From when to go, who to book with and what food to enjoy at sea, here’s your ultimate junk trip guide.
As fun as having a junk party with your friends can be, organising your own can be a real headache with all the different aspects to consider. From when to go, to which junk or company to use – the choices can be overwhelming. To ensure smooth sailing in the planning process, we’ve put together a junk trip guide with our pick of the best boat hire and catering companies in Hong Kong, plus loads of need-to-know tips.
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Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide: When To Go
Depending on what kind of experience you’re after, you can either head out on a day trip to one of Hong Kong’s many beaches (here are a few of our faves) to make the most of the sun, or you can hire a junk in the evening for a fun night between the stars and the sea. Both are always great fun, but day junks are generally better value-for-money as they last longer (seven hours instead of four).
If the timing works out, it’s a good idea to organise your junk over a long weekend or on a public holiday (on a regular weekend, most prefer booking on a Saturday so they have all of Sunday to recover). Junk boats get snapped up fast, so try your best to book at least one month in advance. Peak junk season typically lasts from around May to September, so if you’d like to hire a boat for the summer, it’s time to get planning!
Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide: Where To Go
There are various locations that junks depart from, including Central, Causeway Bay, Aberdeen and Sai Kung. You can usually request your stopping place, but it depends on the junk company and the captain (not to mention the unpredictable Hong Kong weather!) as to where you end up. However, if you do get a say in your final destination, we recommend Lamma for some tasty seafood or Deep Water Bay to sunbathe by the shore. Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay, Turtle Cove and Stanley Bay are also excellent options.
Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide: Which Junk Company To Use
Not all junk packages are the same. They range from all-inclusive deals that come with food, alcohol and music, to BYO everything. Some companies also offer karaoke, wakeboarding, waterskiing and banana boat rides for an additional fee. The all-inclusive offerings are a little pricier, but we’d definitely recommend them for ease and convenience. This option also means you and your friends can just rock up on the day without having to worry about arranging for catering or lugging your own drinks on board.
If you are looking to enjoy a more budget-friendly junk, the bring-your-own option would work just fine. Just remember to plan well ahead and stock up on supplies from your local supermarket (or if you’re cutting it fine, the nearest 7-Eleven) as early as possible.
Check out some options below:
Catering to a range of budgets and occasions, Hong Kong Asia Boating is making your junk party planning a breeze with its all-inclusive Day Junk packages. Complete with a junk boat, a tasty tropical Thai menu and free-flow drinks (starting at $550 per head on weekdays and $780 per person on the weekend), consider your summer getaway sorted. Committed to being flexible as well as reliable, Asia Boating is happy to customise any package to suit your needs. Banana boats, speed boats, wakeboards and water skis can be added through its simple online booking platform. What more could you want?
Hong Kong Asia Boating is offering Sassy readers 10% off its All-Inclusive Packages. Offer valid until Saturday, 31 July, 2021.
Whether you see yourself snapping pics, wind in hair, on a sailboat, or partying hard aboard a houseboat, Yacht Holimood has your next day out at sea sorted. Browse through its range of cruisers, junk boats, sailing boats, houseboats and speed boats by price, date and number of passengers via its user-friendly Airbnb-like platform. And with the help of its excellent customer service team (reachable by WhatsApp, email or phone), you can have your dream trip sorted and confirmed within 24 hours.
Sassy Tip: Into water sports? The online platform also lists 30+ wakesurf providers for easy convenience.
Sassy readers can claim a free pair of New Classy sunglasses by showing proof of booking at the Yacht Holimood office. Offer valid until September 2021.
More than just a junk and yacht booking platform, BOAT PARADISE combines the boating experience with luxury yachting for a unique day out on the sea. From night junk to DJ parties and team building events, you can choose from its nine meticulously crafted packages that can be tailored to suit your individual needs (with options to add on watersports, bespoke food packages and more). Planning the perfect junk trip has never been so easy!
Book directly with BOAT PARADISE and enjoy 5% off. Offer valid until Friday, 31 December, 2021.
This iconic red-sailed junk offers 45-minute harbour trips plus longer day cruises around Stanley and other parts of Hong Kong. And since it’s run by the Aqua restaurant group, you can even book an evening cruise followed by dinner at Hutong, or a day-time dim sum cruise with gourmet delights on offer from Dim Sum Library.
With one of the largest fleets of junk boats in Hong Kong, Saffron Cruises offers a wide range of junks and luxury boats at different price points, with food and drink packages available from catering company Shamrock.
A platform for all things junk related in the 852, Junks.HK is an easy-to-use platform that enables you to build your own custom junk experience in just three simple steps! Simply choose your date and customise your preferred catering and beverage options with the chance to choose from a ton of additional water sports and other fun add-ons.
Offering traditional junk boats, Jaspas operates out of Pak Sha Wan pier just outside Sai Kung and promises a day of sand, surf and sea with its great packages. Boats are priced at $750 per person (for between 14 and 40 people) and include free-flow drinks and a buffet of freshly cooked food. Coach charters to Sai Kung can also be arranged.
