If you are bored of fast running city life of hongkong and want a fresh breathe of nature then I have just a place you can escape to for a day trip. Lamma Island is a perfect irressitable destination for Hongkong day trippers and hikers. If you love beaches or hikes or a beach side bbq and trust me you are gonna love what I am going to share with all of you…Let’s begin…
How to reach Lamma Island:
You can reach to Lamma Island by taking a ferry from Central Pier 4 to any of two main piers in Lamma : Yung Shue Wan (approx 30 minutes) or Sok Kwu Wan (about 40 minutes). Ferry timetable can be found here.
- Yung Shue Wan village.
- Hung Shing Yeh Beach
- Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Wan
- Family Trail.
- Lo So Shing Beach.
- The Kamikaze Cave.
- Sok Kwu Wan.
Reaching Lamma Island:
We went in a group of friends. We took ferry from Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue Wan which costs around 30HKD. You can buy the ticket or swipe octopus.
Yung Shue Wan village:
As soon you reach Yung Shue Wan you see the board of Yung Shue Wan Village. There is a main Street which has lot of food shops and restaurants, we decided to grab a bite. If you are planning to cover family trail hiking then make sure to eat here if hungry because you won’t be getting any shops in between until you reach other end of the island i.e. Sok Kwu Wan Pier.
Lamma Island The Family Trail:
Lamma Island Family Trail or also known as Lamma Island Family Walk is about 8 km long hiking trail which connects both ferry piers i.e. Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. This seems to be quite popular trail among HKians as we have seen many people including young children on trail hiking. We started from Yung Shue Wan main street and then enjoying views of nature and many small villages in between in about 30 minutes we reached to Hung Shing Yeh Beach.
The trail is well paved and has some ups and downs with slopes and stairs. You will found few refreshement shops selling water, coconut water and pineapple slices.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach:
Hung Shing Yeh Beach comes in about 30 minutes when you walk of family trail starting from Yung Shue Wan. The beach is very clear, a bit stony though and has changing room facilities and refreshment shops. Water is clear, so enjoy the beach, go for a swim or suntan if you want. The beach also has a barbecue area where you can plan to party with friends by carrying your own barbecue supplies. We changes clothes and had some fun in water and then changed clothes and continued on the family trail further.
Lo So Shing Beach:
Once you leave the Hung Shing Yeh Beach and continue on family trail and in about another 30 minutes you reach a sign board for 2 ways one to Lo So Shing Beach and other to Sok Kwe Wan. We decided to explore this beach as well. This beach was surprising like a hidden beauty. So Calm , so clean. We sat there for sometime enjoying the beauty and taking it all in. This beach did not have any crowd or any shops. though we noticed that there was barbecue area. This seemed like perfect isolated beach for barbecue party with friends.
The Kamikaze Cave:
Once you leave the Lo So Shing Beach and continue on family trail and in about another 15 minutes you’ll come across The Kamikaze Cave. The Kamikaze Cave on Lamma Island held a strategic importance during the Second World War. Apprantly Japan’s Hong Kong-based ‘kamikaze team’ concealed speedboats here to be deployed on suicide missions against allied shipping. These days it seems to be hiding spot for bats.
Sok Kwu Wan:
Another 20 minutes on trail overlooking fishing village and many breathtaking views we reached the other end of the trail, Sok Kwe wan. There was a temple at this end as well. We enjoyed sunset there and clicked pictures. This pier has only seafood shops and not much variety as Yung Shue Wan. There is last ferry at 7:00 pm which will take you back to Central Pier.
Overall this is a perfect one day trip however do not plan it on a hot day as there is bare minimum shade on trail and sun is harsh… here are few more pictures from this amazing trip..
So this is all. It was an amazing trip. If you have been to Lamma Island or plan a trip to Lamma then do not forget to share your experience with us :). In case you are wondering yes few pictures are clicked by DSLR by our dear friend who is fond of photography and rest are clicked by yours truly with OnePlus 3T 🙂
Till next time…Take care…xoxo.