Taking a Hong Kong harbour tour or a boat tour to enjoy the impressive skyline and coastal lines is an unbeatable and unforgettable experience. There is no better way to enjoy the iconic Victoria Harbour, the top one attraction in Hong Kong, than on a boat tour.

Hong Kong harbour tour will take you right between the hustle and bustle of container ships, cruise ships, Chinese Junks, sampans and vessels of all kind. The experience and perspectives will differ to its vessel, route as well as sail time (day or night).

You are able to dream and imagine how the first European settlers and traders must have felt when they arrived in the “Fragrant Harbour”. In the following is a comprehensive overview of the most popular harbour tours categorized by operators and/or specialties as follows.

Don’t forget to check out the upcoming fireworks show and secure a seat of the Fireworks Harbour Tour while still available.

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There are many options for a boat tour on Victoria Harbour. How to choose the right one for your preferences? Here is an overall comparison of the available harbour tours in Hong Kong.

DUKLING

Aqua Luna

Star Ferry

Vessel Style

Authentic fishing junk

Reproduced junk boat

Historic ferry

boat tour Options

All provide Day Tour, Night Tour, Symphony of Lights Tour, and Fireworks Tour

Beverages

One Drink

One Drink

One Drink

With Dinner

X

Some trips with dinner in Hutong

Some trips with tea time

Ticket Price (HK$)

170-280

160-310

110-240

Discount Available

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Watertours

Bauhinia Cruise

Yacht

Vessel Style

Modern yellow vessel

Cruise

Luxury yacht

Day Tour

X

X

Other Options

All provide Night Tour, Symphony of Lights Tour and Fireworks Harbour Tour

Beverages

Unlimited drink

With dinner

Unlimited drink

With Dinner

in Jumbo Kingdom

Dinner Buffet on board

X

Ticket Price (HK$)

160-290

350-470
(with dinner)

198-288

Discount Available

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1. Vessel style:
Which way would you like to enjoy the boat ride: junk boat, retro Chinese boat, historic ferry or big cruise?

2. Sail time:
According to the operation time, the harbour tours can be categorized to daytime, dawn time or night trip. Besides, all the operators are providing boat tours during A Symphony of Lights. You can enjoy the world’s largest laser show on board.

3. Package:
Some of the operators offer a meal or dinner package. You can either have a tea time afterward, choose a dinner buffet on board, or dine in Jumbo Kingdom or Hutong restaurant.

4. Route:
Some of the itineraries are sailing only around Victoria Harbour, while the others will take passengers further to different regions, e.g. West Kowloon, Lei Yue Mun or Stanley.

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I put DUKLING as the first on the list because she is the only authentic Chinese junk boat on Victoria Harbour.

DUKLING was built in Macau in the 1950s and served as a fishing boat in Hong Kong till 1985. She was restored to her original glory and re-sails since 2005. She is truly an icon and “the only inheritant sailing junk in Hong Kong”. DUKLING represents Hong Kong’s glorious history as well as the impression while here was a fishing village.

Taking DUKLING Chinese Junk Boat is not only a rare opportunity to ride aboard on the last authentic Chinese sailing junk but probably the most authentic and memorable way to enjoy Victoria Harbour and the skyline. Drifting on the water with this special harbour tour will bring you back to the past and you can almost feel the local history of traders, taipans, fishermen and colonial history.

Hong Kong Harbour Tours - DUKLING Boat Tour

DUKLING Harbour Tour

To read more about some true insights of DUKLING junk ride, you can also refer to our article: DUKLING – Enjoying an Authentic Junk Ride.

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DUKLING junk provides day, night and A Symphony of Lights sails. All the boat trips are about 45-minute ride including a free drink. The price ranges from HK$ 170 to HK$ 280 and discounts are available.

