Sea Kayak & Hike South Lamma Island – Day Tour

South Lamma Island Sea Kayak & Hike – Day Tour

3/4 day sea kayak followed by a short hike to Sok Kwu Wan or Yung Shue Wan.

This tour combines the best of Lamma Island. Perfect for people who have limited time but want to see a part of Hong Kong that they would never have guessed even existed.

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FULL DAY SEA KAYAK & HIKE - Thu, Fri - HKD$750

Visit the most remote part of Lamma Island & Hong Kong’s only turtle nesting sanctuary – some fitness is required!

FULL DAY SEA KAYAK
HKD$ 750

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 southern half of Lamma Island has only 3 small villages (see our Lamma Island Information page for more details). The south coast of Lamma faces directly into the South China Sea and is therefore exposed to big sea swells – as a result, the coastline is sheer cliffs, white sand beaches and exposed granite rocks and hills. Quite spectacular and beautiful.

Our sea kayak journey from Sok Kwu Wan takes us around the southern most point into Tung O, a beautiful crescent beach, exploring the granite coast as we go. Here we stop for lunch and a refreshing swim.

After lunch, depending on the weather and sea conditions, we will either paddle to the turtle nesting sanctuary or include it on our hike back to Sok Kwu Wan. We leave our kayaks behind and hike back to our sea kayak base in Sok Kwu Wan.

This is where the tour terminates, however, from here you can either depart Lamma Island to Central OR stay and enjoy a fish dinner at the famous  waterfront seafood restaurants OR hike north on the family trail to Yung Shue Wan and catch the ferry back to Central from there. The choice is yours.

South Lamma Island Hike & SeaKayak tour

Our sea kayak journey takes us from Sok Kwu Wan (Picnic Bay) in the middle of the island, around the southern tip to Yung Shue Ha and the Green Turtle Nesting Marine Sanctuary.

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 south down the East Lamma Channel sandwiched between sparsely populated Lamma Island and the contrasting, densely populated Hong Kong Island coastline.
Directly ahead, we see the open ocean of the South China Sea and huge container ships beginning their journey to distant places or entering Hong Kong harbour from places unknown.

Rounding the southern point we are exposed to ocean swells and coastline change appearance. We are now paddling under towering sea cliffs, alongside giant granite boulders and weather-worn granite hillsides. If the sea conditions are favourable we can paddle through Lamma Islands famous sea cave.

We have a picnic lunch at Yung Shue Ha, an almost deserted village hidden behind high granite boulders. Here, depending on the individuals in the group, you will have the option of continuing by sea kayak and paddling to the Green Sea Turtle Sanctuary, or hiking there. It’s a beautiful and remote beach and cove.

The sea kayaking finishes back at Yung Shue Ha, where we don our dry clothes (carried in the sea kayaks) and hike over the mountains back to our start point at Sok Kwu Wan – taking in the views of the South China Sea on the way. This is a short hike taking approximately 1 hour depending on how many photo and rest stops are taken.

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 your leisure after 4:30pm. Sok Kwu Wan is a great place to eat, with a range of famous waterfront seafood restaurants and bars. The last ferry leaves at 10:30pm so you have plenty of time to enjoy a good meal, or hike to Yung Shue Wan to see the rest of the island and depart from there.

Detailed tour itinerary:
9:05 Arrive Sok Kwu Wan – meet the instructors and other travellers.
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 south around the coastline to Tung O beach for lunch.
12:30 to 13:30 – lunch and swim – relax and recoup.
13:30 to 15:30 – Sea kayak or hike to the Green Sea Turtle nesting beach and return.
15:30 to 16:30 – Hike from Tung O to Sok Kwu Wan
16:30 – Tour ends – explore Sok Kwu Wan at your leisure  before heading back to Hong Kong Central OR stay at Sok Kwu Wan for a seafood dinner OR hike the remainder of the family trail to Yung Shue Wan and return to Central by ferry from there. The choices are yours.

What’s included:
Picnic lunch, drinks and snacks are included.
All kayaking equipment & services of guides / instructors.
Souvenir photography of the sea kayak trip (we carry water-proof cameras).

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).
Please bring good trainers and socks as the hike is hilly and will cause blisters if you are not used to walking.
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).

PLEASE NOTE: Do not bring too much with you as it all has to be carried in the kayak.

THE TRIP IN PICTURES

Kayak briefing on the beach at Lo So Shing covering all safety procedures, signals and communications.
We then spend half an hour practising our sea kayak skills under the guidance of the professional kayak instructors.
The first part of the journey takes us into the East Lamma Channel, passing Mo Tat, the largest village on south Lamma Island. This beach village is easily accessible by from Aberdeen Harbour (just 15 minutes away) and so is very popular with expats living in Hong Kong as a place to live, or come to swim and relax on the weekends.
Once we round the southern point, the coastline dramatically changes from rolling, jungle-clad hills to stark exposed sea cliffs plunging into the deep waters of the South China Sea.
If the weather and sea conditions are kind, we can paddle through Lamma Island’s own sea cave.
Our lunch spot is on the remote and deserted crescent beach of Yung Shue Ha facing the South China Sea. here we eat, relax, rest, have a swim before paddling or hiking to the Green Sea Turtle Marine Sanctuary, the only beach in Hong Kong that the endangered Green Sea Turtle use as a nesting ground.
We leave our sea kayaks at Yung Shue Ha and make the short hike (approx 1 hour depending on photo and rest stops) back to Sok Kwu Wan.
Here we finish our tour, but you have the option to continue hiking to Yung Shue Wan and take a ferry to Central from there OR stay in Sok Kwu Wan for a seafood dinner OR just head back to Central by ferry from here.

These tours fill quite rapidly.

The maximum number of kayaks per tour is 10. This means the trips can fill up overnight. To avoid disappointment, if you feel you would like to do a kayak trip, please make a booking as soon as you can.

For more information about Lamma Island

Lamma Island is a real jewel in Hong Kong’s crown. Seen by the locals as an untouched island, it is a weekend destination for them to get away from the hustle of the city. Come and explore this wonderful place by sea kayak. For more information click the link to visit our Lamma Island information page.