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;
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
The luxurious interior cabin provides air conditioned comfort
DAY SAILING SCHEDULE;
Tsim Sha Tsui 11-55 then 55 mins past each hour until 17-55 (until 16-55 from 1st October to 31st January)
Central 12-15 then 15 mins past each hour until 17-15 (until 16-15 from 1st October to 31st January)
Wan Chai 12-30 then 30 mins past each hour until 15-30
NIGHT SAILING SCHEDULE;
Tsim Sha Tsui 17-55 (1st October to 31st January only), 18-55 and 20-55.
Central 18-15 (1st October to 31st January only) and 20-15
There are no night sailings from Wanchai Ferry Pier
Ticket holders must disembark at the same pier as boarded pier at the end of the one-hour trip.
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 operates from Central at 19-15 and Tsim Sha Tsui at 19-55 daily and includes excellent views of the spectacular Symphony of Lights multimedia show which takes place daily at 20-00 and involves 45 buildings on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Tickets can be purchased at the Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Pier 7. Tickets include refreshments on board.
TICKET PRICES (at February 2016)
Single Ride Day Round Trip** HK$95 (HK$86*)
Single Ride Night Round Trip*** HK$175 (HK$158*)
Symphony of Lights Harbour Cruise HK$200 (HK$180)
* Concessionary fare for children 3-12
** valid 11-55 to 17-55 from 1 Feb to 30 Sept, 11-55 to 16-55 from 1 Oct to 31 Jan
*** valid 18-55 to 20-55 from 1 Feb to 30 Sept, 17-55 to 20-55 from 1 Oct to 31 Jan
Star Ferry's Harbour Tour Ticket Kiosk on the Star Ferry Pier Concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui
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STAR FERRY WATER TOUR*
With effect from 15th December 2016 Star Ferry has introduced a round-trip “Water Tour” from Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier to Disneyland Resort Pier. The new tour utilises a completely renovated Star Ferry "World Star" withdrawn from service in 2011 when the Wan Chai – Hung Hom route closed. Co-funded by the Pilot Green Transport Fund of the Environmental Protection Department, “World Star” has been given a new life and become Hong Kong’s first diesel-electric powered eco-ferry bringing about substantial reduction in emission and higher propulsion efficiency. The renovated ferry features a spacious air-conditioned central cabin and café with luxury seating, tables and outside viewing decks.
* Note - Star Ferry Water Tour to Disneyland temporarily suspended from 3rd October 2018 until further notice owing to closure of Disneyland Resort Pier following typhoon damage. A substitute tour of the eastern harbour operates at 11-30am daily. See website for details.
There are two daily sailings from Tsim Sha Tsui at 11-00 and 17-00 and from Disneyland Resort Pier at 11-45 and 17-45. Journey time on the outward journey from Tsim Sha Tsui is about 45 minutes and the return journey which allows passengers excellent views of the Tsing Ma Bridge, Stonecutter's Bridge and Container Port takes about 70 minutes. Promotional round-trip fare until 21st December 2016 is HK$160 for adults and HK$140 for child age 3-12, senior age 65 and over, persons with disabilities and persons making a group purchase for 10 persons or more. Tickets are sold on a “first come – first served” basis on the day of departure at the Star Ferry Harbour Tour Ticket Counter at Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier Concourse. Payment by cash only in Hong Kong Dollars. No online booking facility is available. Ticket Counter is open from 10-30am to 8-45pm daily and tickets must be purchased at least 10 minutes before departure time. Ticket includes one snack and one drink. Passengers also have the option to purchase Round-trip plus One Day Disneyland Ticket or Round-trip plus Walt's Café Afternoon Tea/Lunch set package.
"World Star" also operates a nightly "ICC Light Show and Symphony of Lights" Harbour Cruise departing Tsim Sha Tsui at 19-25, fare HK$220 adult, HK$200 concessions.
Star Ferry "World Star"
The luxurious interior cabin of "World Star"
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"AQUA LUNA" JUNKS
"Aqua Luna" junk
“Cheung Po Tsai” is the original 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
The magnificently crafted lower deck saloon of "Aqua Luna"
Following the successful operation of Aqua Luna junk which has been providing scheduled tours of Victoria Harbour and weekend cruises to and from Stanley since 2006, Aqua Restaurants Group launched its second junk, Aqua Luna II, during Easter 2017.
The junk was constructed in Mainland China at Shenwan near Zhuhai using Indonesian teak and fitted out locally at a shipyard in Shau Kei Wan. The junk is 2 metres longer and one-third wider than Aqua Luna but the most striking difference is the sails in the blue and white of Ming-dynasty porcelain with swirling Chinese clouds, a dragon and an ankh. The sails are made from synthetic canvas and are lighter than the familiar scarlet sails of Aqua Luna. The junk’s Chinese name “Dai Cheung Po” means “Big Brother of Cheung Po Tsai”, the notorious Qing-dynasty local pirate. Aqua Luna II is licensed to carry 99 passengers and will make regular sailings to Cheung Chau, Lamma and Stanley as well as corporate hire.
"Aqua Luna II", Aqua Restaurant Group's second junk, launched April 2017
HARBOUR DISCOVERY 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$130 adult, HK$90 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$285 adult, HK$220 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.
