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 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.
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.
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).