Hop on the ferry to Mui Wo and spend the day in Lantau, fast becoming our favorite spot for quick and easy weekends out of the city. This charming town located on the east side of Lantau Island offers a great family day out! With family-friendly hiking trails, a large beach, waterfalls, and more! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Mui Wo with kids, giving you the details on where to eat, play, and explore!
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You can head to Mui Wo in several ways, from the ferry to catching the bus or taking the MTR.
FERRY: Head to Central Ferry Pier #6 and board either the slow (55 minutes) or fast (35 minutes) ferry to Mui Wo. They run frequently during the day (every 30/40min) with no booking required. Click here to view the ferry schedule.
MTR/BUS: You can also take the MTR to Tung Chung and take the 3M Bus to Mui O. Click here to view the bus schedule.
TAXI: You can also grab a taxi (light blue in Lantau - slightly cheaper too) from Tung Chung Station that will take you to Mui O.
When it comes to food options in Mui Wo, you're spoilt for choice! Whether you're in the mood for brunch, local seafood, or baked goods to-go, Mui Wo has got you covered.
- Pause Cafe is the ideal spot for a lovely family brunch, this minimalistic yet charming all-white cafe is situated in a revamped colonial house. The kitchen serves up healthy bites as well as delicious brunch classics like avocado toast with poached eggs, or if you have more of a sweet tooth, their French Toast with Seasonal Fruit and Marscapone is amazing!
- Head to Grill House (formerly known as Stoep) for all the firm Italian favorites that you know and love. From pizzas to hearty soups and juicy steaks, there is something for everyone here.
- Village Bakery is a well-loved bakery by the locals and expats alike, and for good reasons. If you're looking for some western-style baked goods to go, whether for a hike or a beach day, the Village Bakery will sort you out. Freshly-baked croissants, coffee to go, sour-dough buns, cinnamon rolls, and incredible pain au chocolate - yum!
- China Bear is a traditional English Pub, that is located right by the ferry pier and has some seats outside that offer a lovely view of the bay. They serve familiar British favorites like bangers and mash, fish and chips with a perfectly poured pint of ale. If you're not in the mood for British food, they also offer various types of pasta, steak sandwiches, burgers and more.
Enjoy an Aperol Spritz and a beautiful sea view at The Kitchen. This pet-friendly restaurant offers Italian fare at affordable prices, from homemade pasta to thin-crust pizzas and an array of antipasti.
If you're looking for some adventure, head to Silvermine Waterfall, one of the city's most easy-to-reach pools. Simply follow the path to the beach and walk along that trail. Take the bridge over the creek, walk past Chinese houses until you get to a narrow footpath, and follow it to the falls.
Make sure to check out the Silvermine Cave, too, located just above the Silvermine Waterfall. You will find an old entrance to a silver and lead mine that closed in 1898, but you can still do some exploring inside. But beware, it is not for the fainthearted, as you may encounter some wild bats on your way in.
Silvermine Waterfalls and Cave, Click here for more detailed instructions.
The Hideout Hong Kong is a unique hideaway in Lantau that provides the Hong Kong community with a peaceful place. The location is absolutely stunning and created with a focus on peace and sustainability.
They combine outdoor vegetable farming, bee farming, special workshops for the whole family, field-to-cup coffee, meals supporting local communities (with minimal environmental impact), and gardening plots you can rent. Have a coffee, enjoy the outdoors, relax, and reconnect.
Want to go? Click here to make a reservation and click here for directions.
Once arrived in Mui Wo, whether by ferry, bus, or cab, you can have a family beach day and head to Silvermine Bay Beach. It's a quick and picturesque 15-minute walk along the coastline from the Mui Wo Ferry Pier or bus terminus.
This large beach comes with lifeguards during the summer months and offers large areas of shallow water, ideal for smaller kiddos. Whether you wish to kayak, paddle or swim, this beach offers endless opportunities for water fun.
Silvermine Bay Beach is also pet-friendly! At the far end of the beach is where you can let your dogs run freely on the white sands and play to their heart's content. Make sure to note that only the slower ferries allow for traveling with your pets, so time yourselves accordingly.
Silvermine Bay Beach, 14 Tung Tau Wan Rd, Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Lantau Island has a tonne of hiking trails, from family-friendly to pretty challenging. The Mui Wo - Discovery Bay Trail is a popular trek with families, as you will do more walking than hiking on this route. The trail is well-paved with concrete pathways, steps, and handrails.
The 6km trail starts at Mui Wo ferry pier. Follow signs leading to the Trappist Haven Monastery. The trail goes off-road along the water’s edge before arriving on the other side of Discovery Bay at Nim Shue Wan ferry pier.
There’s plenty of flora, fauna, and wildlife, such as colorful butterflies and insects to keep little ones enthralled. Once the hike is completed, you can reward your little munchkins with lunch at a waterfront restaurant along the boardwalk or hit the beach.
Lantau Island Hike For Kids - Click here for more information!
Check out more of Little Steps' Lantau hiking guides in Hong Kong:
Lantau Peak And Sunset Peak (This is for tweens and above - challenging)
Discover Bay Hikes For Families And Kids - more hikes on Lantau!
You might be familiar with the Man Mo temples scattered around Hong Kong, where people praise the god of literature (Man Cheong) and the god of war (Mo Tai). The most popular one resides in Sheung Wan, and just outside of Mui Wo, hidden in the sleepy village of Pak Ngan Heung, is the temple of Man Mo. The Man Mo Temple in Lantau is the smallest but, nonetheless, beautifully adorned with incredible artwork and worth the trip.
Man Mo Temple, Pak Ngan Heung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, +852 2540 0350
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