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  • Foodie HKger
    Hong Kong, China17 contributions
    Always love the sea breeze when taking a ferry. Given that the fare is lower than traveling by MTR or by bus!
    Written 18 May 2022
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  • Tyaz
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    Large ferry so you don't feel the wave, the terminal building is also large and clean. Unfortunatelly there's lack of food stall on terminal
    Written 28 November 2019
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  • OrderintheHouse
    Brisbane2,286 contributions
    From 28 December 2019 to 14 January 2020 my wife and I organised an interesting 18 day South East Asian adventure to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary visiting Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Laos and Singapore.

    Two nights were spent in Hong Kong and two nights In Macau and we travelled to Macau from Hong Kong on the fast TurboJet Hong Kong –Macau Ferry.

    We chose to pre-purchase our ferry tickets online from Brisbane through Direct Ferries Limited before our Asia trip commenced. This was an efficient process.

    We took the 11.00 am ferry from the ferry terminal at Sheung Wan on Hong Kong Island on 30 December 2019 and reached the Macau Outer Harbour ferry terminal 55 minutes later. The Turbojet catamaran’s exterior is distinctively painted a bright red. The interior resembles the inside of an aircraft. Our reserved seats were on the upper level of the ferry and were reasonably comfortable. They were pink in colour and incorporated a fold up tray table. We were given window seats next to quite good, large viewing windows.

    The directional signage at the Hong Kong Terminal at times was found wanting so we relied on asking the staff for assistance. We have to say that some of the staff here were rather indifferent to us. They were only willing; it seemed, to be as helpful as they felt they needed to be. Public relations could be greatly improved here.

    Because we were having two nights in Macau we checked in our main luggage. However we had our usual airport hand luggage which we took on board. My wife had a backpack which she was allowed to take with her to her seat. However, I had a conventional correct size carry on luggage case which the staff insisted had to be left in a dedicated but exposed area downstairs, well away from my seat and out of my sight. There appeared to be no staff member closely guarding all these cases raising questions about the possibility of compromising luggage security. I personally found this situation disconcerting. So, my advice to travellers who are planning a trip which includes an overnight stay in Macau and they plan to get to Macau by ferry, is to choose a backpack as their airport carry on luggage .

    The actual ferry ride was fast and efficient and the ride was quite smooth throughout. To us it was just a fast sea travel experience with little outstanding scenery on the journey. The service at the Macau Terminal on our arrival was friendlier than our experience at the Hong Kong Terminal.

    Taking the ferry with TurboJet is a convenient, efficient way to travel from Hong Kong to Macau. However, we felt there is room for improvements.
    Written 31 July 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    If you’re planning a day trip to Cheung Chau island, this is your ferry. It’s the only one to Cheung Chau. It really couldn’t be easier. The ferries run all day, roughly every 30-40 min from #5 Central Pier (the same place that the Star ferries leave from).
    Central Pier is only a short walk from HK MTR station and the piers are numbered in order, from 1-10 so just walk halfway down to #5. You can’t go wrong.
    You don’t even have to plan ahead because you buy your ticket at the gate (or use Octopus card) so you can make a spontaneous decision to go or not, on the day. Handy if weather is looking iffy because you want a good, sunny day for Cheung Chau.
    The only decision you have to make is whether to take the big, slow ferry or the small, fast ferry. Unlike Goldilocks, there is no middle ‘just right’ option.
    Both leave from #5. The slow ferry takes just under an hour and costs $13.6HKD one way. The fast ferry takes half that time and is almost double the cost, $26.8HKD (it’s a bit more on Sundays). Either way, it is incredibly cheap travel for what is a very scenic ride.
    If you tend to get queasy on boats, I’d recommend the fast ferry. It’s a smoother ride and has a/c throughout. However, the thing I really like about the slow ferry is that you can sit outside and enjoy the view, making it a very cruisy trip.
    There are toilets on both ferries, plenty of room for bulky bags and backpacks and you can buy drinks and some snacks.
    We caught the fast ferry both ways on our recent trip to Cheung Chau, but only because there was one leaving shortly.
    Written 4 October 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,662 contributions
    SkyPier is the ferry terminal located in the restricted departure area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). This terminus opened in 2009, providing direct, air-to-sea ferry service to Macau and various ports of call in nearby mainland China.

    Eligible passengers are those who arrive by flight into HKG who want to transfer directly to destinations covered by the ferry companies without passing through Hong Kong immigration. You can also use ferry service to SkyPier as long as you are flying out of HKG with an eligible airline for upstream check-in service. Passengers will need to review which participating airlines list for eligibility directly on the HKG SkyPier website.

    There are other important rules/requirements of using SkyPier to be aware of including the need to be at the SkyPier check-in desk 60 minutes prior to outbound departures if you are scheduled to land at HKG and have luggage. Skypier staff will retrieve the luggage for you and have it boarded to the outbound ferry. You then retrieve it when the ferry arrives in Macau or other Chinese port of call. If you don't have luggage, you must arrive 30 minutes before departure from SkyPier.

    Similar check-in requirements are in place for ferry departures arriving at SkyPier for your outbound flights. Again, passengers need to check into the details to make sure they have enough time to make use of SkyPier ferry services.

    Note: With the recent introduction of the HZMB crossing linking Hong Kong to Macau by bridge with 24 hour bus and shuttle service, the number of regularly scheduled departures from SkyPier to/from Macau has been greatly reduced over the past year. As of recently, there are now only 2-3 daily departures by TurboJet and Cotai Water Jet, the two ferry service providers that cover the SkyPier to Macau routes.

    As such, it is very possible that you will do better to simply exit HKG airport and make way to the nearby Hong Kong Port at HZMB for the short 45 minute shuttle transfer to Macau instead of waiting several hours for the next ferry departure from SkyPier.
    Written 10 March 2020
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,662 contributions
    The Ma Liu Shui ferry pier is located at Science Park and University in between Shatin and Tai Po. This is an important transportation hub to those who live in the small seaside villages around the The Tolo channel and further outlying islands as well as those who want to hike and explore these hard to reach places in Hong Kong much of which is designated UNESCO Global Geopark.

    The ferry pier is a 7-8 minute walk along a marked footpath from the University MTR Station. There are signs pointing passengers to the right landing pier depending on your destination. It is essential to be familiar with the ferry schedules as services are limited to 1-2 sailings a day. For updated sailing schedule, times and ticket prices, do visit the Kaito Ferry Service Details webpage on the Hong Kong Transportation Department website to familiarise yourself with the essential travel information beforehand.

    Note you pay for departures with cash or Octopus Card upon boarding the vessels. No ticket purchases in advance for the public ferries. They can be very crowded for morning departures, particularly on weekends and to popular destinations like Tung Ping Chau. Best to arrive at the ferry pier well in advance, I suggest 45 minutes prior to departure for this journey which is only served on Saturdays & Sundays. For other destinations, we have found arriving 15-20 prior to scheduled departure is usually fine.

    Vessels have open seating. They are a bit aged but in good condition and feel safe. You'll find indoor seating which is protected but often with a petrol smell. We prefer the back or upstairs open-air seating for this reason. Unfortunately, if the wind is blowing on Tolo Harbour, it can result in some windy and at times splashy conditions so be mindful of where you sit. They put up plastic sheets to protect passengers, this usually works just fine. So grab a book and enjoy a bit of reading during the journey to your point of destination from Ma Liu Shui.
    Written 5 December 2020
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