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Program: 45-min boat tour with a free drink
Highlight: Watch laser show on board; Enjoy the views of Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wanchai
Location: Embark at 19:30 from TST Pier No.3 or at 19:45 from Central Pier No.9
Fare: Adult ticket price is HK$ 280 and child (4-11) is HK$ 220.
Check discounts → HK$ 268 / HK$ 217

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Program: 45-min boat tour with a free drink
Highlight: Enjoy the views of TST, Central and Wanchai
Location: Embark at 14:30/15:30/16:30 from TST Pier No.1 or embark at 14:45/15:45/16:45 from Central Pier No.9
Fare: Adult price is HK$ 170 and for child (4-11) is HK$ 110.
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Program: 45-min boat tour with a free drink
Highlight: Amazing skyline around areas of Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Wanchai
Location: Embark at 17:30/18:30/20:30 from TST Pier No.1 or embark at 17:45/18:45/20:45 from Central Pier No.9
Fare: Adult price is HK$ 230 while HK$ 160 for child (4-11).
Check discounts → HK$ 198 / HK$ 137

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The DUKLING Junk ride can be booked directly from their official website “google pixel wearable or from the above discount providers.

BTW, you can also hire a private charter for your own and individual experience. Some time slots are not available on the time table due to private events.

Hong Kong Harbour Tours - DUKLING Boat Tour

DUKLING boat tour

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Taking Aqua Luna to sail on Victoria Harbour is a unique experience. This junk boat is operated by the Aqua Restaurant Group. In the past few years, there was only a red-sail Aqua Luna sailing. Since 2017 April, a new member, a white-sail junk boat, starts its service.

Although they are also considered as one of the last remaining traditional junks still in operation in Hong Kong, they are actually the replicas from the local pirate ships. The Chinese name of Aqua Luna is “Cheung Po Tsai”, a famous local pirate in Qing Dynasty with many legends.

Aqua Luna Harbour Tour in Hong Kong

Red-sail Aqua Luna

Hong Kong Harbour Tours with White Sail Aqua Luna

White-sail Aqua Luna

The Aqua Luna was hand-crafted with the traditional shipbuilding technique. It has double decks with 140 square meters, accommodating around 80 passengers.

Although it is not the original fishing junk like DUKLING, you still can enjoy the impressive and stunning skyline in a sophisticated way with cocktails and nestle down in some stylish lounge beds.

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Ticket prices range from HK$ 160–400 (adult) and HK$ 100–260 (child) depending which time and day you choose. Basically, there are five options including Laser Show Boat Tour (the most popular one), Day Sailing (Monday to Friday), Evening Sailing (daily), Late Sail and the Stanley Cruise (Saturday and Sunday).

For those who would like to pay a visit to Stanley, Aqua Luna also offers boat tours to Stanley on every Tue, Thur, Sat and Sun.

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Program: 45-min night tour with one complimentary drink
Highlight: Watch laser show on board; Sail circuit via TST, Central, Wanchai and Hung Hom;
Location: Embark at 19:30 from TST Pier No.1 or embark at 19:45 from Central No.9
Price: Ticket for adult is HK$ 310. The price for Child (4-11) is HK$ 220.

Discount for Laser Show Cruise

Adult:
HK$ 310 HK$ 268
Child:
HK$ 220  HK$ 210

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Program: Unlimited hop on and hop off during 5 hours with one non-alcohol drink
Highlight: Sail circuit via Central, Wanchai Hung Hom and Tsim Sha Tsui
Start time: 12:00 (noon) – 17:00 (Mon-Fri)
Location: Stop at TST Pier No.2, Central Pier No.9, Wanchai Public Pier and Hung Hom Public Pier
Price: Adult ticket costs HK$ 160. The price for Child (4-11) is HK$ 100.

Day Tour Discount

Aqua Luna Harbor Day Tour

Adult: HK$ 160  HK$ 138
Child: HK$ 100  HK$ 90

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Program: 45-min night sail with one free drink
Highlight: Enjoy the views of Hung Hom, Wanchai, Central and Tsim Sha Tsui
Location: Embark from TST Pier No.1 and Central No.9
Sail time: 17:30/17:45/18:30/18:45/20:30/20:45/ (daily)
Price: Adult fare is HK$ 230. Child (4-11) ticket costs HK$ 160.