Looking for good ol’ fashioned junk fun? With two immaculately restored traditional teak Chinese junks at its disposal, you can’t go wrong with either of Orange Tree’s fully-catered day or evening cruise packages. Its boats each come with a fully equipped kitchen, bar and barbecue station, where an onboard chef will prepare your food and drinks, leaving you to sit back, relax and soak up the sun.
Booking with Charter Junks HK is nice and straightforward on its website. Simply choose your package, destination, date and time, and you’ll have your junk trip sorted in a matter of minutes. You could opt for a boat-only charter and bring along your own provisions, but we must say the all-inclusive fully catered package is awfully tempting!
Boat rental company, SEA-E-O, will help you organise everything from an intimate romantic dinner at sea to team building on a catamaran, harbour cruises, boat parties and more. Its signature 75-foot luxury yacht INFINITY is your ticket to infinite fun, with board games, TV and karaoke, a large saloon, bean bags, and an Xbox 360 on board. You also have the option to add on an inflatable slide, mattress, trampoline, and other water sports equipment for an extra fee.
The boats at Island Junks hold up to 50 passengers and offer both catering and non-catering packages. The company can also provide kayaks, speedboats and even a masseuse to complete your custom trip, along with offering set island cruise packages to Lamma Island and Po Toi Island, which include a satisfying seafood lunch.
Viking Charters offers a range of boats from traditional wooden junks to more modern pleasure cruisers, along with a speedboat that has a banana boat, water ski and wake-boarding equipment all included. The company also offers three different buffet menus as well as drinks packages.
Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide: What To Eat
On the hunt for great-tasting wine to bring aboard your junk? Look no further than Wine Brothers who’ve done the hard work for you, sourcing the highest quality small-batch wines straight from independent Aussie vineyards. What’s more, if you spend $750 or more, you get free delivery to your home within 24 hours* (unfortunately, the company does not deliver to any piers). With a growing collection of adventurous wines, craft beers and spirits, you’ll find no mass-produced labels here. We can’t think of a better way to set your junk apart from the rest.
Sassy readers can enjoy 15% off all orders with the code SASSYSIPS15. Offer is valid until Friday, 1 July, 2022. *(Delivery Monday to Friday, except public holidays. Outlying islands take up to 3 days.)
With five locations across the city, and a new shop opening in Causeway Bay this summer, La Rotisserie has been a Sassy fave for grab-and-go chicken. From the farm to your junk, all of the ingredients are imported directly from France, ensuring top-quality ingredients. Its corn-fed, Grade-A chicken and hearty sides are all handmade in-store and have no added MSG. The best part? It’s worth noting that the bigger your order, the bigger the discount – spend $10,000 and enjoy 20% off the additional amount you spend. Make sure to also take advantage of its great wine and beer deals to complete your order.
Receive a bottle of Moncigale Rosé with every $2,000 spent. Simply place your order here and email firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem your gift. Offer valid until Monday, 15 November, 2021.
Made here in Hong Kong, Dragon Water Spiked Seltzer is your junk boat season essential. Attractively packaged (no need to hide these cans when you take your snaps on board), Dragon Water is gluten-free, boasts less carbs and sugar, and is spiked with a splash of “Dragon Fire” (4.5% ABV). Signature flavours include Lemongrass Lime, Cucumber Watermelon, Ginger Blood Orange and Black Raspberry. Beer more your thing? Dragon Water has you covered on that front too, along with its special seasonal flavour – Mango Sticky Rice – and will even deliver straight to Central Ferry Pier (simply select Junk Boat Delivery and make your order by 3pm on the Thursday before your junk trip).
Use the code SASSYDRAGON10 to enjoy 10% off all Dragon Water Spiked Seltzer and Double Haven beer.
Being a fiend for junk parties, Bingaz has optimised his menu for a splashing time at sea. Carefully curated by executive chefs at TMEATS, its diverse food offerings span the best of Eastern and Western cuisine, comprising of easy grab-and-go finger foods, premium canapés, hearty roasts and more. Drinks-wise, keep it simple with the basic drinks package or customise a package to fulfill your group’s needs (Go on, throw in that boozy watermelon!).
Sassy Tip: Under the name #BingazatSea, Bingaz throws monthly junk parties with everything from food, drinks and entertainment covered. Stay tuned for updates on the next one on Bingaz’ Instagram!
Sassy readers can enjoy a complimentary bottle of Prosecco with any order by using the code Bingaz2021. Offer valid until Friday, 31 December, 2021.
Big Birdy is bringing the bold flavours of its popular piquant Peri Peri chicken to the sea with a new range of Hot Chick Summer Junk Packages. Starting from just $80 per head, treat yourself and your crew to a Birdy Box filled with a 1/4 chicken, your choice of sauce, Hot Chips, Rice or Charred Vegetables. For an extra $10, sandwich fiends can upgrade to the Beachy Birdy for a mix of three of the restaurant’s signature sandos. The larger Boaty Birdy ($160 per person) and Yachty Birdy packages ($255 per person) offer a generous feast featuring whole chickens, large sharing trays and tasty sides. Email email@example.com to place your order.
