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Day Trips to the Islands of Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is well known for its skyscrapers and reputation as a concrete jungle, but did you know that tropical paradise awaits visitors in under an hour of commuting? Hong Kong has over 200 outlying islands, and several of them are well connected. Spending a day out at the outlying islands is one of the best ways to discover Hong Kong in a different light. The most popular ones are undoubtedly Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. These are all connected by ferries from Central that leave on a regular basis. Here’s a quick guide to the islands of Hong Kong. In general, we recommend going to these islands on the weekdays when it’s less crowded. Be sure to carry a camera, lots of water, and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Lantau Island
This is the biggest of the outlying islands, and is the most popular. There are a variety of things to do here, and a range of hiking trails, from child-friendly to more challenging ones. Lantau is
home to the airport, Ngong Ping Village, Disneyland, and much more. Two great hikes are from Tung Chung to Tai O (coastal), and Ngong Ping to Lantau Peak (uphill). The first hike takes around 4 hours and offers fantastic views of the South China Sea and the Airport. The second hike takes climbers to the second highest peak in the city. It takes half the time but is more suited for hikers with experience.

Lantau is also home to the famous Tai O village, where houses are built on stilts over water. In terms of beaches, Lantau offers visitors a great selection. There’s Silvermine Bay Beach which is close to the pier, as well as Cheung Sha Beach and Pui O Beach, both of which are accessible by a short bus ride - take Bus 1 from the pier.

How to get there: Central Pier 6 to Mui Wo

Lamma Island
Lamma is the second most popular island, on the South Eastern side of Hong Kong. Half an hour away, this island boasts child-friendly hikes from both ends. There are two sides to the island, both of which are connected by ferries. There’s Yung Shue Wan (the more popular one)and Sok Kwu Wan. Most people do the Lamma Island Family Trail from one end to the other end before taking the ferry home. The hike takes 2 hours. Yung Shue Wan has a lot of bars and seafood restaurants, and if you wander to the inner streets, you’ll find several niche stores, temples and even more restaurants. Remember to bring cash as most places here do not take
credit cards.
How to get there: Central Pier 4

Cheung Chau
Cheung Chau is a great option for those looking for a smaller island that has a great laidback vibe. It’s 35 minutes away from Central, but absolutely worth it. There isn’t much to hike, but there are 2 beaches, both beautiful, and a couple of things to see. This island is best for relaxation. There are no roads on this island so the only form of transport is on foot or by bicycles!
How to get there: Central Pier 5
Peng Chau
The smallest of the four main islands, Peng Chau is an hour away by ordinary ferry. There is not much to do here except for a short hike to on Peng Yu Path - a recently opened hike offering access to the island’s natural beauty as well as great ocean views. Also worth checking out is the viewpoint on Finger Hill. Come here for sunset and take spectacular sunset photos! How to get there: Central Pier Pier 6

There are so many more islands to discover around Hong Kong, but here are the 4 most well known ones. Be sure to include a day trip to one of these in your Hong Kong itinerary!

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