Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Breakaway - Hong Kong Off The Beaten Track Excursions By Boat

The next time you find yourself bored in Hong Kong and in the mood for adventure. Try an off the beaten track excursion to a remote island on a sailing vessel with a dim sum lunch and a drinky poo thrown in at only HK$340 per person and HK$200 for children, 4 to 11 years.

Hong Kong’s iconic traditional red-sailed Chinese junk, the Aqua Luna sails every Thursday this Summer to the isolated “Temple on the Sea” in Joss House Bay. The popular afternoon junk trip to one of Hong Kong’s “hidden gems” departs from Central Pier No. 9 at 12:15pm and Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier No.1 at 12:30pm.

Standing guard at the eastern entrance to Victoria Harbour, Joss House Bay is home to Hong Kong’s oldest and largest Tin Hau temple, dedicated to the ‘Goddess of the Sea’. Built in 1266, the Tin Hau temple is a Grade I Historic Building in Hong Kong. Guests visiting the temple will bound to be impressed by the stature of the temple, the vivid colours of the scenery as well as the scent of burning incense. En route to the magnificent temple for Hong Kong’s sea-faring community, the cruise aboard the beautiful 28-metre aqua luna takes in the sights and sounds of Hong Kong’s ‘Fragrant Harbour’ and old shipyards of Shau Kei Wan where the junk was built.

In Joss House Bay, guests have the rare opportunity to explore the temple and local community before re-boarding for a relaxing return voyage, reclining on comfortable sofa beds, to Central at 3:45pm and Tsim Sha Tsui at 4:00pm.
If you have already been there and done that, there are other sail to options. Their Monday ‘Life on the Sea’ sailings go to Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter and there are also Wednesday trips to outlying Cheung Chau Island and weekend junk trips to Stanley Village and market, every Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively there is a regular 45-minute Victoria Harbour sailing departing from Pier 1 by the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui and Pier 9, Central. Prices for these are at HK$150; $180 for evening sailings and HK$220 for ‘Symphony of Lights’ sailings (7:30pm from Tsim Sha Tsui &7:45pm from Central). Prices are inclusive of one complimentary beverage.

Tickets for aqua luna can be booked online at For further details and reservations call +852 2116 8821 or visit the website.


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