Lamma Island

Lamma Island, the third largest island in Hong Kong with a land area of about 14 square km, is situated 3 km off the southwest coast of Hong Kong Island. It is home to a highly diverse population of about 6,000 people, many of them of Western origins. There are regular ferry services between Lamma and Hong Kong Island. 

Lamma Island divided over resort plan that will double number of residents

How the old quarry site at Sok Kwu Wan might look if the government's development plan gets the green light. Image: Planning Department

It's one of the most peaceful places in Hong Kong. With lush green hills surrounded by blue waters lapping against the rocks that circle the island, Lamma is where you go to escape the madding crowd.

Sunday, 6 April, 2014, 11:31am 7 comments

19 diners suffer ciguatera fish poisoning on Lamma Island

Seafood restaurants on Lamma Island. Photo: SCMP

Six of the diners had sought medical help and at least one person was admitted to hospital for treatment. All are in now in stable condition, the Centre for Health Protection said.

12 Jun 2013 - 12:24pm

Grieving mother of Lamma victim tells of happy days on island

Mourners attend a requiem Mass for victim Thomas Koo Man-cheung at St Anthony's Church in Pok Fu Lam Road. Photo: Sam Tsang

Lamma Island should be a place full of family memories for Irene Cheng, the place where her beloved son started a prosperous career.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Long-time Lamma residents feel pinch of rising rents

Karen Carmen is moving to a smaller place on Lamma Island because her landlord has raised the rent. But finding cheaper accommodation is not easy. Photo: Felix Wong

Boxes surround Karen Carmen in her Sha Po village flat on Lamma Island. Faced with a rent increase from HK$18,000 to HK$23,000 a month, she has had to search for a new home. However, when she started scouting around at the property agencies, she was shocked by the prices.

22 Apr 2013 - 6:07am

Letters to the Editor, March 4, 2013

Retail rents are high at The Link's malls. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Michael Chugani in his column has painted a gloomy economic outlook for Hong Kong and his vivid description reminded me of the film Les Miserables and Mencius. When greed reigns, it suffocates sustained economic growth. The birth rate and demographic profile will be deformed and, therefore, in the long run the population pyramid is not healthy.

4 Mar 2013 - 3:27am 1 comment

Eco tours show visitors the natural hot spots of Hong Kong

Eco-tour guides are ready to take Hongkongers around some special nature spots. Photo: Edward Wong

It is one of eight eco-tours on Hong Kong and Lamma islands from which nature lovers can now choose in order to explore some of the city's rarest wildlife and most spectacular scenery.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Deacons lawyers give Lamma's elderly gift of companionship

Deacons' volunteers at the Hans Anderson Club Lamma Island Centre, during a visit to the local elderly citizens. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

One of the kindest things that one can do for the elderly is listen to their life stories.

7 Jan 2013 - 5:44am

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

Districts reject scheme to release neutered stray dogs

After years of campaigning and several public consultation forums, a pilot scheme to capture, neuter and release stray dogs has been rejected in all three district councils involved in the plan.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:44am 2 comments

Lamma volunteers make floundering recycling scheme a success

Lamma residents took matters into their own hands when they saw the government's green scheme floundering. Photo: Nora Tam

Every week, restaurants and bars on Lamma Island dispose of hundreds of glass bottles, which make their way to a recycling booth - but it is volunteers, rather than paid workers, who are delivering the bottles.

29 Dec 2012 - 4:17am

Lamma businesses say lingering fears over ferry crash keeping visitors away

Christmas season can be a busy time for the famed restaurants on the island. But since the fatal ferry accident in October, business is down by as much as 30 per cent. Photo: Edward Wong

People looking for a special seafood dinner or a walk along the ocean are giving Lamma a miss these days, boat operators and restaurant managers say.

Christmas season can be a busy time for the famed restaurants on the island. But since the fatal ferry accident in October, business is down by as much as 20 to 30 per cent, owners say.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:21am

Chemical spill aboard container ship in Hong Kong waters

More than 100 emergency worker responded to a chemical spill on board a container ship on Monday morning.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Government eyes Lamma Island site for new housing project

The government is looking at an area in Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island for housing development.

The government is looking at an uninhabited part of Lamma Island in its search for more housing sites, tabling options that would yield up to 2,800 flats.

But residents and environmentalists caution against overdeveloping the island, long a haven for wildlife as well as urbanites escaping the city's bustle.

8 Dec 2012 - 8:54am 2 comments

Letters to the Editor, November 5, 2012

Pak Sha O village is now under threat. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Projects focus on pouring concrete

Living Lamma has been lobbying for community improvements on Lamma Island for the last four years.

5 Nov 2012 - 2:40am

Lamma power station's three chimneys cast long shadows

On Power Station Beach, dogs need not be leashed. Photo: Dickson Lee

Lamma is used to the paradox: a pristine setting devoid of chain stores that also happens to be the site of a power station responsible for illuminating Hong Kong Island.

15 Oct 2012 - 11:31am

Lamma inquiry commission to be headed by 'highly credible person'

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announces the Executive Council has agreed to set up a Commission of Inquiry to probe the causes of the ferry disaster at a press conference on Oct. 9, 2012.  Photo: SCMP

The government is looking for a "highly credible person", possibly a judge, to head an independent, statutory commission of inquiry into the causes of last week's boat collision off Lamma Island which killed 39 people.

10 Oct 2012 - 5:50pm