14 May, 2018
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Your Junk Trip Guide

14 May, 2018

From who to book with, when to go and what food to enjoy at sea, here’s your ultimate guide to Hong Kong’s junk season!

As fabulous as junk trips can be, organising them can be a bit tricky with all the different things to consider. From where and when to go, to which junk company to use – the choices can be a bit overwhelming. Luckily our junk trip guide is here to help, and we’ve rounded up of some of the best boat hire and catering companies in Hong Kong, plus loads of need-to-know tips. Happy sailing!

When Should You Go?
Where Should You Go?
Which Junk Company Should you Choose?
What to Eat at Sea – Junk Catering Companies:
What to Take on a Junk:

junk trip guide

When Should You Go?

Depending on what experience you’re looking for, you can either head out to one of Hong Kong’s many beaches (see our favourites here) in the day to really make the most of the sun, or hire a junk out in the evening for a fun night between the stars and the sea. Both experiences are always great fun, but day junks are technically better value for money as they last longer (seven hours instead of four). If you can, it’s a good idea to organise your junk for over a long weekend or on a public holiday (some people prefer them on a Saturday so they have all of Sunday to recover *wink*). Junk boats also get snapped up fast, so keep in mind that you will need to book at least 1-2 months in advance.

Where Should You Go?

There are various locations that junks depart from, including Central, Causeway Bay (Noon Day Gun), Aberdeen and Sai Kung. You can usually ask for a certain destination, 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 stay in your final destination, we recommend Lamma for some delicious seafood, Deep Water Bay for some beach action, or Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay, Turtle Cove and Stanley Bay.

junk trip islands

Which Junk Company Should you Choose?

Not all junk packages are the same. They range from all-inclusive junks that provide food, alcohol and music, to bring your own everything! Some companies also offer karaoke, wake-boarding, water-skiing and banana boat rides at an extra cost. The all-inclusive offerings are a little more expensive, but we’d definitely recommend them for ease. Also on the day of the junk, you can just rock up instead of organising the catering and carrying your own drinks on-board.

However, if you’re looking to enjoy a more budget-friendly junk, the bring-your-own option is perfect. Just remember to plan well ahead and get stocked up on supplies from your local supermarket (or if you’re cutting it fine, nearest 7-Elevens) in advance.

Read more: 5 Junk Packages to Book for Under $500

Check out some options below:

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 fun too.

Junks.HK, for further details get in touch with them here, www.junks.hk

Lazydays boasts a stylish 32-seat yacht kitted out with all mod cons (including a TV, karaoke and more!) for bespoke trips around the harbour or to outlying islands. With good food and drink packages available (hello free-flow Prosecco!) plus massages on board and an inflatable six-person lounge to relax on too, it’s no wonder Lazydays has become a total favourite of ours.

Lazydays, 3488 1534 or [email protected], www.lazydays.com.hk

Hello Hong Kong
If you’re looking for the ultimate day out on a boat, Hello Hong Kong’s got you covered. Offering a selection of unique boats to choose from (including luxury 47ft cruising sloop, Local Hero) and the option to go for a day trip, over night trip or even a romantic, evening package.

Hello Hong Kong, contact them online here for more information. www.hellohongkong.com.hk

Hong Kong Yachting
With a range of unique boats and cruisers at its disposal (we love the Jungle Jane, one of the best party boats in Hong Kong!), Hong Kong Yachting has loads of great itineraries –think hopping around HK’s delish seafood restos, romantic evenings cruises or even wedding partys out at sea.

Hong Kong Yachting, call 2526 0151 or email [email protected] for enquiries, www.hongkongyachting.com

Aqua Luna
This iconic red-sailed junk offers 45-minute harbour trips plus longer day cruises around Stanley and other parts of HK, and since it’s run by Aqua restaurant group, you can even book in an evening cruise followed by dinner at Hutong, or a day-time dim sum cruise, with gourmet delights on offer from Dim Sum Library. This is a particularly good option for visiting out-of-towners.

