Victoria Harbour is one of the world’s most impressive natural harbours. Stunning buildings and landmarks on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon adorn both sides of the busy harbour, a variety of craft including ferries, junks, sampans, cruise ships, freighters and tankers ply the waters and at night time the illuminated buildings provide a colourful and spectacular display.
Visitors are able to choose from a variety of daytime and evening harbour cruises with a range of itineraries in various types of craft;
HKTB "DUK LING" JUNK RIDE
Duk Ling is an authentic Chinese junk built in Macau 50 years and used as a fishing boat until a change of ownership in 1985 following which three years were spent restoring the junk to its original classic design. Duk Ling is now owned and operated by Detours Limited which in turn is owned by China Pub Company HK Ltd.
The Duk Ling is available for private and professional charters and Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) charter the junk on two days a week and offer one hour sailings to bona fide visitors to Hong Kong for a fee of HK$100 per person (increased from HK$50 per person from 1st October 2010. Prior to July 2008 HKTB had provided these rides free). Demand for these rides is high and with a limit of 30 passengers per ride it is necessary to register in advance (sight of passport is usually requested) at the HKTB Visitor Information and Services Centre at Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui. Full details here;
The rides operate on Thursdays and Saturdays from Kowloon Public Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui (assemble under the upper deck of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade outside the Cultural Centre close to the Star Ferry Pier) and from Central Pier 9 next to the Star Ferry Piers on Hong Kong Island at the following times;
From Kowloon Public Pier - Thursday 2pm and 4pm, Saturday 10am and noon
From Central Pier 9 - Thursday 3pm and 5pm, Saturday 11am and 1pm
For private chartering of Duk Ling see;
STAR FERRY’S HARBOUR TOUR
Star Ferry's specially adapted sightseeing tour boat "Shining Star"
The double-decker air conditioned Star Ferry “Shining Star” with on board café, viewing platform and sun deck sails a daily one hour circular tour of Victoria Harbour throughout the day and evening calling at the Tsim Sha Tsui, Central Pier 8, and Wanchai Star Ferry Piers on route. The tour can be joined at any of these piers and single ride day or night round trip tickets or day and half-day hopping passes are available.
Passengers can enjoy splendid harbour views from the open deck of "Shining Star", which has been specially adapted for sightseeing harbour tours by Star Ferry
DAY SAILING SCHEDULE;
Tsim Sha Tsui 11-05 then 05 mins past each hour until 17-05
Central 11-20 then 20 mins past each hour until 17-20
Wan Chai 11-40 then 35 mins past each hour until 15-40
NIGHT SAILING SCHEDULE;
Tsim Sha Tsui 18-05 (1st October to 31st January only), 19-05, 20-05 and 21-05 Central 18-20 (1st October to 31st January only), 19-20 and 20-20
There are no night sailings from Wanchai Ferry Pier
Round trip ticket holders must disembark at the same pier as boarded from.
Hopping Pass holders can hop and off at any pier during the period of validity of the pass. Tickets can be obtained from the ticket counters at any of the Star Ferry Piers but sales stop ten minutes before each departure.
Tickets and passes include a refreshment coupon for non alcoholic drinks and snacks (except the single ride day ticket). Payment can be made only in cash (HK Dollars).
A taped commentary is available for hire on board in English, Mandarin or Japanese.
A special SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS HARBOUR CRUISE TICKET is available. This provides a two hour cruise (two circuits) from Tsim Sha Tsui at 19-05 daily and includes excellent views of the spectacular Symphony of Lights multimedia show which takes place daily at 20-00 and involves 44 buildings on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Tickets can only be purchased at the Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui and the cruise can only be joined at Tsim Sha Tsui. Tickets include refreshments on board.
The luxurious air-conditioned interior cabin of "Shining Star"
TICKET PRICES (at May 2013)
Day Hopping Pass HK$215 (HK$194*)
Single Ride Day Round Trip** HK$85 (HK$77*)
Single Ride Night Round Trip*** HK$150 (HK$135*)
Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise (19-05 to 21-05) HK$170 (HK$153*)
* Concessionary fare for children 3-12
** valid 14-05 to 19-05 from 1 Feb to 30 Sept, 14-05 to 18-05 from 1 Oct to 31 Jan
*** valid 19-05 to 22-05 from 1 Feb to 30 Sept, 18-05 to 22-05 from 1 Oct to 31 Jan
Star Ferry's Harbour Tour Ticket Kiosk on the Star Ferry Pier Concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui
"AQUA LUNA" JUNK
"Aqua Luna" junk
“Cheung Po Tsai” is the Aqua Luna junk hand built for the Aqua Restaurant Group using traditional shipbuilding methods over an 18 month period by a local craftsman supervised by a veteran 73 year old shipbuilder. The junk with its distinctive red sails is named after the Cheung Chau Island pirate who terrorised the South China Sea at the turn of the twentieth century and was launched in 2006 with a capacity to carry 80 passengers excluding crew.
Upper deck cabin of "Aqua Luna", where passengers can stretch out and relax whilst enjoying a harbour cruise
DISCOVER HARBOUR TOUR;
Aqua Luna operates five daily "hop-on, hop-off" harbour tours between 12pm and 5pm on Mondays to Fridays, calling at Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wan Chai and Hung Hom.
