Escape to Hong Kong’s Laid-back Lamma Island

Lamma Island is the third largest of Hong Kong’s 260-plus outlying islands. With an effortless and laid-back charm that encourages tourists to visit and locals to stay, it’s become well-known as a place for the free-spirited.

Lush green landscapes, curvy hills, and sunny bays are merely the surface of Lamma Island. Fishing activities – which have taken place for millennia on the in the village of Sok Kwu Wan – and superb hiking trails beings its main attractions today. Private tours to Lamma Island are now available with Destination Asia Hong Kong to explore the island’s 6,000-year fishing history on an away-from-it-all guided hike. 

Arriving in Yung Shue Wan, stroll down the narrow streets of tightly packed local shops, absorbing the relaxed atmosphere. The guided walk leads through near-abandoned villages with banana plantations and beautiful old Feng Shui woods as it meanders along a paved coastal path on this peaceful, traffic-free island. Along the journey, climb a hillside for that picture-perfect majestic view over the shipping lanes of the South China Sea, neighbouring islands Cheung Chau and Lantau, and the un-spoilt south. Nearing the end of the hike, pass World War II Kamikaze tunnels before reaching the bustling village of Sok Kwu Wan. Pay a visit to the atmospheric 1826 Tin Hau temple, dedicated to the local sea. Descending into the famous stretch of waterfront seafood restaurants, settle down for a seafood lunch surrounded by numerous fishing boats and fish-breeding nets.

The southern end of Lamma is also a recognized breeding site for the endangered green sea turtle, which comes to shore between June and October to lay eggs – during which the beach is closed to the public.

For more information on our private Lamma Island Hiking Tour – Full Day programme, visit the Agent Hub.

e: hongkong@destination-asia.com

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