Lamma Island (Chinese: 南丫島), also known as Pok Liu Chau (Chinese: 博寮洲) or simply Pok Liu (Chinese: 博寮), is the third largest island in Hong Kong.
Stepping of the ferry into Yung Shue Wan village on Lamma Island
Lamma Island has a very different pace of life to nearby Hong Kong island. There are no cars on the island, and all apartments must be built with a maximum 700 square feet per floor. That being said, the weekend attracts hoards of Hong Kong people and each time the ferry docks the town gets very full quickly.
Note that although there are a lot of westerners living on the island, it is almost opposite of the sterile culture of Discovery Bay (An expatriate community on Lantau Island). People tend to come and live here for an alternative lifestyle rather than modern living which makes it great for relaxation.
There are three villages on Lamma Island:
The main street through Yung Shue Wan
- Yung Shue Wan in the north is the main town where most of the island's population lives. Is is connected to the central piers.
- Sok Kwu Wan in the south is basically a street lined with large seafood restaurants. It is connected by ferry to Aberdeen and the Central Piers.
- Mo Tat Wan is a tiny village to the east with a few houses and a couple of restaurants. The ferry between Aberdeen and Sok Kwu Wan actually stops here, so after eating a large lunch you can stroll over here before catching the ferry back.
Ferries to Lamma Island leave from Hong Kong Central Piers to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan
There is an additional ferry between Aberdeen and Sok Kwu Wan.
Kamikaze Caves near Sok Kwu Wan
Lamma island is not a place full of tourist attractions, but rather for peace and relaxation. There are however plenty of restaurants, beaches and hiking trails.
- Walk between the main towns. The walk between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan is pleasant and not too challenging. Maybe plan 60 to 90 minutes to get across. Mo Tat Wan is another 30 minutes walk. Note in summer you should wear a hat for shade and carry plenty of water. edit
- Hung Shing Ye Beach, (15 minutes from Yung Shue Wan). This is a nice beach close to Yung Shue Wan. It is somewhat overshadowed by having a coal fired Power Plant in the background. edit
- Lamma Winds, (15 minutes from Yung Shue Wan). A wind farm. edit
- Kamikaze Caves, Sok Kwu Wan (You will encounter these on the path to Yung Shue Wan). These caves near Sok Kwu Wan were apparently built by the Japanese army to hide speedboats that could attack allied ships by surprise. edit
Generally speaking, there isn't a lot to buy on Lamma Island.
Yung Shue Wan has a variety of small shops with some art & craft. You can also buy beach supplies here, and there is even a HSBC bank branch.
Sok Kwu Wan has stores that sell dried fish.
Feast on seafood in Sok Kwu Wan
Despite not being in downtown Hong Kong, Lamma Island is not a cheap place to eat, as one would expect from an out-of-the-way location (in the same manner as the New Territories). Prices here are often equivalent to those payable on Hong Kong Island, though the view is superb.
- Yung Shue Wan has many seafood restaurants as well as western style cafes and bars.
- Sok Kwu Wan is actually mostly seafood restaurants. It has one cafe.
- Mo Tat Wan has two quiet restaurants, and not much else.
There are some bars in Yung Shue Wan.
- Yardley Brothers Beer Shack, (Located on the path between Yung Shue Wan and the beaches). Open weekends from midday(ish). Locally brewed craft beer. Great change from Chinese lager. edit
The best location for accommodation is Yung Shue Wan.
- Holimood (Holimood.com), Yung Shue Wan, ☎ 54039901, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. The rooms located at backstreet in Yung Shue wan. The room and service are High quality with an affordable price. Suitable for couples and family. The holiday house is simply better than the hotel in same price range. $500. edit