For those looking to go off the beaten path, the Lamma Wind Turbine hike, while slightly more difficult than the Family Trail, is still quite an easy day out. This was our 5-year-olds first proper hike in Kong Kong, whist a little bit whingy was certainly achievable.
Getting to Lamma Island
• 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!
Choose your Starting and finishing locations
This walk across the island is about 5km in length. You have the option of walking in either direction, however, there are far more dining options in Yung Shue Wan, so plan your hike to either 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.
Get off the concrete and onto the Trail
We chose to start from Sok Kwu Wan, should you start from Yung Shue Wan just reverse the directions.
Make your way along the Lamma Island Family Trail. The first point of interest is the Kamikaze Caves. A series of caves built by the Japanese during WW2 to hide their ‘kamikaze team’ of boats.
After passing the Lookout Pavillion, take the next trail to the right. Head up along this concrete path up the hill for 200m. Keep your eyes peeled at this point for a thin trail cutting through the bush on the left. From here you’ll make your way along this fairly thin track traversing across the center of the Island. You’ll find great views of both sides of Lamma, with fish farms on one side and the Power Station on the other. Due to being a bush track, and having a few steep sections I’ve categorized this one in the ‘Little bit Whingy’ section.
After approximately 1 hour you will reach the Lamma Wind Power Station. Constructed in 2006, this single Wind Turbine was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Generating enough electricity to power 250 homes, the kids will love getting up close to these massive 50m long blades.
Time for a swim?
From here you are back on the concrete, following the signs downhill to Yung Shue Wan. If the kids are screaming for a swim, it’s not far to backtrack to the Hung Shing Ye or Lamma Power Station beaches for a swim and ice-cream.
Should the little ones whinge? Be sure to arm yourself with the Geocaching App. Find out more here.
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