Hong Kong's Lamma Island - the perfect day trip destination
August 6, 2019
by Jamie Bennett
No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a day trip to Lamma Island. The beautiful beaches, quaint villages and fresh seafood make it the perfect relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong city life.
How to get there
Lamma Island is only accessible by ferry. You can take one from either Central or Aberdeen, with departures to and from both Lamma Island towns happening every 20 to 30 minutes. If you plan on staying late, take note of the schedule as departures become far less frequent at night, especially from Sok Kwu Wan town.
There are no cars, motorbikes or public transport on Lamma Island. This means you need to be prepared to either walk or hire a bicycle to get around
Lamma Island Villages
The population of Lamma Island is centred around two fishing towns, with the majority of people living in Yung Shue Wan. This is also where most of the accommodation options can be found.
Yung Shue Wan
This is the main village of Lamma Island. It has many cute cafes and restaurants, friendly bars and a distinctly laidback, hippie feel. Explore the winding alleyways, browse the souvenir shops and sample some classic Hong Kong snacks before starting the easy 4-kilometre hike to the other side of the Island.
Sok Kwu Wan town
Much smaller than Yung Shue Wan, Sok Kwu Wan is a sleepy fishing village where you can get a glimpse into the local life at the Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village (open daily from 10 am to 6 pm). The village is most famous for its seafood restaurants. The award-winning Rainbow Seafood Restaurant is highly recommended. If you dine here and spend over HK$200, you will be eligible to take their free private ferry back to either Central or Tsim Sha Tsui.
The hikes on Lamma are all very easy and well maintained with paved roads and amenities easily found along the way. They all boast spectacular scenery and a chance to get in touch with nature. The most popular is the Family Trail, which is just 4-kilometers long, and connects Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete at a leisurely pace.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
This is the most popular beach on Lamma Island and can get quite lively in the afternoons. It’s about 20 minutes’ walk along the Family Trail starting at Yung Shue Wan. It’s a great place for a swim and a picnic or barbeque and is well serviced by kiosks, restaurants and even a bar. The sand is powdery and soft with rock formations around the edges and a somewhat dystopian-vibe with a powerplant looming out in the distance.
Lo So Shing beach
If you’re looking for a quiet, private beach to spend the afternoon, this is the place for you. This small, pretty crescent-shaped beach is set in a calm cove hemmed in by jungle and is practically deserted most of the time, even on weekends. Although it’s only 20 minutes’ walk from Sok Kwu Wan, it can feel quite isolated. Be sure to come prepared as there is no kiosk here.