Mui Wo packs plenty of activities for anyone planning a day trip to explore it. The town offers visitors a lovely beach, a beautiful waterfall and cave, great restaurants, and a few hikes.
Mui Wo is located on Silvermine Bay, Lantau Island, an area with an interesting history of how it got its name. Yes, there once were active silver mines along the Silver River that flows through the village.
So, if you’re looking for things to do in Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay, read on.
How to get to Mui Wo
To get to Mui Wo catch the ferry from Central Pier Number 6. The ferries run quite frequently as you can see from their schedule.
You can also catch bus 3M from Tung Chung to Mui Wo.
Once you arrive at Mui Wo Ferry Pier, turn left for the Mui Wo shopping area or turn right towards the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market. Continue past the Cooked Food Market to reach the promenade that runs along the Silvermine Bay towards Silvermine Bay Beach.
We usually arrive in Mui Wo at lunchtime and head to one of our favourite restaurants.
Restaurants at Mui Wo
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Mui Wo. From international options, to very local; Mui Wo has it all!
One of the main reasons why we love visiting this town is Stoep, the South African restaurant that was once at Cheung Sha Beach (our favourite beach on Lantau Island). I particularly enjoy their boerewors (South African sausage) meal!
China Bear is another great restaurant in Mui Wo. Located right next to the ferry pier, this restaurant is known for its western food and views of Silvermine Bay.
But if you’re in the mood for some local food, head into the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market near the ferry pier. Go to the back of the market where the restaurants have seats facing the bay.
We’ve also dined at another amazing restaurant at the end of Silvermine Bay Beach called China Beach Club. The food here is not only amazing, but the portions are also quite sumptuous. Not to mention the views of the sea are amazing!
What to do in Mui Wo
Now let’s talk about all the things to do and see in Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay. But first, here’s a quick video of the highlights.
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Silvermine Bay Waterfall
One of the biggest attractions in the area is the waterfall. And lucky for us, the Silvermine Bay Waterfall is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in Hong Kong.
The walk to the waterfall and its garden is only 20 minutes from the beach and involves no climbing or slopes. It’s more like a stroll through the village, where you can see kids playing with their dogs in gardens. It really doesn’t feel like Hong Kong.
Silvermine Bay Cave
A short climb above the waterfall lies the Silvermine Bay Cave. The cave was once a place of silver production, and that’s how the area (and the hill) got its name.
Silver mining began in 1910 but stopped later on account of low silver content. Although the cave is tens of metres deep, it is now completely sealed. It now only serves as a relic of Hong Kong’s past, and a reminder of how the area got its name.
Silvermine Bay Beach
The Silvermine Bay Beach in Mui Wo is a long and relatively clean beach. It may not be our favourite beach on Lantau Island, but it’s definitely the closest one to the ferry pier.
The beach offers all the usual facilities such as changing rooms, toilets, and lifeguards. There are also a couple of snack shops, restaurants and even a resort located next to it.
On a side note, if you’re interested in learning more about the best beaches on Lantau Island, check out this post.
Silvermine Beach Resort
The Silvermine Beach Resort is a pretty cool hotel to plan a staycation in Lantau Island. The hotel is located right on the beach, with its alfresco cafe within touching distance of the sand.
You can learn all about the resort and its staycation packages by visiting their booking page.
Kayaking in Silvermine Bay
While you’re on the beach and in the mood for some water sports, you can rent kayaks and paddleboards from a shop called “No Name Shop” in the middle of Silvermine Bay Beach. We’ve kayaked around the bay and honestly, it was a lot of fun. The rental cost us HK$ 150 for 2 hours.
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- Guide for the Mui Wo to Discovery Bay hike via The Trappist Haven Monastery
- Guide for the Mui Wo to Discovery Bay hike via Lo Fu Tau Country Trail
However, if you wish to stay within the confines of Silvermine Bay, there is another shorter hike to Man Kok Tsui that you can explore.
Mui Wo to Man Kok Tsui hike
Man Kok Tsui is a small village located at the northern tip of Silvermine Bay. The hike is relatively easy with minimal climbing involved.
Here is the map and elevation profile of the hike. From the end of Silvermine Bay Beach, the hike is approximately 2.4 km and should take about 35 mins.
However, if you hike straight from the ferry pier, it will take you about an hour as the distance increases to 3.8 km. Click here to open the map of the hike in Google Maps.
Man Kok Tsui is known for its small farms and holiday homes. But it also has a very clean and pretty beach, which as you can imagine is extremely secluded. In fact, the only reason why we hiked to Man Kok Tsui was so that we could have a beach to ourselves.
And if you happen to be here on a clear day, you can see the Hong Kong skyline from the beach.
Things to do in Mui Wo
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