A fun game to play with visiting friends and family to Hong Kong is to convince them that Lamma island is full of llamas, however an even better activity is to put on your hiking shoes and get ready to explore. Lamma island, located 3km south west of Central, is the third largest of Hong Kong’s islands. It’s super popular with day-trippers and hippies alike, and boasts some of the most peaceful walks, beaches, and restaurants in Hong Kong.
Head down the the ferry piers and look for Central Pier number 4. If you’re travelling from the south side of the island, head down to Aberdeen and catch a ferry from there. There are two different services landing in Lamma, both to the main villages, Yue Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. The journey time is around 30-40 minutes.
As with most island trails, there the highly popular Family Hiking trail. This will take just over an hour to trek and is relatively easy going for all ages (and for pets). This 3km trail connects the two largest villages on Lamma island with concrete paths and amazing scenery. The beginning of the trail is just near the ferry pier terminal in Yung Shue Wan and leads you to Sok Kwu Wan (although you can go either direction you want, be a rebel!).
Along the Family trail, keep an eye out for the luscious oasis that is Herboland, a cute little tea shop that sells organic beauty products and cute little knick knacks that make great presents. Make sure to check their Facebook page for opening hours, they are usually only open11-5pm on weekends and public holidays but sometimes that changes especially around Christmas.
In addition to the Family Trail, you can take the circular trail which is a little longer but just as lovely. Begin the Family Trail walk and and reach the mid-point of Yung Shue Ha beach. It’s best to do this walk in a counterclockwise motion as there are some stairs and you don’t want to be lugging prams, bags, and small children and animals up these steps.Remember to pace yourself on any hikes that you find difficult, and if needed indulge in a foot massage afterwards to ward off any uncomfortable limping the next day.
Power Station Beach
No, you won’t come out of the water with a radioactive third arm, this stretch of beach is a non-government owned paradise for our four legged pals. Dogs are welcome to run across the sand and wade through the waters as you sit and admire the cuteness all around you. On some weekends there are volleyball games, and you’ll quickly learn that the best workout for your buns is to run on soft sand (seriously, one of the best workouts you can do). Power station beach is about a 20 minute easy walk from Yung Shue Wan.
Sham Wan (Turtle Beach)
About a 30 minute walk from Sok Kwu Wan and the cleanest beach in Hong Kong by far, this crystal clear oasis is a hangout spot for endangered green turtles. With soft sand and minimal waves, you’ll be fighting the urge to jump in and splash about. The beach is closed between June 1-October 31 to give our frisky turtles some privacy for egg laying season.
Yung Shue Ha
On the Circular Lamma Island Family walk, you’ll go via Yung Shue Ha beach. A little quiet, this small stop off has some super cute noodle shops and the occasional camping site set up on the sand. A great spot to picnic, this will take you about 40 minutes to reach from Sok Kwu Wan.
Hung Shing Yeh
Shing yeah, it’s time for outdoor BBQs. 30 minutes from Yung Shue Wan with a large selection of pits open to the public and modest showers for washing off sand, this little beach is the perfect spot for a cheeky afternoon. Be sure to pick up any food you want to grill before you get to the spot, and consider nabbing a fresh fish from one of the villages to grill caveman style. Don’t forget to take your rubbish with you when you leave!
What to see
If you’re a cave aficionado and had a blast playing pirate in the caves on Cheung Chau, then you will be in tears if you miss the Kamikaze caves of Lamma. It’s said that these small caves were dug out by Japanese soldiers during the occupation of Hong Kong as a place to hide boats and ammunition. The path to these caves is incredibly well signed, so keep an eye out when you are close to Sok Kwu Wan and make sure to take a peek at them.
Sounding vaguely like a small flute band, the Lamma winds are actually the giant turbines whirring above the small villages. A nod to Hong Kong’s commitment to green energy, these gigantic windmills send power around both Lamma island and Hong Kong island (so you have these gigantic machines to thank for your phone being charged). Open daily from 7am to 6pm, the wind farm is about a 40 minute walk from Yung Shue Wan Ferry pier.
Where to eat
Book Worm Cafe
79 Main Street, Yung Shue Wan
Nutritious and vegetarian friendly, this little nook is a well catered book nook located in Yung Shue Wan village. This place is best to begin your hike with, but be warned that it gets packed on weekends so if your heart is set on veggo food, then call and book ahead.
23-25 First Street, Sok Kwu Wan
A seafood haven of a restaurant on Lamma, this specialty hub offers mouth watering dishes such as the Rainbow Fish, and the sweet and sour prawns while overlooking the bay.
7 Beach Front, Mo Tat Wan
About a 30 minute walk from Sok Kwu Wan, this mediterranean restaurant is popular with visiting junk parties and hummus lovers the world over. With succulent olives and peaceful surrounding, The Bay is the ideal spot for wrapping up a day outdoors with some food, drinks, and good times.
Looking for a more challenging day of hiking? Why not take on the infamous Maclehose Trail.
Or take your loved ones on a cycling adventure they won’t forget.
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A fun game to play with visiting friends and family to Hong Kong is to convince them that Lamma island is full of llamas, however an even better activity is to put on your hiking shoes and get ready to explore. Lamma island, located 3km south west of Central, is the third largest of Hong…