Lamma Island
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,298 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
In a city of Islands offering everything from sunset hiking, golden beaches and abandoned villages, it can be difficult to know which of Hong Kong’s many many islands to visit next. With an expansive and convenient ferry service, going to and from these Islands is quick, easy and relatively cheap, then choosing where to go next is a great dilemma to have.

Lamma Island, Hong Kong is a quiet and pleasant place with a laid-back feel. People come to the island to enjoy walking on trails. If you go on a Sunday or holiday, you are likely to see many locals. On Lamma Island, there is a walking trail at one end that leads to the traditional fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, and the other end is the laid back and multicultural village of Yung Shue Wan, where visitors can find international cuisine and handicrafts. Conveniently located just a 40-minute ferry ride from the city, Lamma Island has the charms of Western and Chinese island life, where West meet East. It is a must for everybody’s itinerary.  The trail which is known as the “Lamma Island Family Walk” is a great way to see the Island and is one of Hong Kong’s most loved trails.

It is a gentle hike and relatively easy as it is paved and well-marked, with even refreshment stops and many resting points along the way.

There are some ups and downs and some stairs and steep hikes if you wander out to the many outlook posts, just take your time

You will walk along the water, through the forests and lots of vegetation, little temples, pavillions, with many fantastic views… be sure to stop frequently and take it all in… (and try to ignore the ugly power plant that is definitely an eye sore)

You can start the day with the ferry to Yung Shue Wan, explore the town a bit before embarking on the light hike to Sok Kwu Wan passing through fantastic vistas of beaches, hills, local temples… stopping for a dip in the ocean or a break at the breezy pavilions along the way… then enjoy a nice seafood lunch or dinner before catching the ferry back to town. Or you could do it in reverse as well.

If time is short, skip the hike and stick to either side. The ferry rides are worth it just for the views, both of the majestic Hong Kong Island skyline, and the lush greenery of the mountains as you approach Lamma. And once there, enjoy a nice seafood dinner, and perhaps a breathtaking sunset…

The beach of course is a must see here and it is almost unmissable since it is located between the two ferry piers and easily reached from either.  Not the biggest beach but very clean and with soft sand and lapping ocean waves its perfect for a dip or a sunbath. It is rarely too busy here and gives you a chance to take a break from hectic life and just relax.  The beach has changing rooms and toilets which are functional and adequate to use.

The Lamma island pig is probably the most photographed thing on the whole island.  Muraled onto a random building this splash of colour really jumps out at you as are trekking along.  It is fun, and different to what you would expect to see here.  Perfect for a selfie.  Nearby here are the kamikaze caves, which Japanese soldiers planned to use during WW2.  It’s not much to see but has a nice historical anchor point for the island.

Yung Shue Wan has many little shops and restaurants here and has a nice laid back feel.  There are some great food choices here of both western and Asian styles. There is a hustle of activity here with locals buying their daily groceries or tourists milling around and having a look.  This is where the majority of the ferries stop at so it usually has more people.

All in all if you have a spare day and want to explore a different side of Hong King then I definitely suggest Lamma Island be on your radar.  You won’t regret it.
Written 21 September 2022
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Nora
New York City, NY14 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
There ere tourists and others who are really nice here. But the locals, they are rude and dreadful here.
Written 11 June 2022
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MissHK2009
Hong Kong, China3,761 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
There're some offshore islands good for day trip and I picked Lamma Island for my nephew last Sunday. We took ferry from Central pier and the ride was very cozy with excellent air con (very important these days) and less than 30 mins.

Our route was from Yung Shue Wan (some western restaurants) to Sok Kwu Wan (some Chinese seafood restaurants) via the Hung Shing Yeh Beach.

The path was flat with a bit uphill, we walked awhile, ate awhile (eg the famous Ah Po Tofu) and took a rest in the kiosks on the way. We had lunch in the Concerto Inn which is next to the Hung Shing Yeh beach.

It's a sunny hot day. Felt so good to sweat 💦 We spent nearly 7 hours in the island. This place is less crowded than Cheung Chau, another popular island.
Written 26 July 2021
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Mike M
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
Apr 2021 • Friends
Nice place 30min away from Hk Island by ferry.

Good option to spend the day, lots of restaurants and few beaches.

