Wanderlust Hiking Guide: Explore the hidden gem of Lamma Island – Mo Tat Wan


17th May 2023 – (Hong Kong) For those looking to escape the city and immerse themselves in nature, a trip to Lamma Island’s Mo Tat Wan might just be the perfect getaway. This small, secluded village nestled between the mountains and the sea boasts beautiful scenery and a sense of being in a world of its own. The best part? You don’t need to be an experienced hiker to reach it. A 20-minute ferry ride from Aberdeen will bring you to the island, where you can follow the hiking trails and take in the breathtaking views of the sea, beaches, and mountains.

Mo Tat Wan

Mo Tat Wan is an off-the-beaten-path fishing village on the southern side of Lamma Island, with a population of only about 30 to 40 people. As it is not a popular tourist destination, the village only has one restaurant i.e. The Bay and a small convenience store. However, this only adds to the charm of the place, and visitors can feel closer to nature and enjoy a sense of being in a secluded paradise.

Food and drinks prices are quite exorbitant as The Bay is the only restaurant on Mo Tat Wan. Fried rice can set you back at HK$150.

To reach Mo Tat Wan, you can take a ferry from Central to Sok Kwu Wan and then walk for around 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a ferry from Chuen Kee Ferry  at Aberdeen directly to Mo Tat Wan, which takes around 20 to 30 minutes. However, be sure to check the ferry schedule before you go, as there are only a few ferries each day.

Ferry schedule from Aberdeen. Boarding location: Aberdeen: Pontoon at Aberdeen Promenade.

Once you arrive in Mo Tat Wan, you can relax on the sandy beach and enjoy beach activities such as volleyball, BBQ, and picnics. There’s also a small restaurant named The Bay, run by the village chief, where you can grab a bite to eat.

If you’re up for a hike, you can follow the well-paved family walk loop starting from the pier or take the challenging Ling Kok Shan trail for a better view. Along the way, you’ll see plenty of trees, including the vibrant red poinsettia and golden leaves, as well as various birds and wildlife. You can also take a stroll through the seafront promenade under the shade of banyan trees, or rest in the pavilion at the top and enjoy the panoramic views of the Hong Kong Electric Power Station and the Hung Shing Yeh Beach.

Mo Tat Wan is a hidden gem that’s waiting to be explored. So, if you’re looking for a peaceful and scenic place to escape from the city, this is the perfect destination for you.