Evening Cruise Discount

17:30 Promotion Period
Adult: HK$ 230 HK$ 202
Child: HK$ 160  HK$ 142

Evening Sail (18:30/20:30)
Adult: HK$ 230  HK$ 208
Child: HK$ 160  HK$ 149

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Program: 45-min night trip with one free drink
Highlight: Sail circuit via TST, Central, Wanchai and Hung Hom
Location: Embark at 21:30 (daily) and 22:30 (Thur Fri & Sat) from TST Pier No.1
Location: Embark at 21:45 (daily) and 22:45 (Thur Fri & Sat) from Central No.9
Price: It cost HK$ 210 for adult while child (4-11) price is HK$ 160.

Late Cruise Discount
(21:30/22:30)

Adult:
HK$ 210 HK$ 185
Child:
HK$ 160  HK$ 142

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Program: 1.5-hour boat tour with one complimentary drink
Highlight: Sail to Stanley (south Hong Kong Island)
Location: From Central To Stanley
  Embark at 12:00 noon from Central Pier No.9 or at 12:15 from TST Pier No.1
Location: From Stanley to TST :
  Embark at 15:30 from Stanley Pier
Tour Date: Every Tue, Thur, Sat and Sun
Price: One-way trip :
  HK$ 295 (adult) / HK$ 190 (child (4-11))
Price: Round trip :
  HK$ 440 (adult) / HK$ 260 (child (4-11))

Stanley Cruise Discount

Aqua Luna Stanley Cruise

One-way Trip
Adult: HK$ 295 HK$ 276
Child: HK$ 190  HK$ 178

Round Trip
Adult: HK$ 440  HK$ 411
Child: HK$ 260  HK$ 243

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Aqua Luna also provide other various harbour tours, such as A Symphony of Lights Dinner Cruise with 10 courses meal in at Hutong (daily), Dim Sum Cruise to Aberdeen (Monday and Friday). Check their website (https://www.aqualuna.com.hk/) for more information about the special day cruises as well as the exact sailing schedule and pick up times.

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Watertours Hong Kong Ltd. is a subsidiary of Wing On Travel, one of the most reputable travel agencies in town. The Watertours have been established in the late 1950s and offer a wide variety of harbour tours.

Hong Kong Harbour Tours of Watertours

New yellow vessel
(Photo source: Watertours)

Currently, the company operates a double-deck boat with the bright yellow color which is unique and easily recognizable. You easily can spot and identify it when it crosses the harbour day and night. The vessel is fully air-conditioned and can fit about 150 passengers.

Depending on which tour you choose, the length and duration can vary between 90 minutes and up to 5 hours and adult tickets range between HK$ 160 to HK$ 930 including refreshments, drinks or even dinner.

Hong Kong Harbour Tours of Watertours Harbour Tour

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Besides the standard day, night and laser show harbour cruises, Watertours offers unique experience of cruise coupled with dinner on the floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom. The price ranges from HK$ 160 (day trip) to HK$ 930 (with dinner). Different discounts are available.

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Program: One-hour harbour cruise trip with unlimited free drinks
Highlight: Covers areas extended to Causeway Bay and North Point
Location: Embark at 16:30 daily from Central Pier No.9 or embark at 16:15 daily from Kowloon Public Pier No.3
Fare: Price for adult is HK$ 160. The ticket for child (2-12) is HK$ 120.

Discount for Leisure Victoria Harbor Cruise

Adult
HK$ 160  HK$ 120
Child
HK$ 120  HK$ 95

(Extra promotion for combo ticket is available)

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Program: One-hour sunset trip with unlimited drinks included (whisky, beer, soft drinks, cocktail)
Highlight: Covers Causeway Bay, North Point as well as Central and Wanchai,
Location: Embark at 18:30 from Central Pier No.9 or embark at 18:15 from Kowloon Public Pier No.3
Fare: Price for adult is HK$ 260. The ticket for child (2-12) is HK$ 180.

