TurboJET Hydrofoil from Macau to Hong Kong

Today’s feature adventure travel video is of a ferry boat boat ride we took from Macau to Hong Kong, China via HydroFoil TurboJet.

Scenic views from a Macau bridge

(These are some photos I took in 2011 when the weather was nicer!)

I was excited to take Audrey on this particular HyrdroFoil ferry – a journey that I had completed several years ago when visiting Hong Kong and Macau.

Growing up on Vancouver Island, I quite often took BC Ferries from either Nanaimo or Victoria to reach Vancouver. Thus, I’ve always associated ferries as a means of going somewhere exciting and new.

A hydrofoil, is a foil which operates in water referring to a wing-like structure mounted on struts below the hull lifting the craft above the water during forward motion.

Once the watercraft has reached a decent cruising speed, the hydrofoil elements below the hull propel it right out of the water allowing the boat to increase its speed and fuel efficiency.

TurboJet in Macau

Taking TurboJet was literally the fastest boat I’ve ever been on reaching a top speed of 83 kilometers an hour.

Unfortunately the speed and constant swaying back and forth of the watercraft caused Audrey to feel sick to her stomach.

As a general cure all, we ordered some Korean Shin Ramyun noodles and orange juice as a remedy.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate as much as we would have liked as we experienced rain and fog for most of the journey; it cleared up slightly as we arrived in Hong Kong.

Sands casino in Macau, China

The journey itself was less than an hour; typically, we’re used to half or full day excursions to get from one place to the next, so this was a welcome change.

We passed a lot of other vessels along the way – both large and small watercrafts – although the reduced visibility due to the weather meant we likely didn’t spot as many as we would have had it been a sunny day.

Overall, the journey was pleasant and expedient, as we arrived in Hong Kong earlier than expected given that we were able to board one hour earlier going on standby.

Taking TurboJet is the best way to get from Macau to Hong Kong (or vice versa) given the frequency of departures, length of journey and overall cost.

Our economy tickets cost only $148 Hong Kong dollars (19.08) which we felt represented a very fair price.

One can just show up at the terminal and book a ticket on the spot (which should be no problem except for on weekend or holidays) or book in advance directly from the website – with the option of going on standby if you arrive earlier than your pre-purchased ticket.

Eating Ramyun during a TurboJET ferry

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Bradley September 5, 2013 at 5:12 am

I love your guys videos. You’re funny. Good couple.

Have fun in Hong Kong! I loved it there. Can’t believe its been 6 years already. Go to the ice bar


Samuel Jeffery September 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Bradley!

We’re going to have a great time here :)


jennifer September 5, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I will be doing this next year! As a Las Vegas addict, I am so excited to see Macau approaching from the water. I may do it at night just to see the pretty lights. Can’t wait.


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 12:56 am

It sounds like you’ll love Macau Jennifer. There are so many more casinos now than just a few years ago. Also the city has a very cool historic center worth exploring on foot.


jennifer September 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm

I expect it to look so fancy, but as a low rolling gambler, I do not expect it will keep me as engaged as Vegas does.


Laura @Travelocafe September 5, 2013 at 1:29 pm

One more great video from you guys. :)


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 12:58 am

Thanks Laura! :)


Mike (Nomadic Texan) September 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I first took this Hydro-Foil to Macau, from Hong Kong, in 1973 (probably before you were born). I was a buyer at Six Flags doing business in Hong Kong and we took a side day trip. It was awesome and I still remember the ride. We were more fortunate though as we had smooth seas! Safe Travels mi amigo!


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 12:59 am

Thanks Mike!

That’s a great story. I’m sure Macau must have been very different back then. It’s even changed a lot since I first visited in 2008. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a city develop so quickly before!


Mary @ Green Global Travel September 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

I absolutely love ferries and jump at every opportunity to travel via this mode of transportation so greatly appreciated your video which was, as always, both fun and informative! So hope that your sea sickness didn’t last long!


