Want to take a relaxing day trip this weekend, but don’t want to go too far?
Lamma Island is a great choice!
But what all is there to do on Lamma Island?
Well, look no further! We have integrated the top three activities, according to native Hong Kongers, so you know you’re getting the pro tips!
Equipped with these recommendations, you can arrange a fun weekend trip to Lamma Island for yourself!
Central Ferry Pier, Destination Lamma Island
Lamma Island is one of the most popular places in Hong Kong. It is about 35 minutes by boat from the city, making this island just a quick ferry ride away and a welcoming haven from all the hustle and bustle of Central.
Lamma is a multicultural place infused with flavors from both the East and the West. It attracts many visitors every year and has become a famous staycation spot for Hong Kongers to enjoy their long weekends and holidays.
Now, without further ado, we will now introduce the top three activities to enjoy on this charming island!
1. Island Sightseeing Tour
Suggested Route: Board Ferry At Central Pier West #4 → Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island (35 Minutes) → Sok Kwu Wan Street (2 Minutes) → Viewing Pavilion (1 Hour) → Wind Power Station (5 Minutes) → Hung Shing Yeh Bay Beach (20 Minutes) → Tin Hau Temple (20 Minutes) → Yung Shue Wan (5 Minutes) → Central Pier (35 Minutes)
After a short ferry ride from Central Pier, you will disembark at the Sok Kwu Wan Pier. (Some people will disembark at the Yung Shue Wan Pier and then walk from Sheung Wan to Sok Kwu Wan.) From there, you can easily find Sok Kwu Wan Street.
Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier
There are many restaurants and handicraft boutiques on and near Sok Kwu Wan Street, where you can eat fresh seafood, or buy some authentically decorated, handwritten letters.
Sok Kwu Wan Street
Continuing on, you can follow the signs for the Lamma Island Recreational Trail. Walking along it for about an hour, you will arrive at the viewing pavilion, where you can see gorgeous ocean views of Lantau Island and Cheung Chau.
Lamma Island Recreational Trail
If you walk for a few more minutes, you will see the island’s wind power station!
Wind Power Station
Continue to walk for 20 minutes, and you will reach the Hung Shing Yeh Bay Beach. The water here is clear and cool, and many people come to swim and sunbathe. If you are tired after your hike, you can take a break at this lovely beach, and feel the relaxing sea breeze. The scenery at dusk is quite beautiful too!
Hung Shing Yeh Bay Beach
There is also a small café near the beach that sells many different kinds of vanilla dishes. Here, you can enjoy a cup of vanilla tea!
Going forward for 20 more minutes, you will reach the ancient temple of Tin Hau.This temple has a history of more than 100 years! Make sure to get a picture of the pair of Western-Style stone lions guarding the entrance.
Tin Hau Temple
After passing the temple, you will soon arrive at Yung Shue Wan Street. Here, there are many handicraft shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés lining both sides of the street, full of island style!
During weekends and holidays, the public piers have rather long queues, and many people end up delaying their travels due to traffic. So, it may be a good idea to rent a boat to and from Lamma Island!
Summer is usually extremely hot and humid in Hong Kong, so what if you don’t want to bake in the sun all day long? Another option is to experience the island by boat!
Suggested Route: Board Ferry At Central Pier West #4 → Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island (35 Minutes) → Return To Victoria Harbour For A Night Cruise → Central Pier
Lamma Island’s Sok Kwu Wan is one of the most popular bays in Hong Kong. The water is clear, the landscape is lush, and you are bound to feel welcomed by the people of the island. For a unique sea view of Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, and Ocean Park, this bay is the best location!
Sok Kwu Wan Views
Because the water is so nice in this area, water sports and activities are very popular. Think inflatable slides, trampolines, banana boats, and more!
For dinner, experience the delicious local cuisine on board: fresh seafood! Just make sure you confirm the menu with us before your trip.
On the way back from Lamma Island to Central Pier, you can also see the stunning night views of Victoria Harbour, a perfect way to complete your day’s journey.
Victoria Harbour Night Views
3. Delicious Seafood Dinner
Those who visit Hong Kong’s outlying islands should, of course, try the local seafood, as it is deliciously fresh and made-to-order!
