Lamma Island also known as Pok Liu Chau or simply Pok Liu, is the third largest island in Hong Kong . Administratively, it is part of the Islands District.
In contrast to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, Lamma is peaceful and tranquil with an abundance of natural scenery. Buildings higher than three storey’s are prohibited and there are no automobiles but diminutive fire trucks and ambulances, as well as distinctive open-back vehicles to transport construction materials. The community’s only means of transport is either by foot or bicycle.
Lamma provides an alternative to the hectic life in the city. Property and rents are cheap compared with those of central Hong Kong. These factors have attracted a significant expatriate community to Lamma Island. It is also popular with younger people and a haven for artists and musicians.
Actor Chow Yun -fat grew up on the island in the village of Wang Long near Yung Shue Wan. His relatives still operates a seafood/pigeon restaurant called “Shau Kee” in the main village.
Lamma has a significant Western and international population. The island has had a reputation for alternative lifestyles, hippies, and a relaxed attitude, but Lamma is being urbanized and property prices are on the increase, because of the attraction of this lifestyle.
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Lamma Island is also popular for its hiking trails, multicultural shops and cafés and renowned seafood dining.
Those wishing to indulge in the latter will usually head to the old fishing village of Sok Kwu Wan. Here, a row of restaurants, perched above the bay on stilts, offer diners excellent seafood served with pleasant alfresco dining and sea views. Fresh chilli crab, garlic prawns, deep-fried squid and steamed fish with ginger and spring onions are all firm favorites.
It is possible to conclude a day visiting Lamma Island at Sok Wu Wan by following the Lamma Island Family Trail.
Getting there :
Take a ferry from Central Pier 4 to Sok Wu Wan. The journey takes 30 – 40 minutes. The seafood restaurants are an approximately 1 minute walk from the ferry pier.