Big Birdy, Shop 11, 48-78 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
We’ve been lucky enough to sample some of Invisible Kitchen’s creations and can fully vouch for their tastiness, plus we love Chef Tom’s commitment to sustainability. All ingredients are ethically sourced, so do check out its buffet packages for your next junk. Prices begin at a very reasonable $200 per person for the Essentials menu (including sandwiches, salads and desserts) and go up to $350 per head for the Deluxe menu (which includes additional snacks, platters, cold cuts and a choice of two hot dishes). Alternatively, you could go down the bespoke route and design your own menu. You can also opt for 25%, 50% or even 100% vegetarian menus.
Add a bit of French flair to your day at sea and try out one of Monsieur CHATTÉ’s Junk Packages. We’re huge fans of this little French restaurant and the homemade salads, breads, French cheeses and cold cuts on offer, all of which you can find in its junk packages! Choose from $150, $200 or $350 per head (minimum 10 to 20 people), and you’ll even get your food delivered to the pier along with cutlery, plates and napkins.
If you’re after Mexican fare, then Cali-Mex is sure to satisfy your cravings with its fresh California-inspired junk packages. The San Francisco allows you to enjoy a mix of 10 freshly rolled burritos filled with Grilled Chicken, Barbacoa Beef and vegetarian Mixed Bean for just $98 per head. Or opt for The Laguna Beach package ($168 per person) which, in addition to 10 burritos, features a large platter of tortilla chips, guac, salsa and three quesadillas. And if that’s not enough, the Malibu package ($208 per person) fit to feed fifteen is sure to hit the spot. Packages can be customised to accommodate vegetarians and other requests. WhatsApp or email to place your order.
This luxe catering company and private kitchen is renowned for its tasty Mediterranean fare. Full lunch menus of za’atar roast chicken, organic salmon and a whole host of sides are also available and will go down well on any junk. Its Feasting on the High Sea junk boat menu starts at $100 per head, which includes a selection of dips, Freshly Baked Turkish Bread and Pomegranate Brownies. And if you’re feeling extra peckish, you can add a Cheese Platter for an additional $1,200.
Maison Libanaise’s “Bateau et Mezze” features favourites such as Maison’s Falafel and Za’atar Fried Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Pita Chips and Dips, and more. We’ve sampled the Roasted Cauliflower on numerous occasions and can’t recommend it enough! Available for 10 guests or more and priced at $318 per head, orders need to be made 48 hours in advance and can be picked up at 9:30am or delivered to Central pier at 10am.
Another Black Sheep favourite that’s taking its food to the seas is Le Petit Saigon. The “Banh Mi Onboard” menu is priced at $208 per person and available for groups of 20 or more, with food offerings including your choice of pork, chicken or tofu banh mis, along with Shredded Chicken Cabbage Salad, Salt & Pepper Chicken Wings and even some freshly baked cookies to finish.
Craving a different cuisine? Artemis & Apollo, Taqueria Super Macho, Chôm Chôm and Soul Food Thai also offer junk catering menus. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or place your order via GO!
Knead is one of our favourites during junk season specifically for its customisable junk catering packages. There are countless options for fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, canapes, sweet treats, drinks and boozy beverages available, so you’re sure to be left satisfied. And don’t forget to request some of Knead’s famous brownies for a teatime treat!
NOSH’s Junk Platter menu features a nutritious menu that will satisfy your whole crew. At $190 per head, you can enjoy a guilt-free feast with your friends, with crowd-pleasing finger foods such as Cornitos Nachos, Chicken Wings, New York Cheesecake Bites and more. Appealing to a range of diets, there are also a number of gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options to choose from.
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Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide: What To Take
- A towel
- A change of clothes
- Seasickness tablets (if necessary)
- A floaty/noodle/lilo
- If you’re picky, your own shampoo and toiletries for the end of the day
- If you’re bringing your own food, make sure it is actually on board before you set sail… we forgot once!
- A camera or phone to take photos
- If you’ve got one, a “dry-bag” can definitely come in handy, making sure your valuables don’t get splashed with seawater.
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 1, June 2016 and was most recently updated on 11, June 2021.
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Hero image courtesy of Yacht Holimood via Instagram, image 1 courtesy of Hong Kong Asia Boating via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of Hong Kong Asia Boating, image 3 courtesy of Yacht Holimood, image 4 courtesy of BOATPARADISE, image 5 courtesy of Junks.HK via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of SEA-E-O Boating via Instagram, image 6 courtesy of Wine Brothers, image 7 courtesy of La Rotisserie, image 8 courtesy of Big Birdy, image 9 courtesy of Cali-Mex, image 10 courtesy of Le Petit Saigon, image 11 courtesy of Daisy Dudley.