Promotion for Pre-dinner Sunset Cruise

Adult
HK$ 260  HK$ 235
Child
HK$ 180  HK$ 145

(Extra promotion for combo ticket is available)

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Program: One-hour night trip with unlimited drinks included (Whisky, Beer, Soft drinks, Cocktail))
Highlight: Enjoy laser show and skyline along the harbour from Central, Wanchai
Location: Embark at 19:15 from Kowloon Public Pier No.3 or at 19:30 from Central Pier No.9
Fare: It costs HK$ 290 for adult and HK$ 220 for child (2-12).

Discount for Laser Show Cruise

Adult
HK$ 290  HK$ 250
Child
HK$ 220  HK$ 180

(Extra promotion for combo ticket is available)

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Program: One-hour night tour with unlimited drinks included (Whisky, Beer, Soft drinks, Cocktail)
Highlight: Covers the stunning night view on both sides of harbour
Location: Embark at 20:15 from Kowloon Public Pier No.3 or embark at 20:30 from Central Pier No.9
Fare: Adult price is HK$ 270 and child (2-12) price is HK$ 190.

Harbour Night Cruise Promotion

Adult
HK$ 270  HK$ 235
Child
HK$ 190  HK$ 160

(Extra promotion for combo ticket is available)

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Program: 5-hour night trip with dinner with unlimited drinks included and coach bringing to 8-course dinner at Jumbo Kingdom
Highlight: Extend the trip to Causeway Bay, North Point and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Location: Embark at 18:25 from Central Public Pier No.9
Fare: Adult ticket costs HK$ 930. Child (2-12) ticket costs HK$ 830.

Jumbo Kingdom Dinner Cruise Booking

Adult: HK$ 930

Child: HK$ 830

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Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant

For more detailed information check out the webpage of HK Watertours (https://www.watertours.com.hk/) or simply give them a call at +(852)2926 3868.

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Operated by the Hong Kong Ferry Group, the Harbour Cruise – Bauhinia is a tour operator offering boat trips on Victoria Harbour. Currently, the company has four vessels with each one accommodating over 400 passengers.

It is the only local company that owns cruise vessels with marine restaurant license, liquor license and entertainment license. If you would like to sail on the water while having dinner with the stunning views of skyline, it is your right option.

Bauhinia Harbour Cruise

Bauhinia Harbour Cruise

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There are two popular itinerary options: “A Symphony of Lights” Dinner Cruise (yellow arrow on route map) and Pearl of Oriental Dinner Cruise (red arrow on route map).

Starting from North Point ferry pier, it will take you on a circular harbour tour passing Tai Koo, Shau Kei Wan, Lei Yue Mun, Cha Kwo Ling, Kai Tak, Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay.

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Program: 2-hour night tour with dinner buffet and live performance
Highlight: Watch laser show on board; Enjoy the skyline along harbour;
Location: Embark at 19:30 daily from North Point Passenger Ferry Pier or embark at 20:00 daily from Hung Hom Ferry Pier
Price: Boat tour fare is HK$ 470 for adult. The ticket for Child (2-10) costs HK$ 300. Both are subject to 10% service charge.

Discount for Laser Show Dinner Cruise

Adult
HK$ 470 + 10% service
HK$ 420

Child
HK$300 + 10% service
HK$ 299

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Program: 1.5-hour night cruise with dinner buffet and live performance
Highlight: Enjoy sunset on board with the views of skyline
Location: Embark at 17:45 daily from North Point (East) Passenger Ferry Pier
Price: Boat trip fare is HK$ 350 for adult. Child (2-10) ticket is HK$ 250. Both are subject to 10% service charge.

