Lamma Island revisited – this time with a toddler!

Now that we’ve been to Cheng Chau and enjoyed the little island, we decided to revisit Lamma. We had been a few times, but it had been quite a few years back (here is my first post about Lamma, which summarises the island nicely).

This time, we went as a group of four – two mums and two toddlers. We even had one stroller among us, so it was a totally different outing from the first time we went. Still, we ended up doing pretty much the same, just slower!

Lamma Island April 2016-1

We left Central on a 10.10 ferry (here are the ferry times) to Yung Shue Wan and once we arrived 40 minutes later, the mommies needed a coffee break. So we found a quiet spot at the Green Cottage. The little cafe and store is near the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier, and it serves wholesome vegetarian food and drinks. It has a nice outdoor seating at the back of the cafe, and what started out the be a grey overcast day suddenly changed into a warm and sunny day.

Lamma Island April 2016-2 Green Cottage

Lamma Island April 2016-3 View from Green Cottage

Refreshed, we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of Yung Shue Wan behind us and walk along the 4km family trail between Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan.

Lamma Island April 2016-2

It is a picturesque walk and it is all easy to walk – even for a three year old toddler. There are no steps, so it was easy to push the stroller along. But don’t get too happy, there is an incline and it is a sweaty job to reach the top of the hill (which is about 100m high).

Lamma Island 8 Family trail

Lamma Island 9 Sok Kwu Wan

The trail takes you along the coast with sweeping views of Hung Shing Yeh Beach, and from the halfway pavilion, past vistas of Lantau Island and Cheng Chau.

Shortly after, you’ll pass the sandy beach and fishing rafts of Lo So Shing village. Just beyond this is Kamikaze Cave, where the Japanese forces occupying Hong Kong during the Second World War launched speed boat suicide missions against allied shipping.

Lamma Island April 2016-4

After the cave we stopped at a small beach, overlooking the rustic buildings and fishing rafts of Sok Kwu Wan Village. That’s actually the same beach where I had been on a beach clean-up many years before and it was good to see that it was not nowhere in a state like when we started cleaning (but then typhoon season has not started and that’s usually what causes all the trash to pile up on the beaches).

Lamma Island April 2016-5

Lamma Island April 2016-7

The kids played a little at the beach and then they told us that they are hungry. So we continued along the bay until we reached “Seafood Street” – a group of restaurants raised on stilts above the bay. A lot of guidebook recommend Rainbow Restaurant, but we tried Twai Yuen Shark’s Fin Seafood Restaurant instead. Not because we like Shark Fin (the opposite is true!!!) but they had a good set menu for two people that was plenty for two mums and two toddlers.

Lunch at Lamma Island 5

Lamma Island April 2016-8

For a total sum of 248 HKD we enjoyed two juicy scallops, mussels with black bean sauce, salt and pepper calamari, eight big steam prawns, steamed vegetables, rice, oranges, two beer and tea. It seems Michelle from NAHMJ has been here too, there’s a blogpost with plenty of pictures from a similar menu.

After finishing all our plates, the girls wandered over to the big fish tanks and had fun looking at all the seafood – they were keen to go to the Lamma Fisherfolks Village but we were running out of time, we had to catch the 4pm ferry back to Central. So maybe we do that next time!

If you want to find out what more there is to do with toddlers and kids visiting Lamma, check out the post on Little Steps Asia. I’ll bookmarked it for a future visit, when we come back with Lina.

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