Suggested Route: Board Ferry At Central Pier West #4 → Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island (35 Minutes) → Island Sightseeing Tour/Boat Party → Delicious Seafood Dinner → Central Pier (35 Minutes)
Note: Because the boat party only lasts for eight hours during the day, you’ll need to extend the rental period to include the evening if you want to dock at the island for dinner. Please carefully discuss your itinerary with the boat crew beforehand, as well as how to calculate any extra charges, as there may be a discount available!
Below are our recommendations of three popular seafood restaurants on Sok Kwu Wan Street.
Cheung Chau: Beautiful Scenery, Island Vibes & A Perfect Escape From The City
Located southwest of Hong Kong Island and just west of Lamma Island, Cheung Chau is a haven just a short ferry ride away from the bustling city. It was traditionally a fishing village, and you can still see remnants of its rich history; however, it is now also a major tourist attraction. Hong Kongers find this island both quaint and charming, and they frequent it regularly for relaxing day trips, or for fun-filled festivals such as the Cheung Chau Bun Festival.
Because we also love this island’s natural beauty, we have integrated our best tips and recommendations to bring you a complete one-day guide to Cheung Chau, with both walking and boating routes, so you can see Cheung Chau from multiple angles!
Whether it will be your first time exploring the island, or if you’ve already been several times but want to pick up some new ideas for your next trip, this article is for you!
1. Start the day off with an adventure!
Cheung Chau Pier
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Pier (40 Minutes) → Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple (15 Minutes) → Cheung Po Tsai Cave (10 Minutes) → Stonehenge (5 Minutes) → Cheung Chau Pier Pedestrian Street (20 Minutes) → Cheung Chau Tung Wan & Kwun Yam Bay Beach (10 Minutes) → Cheung Chau North Temple (10 Minutes)
After disembarking from your ride from Central Pier to Cheung Chau Pier, veer right, past downtown Cheung Chau. Follow the signs for about 15 minutes, and you will reach Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple.
Sai Wan Tin Hau Temple
Keep walking for another 10 minutes, and you will arrive at Cheung Po Tsai Cave, a must-see destination in Cheung Chau.
Cheung Po Tsai Cave
A few minutes further along that same path, and you will see five crumbling boulders, the famous Stonehenge in Cheung Chau. There are also a few other cool-looking rock formations in the vicinity.
Head back for 20 minutes to reach Cheung Chau Pier Pedestrian Street to grab a bite of street food for lunch or go shopping.
Cheung Chau Pier Pedestrian Street
After eating lunch, take a walk to digest it! A short walk along the pier will take you to Tung Wan Bay Beach, and another few minutes past that is Kwun Yam Bay Beach. Both spots feature clear water and sandy beaches, perfectly suited for leisure and water activities.
Tung Wan Bay Beach
Kwun Yam Bay Beach
After a bit of cooling off in the water, it’s time to soldier on! Follow the signs for about 10 minutes, and you will arrive at Cheung Chau North Temple, your final stop on this particular route.
Cheung Chau North Temple
Central Pier → Cheung Chau Island Tour (2-4 Hours)
Going to Cheung Chau for a good time and to engage in a new experience, but don’t want to walk around all day? We highly recommend trying a round-the-island tourby boat!
This 360-degree boat tour is guided by local Cheung Chau people, so you know you’re getting the real deal! It is truly the best way to enjoy the island’s incredible sea views.
This tour includes Cheung Po Tsai Cave, West Bay Tin Hau Temple, White Pelican Bay, and some odd rock formations, all so you can see a different side of Cheung Chau.
You may be thinking, “I have been to Cheung Chau many times. What is so special about visiting again to see it all from a boat?”
Well, the boat captain can take you to places you can’t reach by foot, so you can explore the niche attractions that only Cheung Chau locals know, while the tour guide introduces them along the way.
You can also let us know what sights you want to see, and we can arrange the most suitable boat trip for you!
The boat can even be parked by the shore, so you can get off and explore further.
Cheung Chau can be visited by foot and by boat, and either way, it is an unforgettable experience!