Hong Kong Photo Gallery - Outlying Island Ferries

Besides the iconic Star Ferry, there are a number of ferry services to Hong Kong's many outlying islands, which are interesting day trips from the city. First Ferry launched in 2000 and operates inner harbour and outlying island ferry routes with 5 triple deck ferries, 3 double-deckers, and 10 fast ferries. It was recently taken over by China's CKS Group and its vessels will gradually be rebranded as Sun Ferry.

The largest ferries are often seen running ordinary (slow) services on the frequent Cheung Chau route.

Ordinary ferry fares are about half of the fast ferry price.

The fast ferries are enclosed with no outdoor deck like the slow ferries.

Despite fairly good frequency, huge crowds emerge during holiday periods, even though the largest ferries can carry well over a thousand people.

The firm also offers a sparse inter-island service, connecting Cheung Chau with Mui Wo and Peng Chau.

Discovery Bay is a car-free community in a remote corner of Lantau. However, frequent ferries up to every 15 minutes during rush hours connect residents to Central.

Discovery Bay is also connected to Peng Chau by kaito, small ferries designed to serve more remote routes.

Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry was established in 1998 and operates services from Central to Lamma Island and Peng Chau, 2 other major outlying islands.

Alternatively, a kaito service connects Mo Tat and Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma with Aberdeen.

Ma Liu Shui ferry pier near University Station is a popular gathering point for weekend outings to Sai Kung's remote islands. Sometimes the operators need to bring in multiple boats at the same departure time to carry all the customers.

Another popular ferry route is to Tung Lung Chau. Kaito depart from either Shau Kei Wan or Lei Yue Mun for the short trip to this easterly island.

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