A Victoria Harbour Cruise is not just a great way to enjoy the magnificent views offered by the Hong Kong skyline but also a way to experience the rhythm and vitality of the city.
Victoria Harbour is one of the world's busiests, and quite an engrossing sight with the large cargo freighters and passenger cruise liners sharing the waterways with tiny sampans and junks, barges and ferries, all moving along and going on their daily routines... day and night...
As you can expect, the offerings for a Victoria Harbour Cruise are endless. There are all sorts of cruises and vessels to choose from. Cruises leave conveniently from piers on both the Hong Kong and Kowloon sides.
Victoria Harbour Cruises are so popular that many companies have jumped in the bandwagon to offer all sorts of different experiences including Day Harbour Cruises, Cocktail Harbour Cruises, Dinner and Cruising, etc.
Here are some of the most popular options for Victoria Harbour Cruises to consider:
Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and the Symphony of Lights
There are simply no words to describe the views of stunning Victoria Harbour and the majestic Hong Kong skyline lit up at night, it's just one of those things you just have to see.
This cruise brings you right to the middle of it, offering uninterrupted views of Hong Kong Island, Victoria Peak and the Kowloon skyline while the city's dazzling light show, the Symphony of Lights, unfolds around you.
You will cruise Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour aboard a traditional Chinese sightseeing boat, on your 1.5-hour evening cruise you'll enjoy unlimited free drinks from the open bar.
The highlight of your evening harbor cruise is the 20-minute Symphony of Lights show, a spectacular display of laser beams bouncing off 40 key skyscrapers on both sides of the harbour.
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes
›› Evening Victoria Harbour Cruise and Symphony of Lights Adult US$39 Child (2-12) US$30 - More info and booking
Hong Kong Sunset Cruise plus Dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant
This is certainly one unforgettable experience which combines an evening cruise on Hong Kong's dazzling Harbour, a 7-course feast at one of the cities institutions, Aberdeen's famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant and a glittering night view of Hong Kong and Kowloon from the Mid-levels lookout.
There will be unlimited free drinks from the open bar while onboard your cruise, which will be on a traditional Chinese sightseeing tour boat, close to sunset as you see the striking skyline lit up.
After your evening cruise on Hong Kong's floodlit harbor, you'll travel to Aberdeen by luxury motor coach for a superb Chinese banquet dinner at the famous Jumbo Floating Restaurant, Hong Kong's most renowned floating restaurants. Spectacularly illuminated at night, the Jumbo looks like a floating palace from the imperial era.
On your return to central Hong Kong you'll make a stop at the Mid-Levels lookout for a glittering night view of Hong Kong and Kowloon.
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
›› Hong Kong Sunset Cruise plus Dinner at the Jumbo Floating Restaurant Adult US$155 Child (2-12) US$133 - Info and Booking
The Star Ferry Harbour Cruise
Besides their regular commuting ferries between the Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, the Star Ferry "Shining Star" offers a one hour Cruise that circles Victoria Harbour and leave from Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Ferry Piers.
This is probably the easiest and most economical no-frill Victoria Harbour cruise which gives you the awesome views of the bay and the skyline you are here to see:
- Departures every hour, starting at 11:55 from Kowloon, 12:15 from Central
- You can buy a ticket at the pier right before boarding, ticket sales close 10 minutes before departure
- Tickets start at an economical HK100 (approximately US$12) for a day tour, hard to beat HK180 (about US$23) for a night tour
- Symphony of Lights evening cruise also available
- "Shining Star" is a double-decker air-conditioned ferry, has an outside viewing platform as well, it is quite stable and comfortable
- Taped commentary and refreshment offered on board but don't expect much
- Definitely value for money!
Remember you can buy discount tickets for the Star Ferry Harbour Tour online at Klook.com:
HK100 HK85 US$11
HK180 HK160 US$21
Symphony of Lights Tour
HK205 HK194 US$25
Sampans and Hong Kong Junks
Cruising the waters of Victoria Harbour on a traditional sampan or junk is a fun, one-of-a-kind experience.
If you happen to see the red-sail sampans traversing the waters of the bay, it will more than likely be either the Duk Ling or the Aqua Luna, as there aren't that many traditional sampans in operation any more.
So needless to say, getting in on one or the other for a trip around the Harbour, will take a little more advance planning and booking ahead is a good idea.
Best of Hong Kong: Dinner at Victoria Peak, Night Markets and Harbour Cruise
This tour combines some of the best things to do and see in Hong Kong:
- Victoria Peak with its legendary sweeping views of the Harbour...
- A visit to the Temple Street Night Market, our favourite night market in the city
- City lights harbour cruise aboard the Aqua Luna, the beautiful red-sail sampan
Duration: Approximately 5 hours
›› Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Victoria Peak Adult US$131 Child (2-12) US$120 - More info and booking
Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village
Another popular option, specially if you love seafood, is a Victoria Harbour Night Cruise combined with a visit to the Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village.
Lei Yue Mun is one of the few remaining traditional fishing villages in Hong Kong with a very picturesque harbour. One of the main draws are the seafood restaurants with the tanks of live seafood lined up with tons of offerings for the asking.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
›› Hong Kong Harbor Night Cruise and Dinner at Lei Yue Mun Seafood Village Adult $93 Child (2-11) $89 - More info and booking
Regardless of which one you choose, it will be a spectacular experience that will stay with your forever! More Victoria Harbour Cruise Options here
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