Aqua Luna, 2116 8821, www.aqualuna.com.hk

Delicious HK
Delicious junks live up to its name; providing high quality, deli-style food with healthy ingredients on board. The prices are pretty reasonable as not only do they include food, but you can also book your boat, and drinks packages, along with the option to add on a speed boat, wake-boarding, or a banana boat! With seriously good food, the choice of three different junks and the option to go wherever you want (see here for more details), this is one junk company you definitely don’t want to miss out on!

Delicious HK, 13 Po Tuck Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 2559 0144 or contact here, www.delicious-hk.com

Breakaway offers a small, privately run luxury yacht for you to sail away on. This is a great if option if you’re looking for something intimate and bit more special. Apart from ‘A Day At Sea’ the company also offer a variety of packages to suit any special occasion, including Afternoon Tea, Brunch, A Romantic Boat Trip For Two or a Birthday Party Outing. Indulge in the delicious homemade food for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and drinks which are included – you can even choose which kind of food you want from the various menus. The sweet team at Breakaway will make sure to customise your F&B options to suit whatever you fancy and guarantee a pleasant boat trip!

Breakaway, see all catering and outing options here. Call 6180 5059 or email [email protected] for more info and bookings, www.breakawayhk.com

Yacht Holimood
Online boat booking platform always comes in handy during junk season. With a range of junk boats, cruisers and luxury yachts, you can search by price to find the perfect option for you, as well as choosing from a range of fun add-ons such as food and drinks packages, floaties, inflatable beer pong tables and more.

Yacht Holimood, 5406 3347, 9858 8494, or [email protected]www.en.yacht.holimood.com

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Island Junks
The junks at Island Junks hold up to 50 passengers and offer both catering and non-catering packages. The company can also provide sea-kayaks, snorkels and toys, plus waitresses, speedboats and even a Thai masseuse for your trip!

Island Junks, 2877 5222 or [email protected], www.islandjunks.com.hk

Saffron Cruises
Saffron Cruises offer a massive selection of junks and luxury boats at different price points, with food and drink packages available from catering company Shamrock.

Saffron Cruises, 2857 1311 or [email protected], www.saffron-cruises.com

Hong Kong Junks
Hong Kong Junks offers night and day junks for up to 40 people, and a variety of packages, including an all-inclusive option with unlimited food and drink. The destinations include Deepwater Bay, Turtle Cove and Shek O, with banana boats, wake-boarding, DJ hire and even professional photography services all available.

Hong Kong Junks, 2840 1588 or [email protected], new.hongkongjunks.com.hk

With four different junks and cruisers to choose from, book a trip of any duration, with a range of catering and drinks packages also available. This is a good basic but reliable option, and would recommend this if you’re looking for BYOB/a more affordable trip.

StandardBoat, 2570 1792 or [email protected], www.standardboat.hk

Koh Thai Junk
With all-inclusive catering packages available you’re in for a Thai feast on-deck with Koh Thai Junks! Go all-inclusive, with drinks, food and boat hire for $680 per person, or mix and match your boat, food and drink selections – plenty of delicious Thai treat and added extras to choose from.

Koh Thai Junk, 2668 1468 / 6376 1012 or email [email protected], www.kohthai.com.hk

Viking Charters
Viking Charters offers boats accommodating around 30 passengers (either a traditional wooden junk or more modern pleasure cruisers are available), with a speedboat that has banana boat, water ski and wake-boarding equipment all included. The company also offer four different buffet options or an a la carte option for a lighter bite.

Viking Charters, 2814 9899 or [email protected], www.vikingscharters.com.hk

Sea Lagoon
Sea Lagoon offers a selection of different cruisers, teak junks, sailing yachts and speedboats with all-inclusive food and drink options from cool restaurants around HK. Check out the packages from Punkin, Souvla and Noodlemi!

Sea Lagoon, 2165 4196 or [email protected], www.sealagoon.com

Be Junk Free
If you’re looking for something slightly different to your usual boozy brunch, Be Junk Free is a great option to keep in mind. Albeit slightly more expensive, the junk boats can be booked for a maximum of 12 people and include on board yoga and pilates classes, massages and a healthy lunch and drinks provided by Grassroots pantry.

