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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Which Junk Company Should you Choose?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
What to Take on a Junk:
- 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