There is a reason that locals often make the trip to Lamma Island. At the weekend many people choose to get out of the packed city center of Hong Kong and it is an experience not to be missed if you have the time and want to see a different side of life here. Even though it is close to Central, Lamma could not be more different and is like visiting the countryside for the day after a stop in the big city.
The only way to get to Lamma is to take a boat and the passenger ferries leave regularly from Hong Kong Island and take about 30 minutes to make the crossing to Lamma. The trip itself is not particularly spectacular but once there you will be treated to an island experience where there are no cars and the pace of life immediately slows down if only for a short time.
Yung Shue Wan
To see the island at its best, you can take the ferry to one side and walk across the island on clearly marked trails to the other. Most people go from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Wu Wan, although you can in theory do it the other way around if you prefer. The hike will take about 4 hours and it’s best to bring drinks and snacks with you as there are no opportunities to buy these on the way.
Sok Wu Wan
Once you make it over the island to Sok Wu Wan the fun can really begin. This little fishing village is known for its seafood, and you will doubtless be hungry from the hike. If you time it right, then you can arrive here around sunset and enjoy a few beers, followed by a slap up seafood dinner to refuel.
Hung Shing Ye Beach
There are various beaches dotted all over Lamma island, depending on how far you fancy walking from the ferry pier. They are much the same and offer views over the water and a nice sandy shoreline, but one of the most agreeable is Hung Shing Ye Beach. It is about a 30 minute walk from the pier so it feels secluded but it also has some nice facilities such as showers and changing rooms. There are also some places to eat nearby if you don’t want to bring a picnic such as the Concerto Inn. The water in Hong Kong is not much to write home about so don’t expect azure waters or rippling white sands when you come here, but it still offers a relaxing break from other parts of the territory.
It would be a shame to come to Hong Kong and not make the trip over to at least one of the islands. With that in mind, Lamma is by far one of the most popular and has everything you need for a day out of the city. If you want to take it easy then you can enjoy the seafood restaurants and beaches that abound here. If you fancy something a little more strenuous then you go for a hike and take in most of this island in an afternoon.