A long scenic walk across Lamma Island

My trip to Hong Kong was great, but I probably enjoyed exploring the outlying bits of Hong Kong more than the central area where most people stay to eat and shop at. After that first trip to Cheung Chau, we found ourselves back at the Central Ferry Pier, this time catching the ferry to Lamma Island for another afternoon of island exploration.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Yung Shue Wan Jetty
Disembarking at Yong Shue Wan Jetty – definitely not the hustle and bustle that Cheung Chau had at its entrance!

Just half an hour off the south-west coast of Central Hong Kong, Lamma island (also known as Pok Liu Chau) should probably be called Laidback Island instead. That’s the feeling you get right from the start as the crowds disperse from the jetty and you are left to enjoy the serenity of the bay.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Yung Shue Wan Pano
Walking to the village – the idyllic nature probably marred only by the fact that there is a power station in the view!

People go to Lamma Island to get away and enjoy nature, so honestly don’t go expecting anymore than a really nice place to walk and soak in the view. There is a lot of walking, and I’ll be the first to say that I’m not usually one for trekking, and it gets a little slopey at times, but it was a really pleasant walk overall.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Yung Shue Wan Cat
This was super cute – I picked up a cat postcard

We enjoyed the quiet of the bay by having a dim sum breakfast with a view at Sampan Seafood Restaurant, which might not seem like the obvious place for dim sum but it had a really inviting looking counter piled high with dim sum baskets so we just had to sit down there for a quick but surprisingly filling breakfast.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Yung Shue Wan Dim Sum
Siew Mai, Har Gao, Chee Cheong Fun and Pork Ribs. Topped off with some tea and a great view

Completely stuffed from all that dim sum, we decide to go exploring. Wear a good pair of shoes because you will do a lot of walking on this island and as all places in Hong Kong, there are several uphill portions! Take the Family Walk and enjoy the greenery and quiet of the island.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Slope
One of the paths – most of it are paved roads, this was a bit of an exception. Cars aren’t allowed on Lamma Island
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Green Hills
Rolling green hills and foliage are the most common scenery on Lamma Island
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Tai Peng Kau Tsuen
Up in the hills – Tai Peng Kau village. It looks kinda old and it’s mostly a residential area

We took a detour off the Family Walk path to the Lamma Winds, which is really a rather fancy name for the one wind turbine that’s 71m tall and impressively tall up close. You’ll see it at various junctures during the walk, and it always seems like you are almost next to it because of its sheer height! They definitely picked one of the windiest spots on the island to put this turbine at.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Lamma Winds Turbine
Lamma Winds in the distance
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Lamma Winds Tall
There are a bunch of signage panels around the base of the turbine which explain more about its presence
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Tin Wan View
Head on over to the lookout point right next to the Lamma Winds – here we are overlooking the Tin Wan area in Hong Kong’s central island!

Going back on the path, we continued walking until we ended up at Hung Shing Ye beach which seems to be where most of the island’s visitors head to – there’s a really popular barbeque area here and lots of big groups came through carrying large bags of skewers and food! The water in the bay was too cold for swimming though I did dip my feet in the water for a bit before we continued along the Family Walk.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Hung Shing Ye Beach
Again you can see the power station in the distance – Hung Shing Ye beach was blessedly uncrowded when we strolled by

More upward slopes, so take your time walking, but it led to excellent views of the surrounding sea. We were probably lucky that it was kinda cloudy so it was good walking weather even if the photos weren’t as pretty.

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Hung Shing Ye Bay Lamma Power Station
Taking in the view of Hung Shing Ye bay as we continue walking away
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Kat Tsai Wan
A little further down from Hung Shing Ye bay before you cut across the inland to get to the other side – take in the view of Kat Tsai Wan

The Family Path slopes upwards and cuts across the island and stopped for a rest at the Lo So Shing sitting area which overlooks the  and lo and behold we could see the village of Sok Kwu Wan in the distance! The good news also is that everything else from this point on… downhill!

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Bay view
Lo So Shing Sitting Area is a tiny Chinese pavilion with an amazing view – that’s the village of Sok Kwu Wan in the distance, as well as a floating village of sorts.
Hong Kong Lamma Island - Coastline Tree
Back at sea level – kinda love the misty mountains and reflections on the water in this picture.
Hong Kong Lamma Island Tin Hau Temple
A tiny, tiny Tin Hau temple en route to Sok Kwu Wan jetty

The Family Walk continues around the south eastern part of the island, but we had to head back to Hong Kong that evening to catch Art Basel, so we waited for the ferry at Sok Kwu Wan. There are a bunch of seafood restaurants in the area, but it seemed pretty quiet at this odd late afternoon time.

Essentially our visit to Lamma was one very long walk – in all I think we walked a good 5km that day! It is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon if you want to get away from city life, though between Cheung Chau and Lamma, I think I like the former better as there are just a few more interesting things to see alongside the generally relaxing island life – read more about why I liked Cheung Chau here, or check out my other Hong Kong posts.

You can also read an article I wrote for Turkish Airlines Skylife magazine about visiting the outlying islands in Hong Kong.


How to get to Lamma Island

Hong Kong Lamma Island - Sign
At Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Terminal

Take the MTR to Central station, and from there walk to the ferry terminals which are near IFC building. The Ferry to Lamma Island leaves from Pier #4. There are two ferry points on Lamma Island – I landed at Yung Shoe Wan and left from Sok Kwu Wan. More details here.

4 thoughts on “A long scenic walk across Lamma Island”

  1. Wow! The beautiful place of Lamma Island has caught my attention! Thanks for the informative post and marvelous photographs that talks about the place so nicely. I add it to my bucket list and wish to visit this place at the earliest!

  2. I love travelling and exploring new destinations with my family and kids. The informative description about the Lamma Island along with eye-striking pictures make me to add this place in my bucket list. The map and the guidelines provided to reach this place will be of great help to all.

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