Day trip: Lamma Island Family Trail
This trail across laid-back Lamma Island is so easy, it's perfect for the whole family!
The Lamma Island Family Trail is a very easy hike/walk of about 5km across Lamma Island, connecting the two ferry piers Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. Unlike most Hong Kong hikes there are no steep inclines, no steps and the path is all concreted, so you can even push a stroller. This is a great hike for families with young kids or anyone who just want a gentle stroll and it takes around an hour.
Yung Sheu Wan is the main ‘town’ of Lamma, with ferries to Central every 30 minutes at the weekend, there’s a pleasant beach nearby with good facilities and a variety of restaurants choose from. Sok Kwu Wan is a smaller village with some nice seafood restaurants along the waterfront near the ferry (Lamma Rainbow is the best known). We like to start in Sok Kwu Wan and hike to Yung Sheu Wan for a play on the beach and then lunch, but if you prefer you can walk from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan.
Take the ferry from Central to Sok Kwu Wan
Follow the signs for Yung Shue Wan
From the ferry pier turn right to walk through the village, following the signs for Lamma Family Trail and Yung Shue Wan.
Tin Hau Temple
As you exit the village you’ll walk past this Tin Hau temple on your left, and then join the Family Trail.
The ‘Kamikaze Cave’
A little further along the trail you’ll pass the ‘Kamikaze Cave‘, where Japanese forces occupying Hong Kong during WWII concealed speedboats to be deployed on suicide missions against Allied shipping.
Follow the Path to Yung Shue Wan
Keep walking and when you reach a fork in the path keep to the right for Yung Shue Wan. The path to the left leads to Lo Shing Beach.
Now you’ll walk through a village, and the path gradually slopes upwards. Eventually you’ll emerge from the trees to walk along the coastline with fantastic views across to Aberdeen and Repulse Bay. This pretty pavilion is a good spot to take a break and snap some pictures.
Arrive at Hung Shing Yeh beach
After 45 minutes – 1 hour, you’ll arrive at Hung Shing Yeh beach. This beach has a BBQ area, changing rooms, lifeguards (seasonally), small shops for buying snacks and beach gear and a few picnic tables. It also has a pretty unique view of picturesque islands, and a power station!
Directly behind the beach is the Concerto Inn which serves Western and Asian snacks, meals, cocktails and coffees as well as offering overnight accommodation.
Walk to Yung Shue Wan village
It’s a short walk from the beach into the town of Yung Shue Wan, where you’ll find lots of restaurant and cafe options. We ate lunch at the Lamma Grill which serves up typical Western ‘pub’ food such as burgers, pizzas, fish and chips.
The ferry from Yung Shue Wan to Central takes around 30 minutes.