Hong Kong’s history is tied to the sea. Made up of 236 islands, it is surrounded and defined by water. The urban centers of Kowloon and Central radiate back from Victoria Harbour, and the tradition of feng shui (literally, “wind and water”) decrees that harmonious residences should face the sea.
So, naturally, the best way to discover Hong Kong’s hidden treasures is by boat. The most visible option is the Star Ferry, which runs between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and also offers harbor tours and charter vessels for evening parties. For a more upscale experience, the Agua Luna, an 80-year-old junk, has been restored in style, with scarlet sails, for cocktails-and-canapés harbor parties.
Lamma Island’s rising contours, lush vegetation, and excellent seafood restaurants make for an alluring day-trip by boat. A scenic hike across from Yung Shue Wan to Sok Kwu Wan takes about 2 hours. From Sok Kwu Wan catch a 35-minute ferry back to Central. Another getaway option is Cheung Chau, a picturesque island with beaches, markets, and great seafood. A ferry from the Central Ferry Terminal takes 45–55 minutes.
Aqua Luna Several sailings daily between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui (reservations essential);
Cheung Chau Central Ferry Terminal, Pier 5, Central;
Lamma Island Ferry Central Ferry Terminal, Pier 4, Central;
Star Ferry Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon;