Lamma Island, Hong Kong is a quiet and pleasant place with a laid-back feel. People come to the island to enjoy walking on trails. If you go on a Sunday or holiday, you are likely to see many locals. On Lamma Island, there is a walking trail at one end that leads to the traditional fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan, and the other end is the laid back and multicultural village of Yung Shue Wan, where visitors can find international cuisine and handicrafts. Conveniently located just a 40 minute ferry ride from the city, Lamma Island has the charms of Western and Chinese island life, where West meet East. It is a must for everybody’s itinerary.
1. Rainbow Seafood Restaurant
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This restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan draws many seafood lovers from around Hong Kong. Did you know that its creative seafood dishes have won numerous awards? Rainbow Seafood Restaurant has won the Silver Award in the seafood category of the Best Culinary Awards organized by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. Stir fried prawns with chili pepper, fried crab with honey, braised South African abalone with oyster sauce and pepper, as well as rainbow fish are some of the champion dishes. Also, the fried crab with honey and pepper comes with a sauce made from honey, black pepper, and herbs to enhance the freshness of the crabmeat. This restaurant even has a boat service to and from Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Do not wait, board the boat and indulge in fresh seafood now.
Rainbow Seafood Restaurant
Address: Sok Kwu Wan First Street, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday (11 am to 10 pm), Saturday to Sunday (10.30 am to 10 pm)
Contact: +852 2982 8100
Website: Rainbow Seafood Restaurant
2. Lamma Island Bookworm Cafe
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Feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the city center of Hong Kong? Just take a 20 minute ferry ride to Lamma Island and cuddle up in a cozy chair at Book Worm Café. Spoil yourself with organic and vegetarian food while at the cafe. Do remember to grab one of the many books, or bring along your own. Besides, you can spend some time relaxing while drinking an organic cappuccino with a good read. The top two favourite foods among visitors that patronize this café are the shepherd pie and vegetarian out salad. If you visit this café on a holiday, make sure you make a reservation to avoid disappointment. Although the name of the street sounds rather grand, Yung Shue Wan is in fact a tiny street. So no worries about being disturbed by traffic noise. To reach this attraction you need to walk 5 minutes from Yung Shue Wan Ferry to Yung Shu Wan Main Street. Then you will reach the café.
Address: 79 Cross the village of Yung Shue Wan Long Valley, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Friday to Wednesday (9 am to 9 pm). Closed on Thursday
Contact: +852 2982 8585
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3. Yung Shue Wan Main Street
People walk slowly in Yung Shue Wan, all the better to appreciate the medley of shops and eateries. Many people fantasize about moving to this place because of its diversity and slower pace. Visitors like the idea of going to the little shops and picking up handicrafts, then heading to one of the restaurants for a tasty meal, and enjoying fishing at the pier afterwards. Everything is so relaxing here. Besides, Lamma’s friendliness is so appealing and amazing. You can find more than 20 different nationalities on this tiny island. Everyone here is so friendly and hospitable. On weekends, there’s always parties or get together. On Yung Shue Wan Main Street, there are handicrafts and goods from Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Yung Shue Wan Main Street
Address: Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Outlying Islands
Website: Yung Shue Wan Main Street
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4. Lamma Island Family Trail
The Family Trail, stretching from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan, is an easy hiking trail and is ideal for travellers, especially travelling families. To reach the Lamma Island Family Trail, you need to start from Yung Shue Wan Main Street, then walk past the Lamma Winds and Hung Shing Yeh Beach until you reach the starting point of the Family Trail. It offers magnificent views of Cheung Chau and Lantau Island as well as Hung Shing Yeh Beach. Before you reach Sok Kwu Wan, which is the final point, you will past the sandy beach of Lo So Shing Village. Here you can see the amazing view of fishing rafts. Once you reach Sok Kwu Wan, you can relax and find food to eat at Seafood Street. You can choose to board the ferry back to the city or continue on the Family Trail after that. The entire trip is about 2 hours, and it’s worth exercising a bit while on holiday.
