Lamma Island Hike in Hong Kong

One hike that I read good things about when looking into Hong Kong, was the paths on Lamma Island. I read that it would not be crowded at all and there would be nice scenery and beaches. Lamma Island is a bit south of Hong Kong island and is quite a bit smaller. I don’t think that there are cars there; mainly paths for bikes, golf carts, and walking. Below is a photo that I took of Lamma Island from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island. You can see the smoke stacks of the power station.

Lamma Island as seen from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 32mm, f/8, 1/2000s, ISO100

So, I researched a bit and found that it would be easy to catch a ferry from the central ferry pier in Hong Kong to Lamma Island. The ferry was a nice 30 minute ride and very affordable at HK$17.80, which is about US$2.27, each way. Below is an map of Lamma Island showing the approximate path that I hiked and back. Much of this distance was up and down hills.


It was a very nice walk and there were very few people around, which is kind of what I like. The first place that I stopped and admired the view was at the beach near the power station. I was one of three people on this particular beach, so I could walk around shoot photos of whatever I wanted without bothering anyone.

There were a lot of stones on the beach and I attempted to line up with some stones pointing to the horizon away from the power station. I set up this composition and went to my backpack to grab my ND filter and make this a long-exposure image to catch the waves retreating down the sand. But, the goof who packed my gear forgot to include my ND filter; sigh.

Power Station Beach on Lamma Island in Hong Kong
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 16mm, f/8, 1/250s, ISO100

It was mostly cloudy as usual. I warmed up the sand a bit in Lightroom to reflect what the scene actually looked like. I did actually try taking 32 exposures to merge in Photoshop to make a virtual long-exposure, but I was not happy with the way this turned out.

Farther along the hike, I came to an scenic overlook of a village along the shore. I thought that it would photograph well with the blue water in the foreground. You can see Hong Kong Island in the distance. I think that the town is called Pichic Bay.

Pichic Bay on Lamma Island in Hong Kong
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 16mm, f/4, 1/400s, ISO100

I tried zooming in a bit, but I found I liked the above composition the best with more of the landscape in the picture. I could have hiked around to this town, but decided on a beach farther down the path.

The last place that I hiked to was Lo So Shing Beach. Another nice beach with almost nobody in site. There was a couple there enjoying the afternoon and there was me hiking around. I went out to a point sticking out in the water and I saw some boulders that I wanted to try to photograph. I tried to time photos to get the waves breaking over the rocks to get some action.

Waves on the rocks at Lo So Shing Beach, Lamma Island, Hong Kong
Nikon D750 + 16-35mm, f/4; 16mm, f/4, 1/500s, ISO200

After this, I had to hike back to the ferry pier. I was hoping for a nice sunset, but the clouds were growing thicker and I had some concern that it might rain on me. I made it back to the ferry dry. There are shops, restaurants and bars along the way and it is important to know that they take cash and cash only.

I rode the ferry back to the Central Ferry pier in Hong Kong and decided to just walk to the hotel from there (about 20 minutes). I found Hong Kong to be a very walk-able city. I did also take the subways a few times when going to Kowloon.

In packing for this trip I had to pack as lightly as possible. One big reason is that I only brought a carry-on suitcase and my backpack and I did have to bring some clothing. The other reason is that I wanted to minimize the weight that I had to carry while hiking around Hong Kong. I decided that this would mean that I would only bring one lens. Settling on one lens was kind of worrisome, but most of the pictures that I have taken lately have favored one lens – Nikkor 16-35mm, f/4. So I figured that would probably be fine for my needs. Below is all of the gear that I brought for hiking:

  • Nikon D750 DSLR
  • Nikon Nikkor 16-35mm, f/4 lens
  • Feisol carbon fiber travel tripod
  • 10-stop ND filter (the one that I left in the hotel room)


Looking at my pictures, I almost could have gotten along with a 16mm prime.

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