If the Star Ferry is all about efficiency and transportation, Aqua Luna is nothing but style and sophistication.

The Aqua Luna is an authentic wooden Chinese junk boat, lovingly restored from a humble fishing vessel into a chic cruise for tourists. With an open deck, two cabins, and lounge seats where you can take in the view, it’s a great way to see Victoria Harbour.

Taking a ride on the Aqua Luna is consistently voted one of the most unforgettable experiences in Hong Kong. There’s nothing quite like cruising on this classic ship, with the warm, salty wind in your hair, music in the background, a cold cocktail in your hand, and the incredible skyline of Hong Kong as your backdrop.

Picking up passengers in Tsim Sha Tsui | Photo by iStock.com/estherpoon

Aqua Luna’s most popular tours

Aqua Luna offers a number of different harbour tours, both in the day time, and in the evening. Cruises typically leave from Central Pier #9, or the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, and pick up passengers on both sides, giving you flexibility about where and when to board. Here’s a brief description of their most popular cruises and tours:

  • The Evening Harbour Cruise is the quintessential Aqua Luna experience. This 45-minute cruise lets you sit back on the lounges and relax, while sipping Aqua Luna’s signature cocktail, the Sundowner. You can choose to board either at the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade or from Central Pier #9. It costs HK$230.00 for adults, and HK$160.00 for kids aged 4 to 11.
  • The Harbour Discovery Tour is an afternoon hop-on-hop-off trip that stops at four locations: the Tsim Sha Promenade, Central Pier #9, Wan Chai Public Pier, and the Hung Hom Public Pier. You don’t have to get off at all the stops, and the tour does a circuit between these four stops every hour, so you can always hop back on when you’re ready. It costs HK$160.00 for adults, and HK$100.00 for kids aged 4-11.
  • The Symphony of Lights Cruise gives you the best seat in the house for Hong Kong’s nightly laser light show. The Symphony of Lights starts at 8 pm, so the Aqua Luna picks up passengers at 7:30 pm and 7:45 pm both in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This cruise costs HK$310.00 for adults and HK$220.00 for kids aged 4 to 11, and includes one drink.
  • Other notable trips

    The Aqua Luna does a number of other tours too, including day trips to the beautiful coastal town of Stanley on the south side of Hong Kong Island. Their Stanley trips leave the city at midday and brings you back in the afternoon, giving you more than enough hours to explore Stanley Market, the Stanley waterfront, and the lovely restaurants.

    Photo by Gregory Lane

    Their Dim Sum Cruise is an awesome two-hour culinary experience that cruises to the town of Aberdeen, a bustling typhoon shelter and fishing town. Cruises only run on Mondays and Fridays, and the dim sum is served up by the renowned chefs from Dim Sum Library.

    For a true splurge, treat yourself to the Symphony of Lights Dinner and Cruise, which includes a ride on the Aqua Luna during the Symphony of Lights, and an incredible meal at Hutong, one of Hong Kong’s most chic bars and restaurants. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hutong is gorgeously decorated, and has one of the best harbour views around from the 28th floor.

    The gorgeous view from Hutong | Photo by Aqua Luna/GHC Asia

    Aqua Luna also runs special seasonal trips, such as a cruise to Cheung Chau Island for the annual Bun Festival, which takes place in May. The cruise includes the lovely boat ride to the island, a buffet lunch served onboard, two drinks of your choice, and time to see the festival and explore the island before returning to town. This is a great way to skip the lines for the extremely crowded public ferries during the festival.