Special Episode: Mountain Biking Lamma Island

This week Drone and Phone takes a diversion back to biking the beautiful Lamma Island in southern Hong Kong. Shooting the original episode, where David Ogg takes us through biking safety, was cut short by rain so here we return with him to finish the job.

Please note David is an experienced mountain biker and riding at speed down these trails can be dangerous for both the rider and walkers. In the making of this video we sent someone in advance to check the paths were clear of walkers  which we would also recommend for anyone seeking the trill of speed on these paths.

Sailing

Hong Kong, and its many islands and bays, is a fantastic place to explore by boat. Sailing is an exciting adventure that will brighten up any day, so get rigging those sails to harness the sea breezes. To check out Hobie catamaran sailing: http://www.hobieclub.org.hk/

Snorkelling

To escape the monotony of city living, head over to Hoi Ha Wan, in Saikung West Country Park, to grab a snorkel and see the life beneath the waves in the “Bay beneath the sea.” Suitable for sun-seekers, and adventurers alike – bring the whole family!

Outrigger Canoeing

Lamma Island might be better known for its laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, but, tucked away on a small beach is the Lamma Outrigger Canoe Club, where the energetic and active can get involved in island life, and come to train and compete in this niche, growing paddlesports.

Yim Tin Tsai

Yim Tin Tsai has much to explore but is only accessible by a ferry service on the weekend. Hire a boat from Sai Kung on the weekday and you escape the crowds. From the pier I walked up to the church and museum (both closed on weekdays) and into the village. The ruins of  the 19th century Hakka settlement are mainly untouched and bear the signs of the Catholic evangelization that happened later in the communities history. Combine a walk through the village with a wonder through the mangroves and salt plains to get the most from the trip. It’s a great place for photographers.

More information and a map HERE.

Tap Mun

Tap Mun, also known as grass island, is the best of the five islands for local culture and easy walking. The island is reasonably flat but has some great routes in the north of the island for walkers wanting to escape the crowds. Although there are no formal beaches, the waters are crystal clear and fun for paddling and rock jumping.

More information and a map HERE.