Outlying Islands

Overview

The Outlying Islands in Hong Kong consist of Lantau Island (the largest), Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau, as well as 250+ other smaller islands, most of which are uninhabited.

Lantau Island, the largest outlying island, consists of one of Hong Kong’s most famous hiking trails, Lantau Trail which covers a total distance of 70km over 12 stages, with a total completion time of 23.5 hours at a very comfortable pace. The avid hiker could complete this trail in one day, but expect to be very worn out. The most common wildlife you will spot on Lantau is the Giant Golden Orb Weaver (otherwise known as the Large Woodland Spider or the Nephila Pilipes) as well as the Domestic Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) and the Domestic Ox (Bos Taurus). In many of the smaller villages you will also come across local dogs which can become quite aggressive if aggravated. Steer clear of these dogs where possible and do not feed or attempt to pat them at all.

Lamma Island is well known for its seafood restaurants and family hiking trails. It is also the location of Hong Kong’s first commercial scale wind turbine owned by Hong Kong Electric. It is capable of producing 800kW of energy and powering up to 250 homes.

Cheung Chau is commonly known for its cheap restaurants and pleasant family hiking trails. Located on the south-west side of the island is Cheung Po Tsai Cave, a popular attraction for visitors to the island. If you plan on hiking through the cave be sure to bring a torch and your agility as the cave is quite difficult to negotiate your way through with some rather tight sections.

Peng Chau is a small village located to the south-east of Discovery Bay. Peng Chau offers cheap living and expenses as well as some pleasant hiking trails with exceptional views of Hong Kong, Disneyland, Discovery Bay and surrounding islands.

Map of Outlying Islands

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Lantau Island can be reached by all forms of transport including train, bus, taxi and private car. Ferries from the Central piers on Hong Kong Island also provide transportation to Discovery Bay and Mui Wo, two popular residential areas on Lantau Island.

Smaller outlying islands can be reached by ferry only including Lamma Island, Cheung Chau, and Peng Chau. Most ferries depart from the Central ferry piers on Hong Kong Island, however some islands require an additional ferry ride from one of the larger islands.

The various districts of Lantau Island utilize different modes of transport once you reach Tung Chung. Most areas can be reached by bus, taxi or private car from Tung Chung. The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping can now be reached by cable car from Tung Chung. Hiking is of course another option, and sometimes the only option for some smaller villages. Lantau Island also offers some designated bike paths and mountain bike trails. Please note however that a mountain bike permit should be held before riding on these trails, or else you risk your bike being taken away from you (and a court case to get it back).

Other outlying island transport consists mainly of walking including Lamma Island, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau. On both Lamma Island and Cheung Chau it is possible to get a ferry from one side of the island to the other. Cheung Chau also offers bicycle hire however walking is often the most enjoyable and convenient mode of transport.

Car Hire

Mui Wo offers a couple of good bicycle shops on Lantau Island, however for most gear shops your best bet would be to visit Hong Kong Island or Kowloon.

Things to do in Outlying Islands

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