If you're looking for an unusual escape from the steaming city, skip the beach and head to Lamma Island instead. About two minutes by speedboat off Sok Kwu Wan pier there floats a wooden museum-cum-amusement park called Fisherfolks Village. Here, you can try your hand at raising sails, cage fishing, net throwing, water bombing (where you scare fish into a net) and catching gargantuan fish without using hooks. The village boasts an impressive collection of sea creatures, some of which you can feed, as well as a live shark and a weathered old sea-dog, who tutors visitors on how to tie and untie sailor's knots. You can also browse a fishing-paraphernalia exhibition, watch a fish-preservation demonstration, sit in a real junk or dragon boat, sample fishermen's snacks and purchase souvenirs. The view leaves nothing to be desired and you can cap off a hard day's play at one of the many seafood restaurants on the pier. To get to Fisherfolks Village, take the ferry from Central Pier No4 to Sok Kwu Wan and buy your tickets before getting on the courtesy speedboat. Tickets are HK$40 for two hours, HK$60 for a day. See www.fisherfolks.com.hk for more details.