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The ultimate itinerary for a family weekend on Lantau Island with kids

Little Steps Asia
  • Written by Little Steps Asia
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Lantau Island is calling! The largest of Hong Kong’s islands, this haven of green trails, gorgeous beaches, yummy restaurants and kid-friendly adventures has everyone excited. Below is a guide to visiting the island, unique places to stay with kids, and your 48-hour itinerary covering all the fun that Lantau has to offer!

Your weekend itinerary


DAY 1: MUI WO ADVENTURES

Mui Wo

On day one, explore Mui Wo by bicycle, visit nearby waterfalls and discover a secret cave. Finish the day with a sunset dinner on one of the best beaches in Lantau.

Morning

Three people with surrey bike for four

Have breakfast (or get something to go) and take an early ferry from Central to Mui Wo. On arrival, rent individual adults and kids bikes or surrey bikes for four (the latter are very popular with families traveling with young kids).

Silvermine Bay Waterfall

Hop on your bikes and make your way down the Silvermine Bay Promenade towards the Silvermine Beach Resort. You can park your bikes here and continue by foot through the village toward the waterfalls. Follow the path along the Olympic Trail for around 20 minutes. This is a very easy stroll for all ages making it one of the easiest waterfalls to reach with kids in all of Hong Kong. Enjoy the morning splashing and swimming in Lantau’s glorious nature. Adventure seekers can climb up above the waterfall to explore the Silvermine Cave, named for all the silver that was mined here years ago.

Lunch

The Stoep in Mui Wo

Make your way back to grab your bikes and head to one of Mui Wo’s excellent family-friendly restaurants. The Stoep by Capo Group is located next to Starbucks, across from Silvermine Beach Resort, and serves up top notch South African and Italian cuisine.

Decor overlooking a beach

Another favourite is China Beach Club on the other side of the hotel toward the end of the bay. This restaurant offers a rustic beach vibe with stunning views of the bay and they take good care of kids of all ages.  Other favorites for lunch include The Kitchen and China Bear (waterfront dining near the ferry pier). After lunch, return your bikes or keep them for a few more hours of exploring around Mui Wo.

Afternoon

Kid holding a surf board

Hit the beach! Take a taxi or bus to Lower Cheung Sha and set up camp for the afternoon. This beach offers some of the cleanest swimming waters in Hong Kong. Rent kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and other sea sporting gear from Long Coast Seasports. They also can arrange a family or child surf lesson.

Evening

Western food in Bathers

Bathers is a go-to for family-friendly happy hour and dinner. The menu ranges from healthy salads to seafood dishes to burgers and pastas. They have a wonderful kids’ menu, offer highchairs, and cater to families. As it is located on the beach, kids can roam while mum and dad sip sangria. Be sure to check out oh-so-cute The Lantau Grocer next door for sustainable delights and coffee too.

Western food in Bathers

Another option on Lower Cheung Sha Beach is Long Island offering delicious beachside food and drinks. Or try Treasure Island in Pui O for a surfer vibe and — if you’re here before dark and the kids still have energy to burn — plenty of fun water toys to rent including boogie boards, surf boards, and surfing lessons for kids and families as well.

DAY 2: TAI O ADVENTURES

Hong Kong’s pink dolphin

On day two, take the family to the other side of Lantau. Visit the famous Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Wisdom Path. Explore Tai O, the oldest fishing village in Hong Kong, and taste some of the best Hong Kong snacks along the way. Take a boat with the kids and see who can spot Hong Kong’s pink dolphins before you visit a secret infinity pool.

Morning

Chinese sugar doughnuts

Tai O Bakery is famous for creating the best Chinese sugar doughnuts in Hong Kong (your kids will love these)!  They only do small batch baking so the best time to try these are in the morning. Solo Café is a small cafe serving up handcrafted artisanal coffees and offers guests a cute terrace right by the water. It opens a bit later (around 10am) but is worth a slow coffee.

Many say the best time to spot Hong Kong’s pink dolphins is between the months of October and April. You can join a boat trip to see the pink dolphins, go through the stilted village of Tai O, and to hike and view the Man Cheung Po ’infinity pool’ (Tai O waterfalls).