“Pearl of Oriental” Dinner Buffet Promotion

Adult
HK$ 350 + 10% service
HK$ 264

Child
HK$ 250 + 10% service
HK$ 195

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For more details, you can also check Harbour Cruise – Bauhinia website (https://www.cruise.com.hk/).

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Taking the iconic Star Ferry is actually a no-brainer. It’s the cheapest way to cross the harbour in town. Even you don’t have time for a 45-minute boat tour. I would highly recommend taking it at least once during your stay.

There are three different tours/rides: traditional ride, Harbour Tour (around Victoria Harbour) as well as Water Tour (sail to further distance).

Star Ferry Harbour Cruise

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Strictly speaking, taking a short ride on Star Ferry is not a Harbour Tour in the classical sense where you have a tour guide explaining everything and even getting some refreshments.

As classical public transport, it is much more than that. Locals and tourists both enjoy to use this as a boat tour.

It is appealing also due to the unbeatable ticket price (HK$ 2.7 on weekdays and HK$ 3.4 on weekends/upper deck). You can either go from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai or Central and vice versa.

The only drawback is that the journey only lasts 8-10 minutes. However, for those who don’t have enough time for a one-hour harbour tour or are afraid of staying on water too long, it is a great compromise.

Star Ferry in Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier

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Besides serving as the public transport, the company also offers several special harbour tours with the double-deck air-conditioned vessels “Shining Star” and “World Star”.

“Shining Star” runs on a circular route covering Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Central Pier, while “World Star” will take you beyond Victoria Harbour and travel further to east Kowloon covering Lei Yu Mun, Sam Ka Tsuen, Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

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There are currently two options of the “Shining Star” Harbour Tour, namely day and night cruises. Both are running daily.

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Program: One-hour sail with a drink and a snack
Highlight: Sail via Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wanchai
Start time: 11:55 – 17:55 with one-hour interval (daily)
Ticket: Adult fare is HK$ 110. Child (3-12) and senior (65+) tickets cost HK$ 95.

Discount for Day Trip

Adult
HK$ 110  HK$ 91
Child & Senior:
HK$ 95 HK$ 82

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Program: One-hour night trip with a drink and a snack
Highlight: Relax trip along Central, Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui after dark
Sail time: 18:55 / 20:55 (daily)
Ticket: Adult fare is HK$ 200. Child (3-12) and senior (65+) tickets cost HK$ 175.

Discount for Night Trip

Adult
HK$ 200  HK$ 178
Child & Senior:
HK$ 175 HK$ 153

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Star Ferry A Symphony of Lights Harbour Tour

Star Ferry Night Ferry Tour

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Star Ferry Water Tour on “World Star” serves two routes: ICC Light and Music Show & A Symphony of Lights boat tour and Hong Kong East trip. Same to the other operators, boat tour for the laser and light shows are always the most popular.

Star Ferry Water Tour

Ferry ship “World Star”

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Program: 70-min night sail with a drink and a snack
Highlight: Watch ICC Light Show and laser show on board. Sail further to Causeway Bay and North Point
Sail time: 19:25 (daily)
Ticket: Adult price is HK$ 240. Child (3-12) and senior (65+) price is HK$ 210.

Laser Show Cruise Promotion

Adult:
HK$ 240 HK$ 212
Child & Senior:
HK$ 210  HK$ 183

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Program: 90-min daytime sailing with a drink and a snack
Highlight: Extend from Central to Causeway Bay, Lei Yu Mun and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
Sail time: 15:00 / 16:30 (daily)
Ticket: Adult fare is HK$ 130. The price for child (3 -12) and senior (65+) is HK$ 110.

Kowloon East Cruise Promotion

Adult
HK$ 130  HK$ 118
Child & Senior:
HK$ 110 HK$ 98

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Tickets can also be purchased from the ticket counters of TST Star Ferry Pier or the above discount providers. For more information about fares and departing times please refer to their homepage (http://www.starferry.com.hk/) or simply contact them by phone : +(852) 2118 6201.

