Just a 20-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong, one of the world’s greatest metropolises, sits Lamma Island, covered in greenery and home to a mere 5,000 permanent residents. The 8 square mile (13 square kilometer) island is completely car free, making it feel worlds away from the frenetic pace of nearby Hong Kong.
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The small island, the third largest in Hong Kong, consists of small fishing villages, lazy beaches and local restaurants serving up some of the best seafood to be had in the city, especially in Sok Kwu Wan village on the south side of the island. If you can’t find an English menu, just point out the type of seafood you want from the live tanks outside most restaurants. If you’re in the main village of Yung Shue Wan, you can easily while away an afternoon at one of the unpretentious expat cafes scattered along the lanes and alleys.
You can easily make a circuit of the island, passing through several small villages, in less than three hours on the very well-marked Ling Kok Shan hiking trail. You’ll have opportunities to stop and relax at Lamma Island’s largest beach, Shek Pai Wan, along the way. Other notable sights on the island include the Lamma Winds (Hong Kong’s first wind turbine) and the Kamikaze Cave where Japanese military units during World War II would hide speedboats to be used in suicide missions against Allied navel vessels.