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Author:  Deirdre [ Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:40 pm ]
Post subject:  What happens when you miss the last ferry?

Hi guys,

I've been considering moving to Lamma. My one major concern is the ferry finishing times. My job will have traveling a lot and potentially coming in on late flights. Are there options to get back to the island after the ferries have finished? Thanks for your feedback.

Author:  Alan [ Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What happens when you miss the last ferry?

Last ferry is at 12:30.
If you really must get back after that, you can get a sampan in Aberdeen for about $150-$200.

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:55 am ]
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It also depends where on Lamma you're moving to.
There are 4 ferry piers and last arrivals vary widely. For example, my last ferry home to Pak Kok leaves at 9:10pm from YSW (8:30pm on Sundays and holidays). Afterwards it'll be a long, dark walk or bike ride home from another Lamma ferry pier.

The sampan, usually from Aberdeen only, is an adventure in itself, reserved for real emergencies, not for regular commute at all. The last time I took it, years ago, two container ships were crossing each other just a hundred metres or so in front of us. The old guys and gals running these sampans get a bit sleepy late at night and their eyesight is often not too great anymore.

Author:  Deirdre [ Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:57 am ]
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Hi Alan, thanks for the reply. I'm a total newbie here. I've heard of sampans. Are they safe in the night time darkness. Have you ever heard of any accidents? Also, is there a number to call for one? Or do you just have to take your chances wandering around a pier in the hope that you could convince someone to take you?

Author:  Deirdre [ Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:07 am ]
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Lamma-Gung wrote:
The sampan, usually from Aberdeen only, is an adventure in itself, reserved for real emergencies, not for regular commute at all. The last time I took it, years ago, two container ships were crossing each other just a hundred metres or so in front of us. The old guys and gals running these sampans get a bit sleepy late at night and their eyesight is often not too great anymore.

Oh wow! I think I have my answer there! This may be ruling Lamma out for me :( I'd probably have to do it at least a couple of times a month. That plus the additional suitcase haul could make those couple of times a month a real pain.

I really like Lamma. Anything else in HK with better access that isn't as shiny as DB and isn't as crazy as downtown. Maybe it's a lunatic question, but appreciate any suggestions. Cheers :thumb-up:

Author:  Alan [ Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:07 pm ]
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Look around Mui Wo.
You can get a taxi from the airport at any time.

Author:  jjy005 [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:10 am ]
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How can I get this one? !!! Missed gerr
Y now and teying ti go back to lamma! !

Author:  Alan [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:41 am ]
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jjy005 wrote:
How can I get this one? !!! Missed gerr
Y now and teying ti go back to lamma! !


Get to Aberdeen by bus or taxi, and then to the harbourside towards the fish market and you'll find some sampans. They'll probably call out to you. Tell them "Yung Shue Wan", and agree on a price.
Good luck.

Author:  Rummy Coakes [ Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:05 am ]
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My long-suffering girlfriend missed the last ferry one night. "No problem," I told her, "just go round to Aberdeen and get a sampan!" However, there was not a sampan in service and she was stuck until the first ferry left from Central at 6.30am. So I'm doubtful about the confident assertions that one can just get a sampan.
If anybody knows a user-friendly number to call for a sampan in the wee hours, do let us know here.

Author:  Boss [ Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:39 pm ]
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STOP PRESS! I have a reliable source who says that since the ferry accident, the govt has stepped in and is preventing the sampans from making the crossing! If you miss the last ferry you have little choice but to wait it out till the first one in the morning. Hardly surprising I suppose but a damn shame!

Author:  Alan [ Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:45 am ]
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Idiotic, sampans had nothing to do with that. But finding a scapegoat to crack down on is SOP.

Author:  GM [ Sun Jan 26, 2014 3:07 pm ]
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I asked today at our usual sampan place in Aberdeen, and with my limited Cantonese, seems to be no problem. I will ask again tonight and try to get a local friend on the phone to really confirm things. If they say they are running, I might be helping a guest to get back on the sampan on Monday night so that would be the real test.

They said the usual things to me, i.e. if Tai Fung then they don't run. Otherwise, they run.

Author:  GM [ Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:41 am ]
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Well I'm safely back home after catching a sampan from Aberdeen at 11:30pm. So "Boss"'s "reliable source" appears to have some reliability issues.

I suspect Rummy Coakes' GF may have been looking in the wrong place for a sampan, or the weather was foul & windy, or just very unlucky.

The numbers given to me my the nighttime sampan lady are 6200 3496 & 9483 3317.

A couple of other numbers I got from the daytime lady (same floating barge thingy as the nighttime lady) are 9352 1582 & 9709 8441.

Cost to Pak Kok at least $150 (we paid $160 for 2 people last night). Cost to YSW estimated at $250.

Alan's instructions are correct. Opposite the open area where they've built seats modelled on sampan shapes. Halfway between the Pak Kok pier and the fish market.

Strongly suggest you call first to verify if you can get a sampan and they'll probably do their best to arrange a sampan to meet your schedule, otherwise if you just show up you might be waiting a while. Important: no English spoken!!

Author:  Boss [ Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:49 am ]
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"So "Boss"'s "reliable source" appears to have some reliability issues."

Whoops, sorry la! I'll get back to whom from whence it came and suggest they check out more thoroughly than I did!

Author:  Alan [ Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:38 am ]
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Even though the government here is getting more Mainland by the day, they still don't make secret laws.
When they do something stupid, it's in public.
There would have to be an announcement and notices posted if they changed a policy.

Maybe it was something like the Marine Police were having a safety crackdown and the sampans didn't want the hassle of being pulled over and checked.

Author:  WINKI39 [ Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:49 am ]
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i am planning to move lamma island but concerned about transport. i am working in morning shift at pok fu lam - hongkong island. how safe and feasible for availability of transport early in the morning 5 o'clock from YSW/PAK KOK to ABERDEEN. appreciate a feedback from your experience.

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:46 am ]
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Is there any way of getting to Aberdeen that early? No idea. Probably NOT by sampan.
I'll ask my fellow PaK-Kokians...

Author:  Lamma-Gung [ Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:26 pm ]
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First answers are in:

You might be able to arrange a sampan or speed boat for occasional and expensive trips, but nobody has a solution for daily trips so far.
People catching early flights usually stay in town overnight.

Author:  WINKI39 [ Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:03 pm ]
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any contact info on speedboat ? I can see boats at CYBERPORT WATER PARK JETTy but could not get hold of them to get info. they are not regular.

Author:  Christianbu42 [ Sat May 23, 2015 2:33 pm ]
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WINKI39 wrote:
any contact info on speedboat ? I can see boats at CYBERPORT WATER PARK JETTy but could not get hold of them to get info. they are not regular.



Yup you can call/text me Christian 6829 1725. I have a boat and can pick you up anytime.

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