Situated a short ferry ride from Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island is perfect for hiking with the kids. There are a couple of route options depending on your little one’s ability and sense of adventure.
• Central Pier 4: Most frequent services run to Yung Shue Wan. Services also operate to Sok Kwu Wan.
Timetable from Central
• Aberdeen: Yung Shue Wan only (via Mo Tat Wan) approximately every 90 minutes.
Timetable from Aberdeen
Both options are quite cheap, with different timings during the week compared to the weekends. If boarding via Aberdeen, you could always combine the trip with a Sampan ride through the Aberdeen Marina. The kids will love it!
Decide where you'll start and finish hiking
The walk across the island is about 5km in length. You have the option of walking either direction, however, there are far more dining options in Yung Shue Wan, so plan your hike to start or finish there based on your eating schedule. On the other side, Sok Kwu Wan is home to some fairly well-known seafood restaurants, however, expect to pay through the nose for some underwhelming options there. The only upside being some of these restaurants offer a free Ferry service back to Central.
The easiest and most popular path across the island is via the Lamma Island Family Walk trail. Leaving from Sok Kwu Wan, this mostly flat path takes you past the Kamikaze Caves, a series of caves built by the Japanese during WW2 to hide their ‘kamikaze team’ of boats.
Hung Shing Yeh Beach
Continuing on the Family Trail, after about 20 minutes you’ll find Hung Shing Yeh beach, a perfect spot to cool off. Quite a nice beach by Hong Kong standards, with change facilities and bathrooms. The outlook is over the Lamma Island Power Station. Take the opportunity to cool off before continuing back on the trail.
From here it’s an easy stroll past the Lamma Power Station, which has its own little beach, into the village at Yung Shue Wan. Here you have plenty of restaurant options, many of which less ‘touristy’ than those at Sok Kwu Wan.
For the older or more adventurous kids, check out the Lamma Island hike in the ‘Little bit whingy’ section. This trail takes you off the concrete and through the middle of the island, past the wind turbine. It’s a little steeper in sections but feels much more like a hike than a path.
Should the little ones Whinge...
Hiking Lamma Island with kids, while generally quite easy is not exempt from wandering minds and short attention spans. Now you may or may not have discovered Geocaching in Hong Kong, but for those that have, I’m sure it’s saved your bacon when things get whingy. Download the Geocaching App and turn your little ones into detectives! It’s amazing how distraction can take little minds away from the aches of their tired legs. Geocaching involves searching for little notes hidden around Hong Kong. The App will give you clues on where to locate them. Once found, add your details and be sure to re-hide them in the same location. Remember to bring a pen with you on your hikes!