To get there, take the MTR Airport Line out to Tung Chung (which is the last stop before the airport). From there, it's a fantastic and cheap ferry ride underneath the approach path for Hong Kong airport; yeah, we didn't think you'd be interested in watching the planes land on your way. Uh-huh.
It's easy to get lost in Tai O, but that's part of the beauty of the place. You'll find your way again; it's small enough to walk from one side to the other in a few minutes. Naturally, since it's Hong Kong, there's 3G all over the place so you can always turn to your phone if you can't figure it out.
The people who live in heremainly locals who go fishing out in the South China Seaare used to tourists, especially the ones after local delicacies. The shrimp paste is famous (and wonderfully strong), and the salted fish is, we hear, a real treat. (No, of course you won't be allowed to import it into your home country.)
Fortunately, their familiarity with people gawking around means that they're mostly inured to you snapping a few pics for your Instagram gallery.
[Photos: John Walton/Jaunted]