FULL DAY SEA KAYAK
Lamma Island is a paradise just a 30-minute ferry ride from the Central.
The island is evenly divided into 2 halves. The northern half is where the majority of the inhabitants live. The village of Yung Shue Wan, the largest village on Lamma Island, is regarded as Hong Kong’s expat hippy capital due to the laid back lifestyle, arts and crafts stalls, boutique restaurants and cafes and of course fresh organic foods.
The northern half of Lamma Island is also FULL OF CONTRASTS – the very essence of what makes Hong Kong a unique destination. Our sea kayak trip takes us through ancient fishing villages while gliding alongside modern skyscrapers. We will pass by plodding sampans, a relic of pre-British China while we see monster container ships enter and leave the modern Hong Kong shipping port. There are remote beaches and villages that you can only hike or get a boat to, built alongside massive coal-fired power stations – all within a 4-hour paddle!
Our sea kayak journey takes us from Sok Kwu Wan (Picnic Bay) in the middle of the island, around the northern tip to Yung Shue Wan.
Departing Sok Kwu Wan we pass through an ancient fishing village and have a close up look at a traditional Hong Kong fish farm. We spend the morning sea kayaking north up the East Lamma Channel sandwiched between sparsely populated Lamma Island and the contrasting, densely populated Hong Kong Island coastline.
Directly ahead, on our left we see small traditional sampans, little coastal villages and the forest clad Lamma Island coast. On our right, only 2000m away, are modern pleasure yachts, huge container ships and the skyrise that is Hong Kong Island.
No matter how many times you see these incredible differences side by side, you can never quite get used to it.
We have a picnic lunch on a deserted beach at the northern tip of the island before heading west to the village of Yang Shu Wan. From here we continue by sea kayak, paddling through the ‘monstrous’ coal-fired power station that dominates the northwest Lamma Island skyline. This is a surreal experience, not to be missed.
Once through the other side of the power station, our destination ‘home’ beach is insight. 30 minutes later we finish at Lo So Shing Beach for a relaxing swim and shower before taking the short hike back to the ferry terminal at Sok Kwu Wan.
Transportation to and from Lamma Island:
8:35 am ferry from Central Pier #4 to Sok Kwu Wan. Make sure you have had a hearty breakfast as the day is very active. Pay by cash at the pier or by Octopus Card. HKD$22.
The return journey will be at 5:35pm from Sok kwu Wan.
Detailed tour itinerary:
9:05 Arrive at Sok Kwu Wan ferry pier – meet the instructors and other travelers.
Hike to Sea Kayak Hong Kong base to change into kayaking gear.
9:30 to 10:00 – prepare the kayaks.
10:00 to 10:30 – practice session to learn kayak control techniques.
10:30 to 12:30 – sea kayak north around the coastline to beach for lunch.
12:30 to 13:30 – lunch and watch the passing ships – relax and recoup.
13:30 to 14:00 – Sea kayak across the north of the island into Yung Shue Wan
14:00 to 15:00 – Explore Yung Shue Wan
15:00 to 16:00 – Sea kayak through the coal-fired power station
16:00 to 16:30 – Paddle to Lo So Shing Beach for a relaxing swim and shower.
17:30 – Tour ends – catch the 17:35 ferry back to Hong Kong Central.
Picnic lunch, drinks and snacks are included.
All kayaking equipment & services of guides / instructors.
Souvenir photography of the sea kayak trip (waterproof camera).
What’s not included:
Ferry to and from Lamma Island. Any extra food or drinks you may buy during the day.
Price: HKD$750 per person.
What you need to bring:
A set of clothes to kayak in (they will get wet). This should include t-shirt, shorts, swimming costume, water shoes (or trainers).
A camera (if it is waterproof or in a waterproof case), water resistant sunscreen, sunglasses (preferably with strap), a wide-brimmed hat, a refillable water bottle (no single use bottles allowed).