Are you planning a junk boat party soon, but don’t want to venture all the way out to Sai Kung?
Would you rather explore Hong Kong’s closer urban bays instead?
Most of us who have lived in Hong Kong for awhile have been to Sai Kung. The lush green islands and the clear blue waters are truly a sight to see.
But after indulging in Sai Kung’s views time and time again, it is understandable that we are a bit tired of the same old same old.
It may be that “we don’t know what we have until it’s gone,” but either way, city cruises are now the scene of choice for many of us, and perhaps for you!
In this blog, we have integrated Hong Kong’s 3 most popular urban cruise routes, as well as our recommendations for you to help you plan your next boat party!
1. Closest Choice: Clear Water Bay
Located a bit north of the Victoria Harbour Piers (Tsim Sha Tsui/Central/Wan Chai), this spot is just a short journey away. So, if you want to swim a little closer to Central, then Clear Water Bay is the best place to boat!
💡 Suggested Route #1: Victoria Harbour Marina (Early Morning Departure) → 45 Minutes To Clear Water Bay → Victoria Harbour Terminal (Late Afternoon Arrival)
💡 Suggested Route #2: Victoria Harbour Marina (Morning Departure) → 45 Minutes To Clear Water Bay → 45 Minutes To Lei Yue Mun OR Bu Pao O (For Dinner/Re-Lease For Evening Cruise) → Victoria Harbour Terminal (Afternoon/Evening Arrival)
Clear Water Bay is home to one of the most famous beaches in Hong Kong, Clear Water Beach. As its name implies, the water in the area is pristine, and the surrounding environment is serene. From your boat, you can see the beautiful scenery of the Weng Mountain and a nearby golf course. Conveniently located near the city, Clear Water Bay attracts many people to it every year and is a most popular boating destination in Hong Kong.
(Need another reason to check this place out? All Yacht Holimood boats can be parked here for free!)
If you choose to stay in the area for dinner, Lei Yue Mun is a great choice, as is eating fresh seafood in Toi O. Be sure to discuss your plans with your boat captain in advance though, as there may be a discount to the additional charge for staying out later.
2. Closer Choice: Deep Water Bay/South Bay
In addition to the aforementioned Clear Water Bay, Deep Water Bay and South Bay, which are also located near the Victoria Harbour Piers, are a good choice.
💡 Suggested Route #1: Victoria Harbour Marina (Early Morning Departure) → 1.5 Hours To Deep Water Bay/South Bay → Victoria Harbour Terminal (Late Afternoon Arrival)
💡 Suggested Route #2 [Shorter]: Aberdeen Pier (Early Morning Departure) → 30 Minutes To Deep Water Bay/South Bay → Aberdeen Pier (Late Afternoon Arrival)
(Some may choose to board in Aberdeen, which would make the boat journey shorter and allow for more free time for water activities.)
💡 Suggested Route #3: Victoria Harbour Marina/Aberdeen Pier (Morning Departure) → Deep Water Bay/South Bay → 45 Minutes To Aberdeen (For Dinner/Re-Lease For Evening Cruise) → Victoria Harbour Marina/Aberdeen Pier (Afternoon/Evening Arrival)
Deep Water Bay
Deep Water Bay is also home to one of Hong Kong’s famous beaches. Because of the bay’s beautiful landscapes, many tourists travel from far and wide each year to enjoy the sun and the sea there. Due to the depth of the water in this area, it is especially suitable for surfing or sailing. Other water activities are popular here as well.
Not interested in entertaining a crowded beach? The semi-hidden South Bay might be a better choice! There are usually fewer people in this area than at the other major beaches in the Southern District, so this spot is great if you value tranquility, peace, and quiet.
For dinner, there is absolutely delicious local seafood in Aberdeen. Again, be sure to discuss your plans with your boat captain in advance, as there may be a discount to the additional charge for staying out later!
3. Further Choice: Big Wave Bay/Shek O
💡 Suggested Route #1: Victoria Harbour Marina (Early Morning Departure) → 45 Minutes To Big Wave Bay → Victoria Harbour Terminal (Late Afternoon Arrival)
💡 Suggested Route #2: Victoria Harbour Marina (Morning Departure) → 45 Minutes To Big Wave Bay → 45 Minutes To Shek O (For Dinner/Re-Lease For Evening Cruise) → Victoria Harbour Terminal (Afternoon/Evening Arrival)
Big Wave Bay
Big Wave Bay, as its name suggests, is famous for its big, turbulent waves. Because of these year-round waves, this bay has received the nickname of Surfer’s Paradise, as it attracts many water sports lovers. People who are not athletic, or have no interest in water sports, can also enjoy the waves from the shore.
Suitable for a variety of water activities, including wakesurfing and wakeboarding, as pictured below, this bay is exciting for people both young and old.
The beach is also quite expansive, perfect for relaxing on in the summer!
Shek O is yet another wildly popular beach in Hong Kong.
The scenery is gorgeous, and the water is clear and lovely. There are many distinctive buildings and restaurants in Shek O, which also houses a resort, so many tourists come here. Feel free to stop in this picturesque town for dinner; just let your boat captain know in advance!
After reading our route recommendations, are you eager to go out and explore them?
If so, click HERE to be directed to our boat charter platform for boat booking and enquiries!
We hope to “sea” you out on Hong Kong’s beautiful waters!