Fare for a one-day pass is HK$100 adult, HK$80 child (4-11). Departure times are;
Tsim Sha Tsui, Pier1, Hong Kong Cultural Centre - 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
Central Pier 9, 12-10pm, 1-10pm, 2-10pm, 3-10pm, 4-10pm
Wan Chai Ferry Pier, 12-20pm, 1-20pm, 2-20pm, 3-20pm, 4-20pm
Hung Hom Ferry Pier, 12-40pm, 1-40pm, 2-40pm, 3-40pm, 4-40pm
EVENING HARBOUR CRUISE;
There are six 45-minute evening harbour cruises, operating daily from from Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. Fare is HK$195 adult, HK$155 child (4-11) except for the sailings marked* (Symphony of Lights Cruise) for which fare is HK$260 adult, HK$210 child (4-11). Departure times are;
Tsim Sha Tsui, Pier1, Hong Kong Cultural Centre - 5-30pm, 6-30pm, *7-30pm, 8-30pm, 9-30pm, 10-30pm
Central Pier 9 - 5-45pm, 6-45pm, *7-45pm, 8-45pm, 9-45pm, 10-45pm
*advance reservation for these popular sailings ("Symphony of Lights Cruise") is advisable.
Reservations can be made by phoning Aqua Luna Reservations on (852) 2116 8821 or can be made online from between 7 and 3 days in advance;
Tickets can also be purchased at the piers prior to departure provided space is available.
STANLEY DAY CRUISE (WEEKENDS ONLY)
Aqua Luna also operates day cruises to Stanley on Saturdays and Sundays only, departing Central Pier 9 at 12pm and Pier1, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui at 12-15pm, arriving Stanley at 1-45pm and departing at 3-30pm. Tickets for adults cost HK$320 for round-trip or HK$210 one-way and include one drink. Child (4-11) ticket costs HK$190 round-trip or HK$140 one-way.
xThe magnificently crafted lower deck saloon of "Aqua Luna"
WATERTOURS OF HONG KONG LTD
Watertours of Hong Kong was formed in 1959 and operates a variety of daily harbour tours using two unique wooden tour boats built along traditional Chinese lines, “Ctrip” with a capacity of 250 persons and “Wing On Travel” with a capacity of 220 persons. Some of these tours extend beyond the harbour and tours range in duration from 90 minutes to 3 hours. Tours include drinks and refreshments and some tours include a full dinner. Tours can be joined either at Kowloon Public Pier 3 (outside the Cultural Centre under the upper deck of Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade near the Star Ferry Pier) or Central Pier 9 (next to the Star Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island).
Summary of daily tours;
Morning Harbour & Noon Day Gun Firing – 2 hours – HK$230 (HK$140*)
Departs Kowloon Public Pier 3 - 10-15, Central Pier 9 - 10-30
Western Shoreline & Afternoon Tea Cruise – 90 minutes – HK$230 (HK$140*)
Departs Kowloon Public Pier 3 - 14-45, Central Pier 9 - 15-00
Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise – 90 minutes – HK$300 (HK$210*)
Departs Central Pier 9 - 18-00, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 18-15
Symphony of Lights – 90 minutes – HK$310 (HK$220*)
Departs Central Pier 9 – 19-30, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 19-45
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Dinner Cruise – 3 hours – HK$450 (HK$420*)
Departs Central Pier 9 – 18-00, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 18-15
Harbour Night Cruise – 90 minutes – HK$290 (HK$200*)
Departs Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 21-30, Central Pier 9 – 21-45
*Child (2 to 12 years) rate
More details of these tours are available on the Watertours website;
Reservations can be made through most hotel tour desks, tour agents, HKTB Visitor Information and Services Centres or by phoning the reservations line on 2926 3868, online via the above website, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the Watertours Booking Office at Shop 1023A, 10/F, Star House, 3 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (9-00 to 18-30).
Watertours tour boat "Ctrip"
HARBOUR CRUISE BAUHINIA
Harbour Cruise Bauhinia operate a 2 hour nightly cruise with international style buffet dinner and live band. The cruise aboard the luxurious tour boat includes unobstructed views of the “Symphony of Lights” multimedia show. The boat is equipped with a bar, lounge, main hall and dance floor. The tour starts at North Point Ferry Pier on Hong Kong Island and then follows a circular route round the harbour via Tai Koo, Shau Kei Wan, Chai Wan, Lei Yue Mun, Cha Kwo Ling, Kai Tak, Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.
The tour departs from North Point (East) Ferry Pier, North Point at 19-30 and from Hung Hom Ferry Pier, Hung Hom, Kowloon at 20-00.
The tour costs HK$400 adult, HK$260 child aged 2 to 10 and these amounts are subject to 10% service charge.
Reservations can be made by phoning Harbour Cruise Bauhinia on 2802 2886
by visiting the Harbour Cruise Bauhinia office at Upper Deck, North Point (East) Ferry Pier, North Point (open 09-00 to 18-00 daily).
Harbour Cruise Bauhinia also operate a Sunset Dinner Cruise departing North Point (East Ferry Pier at 17-45 daily costing HK$300 adult, HK$210 child plus 10% service charge.
More information is available from the Harbour Cruise Bauhinia website;
Harbour Cruise Bauhinia