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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.