Coloane (pronounced Ko Lo On) used to be an island, used before the Portuguese arrived as a salt making area.  After the Portuguese arrived it actually became mainly inhabited by pirates and later a leper colony was located here. Due to a huge land reclamation project it really can't be considered a separate island.  More properly it should now be considered more of a district of Macau (the others being Macau island, Taipa and Cotai).  The district is considerably less populated than the rest of Macau and makes an incredible change from the densly crowded hubbub of downtown. 

Walking Tour

For a walking tour of the village of Coloane, you can visit the Macau Tourism Board, scroll down to bottom of the page and find the section, titled Coloane Village (30 minutes).  Here you'll have access to the China Coast Recalled walking tour suggestion and map provided by the local Tourism Board.

What to see here

The area is known for it's two swimming beaches and forrest parks, as well as the new Panda Pavilion.  Along with Taipa, it shares the location of the Cotai Strip where many of Macau's recent hotel and casino developements have taken place; including the Venetian, Sands Cotai Central, City of Dreams and Galaxy among others which are presently in development.