Hong Kong is home to more than 250 islands, many of which are uninhabited. Don’t let this get to you because finding a peaceful retreat to one of the islands in Hong Kong is easier than you would think. On the plus side, the efficient transportation system which the city boasts is another reason you should go visit. With international traveling out of the picture for x many months, here are five islands in Hong Kong you should rediscover for a home-away-from-home experience.
Lamma Island is Hong Kong’s third largest island which populates 5,000 people who, for the majority, live in the two main villages; Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. It’s one of the very few places that still holds on to its fishery ancestry, so you can expect to see clear blue waters and a lot of fishing boats. That being said, indulging in the local seafood is a must-do on the island. There are many seafood restaurants that offer the freshest catch of the day by local fishermen. Lamma Island also boasts everything that mother nature has to offer, from luscious mountains to tranquil beaches, it’s the perfect coastal retreat to visit in Hong Kong.
Directions: The most convenient way to get to Lamma Island is by ferry. Take the ferry from Central Pier 4. Drop off at either Yung Shue Wan or Sok Kwu Wan for a popular trail that links the two villages to Lamma Island.
Peng Chau is a laid-back and easily accessible island located west of Hong Kong Island. This small and quiet village was relatively free from tourists even before the pandemic, making it the perfect place to be for some peace and serenity. If sightseeing is more your forte, go visit The Leather Factory to enjoy colourful street art which also makes-do as the perfect Instagram spot. While the beach in Peng Chau is much smaller compared to other islands, you’ll be able to enjoy much of the beach by yourself!
Directions: A ferry from Central to Peng Chau is available from Central Pier 6. Ferries operate every 45 minutes which alternate between ordinary ferries and fast ferries. Plan your journey ahead so you won’t have to wait too long for your ride.
One of the more popular-known islands here in Hong Kong is Cheung Chau. Nicknamed ‘Dumbbell Island’ due to its shape resembling that of a dumbbell, there is a vast array of things to see, eat and do in this longitudinal island. Cheung Chau is known for its local sweets and delicacies, the top on the list being mango mochi and shaved ice. While snacking, you can enjoy a walk across Tung Wan Beach or hike to the North Lookout Pavilion which is the highest point on the island and offers great views from its peak.
Directions: The only way to reach Cheung Chau from Hong Kong Island is from Central pier 5. The journey will take you around 20 to 30 minutes.
The Po Toi Islands are a small group of islands located off Stanley. It’s known for its unique rock formation and open-air restaurants. A popular destination amongst hikers. Po Toi is a great place to enjoy nature and all its glory. On clear nights, it’s a great place to stargaze while during the day you can enjoy endless panoramic view of the sky. After gazing at the sky, you must indulge in the Island’s signature dish – instant noodles with fried egg and luncheon meat in seaweed soup.
Directions: There are two places to catch a ferry to Po Toi. You can board a small ferry at Aberdeen Pier which takes around an hour. Take note that the ferry operates only on Tuesdays, Thursdays, weekends and public holidays. Or you can catch a ferry at Stanley Blake Pier which will take 30 minutes.
While you might be keen to stay away from Sai Kung during the peak times of the week, the views and fun you get from the trip sure make the hassle worth it. Sharp Island is a great all-around island to enjoy lush greenery, beautiful beaches and clear skies. When at Sharp Island, the hiking course cannot go unnoticed. Start walking from Hap Mun Bay Beach to enjoy the coastal skyline then drop by Tombolo to take insta-worthy pics alongside big rocks until you reach Kiu Tau where you will be able to enjoy the view of Hap Mun Bay, Port Shelter and Clear Water Bay.
Directions: You can take one of the many ferries at Sai Kung Pier. The trip will take you around 15 minutes