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

Thanks Mary!

I’m the same way as you. I prefer taking trains and ferries over flying or buses. Audrey felt a lot better after eating some food 😉


Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I loved my ride on the Hydrofoil!


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 1:01 am

I’m glad you loved it! I’ve now done it 3 times and I’m looking forward to hopefully a forth in the future :)


Cam @ Traveling Canucks September 5, 2013 at 4:35 pm

We took that same trip back in 2006. Fun times! I can only image how much more developed Macau has become.


Samuel Jeffery September 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

That’s cool Cam!

I don’t think I’ve ever witnessed a city develop as quickly as Macau. I can’t believe how different it is (especially in Cotai) since the time I first visited in 2008.


Tiffany September 7, 2013 at 12:12 am

What a bridge. That was a great little clip of the ferry trip. Watching Audrey write in the immigration card reminded me how much I can’t wait till my next trip!


Samuel Jeffery September 7, 2013 at 3:09 am

Thanks Tiffany!

It’s funny how the small things can remind you of just how much you love to travel!


Arianwen September 9, 2013 at 6:10 am

This looks like a cool trip if you’re not the seasick type. If you like fast boats, you should try the jetboating in New Zealand! So much fun :)


Samuel Jeffery September 10, 2013 at 2:21 am

Would love to try that in NZ Arianwen! I’m only scared when I’m in the air 😉


Laura @Travelocafe September 9, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I wish you all the best and to have a lot of fun in Hong Kong. You are an amazing couple.


Samuel Jeffery September 10, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thanks Laura!

I appreciate how supportive you’ve been of our work :)


Noah @ Somewhere Or Bust September 10, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Never made it to Macau, but Hong Kong is awesome. My favorite spots were the Rice Noodle House in Kowloon, where I had some of the world’s spiciest soup and the Lin Heung Tea House, where early in the morning you’ll find the best and most traditional dim sum, along with some reproachful old women.


Samuel Jeffery September 11, 2013 at 2:35 am

Hong Kong really is awesome! I’ll have to check out the Lin Heung Tea House.


Dan @ A Cruising Couple September 12, 2013 at 4:51 am

We did this journey ( in the other direction) not too long ago for our 2 year anniversary. We took a slower ferry from HK to Macau but this boat seems like quite the joy ride. 83 km an hour on the water is pretty quick!


Samuel Jeffery September 13, 2013 at 12:33 am

The slower boat would also be a great option – especially on a sunny day!


Carmen Allan-Petale September 14, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Great video! It looks like a fun way to get to Hong Kong, even if it isn’t the smoothest of rides.
Keep up the great videos.


Ryan September 15, 2013 at 6:09 am

Ahhh, I’ve fallen back on cup of noodles before for my sea sickness too! I don’t often get it, especially after 5 months working on a cruise ship, but sometimes it creeps up on me.


Samuel Jeffery September 16, 2013 at 11:10 pm

It’s a good cheap fix I suppose :) I’m lucky I don’t get seasick.


Alex | Partial Parallax September 24, 2013 at 4:37 am

Great little piece I have wondered about the hydrofoil and it seems a very convenient way to get between the two places. The journey alone sounds like quite the unique trip and although very rocky if you don’t suffer from seasickness quite the fun one


Samuel Jeffery September 24, 2013 at 8:28 am

Thanks Alex,

It’s definitely the most convienient way to get between the Macau and Hong Kong. It’s such a short trip.


Abby September 29, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I didn’t know you were from that area! I was just in Victoria. God I’m so behind on my blog… Anyway, cute video. I’m taking the ferry next month. Can’t wait!


Gemma January 13, 2014 at 4:26 am

I didn’t know you were from Vancouver Island! I’ve only been living here the past few years, but I know exactly the feeling you mean, whether or not it’s a ferry to the mainland or just over to Denman or Quadra Islands. I really enjoyed getting the hydrofoil to Macau – it’s makes a perfect day trip, and is super easy and efficient to use.


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