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Cotai Water Jet
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Cotai Water Jet Round-Trip Ferry Tickets Between Hong Kong and Macau
Ranked #72 of 830 things to do in Hong Kong
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Owner description: Our maritime jet fleet – renowned for its fast, efficient, and hassle free service – offers passengers up to 86 sailings per day between the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, the Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal, the Hong Kong Airport Skypier, and the Macau-Taipa Ferry Terminal and Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminals.
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We took the Cotai Ferry to Taipa because it was convenient for the City of Dreams and the Grand Hyatt. Another review recommended upgrading to First Class, but frankly it's not worth the little extra it costs (about $200 HKD for 3 people). It is a 60-70 minute trip and a fairly smooth ride. We took the economy class on the return trip and the differences were:

First Class had seats that were soiled and leaned back, making it difficult to get in and out of the rows; First Class provided a free pop or small (tiny) bottle of water and ramen noodles; First Class gets off the ferry before Economy Class. You pay more.

Economy class had comfortable seats that didn't recline (or at least they weren't permanently in reclining position); no free drinks. You exit after First Class. It costs less.

The restroom was pretty clean. Avoid the stairs whilst en route unless you can hold onto the handrail! Both ferrys were fast, pretty clean, no rubbish. The crew quickly took our orders for drinks or ramen in First Class and cleared the little tray quickly as well, but were no where to be seen in the Economy return trip!

NOTE: There are many shuttles to the City of Dreams upon exiting Immigration. We took the City of Dreams shuttle to the Grand Hyatt, the second stop after the Hard Rock Hotel. The bus was anything but dreamy and had a strong mildew smell. We had to ask the driver repeatedly to open the luggage door and then put our own bags into the compartment because he / they wouldn't exit the bus, both ways! It was free though, and only accentuates the "you get what you pay for" adage!

That said, we won't pay for First Class again and bring our own drinks!

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We went from Hong Kong to Taipa on the Cotaijet. We actually got to the terminal too early as we allowed extra time to go through immigration. I had booked the tickets on their web page from home. It was a public holiday and I thought that the ferries would be fully booked.

Thought we were in for a long wait at the terminal. We were approached by one of the staff, and told that if we wanted to catch an earlier ferry and not wait so long, that we should go to the standby line. We stood in this line for 5 mins beore we where told that we would be boarding the ferry leaving in 10 mins. Very happy about this.

The seats were nice and comfy. But I was very disappointed as all the windows had painted signs of them and you couldnt see the scenery outside. No choice but to have a nana nap. Trip took 1 hour.

Thankfully we didnt take our suitcases with us to Macau, as the footpath from the ferry to immigration, was not good. There is a new terminal being built at Taipa.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We travelled to macao (taipa) from china ferry terminal (kowloon) using cotai jet it was a good experience. the service was timely and the jet was clean and comfortable.

on the return we had the ride from taipa to hong kong airport.. and here we were supposed to get our airline boarding passes at taipa itself... but to our horror they airport staff at the ferry terminal said they do not have the right to issue boarding passes for low cost carrier (tiger in our case). And we need to go to hong kong and then go to airport by road...

When we went to cotai jet people, they said they the ticket to airport cannot be changed and you need to buy new tickets to hong kong... this was very bad. if this was the case, why did they issue us the oringinal ticket in the first place, without inquiring or warning that some airlines are not serviced by the airport staff at taipa...

Be careful. we had time and just lost ticket money.. else we would have missed our flights

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I have motion sickness so I wanted to ensure a smooth trip as much as possible. Spending a little more for seats at First Class was worth it. You're on the 2nd floor, better view and larger seats. Plus, there's complimentary snacks (instant noodle soup & soda).

While at berth in HKG, it can get choppy but in Macau, it was very calm and steady while docked.

Chose Cotai Jet also because there are less people riding this, plus it goes directly to Taipa Terminal. Beware though -- long walk from the dock since the terminal is still being constructed.

Would ride this again.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Those visiting Macau, should keep one thing in mind that Cotai ferries go to Taipa Ferry terminal and not to Macau Ferry Terminal. For those who want to visit only the casinos in Macau, then Cotai ferries are the best. But those like me who were more interested in the seeing the Portugese era in Macau, had to criss cross. I would advise those taking a day trip to Macau, to take a ferry to Macau terminal from Hongkong and not the Taipa terminal. One can hire a taxi for 600 HKD for three hours and see the places of itnerest. Or one can directly go to the Selanado square by taxi, where most of the monuments are. After seeing the Portugese Macau for three hours, one can come back to the Macau ferry terminal and take Venetian buses to the casinos.

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