Be Junk Free, 9636 9987 or [email protected]www.facebook.com/bejunkfreehk

Which Junk Company Should you Choose?

junk trip catering

Invisible Kitchen
These catering professionals can whip up a gourmet, handpicked hamper that’s sure to sate your appetite as you cruise the South China Sea. And if you really want to up your junk game, you can even have a four-course meal prepared on board by the team of chefs, servers and barmen.

Invisible Kitchen, see the full junk catering menu here. For bespoke enquiries, see here, www.invisiblekitchen.com

If you want to bring a bit of Kimchee spice to your next junk, TaKorea mixes the best of Mexican and Korean food to create funky fusion dishes including Korean Tacos, homemade Kimchee Nachos and Spicy Chicken. Choose from three different ‘Eat Up’ packages and don’t forget to check out the ‘Drink Up’ packages to go with them!

TaKorea, call 2362 1999 or email [email protected] for enquiries. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance, www.facebook.com/TaKoreaHK

Stone Nullah Tavern
After a couple of beers, there’s nothing that we would want more than hearty American fare. Full of comfort food faves, choose from menu of mini meatballs, chicken wings, mac & cheese balls and more. We’re fans of the cheese platter, serving up wedges of gorgonzola, grana padano, brie with crackers.

Stone Nullah Tavern, call 3182 0218 or email [email protected] for more info and orders, www.stonenullahtavern.com

If you’re after Mexican fare, then Cali-Mex is sure to fix your cravings! Offering four different catering packages, each with a different foodie options including various combos of burritos, quesadillas and churros.

Cali-Mex, order online here, www.cali-mex.com 

Fat Legs BBQ
Reinventing the barbecue scene in Hong Kong, Fat Legs offers flavoursome Thai barbecue dishes to liven up your next junk trip. With all of the dishes packing a real punch (perfect for spice fiends), go for favourites such as the Grilled Pork Neck and veggie Cauliflower Laarb Salad, and don’t forget a couple of the addictive Thai lamingtons (soaked in lemongrass, ginger and Sangsom rum!), to round off your meal.

Fat Legs BBQ, call 6316 4502 or email [email protected] for more details or to place your order, www.facebook.com/fatlegsbbq

A Sassy go-to on any given lunchtime, Knead is always going to be a popular choice for catering. We love the selection of fresh sandwiches and salads, with many options available. The mozzarella and pesto sandwich is one of our faves, and be sure to also request some of Knead’s famous brownies for a little late afternoon treat!

Knead, email [email protected] or call 2851 7778 for more details or to place your order, www.kneadhk.com 

22 Ships
If you’re wanting to take some of your fave tapas dishes out to sea, then look no further than 22 Ships’ catering menu. With canapés and a la carte dishes on offer to choose from, including dishes such as chorizo croquttes, pork and fois gras burgers and even a whole suckling pig. And if you need drinks taken care off, too, then 22 Ships can also help you out, with its package of 48 Pilsner Urquell, and three
bottle each of prosecco, sangria and white wine for $2,000.

22 Ships, email email [email protected] to place your order, www.22ships.hk

Maison Libanaise
Maison Libanaise’s “Bateau et Mezze” features favourites such as Almond Falafel and Za’atar Fried Chicken, with more veggie options also available upon request. We’ve sampled the Roasted Cauliflower on numerous occasions and couldn’t recommend it enough! Orders will be ready to collect at 10am on the day of your junk, or can be delivered to Central Piers from 10:30am.

Maison Libanaise, email [email protected] for more details or to place your order, www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk

Bread & Beast
Looking to party (and feast) like a beast? Offering up three packages – Chill Beast, Beast Surfer and Beast Boss – Bread & Beast’s epic sandwiches are a winner. With package prices starting at $150 per head, you can enjoy delicious offerings such as Char Siu Pulled Pork Burger, Hainanese Chicken Burger, Ovaltine Brownies with Condensed Milk and more. If the set menus don’t take your fancy, á la carte options are also available (individually priced), and include a range of sandwiches, burgers, snacks and sides.

