When you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong with kids and get back to nautre, exploring one of the many surrounding islands can make for a unique and fun day trip. Sassy Mama, who know all about what to do in and around Hong Kong with kids, gave suitcases&strollers some insights into the fun things to do on Lamma.
Laid-back and peaceful, Lamma is one of the most beautiful islands around. With its temples, caves, coves, seafood restaurants and hiking trails, it’s also one of the best places for a family day trip out of Hong Kong.
One of the big draws of Lamma is all the great hiking you can do. There are lots of marked hiking trails, but by far the most popular – and the most child-friendly – is the aptly named Family Trail. Just 4 kilometres long, it runs between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. The hike offers some great views over the island and you can grab a bite and take the ferry back to Central from either village.
Like the rest of HK, Lamma’s roots are all about the sea – we’re talking 6,000 years of fishing history. Get a glimpse of this vibrant history and tradition at the Fisherfolk’s Village. Located on a raft in the bay amongst the fish farms, here you and the kids can try your hands at hauling fishing nets, weaving ropes and “hookless” fishing. Get tickets at the little booth near the pier in Sok Kwu Wan.
While Lamma might be known for its seafood restaurants, the scenic area of Lo So Shing Beach is the perfect spot for a family barbeque. Set in a small cove and banked by a thick fence of foliage, it feels like a hidden slice of peace and quiet – even in the height of summer the weekends aren’t terribly crowded, and on weekdays you nearly have the place to yourself. While barbeque supplies can be found at the various mum and pop stores on Lamma, we recommend bringing your own.
Most of Lamma’s famed seafood restaurants are cluttered along the seafront in either Yung Shue Wan or the smaller, and somewhat more intimate, Sok Kwu Wan. One of the top picks is, of course, the famous Rainbow Seafood Restaurant in Sok Kwu Wan, but we also love Man Fung Seafood Restaurant (5 Main St., Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, Hong Kong, Tel: +852 2982 0719) on the main street in Yung Shue Wan. Regardless of where one you end up, fresh chilli crab, garlic prawns, deep-fried squid and steamed fish with ginger and spring onions are all firm favourites.
Get there from Hong Kong proper by ferry. Hop on at the Central Pier 4 on Hong Kong Island – or for an extra adventure, why not take the scenic route by hopping on a wooden kaido ferry from Aberdeen?
To read more about Hong Kong's islands go to the suitcases&strollers stories Hong Kong Islands 1: Po Toi, Cheung Chau & Peng Chau and Hong Kong Islands 2: Lantau
By Sassy Mama