Hong Kong boasts one of the most iconic skylines in the world and no trip to this fascinating, intoxicating part of the world is complete without a harbour cruise to take it all in.
But when is the best time to do it? In seasonal terms, high winds, torrential rains and even cyclones can occur (often seemingly from nowhere) during typhoon season which runs from May to November so be wary that your tour may be cancelled during these months.
Generally, autumn is viewed as the best time to visit Hong Kong. The oppressive heat and humidity of the summer have been replaced by cooling breezes whilst retaining plenty of sunshine. The average temperature between September and November is 19 Celsius but, as ever, the humidity can make it feel a few degrees warmer.
Providing the winds and rain stay away, a Hong Kong Harbour cruise can be enjoyed at any time of year but extra layers may be required in winter and spring evenings can be surprisingly cool so it’s best to be prepared.
So, now you’ve narrowed down when you want to travel, it’s time to consider what time of day you want to do the cruise. Generally, there are four main options:
- Morning harbour cruise
Watch one of the most iconic cities in the world come to life and seize the day with a morning harbour cruise, culminating with the firing of the Noon Day Gun at Causeway Bay.
- Afternoon harbour cruise
Afternoon cruises offer the chance to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s streets while viewing the vibrant action from afar. The imposing skyscrapers shine brightly in the sun as the blue waters sparkle all around you. Hong Kong is a hive of activity and makes for fascinating viewing.
- Sunset harbour cruise
Probably the most luxurious option, sunset cruises offer the chance to enjoy a spectacular sunset, usually accompanied by a delectable meal and entertaining live bands.
- Evening harbour cruise
Panoramic views of a remarkable city cast in a kaleidoscope of colour ensure this is an experience that will live long the memory. Such is the splendour of Hong Kong by night; evening cruises are the favoured choice of many locals.
If money is no object, sample all of the cruises. However, if you’re watching the pennies, tailor-made Hong Kong holidays ensure you make the most of your adventures to the Far East anyway.