Man making dried shrimp paste

Tai O is very famous for its street snacks, so it’s worth a walk around to taste the local creations. Chueng Choi Kee offers dried shrimp paste and pork rolls. Cha Kwo Choi sells cha guo (tea dumplings) that are delicious. There is also tea to try, BBQ squid jerky and so much more. For families looking for a food tour, book with Hong Kong Greeters, which caters to families and will take you and your group on a foodie and cultural adventure around Tai O. They can arrange the whole day of fun and you will learn a lot about Tai O, pirates in Hong Kong and the food! When it’s time to leave Tai O, you’ll easily spot the bus terminus and taxi stand (beside the public toilets). A blue taxi or bus 21 will take you up to your next stop — The Big Buddha at Ngong Ping.

Afternoon

The Big Buddha

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[ Remarks: The Big Buddha is currently undergoing renovations. The lower part of the Big Buddha statue is covered and the areas in the vicinity of the Big Buddha statue will be closed during the maintenance period. All religious ceremonies and events will continue as usual, please check the official website before you visit. ]

Wisdom Path

You can also take a short walk to Wisdom Path Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info , a unique trail lined with wooden monuments inscribed with the Heart Sutra prayer. Kids especially enjoy this walk as there is a lot to see! After your exploration, visit nearby Ngong Ping Village, which offers both shops and restaurants.

Ngong Ping 360 cable car

By now you’ll have spotted the cable cars — it’s time to enjoy the ride. Ngong Ping Cable Car will send your family sky high in a gondola from Ngong Ping to Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. Expect to see stunning 360-degree views as you glide over the city’s countryside. Book the Crystal Cabin for glass-bottom thrills. Note, the last ride is at 6pm so be sure to plan ahead and arrive slightly early.

From Tung Chung, it’s easy to make your way back to the city by MTR or bus. Alternatively, if you are staying a bit longer and want a unique Lantau local favourite for dinner, book a table at The Gallery in Tong Fuk. It’s delicious and kid-friendly too.

 

Looking for more family fun? Check out these Hong Kong attractions for families of all ages.


HOW TO GET TO (AND AROUND) LANTAU ISLAND

Lantau Island can be accessed by a few different routes. On the island, only special licensed cars and blue taxis are allowed. During busy periods, moving around via taxi is limited but there are public bus routes connecting the island’s main beaches and attractions.

Ferry
  • Ferry (Central Ferry Pier 6–Mui Wo): This is the easiest way to reach Lantau Island from Central. Be sure to check the ferry schedule for slow and fast ferry timings. The slow ferry is ideal if you are traveling with a pet or bringing along your own bike, otherwise, fast ferries will get you from Central Ferry Pier 6 to Mui Wo in 40 minutes.

  • MTR + taxi or bus:  You can take the MTR Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung Station and then take a blue Lantau taxi or bus onwards.

WHERE TO STAY ON LANTAU ISLAND WITH KIDS

Camp site with caravans

For those up for the outdoor adventure, Lantau is a famous place to go camping! There are various public camp sites throughout, including Pui O Beach, which also offers tent rentals. For those seeking a glamping experience, family-friendly Welcome Beach offers caravan rentals and barbeques on Cheung Sha Beach Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info .

Tent with picnic table and chairs

Treasure Island Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info in Pui O also offers glamping options as well as cabanas near the beach. Perks for booking Treasure Island include a wide range of activities for kids including surfing and kayaking along with a groovy beach bar for early morning coffees and afternoon craft beers. On Lower Cheung Sha Beach, families can book caravans or safari tents from Long Coast Seasports. For luxury stays, there is one hotel on Lantau Island to book and that is Tai O Heritage Hotel. Built under British colonial rule as a police station, this beautifully renovated boutique property has nine rooms and a slew of unique dining and cultural experiences to explore with the kids around the stilted village of Tai O. A mid-range option in Mui Wo is Silvermine Beach Resort. This hotel is very quirky with perks focused around its location including bike and kayak rentals, and a large pool.

Information in this article is subject to change without advance notice. Please contact the relevant product or service providers for enquiries.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board disclaims any liability as to the quality or fitness for purpose of third party products and services; and makes no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, adequacy or reliability of any information contained herein.

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