We decided to make an impromptu plan to spend our day at Silvermine Bay near Mui Wo on Lantau Island. Because, that’s just what we do. And we’re glad we did. It turned out to be a relaxing day, exploring a new part of Lantau Island.
How to get to Silvermine Bay
From Central, catch the Mui Wo ferry from Pier #6. The ferries run fairly frequently as you can see from their schedule.
Once you arrive at Mui Wo Ferry Pier, walk out and turn right towards the Mui Wo Cooked Food Market. From there, stay on the fancy promenade that runs along the Silvermine Bay towards Silvermine Bay Beach.
We arrived at Silvermine Bay at lunch time, so were obviously hunting for a place to eat.
Silvermine Bay Restaurants
One of the main reasons why we planned a day trip to Mui Wo was because of Stoep. The South African restaurant was once at Cheung Sha Beach (our favourite beach on Lantau Island), and had moved to Mui Wo. We decided to check out their new fancy location at Riverwalk. Although not as quaint as their previous location, we still really like their food.
If you’re in the mood for some local food, head into the Cooked Food Market near the ferry pier. Go to the back of the market where the restaurants have seats facing the bay. There are also a few local restaurants along Riverwalk, near Stoep.
We also recently discovered another amazing restaurant at the end of Silvermine Bay called China Beach Club. The food here is not only amazing, but the portions are also quite sumptuous. Not to mention the view is amazing!
Explore Silvermine Bay
Once we finished lunch, we decided to explore Silvermine Bay a little more.
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Silvermine Bay Waterfall
One of the attractions in the area is the waterfall. Unlike Bride’s Pool Waterfall, the Silvermine Bay Waterfall is one of the most easily accessible waterfalls in Hong Kong.
From Stoep, the walk to the waterfall and its garden is only 20 minutes. And it involves no hills. It’s more like a stroll through villages, and farms; kids playing with their dogs in gardens. It really doesn’t feel like Hong Kong, and I love it.
Follow the path along the Islands Nature Heritage Trail – Mui Wo Section, and the Olympic Trail to arrive at the waterfall. Unfortunately, we visited the waterfall before the rains, and it was reduced to a trickle. But the trickle was enough to keep the rock pools filled (as you can see in the photo below) and water along the stream.
We promised to return after the monsoons.
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
After we were done visiting the Silvermine Cave and Waterfall, we decided to head back to the beach. On the way, we decided to grab an iced coffee before we chilled on the beach. In hindsight, we should have sat down at the Silvermine Beach Resort. The resort has a pretty cool outdoor cafe/restaurant along the promenade. The resort is also a pretty cool place for anyone who wants a staycation in Hong Kong.
The Silvermine Bay Beach itself is quite a long beach, and is relatively clean. It may not be our favourite beach on Lantau Island, but it’s definitely the easiest to access via the ferry. We chilled on the beach for an hour before we decided to walk back to the ferry pier.
If you’re in the mood for some water sports, you can rent kayaks, paddle boards from a shop called “No Name Shop” in the middle of Silvermine Bay Beach. We recently rented a kayak and really loved kayaking around the bay. It cost us HK$ 150 for 2 hours.
On our ferry ride back to the island, we felt relaxed and happy to have explored a new part of this incredible city called Hong Kong!