Hung Shing Ye Beach (Lamma Island)
Lamma Island ( WYM ) has beautiful beaches, a long trail and many tasty seafood restaurants. It takes around 30 minutes to the island by ferry from Central Piers at Hong Kong Island. Ferries depart from Central Piers at 6:30 am (7:30 am on Sundays and public holidays) with 20 or 30-minute-intreval. “Hung Shing Ye” (or “Hung Shing Yeh”), the most beautiful beach in the island, “Rainbow Seafood Restaurant”, a legendary seafood restaurant at Sok Kwu Wan and “Kai-To”, the traditional small ferry bound for Aberdeen at Hong Kong Island, will be introduced here in detail.
Your journey at Lamma Island consists of 3 categories. The first one is hiking the trail from “Yong Shue Wan” Ferry Pier to the boat quay at the other side of the island. You will take a “Kai-To” towards Aberdeen. The second is swimming and BBQ at Hung Shing Ye Beach, which is situated in the middle of the trail. The last one is taking a small ferry of “Kai-To” at a small fishing village of Mo Tat Wan, which is located at the other side of the island.
Map of Hong Kong – Hung Shing Ye Beach (Lamma Island) Photo Gallery
“Kai-To” will take you to Aberdeen at Hong Kong Island. You will meet the legendary floating seafood restaurant of “Jumbo” at the beautiful harbor of Aberdeen. It will be the end of your journey to Lamma Island.
Rainbow Seafood Restaurant is situated at “Sok Kwu Wan” Ferry Pier which is prepared on the other side of the island. They present free tickets to customers for ferries bound for Central Piers at Hong Kong Island. As always, seafood is not cheap. Even no seafood at the restaurant, you can get a ferry at Sok Kwu Wan to return to Central Piers.
If you have time, you may walk for 30 minutes more from Sok Kwu Wan rather than taking a ferry at the pier to Hong Kong Island. Then, you will meet another boat quay at Mo Tat Wan , which is a small fishing village with a secluded beach on the other side of the island. There you can get a “Kai-to” bound for Aberdeen at Hong Kong Island. However, you have to consider the time table of “Kai-To” before making decision, because there are not so many boats at Mo Tat Wan. “Kai-To” departs from Mo Tat Wan to Aberdeen on 1:15 pm, 3:40 pm, 5:20 pm on Mondays until Saturdays and 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:45 pm, 4:15 pm on Sundays and public holidays. Detailed information of the time tables will be explained later.
You can enjoy BBQ together with swimming at Hung Shing Yeh Beach. They open a clean BBQ area to the public free. Changing and shower rooms are free, too. For BBQ, you have to prepare items before Central Piers. Charcoal and fire starter can be purchased from a shop at the entrance to the beach. A Wellcome superstore, the widest chain store, near MTR Central Station will be introduced here. You can get all items for BBQ there. Even a stranger to BBQ, don’t worry about. Only refer to the tips for BBQ explained at the finish and you can enjoy BBQ at the beaches as a Hong Konger.
Travelers to Lamma Island go normally to Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier shown at the upper left on the map and take a ferry at Sok Kwu Wan to return to Central Piers at Hong Kong Island. This books adds a different journey from Mo Tat Wan to Aberdeen by a small ferry, “kai-to ( W )”. It takes around 30 minutes on foot from Sok Kwu Wan to Mo Tat Wan seen on the right.
If you take a ferry at Central Piers, you will arrive at Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier in roughly 30 minutes. Hung Shing Yeh Beach is situated at the distance of about 30 minutes on foot from Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier. A clean BBQ area is prepared at the end of the beach. When you go on a tracking to Sok Kwu Wan , you will start the road lying in front of the BBQ site. A temple of Tin Hau will welcome you at the entrance to the village of Sok Kwu Wan . You will meet the famous seafood restaurant of “Rainbow”at Sok Kwu Wan . If you order dishes at the restaurant, they will present you free tickets for a ferry to return to Central Piers. Even no meal at the restaurant, you can take a ferry at Sok Kwu Wan .
However, if you have time, walk around 30 minutes along the road lying in front of Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Pier and you will meet the pier at Mo Tat Wan , where you can take a small boat, “Kai-to”, towards the beautiful town of Aberdeen at southern district of Hong Kong Island.
Come out of exit A of MTR Central Station and you will meet an escalator up to air walks on your right. Go around 20 meters straight at the end of the escalator and you will meet an air walk with signposts for “All Ferries”, “Central Ferry Piers” or “Star Ferries”. Take the left way as indicated by the signboards. You are now walking towards the direction indicated by the red arrow on the map above. Go to the end of the air walk and you will meet another blue bridge on your right. At the spot, you will also see the entrance to IFC (International Finance Centre) on your left.
When you are walking on the blue bridge, you will see an Apple Shop through a wide window at IFC which is standing on your left and you will also see a giant Ferris Wheel on your right. Near the end of the bridge, you will look down on a wide bus terminus, “Central Piers Bus Terminus”, on your left and city tour buses called “Big Bus” (“Hop-on Hop-off”) on your right.
At the end of the blue bridge, take steps on your left down to Central Piers. Go around 100 meters straight from the end of steps and you will meet pier no. 4 on your right. You will also see Central Pier Bus Terminus on your left on the way to pier no. 4. Let’s take a look at the way from MTR Central Station exit A to Central Piers.