There are 260 outlying islands in Hong Kong, and one of my favourites is Lamma Island.
There is a walking trail on this island. At one end, there is the traditional Chinese fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan. On the other end, you will find the relaxed village of Yung Shue Wan, which is dotted with quaint cafes and restaurants as well as shops selling handicrafts.
This is the third largest island in Hong Kong and many come here for day trips via a 30-minute ferry ride from Central Pier 4. It is important to note that many people (locals and expats) live on the island, as it is cheaper than Central or Kowloon.
“There are about 6,000 people living on Lamma. In fact, actor Chow Yun-Fat grew up here,” explained our guide Frederic Cheung.
During my trip in 2013, I distinctly remember walking through the Yung Shue Wan main street, which was memorable as I found some interesting trinkets and accessories. This time, however, Cheung took us on a scenic route through Sok Kwu Wan (on the Family Trail) where we passed through the Tin Hau Temple.
You will notice stone lions at the gate. After a 15-minute walk, we came across a Kamikaze Cave, which held strategic importance for Japan’s Hong Kong-based “kamikaze team” during the Second World War. The caves concealed speedboats that were to be deployed on suicide missions against Allied shipping.
Carry on for another 4km and you will come across Hung Shing Yeh Beach, where locals and tourists come to seek respite on the white sandy beach while enjoying a barbecue at the communal picnic area. Here, you can check out the cafes or just and relax with a good book.
Walk further and you will head towards Lamma Winds, where there’s a massive 71-metre high wine turbine, Hong Kong’s first green energy plant. It’s a 1km hike uphill to a pavilion (near the turbine) where you can take in the panoramic views of Lamma Island and southern parts of Hong Kong.
By this time, you would have probably worked up an appetite so as you make your descent, drop in at one of the many cafes and restaurants in Yung Shue Wan village. You can also opt to go for seafood in Sok Kwu Wan.
Overall, I would say this was a fairly easy and pleasant hike and you can spend one whole leisurely day on the island.