Lamma Island Family Trail
Address: Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island
Website: Lamma Island Family Trail
5. Lamma Fisherfolk's Village
Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village provides a glimpse of life on Lamma when the fishing industry thrived here. The Fisherfolk’s Village also has themed activities, which includes angling, catching large fish, hauling in fishing nets, and weaving rope. The village comprises authentic fishing junk, traditional dragon boats, an exhibition hall, themed folklore booths, a fishing raft, and dwellings. Besides, visitors can appreciate the heritage and lifestyle of the fishing community of Hong Kong. Apart from that, travelers can enjoy beautiful nature of Sok Kwu Wan Bay and savour renowned seafood dishes. They can visit authentic fishing junk and take a closer look at fisherfolk families as well as learn the daily life of floating indigenous people of Hong Kong in the exhibition hall. Visitors can even shop for quality dried and preserved marine products and handicrafts produced by fisherman.
Lamma Fisherfolk's Village
Address: Sok Kwu Wan First Street, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (10.15 am to 6 pm)
Contact: +852 2982 8585
Website: Lamma Fisherfolk’s Village
6. Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Sea, is revered by fisherman and anyone whose livelihood is tied to the sea. There are many of these Tin Hau temples in Hong Kong; however, the Tin Hau Temple at Yung Shue Wan on Lamma Island has an interesting feature that is different from most others in Hong Kong. Temple buffs might notice that the stone lions sitting at the gate of Lamma Tin Hau Temple are suspiciously Western in appearance. Apparently, when the original Chinese-style lions were damaged in 1960, the mason hired to replace them specialized in Western-style stone lions. The result is a fitting motif for Lamma’s East meets West character. Inside the temple is a tablet dating back 100 years. This is an interesting temple to visit once you are here on the island. Every year on the 23rd day of the third month of the lunar calendar, islanders celebrate the birthday of Tin Hau with Cantonese opera performances, dragon boat, and sampan races.
Tin Hau Temple
Address: Tin Hau Temple, Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Outlying Islands
Website: Tin Hau Temple
7. Lamma Winds
See what wind power looks like in action at Lamma Winds, Hong Kong’s first green energy plant. Standing at 71 meters (233 ft) tall, this wind turbine can be visited by anyone as it is free of charge. You can enjoy a panoramic view of Lamma Island and the Southern District of Hong Kong Island from the pavilion near the turbine. Try to capture the movement of the turbine from various angles, and filter your photos with the “LOMO” effect for a playful feeling.
Address: Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (7 am to 6 pm)
Contact: +852 2843 3111
Website: Lamma Winds
8. Green Cottage
Green Cottage is a Western vegetarian restaurant on Yung Shue Wan Main Street. It is very popular among the locals and the weekenders. Green Cottage provides fresh and delicious vegetarian dishes prepared with organic produce. Fresh herbs are used to enhance the original taste of the ingredients. The food here is tasty and healthy. Among the favorites are the cheese and tomato pita bread at 58 HKD (7.45 USD), portobello mushroom burger, lasagna, and pizza. They also serve freshly blended soups and drinks. A popular drink is the freshly made ginger drink. Also, service and staff are superb. To get here, walk for 4 minutes from the pier to Yung Shue Wan Main Street.
Address: 26 Cross the village of Yung Shue Wan Long Valley, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2982 6934
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Not just another island
Lamma Island was formerly a traditional Chinese fishing village and has transformed into a laid-back multicultural community ever since. The island blending of Western and Chinese island life creates an atmosphere that has proved irresistible for Hong Kong residents. Most of them come as day trippers and some stay for good. Lamma appeals to visitors due to its Western and Eastern Charms. The location is conveniently reached by ferry service. It is hard to imagine that only 20 minutes from the sparkling skyscrapers you’ll find yourself in a different kind of sparkle — gleaming white sands with crystal blue waters, contrasting green hills, sleepy fishing villages, and many fantastic seafood restaurants.
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