Aqua Luna also operates Day Cruises to;
STANLEY on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday. Depart Central Pier 9 12-00, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 12-15, Arrive Stanley Blake Pier 13-45, Depart 15-30, Arrive Central Pier 9 17-00, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 17-15. One-way fare Adult HK$280, Child HK$190, Round-trip Adult HK$400, Child HK$260
ABERDEEN DIM SUM CRUISE on Mondays. Depart Central Pier 9 13-00, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 13-15, 2-hour round-trip includes dim sum on board. Fare Adult HK$400, Child HK$300
LAMMA ISLAND on Wednesdays. Depart Central Pier 9 11-30, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 11-45, Arrive Lamma Island (Yung Shue Wan) 13-00, Depart 15-30, Arrive Central Pier 9 16-45, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 17-00. One-way fare Adult HK$300, Child HK$200, Round-trip Adult HK$450, Child HK$280
CHEUNG CHAU ISLAND on Fridays. Depart Central Pier 9 11-30, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 11-45, Arrive Cheung Chau Public Pier 13-30, Depart 15-30, Arrive Central Pier 9 17-00, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 17-15. One-way fare Adult HK$300, Child HK$200, Round-trip Adult HK$450, Child HK$280
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 (see website for full details);
Afternoon Victoria Harbour Cruise – 90 minutes – HK$260 (HK$170*)
Departs Kowloon Public Pier 3 - 3-45pm, Central Pier 9 - 4pm
Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise – 90 minutes – HK$330 (HK$240*)
Departs Central Pier 9 - 18-00, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 18-15
Symphony of Lights – 90 minutes – HK$350 (HK$260*)
Departs Central Pier 9 – 19-30, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 19-45
Lei Yue Mun Seafood Dinner Cruise – 3 hours – HK$600 (HK$540*)
Departs Central Pier 9 – 18-00, Kowloon Public Pier 3 – 18-15
Top of the Town and Evening Cruise – 5.5 hours – HK$790 (HK$730*)
Departs from 5pm onwards from various designated hotel pick-up points
Afternoon Dinner Cruise - 4-5 hours - HK$900 (HK$770*)
Departs from 5-15pm from various pick-up points
*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 "Noble House"
HARBOUR CRUISE BAUHINIA
Harbour Cruise Bauhinia operate a 2 hour nightly A SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS DINNER BUFFET 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$470 adult, HK$300 child aged 2 to 10 and these prices are subject to 10% service charge.
For further information see;
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 2-hour PEARL OF THE ORIENT DINNER CRUISE departing North Point (East) Ferry Pier at 17-45 daily costing HK$350 adult, HK$250 child plus 10% service charge.
For further information see;
Harbour Cruise Bauhinia
DUKLING JUNK RIDE HARBOUR TOUR
"DukLing" returned to service in June 2015 offering 45-minute harbour cruises
DukLing is an authentic Chinese 42-foot 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. DukLing is currently operated by Dukling Limited, having previously been operated by Detours Limited was a subsidiary of China Pub Company HK Ltd.
Until April 2014, when it ended its "Cultural Kaleidoscope" programme, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) chartered the junk on two days a week and offered 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). These were the only sailings on DukLing available to tourists and demand for these rides was high, with a limit of 30 passengers per ride. It had been necessary to register in advance (sight of passport was usually requested) at the HKTB Visitor Information and Services Centre at Star Ferry Concourse, Tsim Sha Tsui.
However, since June 2015 following a major restoration of the junk in Zhuhai, 45-minute harbour cruises have again become available to the public. Rides operate on most days from Kowloon Public Pier 3, Tsim Sha Tsui outside Hong Kong Cultural Centre at 16-30, 17-30, 18-30, 19-30 and 20-30 and from Central Pier 9 on Hong Kong Island 15 minutes later. Passenger capacity is 35.
The normal fare is HK$320 adult, HK$220 child including one drink but under a special promotion the fare is currently reduced to HK$230 adult, HK$160 child except for the Symphony of Lights Cruise. Fare for the Symphony of Lights Cruise departing nightly from Tsim Sha Tsui at 19-30 and Central Pier 9 at 19-45 is HK$280 adult, HK$220 child.
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The junk is also available for professional and private charter.
FORTUNE FERRY "WATER TAXI" TRIAL
A “water taxi” service for which the government awarded a licence to Fortune Ferry Company in early 2020 began operating on a trial basis with a special sailing on the 1st July 2021 then one sailing every Saturday from 3rd July 2021 with a capacity of 170 passengers. The service will initially operate a limited route departing 7-20pm from Hung Hom (South) Ferry Pier calling at Tsim Sha Tsui Landing No. 1 (the waterfront beside the Avenue of Stars) and Central Pier 9 then returning to Hung Hom. The journey time for the full route is about 70 minutes, allowing viewing of "A Symphony of Light" from on board. Passengers can freely hop on and off at any calling point. The adult full fare of the route is H$48 with sectional fares of HK$10 (Hung Hom - Tsim Sha Tsui East) and HK$14 (Tsim Sha Tsui East - Central) respectively and half-fare concession for children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. The intention is that when the situation regarding the Covid pandemic improves and tourism returns to Hong Kong, the service will operate on a more frequent basis, with some sailings extended to cover the full route which will include Kai Tak and West Kowloon;