Lamma Island is the third largest island (apart from Lantau Island and Hong Kong Island) in Hong Kong with the total area exceeding 13 square kilometers. It is located southwest of Hong Kong Island at a distance of 30-minute ride by a ferry. There are two main ferry terminals on the island, Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Many of the locals consider Lamma to be a good place for a weekend getaway. There are a lot of natural attractions that are mostly untouched by human activity. One of the things that contribute to the island's peaceful atmosphere is that no motorized vehicles are used. Several artists and crafters make their home on the island, attracted to its tranquil lifestyle. The island has continued to be a major fishing community, and many festivals reflect the unique lifestyle of the island.
The island consists of a couple of small fishing villages and is far less populated than many other parts of Hong Kong. The northern and eastern parts of Lamma Island contain most of the island's population. A number of quality seafood restaurants have opened up that are popular with tourists. There are also several shops that sell local crafts that are very unique. An interesting trail is located on the eastern part of the island that connects two main villages, Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan. Series of caves are found along the trail that may be of interest. During World War II, they were used by the Japanese for munitions storage. Popular legend asserts that they may have also been used for storing boats.
The southern part of Lamma Island features a more remote atmosphere. It does offer some unique natural attractions that are worth the trip. One of the most important sights that can be seen in the southern part of the island is Mt. Stenhouse. It's the highest point on the island, and features unusual rock formations. A hike is involved in order to get to the rock formations. Several archaeological sites are found in the area. There is a nesting ground for Green Sea Turtles near Sham Wan.
Lamma Island is a good place to experience traditional Chinese culture. Chinese New Year is always a major event, and impressive fireworks displays can be seen at midnight. Fireworks have traditionally been used to scare off evil spirits. Another celebration important to the island is the Tin Hau Festival, which is held in honor of the sea goddess. Offerings of paper flowers are made, and traditional operas are performed. The dates of both festivals vary, as they are determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. In addition to festivals, the temples located on the island have great spiritual significance. Three temples are located on the island, and are popular with visitors.
If you want to escape from hustle and bustle of the city, Lamma Island is a nice way to spend a half of a day. The island is good for eating (seafood), hiking and has a couple of viewpoints with an amazing scenery of a natural beauty.
What To Do
The island offers visitors an opportunity to stretch their legs in a walking between two main villages which takes about 1-1.5 hours on foot depending on your speed. In fact, the walk from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan is one of the highlights and you'll walk a few kilometers over hills with plenty of photo opportunities. Along the way you'll see the nice scenery of the island: nice beaches (Hung Shing Yeh and Lo So Shing), a few caves and a couple viewpoints. Do not forget to take drinks before a walk.
There are a couple of other trails if you love hiking.
There are a number of restaurants in the main village, Yung Shue Wan, that offer various seafood dishes: prawns, fish, lobsters as well western food. Also, you may eat a breakfast in one of the cafes along Main Street. Another major village, Sok Kwu Wan, has some well-known seafood restaurants.
Lamma Island Ferry Services
Tourists can easily take a ferry to Lamma Island in Central at the Central Ferry Piers (Pier 4). The island is served by two main piers, Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan.
|Fare Table (HK$)||Mondays to Saturdays||Sundays and Public Holidays|
|Central <-> Yung Shue Wan|
|Children (3-11), Seniors (65 or above) or Disable||$8.10||$11.20|
|Central <-> Sok Kwu Wan|
|Children (3-11), Seniors (65 or above) or Disable||$9.90||$14.00|
No fare for children under 3 years.
Ferries from Central to Yung Shue Wan run from 06:30am to 12:30am with a frequency ranging between 20-60 minutes. Ferries from Yung Shue Wan to Central run from 06:20am to 11:30pm with a frequency ranging between 20-60 minutes.
Ferries from Central to Sok Kwu Wan run almost every hour from 07:20am to 11:30pm. Ferries from Sok Kwu Wan to Central run almost every hour from 06:45am to 10:40pm.
In order to see the time table, visit www.hkkf.com.hk
Note: This information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice.