17 May, 2019
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Your Ultimate Junk Trip Guide

17 May, 2019

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 your own can be a bit tricky with all the different aspects 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.

When Should You Go?
Where Should You Go?
Which Junk Company Should You Choose?
What to Eat – Junk Catering Companies
What to Take

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) for a day trip 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 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 over a long weekend or on a public holiday (some people prefer them on a Saturday so they have all of Sunday to recover!). Junk boats also get snapped up fast, so keep in mind that you will need to book at least one to two months in advance, and high junk season typically lasts from around May to September, so if you are planning a day time junk, it’s time to get planning!

junk trip guide

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.

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 and convenience. This option also means that 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 can work perfectly. Just remember to plan well ahead and get stocked up on supplies from your local supermarket (or if you’re cutting it fine, the nearest 7-Eleven) in advance.

Read more: 5 Junk Packages To Book For Under $500

Check out some options below:

Yacht Holimood junk company

Yacht Holimood
Online boat booking platforms always comes in handy during junk season, and Yacht Holimood ticks all the boxes with its easy-to-use website. With a variety of luxury yachts, cruisers, junk boats, sailing boats, event boats, houseboats and speed boats available to choose from, you can search by price to find the perfect option for you. Yacht Holimood also offers regular promotions for different yachting services, from all-inclusive food and drink packages and night cruise packages, to tailor made services, weddings, and even DJ parties. Take your junk to the next level and  guarantee the best experience, with a range of fun add-ons including floaties, inflatable beer pong tables and more.

Yacht Holimood, for bookings call 5406 3347 or 9858 8494, or click here, www.en.yacht.holimood.com

Breakaway junk company

Breakaway
Breakaway offers a modern luxury motor yacht for you to sail away on during junk season! A great option if you’re looking for something intimate and bit more special. Apart from “A Day At Sea”, the company also offers 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 offered in the all-inclusive packages – and 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! And with the option to have your own masseuse onboard, you’re sure to be left feeling relaxed and de-stressed after a day away with Breakaway.

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

Junks.HK
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 too.

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

Lazydays 
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 the option to enjoy 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. The company also offers the option to add on a $10 per person donation to your booking of all-inclusive packages, which will go to the Plastic-Free Seas organisation, with Lazydays matching any donations made.

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

Jaspas Junks
After a year off in 2018, the much-loved Jaspas Junks are back in business for 2019! Offering a choice of three 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, as well as evening cruises.

Jaspa Junks, 2792 0970, [email protected], www.casteloconcepts.com

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 all-inclusive junk packages, romantic evenings cruises or even wedding parties 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 the 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 lives up to its name; providing high quality, deli-style food with healthy ingredients on board. The prices are pretty reasonable as not only do the packages 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 boat options and the choice of multiple destinations (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, 6441 7895 or contact here, www.delicious-hk.com

junk trip guide

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, waitresses, speedboats and even a masseuse for you to complete your custom trip, along with offering set island cruise packages to Lamma Island and Po Toi Island, which include a delicious seafood lunch.

Island Junks, 6895 4443 or [email protected], www.islandjunks.com.hk

Saffron Cruises
Saffron Cruises offers 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

StandardBoat
With four different styles of boats to choose from, you can book a trip of any duration, with a range of catering and drinks packages also available with StandardBoat. This is a good, basic but reliable option, and we would recommend this if you’re looking to BYOB or for 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 (minimum of 20 people), or mix and match your boat, food and drink selections – with plenty of delicious Thai treats 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), along with a speedboat that has a banana boat, water ski and wake-boarding equipment all included. The company also offers 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

What to Eat – Junk Catering Companies:

Invisible Kitchen junk catering

Invisible Kitchen
We’ve been lucky enough to sample some of Invisible Kitchen’s creations here in the Sassy office 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 Essential menu (including sandwiches, salads and desserts) and go up to $500 per head for Premium (which also includes snacks, platters, cold cuts and a choice of two hot dishes). There are also Classic ($250) and Deluxe ($350) options to choose from. Or you could go down the bespoke route and design your own menu. Just make sure you ask about the donuts made with cricket flour (trust us, they taste much better than they sound, plus it’s a great talking point!). You can also opt for 25%, 50% or even 100% vegetarian menus. This is definitely a great please all (and planet-friendly) option.

Sassy Perk: If you’re ordering the “Deluxe” buffet menu package, use the code SASSYFOOD and for every ten people paying full price you’ll receive a bottle of bubbly. This offer is valid until the end of November 2019.

Invisible Kitchen, Unit 8, 24/F Honour Industrial Building, 6 Sun Yip Street, Siu Sai Wan, Hong Kong, 2711 5788, [email protected], www.invisiblekitchen.com

whats on hk junk guide catering knead

Knead
A go-to of ours on any given lunchtime, Knead is always going to be a popular choice for catering, and it’s one of our favourites during junk season, too. There are countless options for fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, breakfast, 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 little late afternoon treat! On the easy-to-use website you can place your order online with no fuss, meaning you’ll have more time to plan the rest of your junk hassle-free.

Sassy Perk: Sassy readers can enjoy a 10% discount on all online catering orders! Just select “Sassy Perk 10% off” at the checkout to make use of the offer. Valid until Friday, 31 May, 2019.

Knead, G/F, 28 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, [email protected], 2851 7778, www.kneadhk.com

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

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

22 Ships
If you’re wanting to take some of your favourite 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 freshly shucked oysters, braised chorizo, pork and foie gras burgers and even a whole suckling pig.

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 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 for 10am.

Maison Libanaise, email [email protected] or call 2111 2284 for more details or to place your order, www.maisonlibanaise.com.hk

Le Petit Saigon junk catering

Le Petit Saigon
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.

And if you’re after a Thai or Vietnamese feast to take your junk to the next level, Chôm Chôm and Soul Food Thai are also now offering junk catering menus. Contact [email protected] for more info and to place your order!

Le Petit Saigon, call 2455 2499 for more details or to place your order, www.legarconsaigon.com/le-petit-saigon

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 junk menu is a winner. With package prices starting at $165 per head, you can enjoy delicious offerings such as Hainanese Chicken Burger, Char Siu Pork Neck and more, along with sides such as Doh Caesar Salad, Coconut Lime Caramel Chicken and Ovaltine Brownies. If the set menus don’t take your fancy, á la carte options are also available (individually priced), and include a range of burgers, rice and pasta dishes, starters, salads and more.

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

Little Birdy
We’re huge fans of Little Birdy and can think of few better options for junk catering. With a menu full of a range of succulent chicken burgers and sandwiches, along with a variety of sides and salads to enjoy, it’s sure to be just what the doctor ordered after a couple of drinks.

Little Birdy, email [email protected] for more details or to place your order, www.littlebirdy.com.hk

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 restaurant and the homemade salads, breads, French cheeses and cold cuts on offer, all which you can to find on its junk packages! Choose from $150, $200 or $350 a head (minimum 20 people), and you’ll even get delivery to the pier along with cutlery, plates and napkins.

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

Read more: Your Guide To The Top Catering Companies In Hong Kong

What to Take:

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Suncreen
  • A change of clothes
  • Flip-flops
  • Sunglasses
  • 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 take 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 17 May, 2019.

Featured image and image 1 courtesy of Dan Gold via www.halfhalftravel.com, image 2 courtesy of Yacht Holimood, image 3 courtesy of Breakaway, image 4 courtesy of Dan Gold via www.halfhalftravel.com, image 5 courtesy of Invisible Kitchen, image 6 courtesy of Knead, image 7 courtesy of Le Petit Saigon

14 thoughts on “Your Ultimate 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,
    Melanie

  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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