Star Ferry's Harbour Tour Ticket Counter

Ticket counter of Star Ferry Harbour Tour in Tsim Sha Tsui

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Besides the above options on the traditional junk boats, historical ferry or buffet-included large cruise, you can also rent a yacht and enjoy a luxury ride on Victoria Harbour. The yacht can take up to 25 passengers, thus it’s a great option also for special occasions.

There are two yacht styles available: Chinese-style yacht (named Dreamer) and luxury yacht (named Dreamer Lux). Price starts from HK$ 198 per person.

Victoria Harbour cruise on luxury yacht

Night cruise on Yacht

Victoria Harbour cruise on luxury yacht

Inside the yacht Dreamer

Victoria Harbour cruise on luxury yacht

Inside the yacht Dreamer Lux

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Program: 45-min night sail with unlimited beers, snack and soft drink
Highlight: Sail via Central, Wanchai and Tsim Sha Tsui
Location: Embark at 20:35/21:35/22:35 daily from TST Public Pier No.4
Start time: Boarding 15 minutes ahead of the departure time
Price: Ticket fare is HK$ 198 per adult and HK$ 168 for child (3-12) and senior (65+).

Discount of Night Cruise on Dreamer Yacht

Adult
HK$ 198  HK$ 163
Child & Senior:
HK$ 168 HK$ 148

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Program: 45-min night sail with unlimited beers, snack and soft drink
Highlight: Covers harbour along Central and Wanchai
Location: Embark at 20:25/21:25/22:25 daily from TST Public Pier No.4
Start time: Boarding 15 minutes ahead of the departure time
Price: The adult ticket costs HK$ 218. The price for child (3 -12) and senior (65+) is HK$ 188.

Discount of Dreamer Lux Night Cruise

Adult
HK$ 218  HK$ 197
Child & Senior:
HK$ 188 HK$ 170

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Program: 45-min boat tour with unlimited snack, soft drink and beer
Highlight: Enjoy laser show and the skyline along TST, Central and Wanchai
Start time: 19:35 (Dreamer) / 19:25 (Dreamer Lux)
Price: HK$ 248 per adult (Dreamer)
Price: HK$ 288 per adult (Dreamer Lux)

Discount of “A Symphony of Lights” Tour on Yacht

On yacht Dreamer
HK$ 248  HK$ 207
On yacht Dreamer Lux
HK$ 288 HK$ 247

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Sampan is a Chinese wooden boat that was widely used as a fishing boat, coastal transport as well as home for the local fishermen. It is regarded as the icon of the traditional fishing lifestyle. Having a ride on Sample is on the to-do list of many visitors.

The sightseeing sampan ride is not on Victoria Harbour but in Aberdeen, south of Hong Kong Island. It costs HK$ 100 person for a 30-min trip or HK$ 500 for a 45-min ride (4-5 persons). It will sail through the shipyards and high-rising buildings lining on both sides of the harbour, and can also bring guests to the floating restaurant Jumbo Kingdom.

Hong Kong Aberdeen Sightseeing Sampan Ride

Aberdeen Sightseeing Sampan

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You don’t need to purchase tickets in advance. Just get to Aberdeen Promenade and you will see the signs of Sightseeing Sampan.

Sightseeing Sampan Ride at Aberdeen Promenade Hong Kong

Sightseeing Sampan at Aberdeen Promenade

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All the above harbour tours are the best selections in Hong Kong. Basically, all of them provide similar Day, Night and Laser Show Tours. Which one is the best is depending on your own preferences.

  • If you would like to enjoy the atmosphere of heritage junk boat, then Aqua Luna and DUKLING are obvious the best options.

  • If you would like to have a bit modern style or even a meal on board, you can take a closer look of Watertours and Bauhinia Cruise.

  • If you would love to feel the history of Hong Kong and try to historic public transport, Star Ferry is an easy decision, which is also the cheapest of all.

  • If you dislike being together with too many other passengers, the luxury yacht is a good choice.