Silvermine Waterfall is perhaps the most beautiful waterfall on Lantau Island. With two parallel falls flowing down into rock pools, it’s no surprise why it’s such a popular destination in Mui Wo. Add to that the ease of access and that means just about anyone can visit the Silvermine Waterfall.
So how do you get here?
Central to Mui Wo
To get to Silvermine Waterfall (Silver Mine Waterfall or Silver Mine Falls), you need to first make your way to Mui Wo on Lantau Island.
You can catch the Mui Wo ferry from Central Pier Number 6. The timetable for the ferry is available on the NWFF website.
Silvermine Waterfall Walk
The Silvermine Waterfall is an easy 30 minutes walk from Mui Wo Ferry Pier That’s right, it’s not a hike, just an easy walk.
It’s perhaps as easy as the Little Hawaii Trail, except the trail here is flat and paved all the way.
Here’s a map of the walk, along with some quick stats.
You can also open the map of the walk on Google Maps.
Before we get to the directions to the waterfall, here’s a quick look at it to get you excited.
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Ferry Pier to Mui Wo Rural Committee Road
Once you arrive at Mui Wo Ferry Pier, exit and turn right. Walk along the pedestrian path that runs along the cycling track. Between here and the waterfall there are a couple of points of interest that we’ll touch upon in this section.
Walk along the Silvermine Bay promenade towards Silvermine Beach. Once you reach the bridge that connects the road to Silvermine Beach, continue walking straight, on the left side of the stream (River Silver).
Fun fact about the bridge: The bridge is called the Five-cent Bridge as people passing it back in the day had to pay 5 cents. In Cantonese, it translates to Tau Ling Bridge.
Walk past Starbucks and Stoep (a great South African restaurant) till you reach the bridge on the other side. Turn right, and then left onto Ngau Shu Street.
At the end of the Mui Wo Playground on Ngau Shu Street, turn right into the car park. Walk into the village and turn left onto the Mui Wo Rural Committee Road.
To Pak Ngan Heung
This road is part of the 5.6 km trail linking Pak Mong Village to Mui Wo. It was renamed Hong Kong Olympic Trail in honour of Hong Kong hosting the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games equestrian events.
Keep in mind that there is no shade along this road. So, come prepared if you plan on walking to the waterfall on a sunny day. Although the walk is fairly straightforward, you can follow the signs to the Silvermine Cave to avoid getting lost.
After about 10 minutes, you’ll arrive at a small bridge that connects to Pak Ngan Heung, which literally means “white silver village”. The colourful houses in the village are lined up on the left, with a large common space in front.
Man Mo Temple, Mui Wo
At the end of Pak Ngan Heung village is the Mui Wo Man Mo Temple. The temple was originally set up to settle disputes among villagers mining for silver, under the witness of God. Nowadays, it is the centre of attention during the Mui Wo Man Mo Temple Festival that takes place on May 13 of the lunar calendar.
Just after the temple is an old gate, which is the entrance to Pak Ngan Heung on the other side. And next to the gate is a beautiful private villa that belongs to Yeung Rui Shan, owner of the “Yee Wo Lung Rice” company. Apparently this property at one point covered (or still covers) 7.3 hectares.
Silvermine Waterfall Garden
After the villa, stay on the left side of the trail. By now you should hear the sound of the stream flowing beside you. And in another 100 metres, you will arrive at the Silvermine Waterfall Garden.
This mini garden, with a few picnic tables, a toilet, and of course the waterfall is quite a picturesque sight.
The Silvermine Waterfall comprises two parallel falls that can be reached by carefully climbing over the rocks.
Under the waterfalls are shallow rock pools that are suitable for a quick dip. Although there are signs to discourage swimming (for safety reasons), I believe it’s not against the law to swim in these pools.
The area next to the falls gets crowded, especially on weekends. But if you’re looking for a bit of peace, go downstream. There are plenty of rocks to sit and relax on, and fewer people. The area downstream is also cooler as it’s shaded.
Bonus: Silvermine Cave
After enjoying the waterfall, you can hike up the path next to the garden to visit the Silvermine Cave.
The cave was actively mined for silver back in 1910. Although the mining stopped due to the low silver content, it’s how the area got its name!
Lantau’s Best Waterfall
We hope you found our guide to the Silvermine Waterfall helpful. And if you’re looking to explore beyond the waterfall, check out our post on things to do in Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay.
But if you’re on a quest to discover more waterfalls, check out our list of where all you can see waterfalls in Hong Kong.