Bread & Beast, call 9120 6869 or email [email protected] for more details or to place your order, www.breadandbeasthk.com

Monsieur Chatte
Add a bit of French flair to your day at sea and try out one of Monsieur Chatte’s Junk Packages. We’re huge fans of this little French resto and the homemade salads, breads, wide selection of French cheeses and moreish cold cuts, and you can expect all this and more in the junk packages! Choose from $150, $200 or $350 a head and you’ll even get delivery to the pier, cutlery, plates and napkins. Bon appetit!

Monsieur Chatte, order online here, www.monsieurchatte.com

What to Take on a Junk:

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Suncreen
  • A change of clothes
  • Flip-flops and sunnies
  • Sea sickness tablets if necessary
  • A blow-up life ring/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 catch amazing photos!
  • If you’ve got one, a ‘dry-bag’ can definitely come in handy, making sure your valuables don’t get splashed with sea water.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 1 June, 2016 and was updated on 14 May, 2018

Featured image and images #1, #2 and #3 credited to Dan Gold via www.halfhalftravel.com. Image #4 courtesy of Unsplash.

14 thoughts on “Your Junk Trip Guide

  1. Such an awesome list! I’ll totally use this!

    Just a word of warning! You are not meant to use lilos on the sea as it can be very easy to get swept out! We get warned about a tonne in the UK, loads of people still get swept out on their lilos.

    Love this list so much!

  2. Hey Alex

    Thanks for the tip and great advice – as always, best to be cautious on the sea!

    Have fun junking!

  3. Great suggestions and list.
    However: Loved Mes Amis’ junk last year great service and food! But tried to book it this year and was told they no longer have the junk!

  4. We have tried the Elite charters and i very much satisfied with their service. Will be coming back on December to try out Saffron or maybe Aqua Luna. 🙂 Thanks for the great list.

  5. Ask the company you’re hiring from if they really do own the boat they’re renting out; if they have a back-up boat in case something was to happen to the original boat; and if they have a plan of how to inform you about alternatives if your original arrangements don’t pan out. I hired a boat from Hong Kong Yachting a few weeks ago – the boat they hired from some other company broke down and they didn’t inform me about it UNTIL 11AM, when all my guests were already at Central Pier 9! Worse, the replacement boat was docked at Aberdeen, AND THEY ASKED US TO GO THERE, instead of making the boat sail for Central! Talk about amazing customer service.

  6. Great suggestions! I’d like to organize a short boat trip with about 10 people and we are all students – any suggestions as to the most economical packages/junks that include food?

    Also, does anybody know any trips that are shorter than a whole day? I’d like the trip to last for maybe an afternoon because we’d like to do something else during the day.

    Am I wishing for something that doesn’t exist and should just double the number of people joining so that all of us can have an ACTUAL boat trip? Please help 😀 Thanks!!

  7. Hi

    Aqua Luna does shorter harbour trips – their details are listed in the article above. Otherwise, it’s probably best to contact the companies directly to find which ones best suit your needs – again, all their contact details are in the article and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help based on whatever information you can provide to them!

  8. Hi,
    We have a friend coming for a week and we want to take her on the Aqua Luna junk boat cruise to Stanley on a Saturday. It leaves at noon from TST. Do you know if lunch is available to buy on the boat? We know there is 1 free drink.
    Thank you,

  9. Hi Melanie

    It’s best to contact Aqua Luna direct – their contact details are in the article. I believe it may just be snacks, but it is worth checking! Enjoy the trip!

  10. Can you suggest any economical package for about 20-30 people ($300-500/per person)? Most of the junk boat websites don’t seem to have a price quote, which is kind of annoying. I don’t want to have to call 10 different places! 🙁 Not picky about food, but wanting some extra stuff like wakeboarding!

  11. Hi Maria

    The reason most of the sites probably don’t have quotes is because they can differ so much depending on what you have – catering, which boat you hire, how many people you have on-board, how long your junk is booked for, add-ons etc – so the best way to find a junk to suit your needs really is to call up and ask. In most cases, wake-boarding would be an add-on (that not every junk company even has) so that’s definitely something you would need to check with each individual company. Happy sailing!

  12. Wow thanks for the quick response! I guess I will call up a few on your list there and find out. Thanks again and awesome post! 🙂

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