Better on weekdays since weekends can be too crowded
Written 11 May 2021
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Hong Kong, China4,153 contributions
Mar 2021 • Friends
...(if that makes sense) that you can easily visit from the Central piers, Lamma is MUCH larger than either Cheung Chau or Peng Chau and in population terms is very sparsely habited. The two main settlements that can be reached from pier 4 are the larger Yung Shue Wan in the north west and smaller Sok Kwu Wan south east, which can also be reached from Aberdeen. There are also a few very small hamlets dotted around. When I first visited here years ago, I didn’t like it and didn’t get it so I understand some of the negative reviews BUT having visited here multiple times since, I now truly love Lamma Island as a getaway from the city. It has as many different sides as you need: secluded beaches and popular beaches; local seafood and varied international fare; cool new bars and SE Asian-style drinking shacks; relaxed paths to stroll along and challenging hikes to majestic peaks. If you plan your trip here a little bit rather than just expecting some kind of ‘island experience’ just by turning up (of which I was guilty in the past) then I bet you’ll love it here too. Unless that is you’re expecting luxury, in which case it might not be for you but that expectation will limit your enjoyment of any of the outlying islands and areas at all, ultimately and sadly I would say.
Written 4 April 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom7,472 contributions
Jan 2021
Lamma Island is a favourite day-trip. Ferries go to both Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan which are on opposite sides of the island. An excellent plan is to catch the ferry to one side, then follow the walking trail over to the other side and catch the ferry home from there. It works equally well whichever way you do it.
The seafood restaurants are better at Sok Kwu Wan so we usually plan to catch a ferry here first for lunch, then walk the Family Trail up and over the island to Yung Shue Wan, where the ferries are more frequent.
EATING - Rainbow Restaurant is an established and popular spot along the waterfront, next to a small beach at Sok Kwu Wan. If you’re eating here, they have a boat which will pick you up and take you back to Central.
HIKING - The Central Lamma Hiking Trail is a 3km walk from one end of the island to the other and takes about an hour. It’s paved and, for the most part, there are no difficult or horribly steep sections so it is a very manageable walk for children.
SIGHTS – The Kamikaze Caves are an interesting WWII relic and there are several Tin Hau temples (including one with a freakishly preserved oar fish). You can easily spend a full day here enjoying the Hung Shing beach, the walking trails and the old-world charm of the island villages.
GETTING TO LAMMA: Public ferries run every day throughout the day from Central Pier 4. The piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so it is easy to find the #4. You don’t need to book ahead because you can buy your ticket at the machines near the gate or use an Octopus card. However on a Sunday, there can be quite a crowd for the ferry so it is good to make an early start if you can. Ferries run more frequently to/from Yung Shue Wan and take 20 min. The Sok Kwu Wan ferry will take about 25 min. Tickets vary in price depending on which ferry and whether it's a Sunday or public holiday but they are around $20 HKD each way for an adult.
Written 3 March 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China151,514 contributions
Jan 2021
Lamma Island is located southwest of Hong Kong Island and is connected by way of 20-25 minute ferry ride from Central and Aberdeen. It is a quiet residential location as well as a popular place for those looking to spend a day out of the city.

The island is vibrant and has a much more chilled out atmosphere than what you find in the densely populated locations around HK Island and Kowloon. There are plenty of eateries, convenience stores, food shops, banks and basic shops, particularly around the village of Yung Shui Wan in the northwest of the island. There are a few small accommodation options here as well as a couple more at the popular Hung Shing Yeh Beach. At the Sok Kwun Wan end of the trail, there is a promenade lined with traditional Chinese seafood restaurants.

Visitors to Lamma will find a 5 km long Family Walk across the island, passing through nice countryside, small villages and a couple of really nice small beaches. There are two Tin Hau Temples, WWII remnants in the form of the Kamikaze Cave and other interesting points of interest along the route. Hikers will be able to enjoy nice viewpoints, rest stops and public facilities found along the way. The route is almost entirely paved and fairly easy, making it family-friendly and accessible for those who prefer leisurely and low-impact hikes.

Note: For ferry service to/from Lamma, have a look at the HKKF ferry website for service schedule between Central (HK Island) and Yung Shue Wan (Lamma Island) as well as Sok Kwu Wan (Lamma Island). Look at the Chuen Kee ferry website for schedule between Aberdeen (Hong Kong Island) and Sok Kwu Wan (Lamma Island).

Overall, Lamma is a good day out from Hong Kong. There is enough to keep you busy and occupied for half a day. Worth packing a picnic to enjoy at one of the beaches or just take a meal at one of the cafes at Yung Shue Wan or a Chinese seafood restaurant at Sok Kwu Wan. Otherwise, just enjoy your day at Lamma before returning to the city in the afternoon or evening before dinner.
Written 20 January 2021
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taqqie
Utrecht, The Netherlands3,454 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a small, relaxed and easygoing island, just a short hop by ferry away from all the HK madness. The island itself isn't that sensational but you'll appreciate the slow pace of life here. Quite a contrast with HK itself.
There are 2 small towns on the island and they're connected through a nice walking trail of 1-1,5 hours. Obviously both towns get their incomes from day trip tourists from HK, but it never gets cheesy. Nature is nice here and the views underway are awesome.
If you're visiting HK and have time to experience something different (yet still nearby), then this could be an option.
Written 1 September 2020
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San Gayer
Israel20 contributions
Aug 2020
This island may seem not picturesque from afar because of the big chimneys. But once you get to the Yung Shu Wan ferry pier, keep hiking to the beach, one can feel the vivid island atmosphere and forget the power station easily.
The pier itself is different from Lantau and Cheung Chau, with a hundred meters walk with bicycles hanging along both sides. Then the restaurants scattered among the holiday houses in the main street. Though I cannot see any traditional fishing village left. The island is definitely a nice variant of pace and style than the city.
Written 20 August 2020
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RS8888
Hong Kong, China738 contributions
Aug 2020 • Solo
Today’s island discovery bring you to the island nearest to Hong Kong main island. Although its a tourist have go island, Lamma island managed the retains the original island style which is not so commercialized. However seafood, international restaurants, bars and cafe are easily available. A walk around the whole island would takes half a day. Check ferries fares and schedule in the attached photos for Ferries to Lamma island from Central Pier no. 4

今天的小岛探索记带你们来到最靠近香港岛的南丫岛。虽然是旅游景点但南丫岛保持了原本小岛的风光不会太过商业化。海鲜大餐国际化餐吧咖啡吧也是有的。岛上绕一圈足够走半天。
Written 16 August 2020
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