papa, If you have been through the terminal and know your goal is (a taxi to the ferry terminal) it isn't that bad. It's the people trying to sell tours etc. Then there's the herding of passengers to fill the taxi vans. If I could save quite a bit of money I would do it. The taxi ride over isn't very expensive, it's basically through a few blocks in town and over the bridge. I know what to expect though. Whatever you decide, Do Not Take The Water Taxi Over!