipa City/Jardim Cidade das Flores, Macau International Airport, Universidade de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Macau, Cotai/Venetian, Seac Pai Van Park.
- 26A - Fai Chi Kei to Hac Sa Beach via Red Market, Rua da Ribeira do Patane, Rua Visconde Paco de Arcos, Av de Almeida Ribeiro, Praca de Ferreira do Amaral/Hotel Lisboa, Taipa City/Av Dr Sun Yat Sen, Taipa City/Jardim Cidade daas Flores, Taipa City/Olympic Aquatic Centre, Cotai/Venetian, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane Village, Cheok Van Beach.
- 50 - Praca de Ferreira do Amaral/Hotel Lisboa to Coloane Village via Taipa City/Av Dr Sun Yat Sen, Cotai/City of Dreams, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane Village.
Between Taipa and Coloane only:
- 15 - Ocean Garden, Taipa to Ka Ho Village via Taipa City/Macau Jockey Club, Taipa Village, Cotai/Venetian, Seac Pai Van Park, Coloane Village, Cheok Van Beach, Hac Sa Beach.
Coloane is linked by several roads, including the main Taipa-Coloane Isthmus Causeway, to Taipa, which in turn is linked by bridges to Macau Peninsula. The roads go through Cotai, the reclaimed area between Coloane and Taipa.
Rua Caetano, Coloane Village.
Chapel of St Francis Xavier, Coloane Village
- Coloane Village - Quiet and lazy, Coloane Village, the main village on the island, is a joy to just walk around and explore. Its narrow lanes lined with pastel-coloured houses and shops. Avenida de Cinco de Outubro is the main esplanade where you can look across the narrow channel to Hengqin Island in China. Along this street you will find the pretty Chapel of St Francis set back from the road by a square flanked by restaurants. In the square is a monument dedicated to the fight against piracy. Further along is the collonaded Biblioteca (public library) and right at the southern end of the road is the Tam Kong Temple. North of the main square, you'll find the boat-building quarter, the village pier and the Sam Seng Temple.
- A-Ma Statue and Cultural Village - The 20m statue is situated on top of the 176m Alto de Coloane and was erected in 1998. The surrounding cultural village has religious and cultural buildings and a vegetarian restaurant. The statue and cultural village can be reached via Estrada do Alto de Coloane or by walking the Coloane trail.
- Seac Pai Van Park - This 20 hectare park along Estrada Seac Pai Van just south of the Taipa-Coloane Isthmus Causeway, has a medicinal garden as well as other green areas, a mini zoo and a lake. The Museum of Nature and Agriculture is also located within the park.
Macau's two beaches are located on the southern side of Coloane and are frequented by locals and visitors, especially at the weekend:
- Hac Sa (黑沙 - black sand) beach, the larger of the two, in a bay with the Westin Resort on its eastern end. The water is of mediocre quality but brave swimmers can enter the water here.
- Cheoc Van (竹灣 - bamboo bay) beach, a smaller and more beautiful beach. The sand here is golden and more inviting to sunbathe or play on. There is a nice curved swimming pool just by the beach (as opposed to the traditional rectangular one at Hac Sa). A cordoned-off area of the bay is set aside for swimmers, and members of the Winter Swimmers Association go swimming here daily (yes, even in the coldest of winter!).
Coloane's large hilly area in the centre of the island is criss-crossed with unpaved hiking trails of various lengths and difficulty. They are also suitable for mountain-biking. It is advisable to cycle there early in the morning or on weekdays to avoid the crowds of hikers during the weekends.
In addition to standalone restaurants, Coloane's hotels may provide enjoyable dining.
- Fernando's, Hac Sa Wan, Coloane. +853 882531 - Delicious Macaunese food in a homey atmosphere. Cash only; reservations cannot be made (except on weekdays for large parties); try the Sangria courtyard bar at the back; ask for ketchup if you dare. Seafood dishes are recommended; soups are mediocre; food in general tends to be salty; about $250 MOP per person including drinks so its pricey for the area.
- Lord Stow's Bakery, Sit-down cafes at Rua da Cordoaria and Rua da Tassara No. 1 (next to Banco Comercial de Macau) and a bakery at the Village Square - A Macau institution, Lord Stow's is famous for its cheesecakes, fruitcakes, sandwiches, and most of all, its Portuguese egg tarts, which are famous throughout Asia.
- Nga Tim, Coloane Village, Coloane - What a beautiful outdoor setting! Located in the colonnade on the left as you face Saint Francis Xavier Church, the restaurant serves up authentic Portuguese and Chinese fare with views of the church plaza and the waterfront. Popular with tourists and locals, they accept credit cards and are reasonably priced.
- Pousada de Juventude de Hac Sa (Youth Hostel), Estrada Nova de Hac Sa 882 701
- Pousada de Coloane, Praia de Cheoc Van, Coloane, ☎ +853 2888 2143 (fax: +853 2888 2251), . Family hotel that actually feels more like a 3-star hotel. Even though recently renovated (2006), rooms are still not as good as other hotels in Macau. However, its location cannot be beaten, with the better rooms all having a small balcony with views out over the bay. edit
- Westin Resort, 1918 Estrada de Hac Sa, Coloane, ☎ +853 2887 1111 (email@example.com, fax: +853 2887 1122), . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. A delightful seaside option for couples and families, especially those looking for a bit of respite and not constant flash of the casinos and nightlife. Room choices include garden, beach, or ocean views. Both indoor and (beautiful) outdoor pools. Underwent room renovation in late-2013 and on schedule to be completed by March 2014. The G/F dining area (where daily breakfast buffet is served, amongst other meals) features plenty of windows to see the surrounding gardens and ocean, and outdoor dining tables with overhead trellis and fireplace setting. From around MOP1,500 + 10% service charge + 5% tourism tax (). edit