you go to Lamma
Island, the first thing that you need to decide is which bay
to head for because that determines which ferry you would take.
There is a map at the ferry
pier in Central to give you some idea.
(Left: the map at the Central ferry pier)
There are two bays (or, "wan", in Chinese) served
by the public ferries that you can consider: Yung Shue Wan,
and Sok Kwu Wan.
Sok Kwu Wan is known for its seafood
restaurants - many company yacht rides make that as the destination
is a small town at Yung Shue Wan with all kinds of shops and
restaurants - Thai, Japanese, Chinese, seafood, fusion; there
are even a few bars, and internet cafes. And if you are short
on cash, there are even ATMs to help you have money to spend!
This little town is a good place to get some souvenirs. Some
stores actually have stuff that you can't easily find elsewhere
- like melted coke bottles and fish ornaments! There're a few more stores along the beginning of the trail toward the other bay, but they thin out soon.
Here's one possible itinerary - take the ferry to Yung Shue
Wan from Central
District on Hong Kong Island some time in the morning. (The
fast ferry takes about 30 minutes.) When you arrive, follow
the path to the right after you get off the pier. Look around
the little town and do some shopping before having lunch. You
can even have "dim
sum" here at one of the seaside restaurants.
lunch, it is time to walk off the extra pounds and head for
the other bay - Sok Kwu Wan. It is just about an hour and a
half away along a paved path, but there are some hills.
The path to get there is marked by a sign in the little town
pointing left saying "Hung Shing Yeh Beach & Sok Kwu
Wan" (you will see it if you keep on the same path after
you turn right from the ferry pier - if you get to the nursing
home, you have gone too far). (Left:
the sign marking the turn off to take to Sok Kwu Wan)
It will be good to pick up some drinks and snacks in the little
town because the shops will thin out after you get on the trail
- but there are a couple of spots where you can get some, one
of which is a bean
curd gelatin desert place run by an old lady.
On the way, you will pass by a beach, a couple of pavilions,
and some caves believed to have been planned by Japanese soldiers
as Kamikaze naval bases - well, places where they were going
to hide Kamikaze speedboats for attacking warships.
Then at the end of the trail at Sok Kwu Wan, you can reward
yourself with some seafood before taking the ferry back.