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.
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:
Ferries to Lamma Island leave from Hong Kong Central Pier number 4 to Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. It's worth checking the timetable in advance because at certain times of the day they are not that frequent (the timetable is available online: for Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan).
There is an additional ferry between Aberdeen and 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.
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.
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.
There are some bars in Yung Shue Wan.
The best location for accommodation is Yung Shue Wan.