Summer’s here and it’s time to ‘Seas the day’ onboard a Hong Kong junk boat! Here’s our guide to everything you need to book the best junk for you, from the intimate to the party-friendly, and the affordable to the luxurious.
It’s the ultimate Hong Kong summer outing – a day spent out on the open seas, visiting islands, mucking around in the water and taking in the views with a cocktail in hand. From small, family-friendly cruisers to romantic excursions, big party boats serving all-you-can-eat-and-drink packages to activity-packed adventures, there’s something out there for everyone, across all budgets. Below is Hive Life’s guide to the best junks for any day or occasion. Happy Boating!
Recognised as Hong Kong’s no-junk junk company, Lazydays is a premium boat company that offers you a day out in nature without causing any harm to it. With its fleet of high-end motorboats (no junks here – get it?), this company is all about responsible boating, thanks to its plastic-free onboard policy and commitment to being as eco-friendly as possible. Factor in full menus including gluten-free and ketogenic options and you’ve got everything you need for a luxurious day out on the sea.
Best For: Guilt-free boating – this company is leading the charge on eco-friendly days out at sea.
Insider Tip: Go green! Play your part and opt into their HKD 10 per person donation that goes to eco-NGO Plastic-Free Seas.
Price: HKD 14K – 30K
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For a tried-and-tested day out on a classic Hong Kong junk, this company is a much-used staple. With boats that can carry up to 40 and packages to cater to almost any sort of day ranging from all-inclusive to boat-only, mid-week to corporate, this crew ticks all the boxes. Also proud to be entirely plastic-free and catered by healthy food specialists Nosh, you can feel good about cruising along with these guys.
Best For: A no-hassle day out with a large group of people.
Insider Tip: Receive big discounts on multiple bookings that are made in a one year period for their corporate packages.
Price: HKD 12K – 15K
Whether you’re looking to book dinner for two in the middle of the ocean, go on a mini junk trip with your kids or enjoy a quiet day out exploring Hong Kong’s hidden islands, this company is a great bet for a quiet day out at sea. With their small, sleek motorboats and five distinctive packages including dinner in Victoria Harbour and an Afternoon Tea option, their premium packages offer luxury yachting at its finest.
Best For: Romantic trips for two.
Insider Tip: Release your inner romantic. Call ahead to arrange floral arrangements and cutesy decorations with their Romantic Boat Trip For 2 package to sweep your partner off their feet.
Price: HKD 9K – 17K
Hungering after a taste of historic Hong Kong, or perhaps more of a Saturday night vibe? Island Junks caters to it all with their fleet of traditional Chinese teak junks and sleeker ‘Ibiza’ party junks, each carrying up to 40-50 passengers – making them a great party option. With junks heading to Lamma, Lantau, Sai Kung, Cheung Chau and many more, there’s plenty to choose from on the destination front, alongside all sorts of package deals for food and drink. Choose from their Western or Thai menu and enjoy your day at sea.
Best For: Partying it up with your mates.
Insider Tip: Sign up for their all-drinks package to receive complimentary Prosecco and Aperol!
Price: HKD 13K – 15K
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Corporate or private, Sea-E-O boating is all set to let you channel your inner CEO at sea! With the impressive motto, ‘Get more, pay less’, Sea-E-O’s boat services offer you an extravagant, yet affordable day at sea. With over 50 junk boats and cruisers that ascent from both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, together with an impressive range of food menus including the Asian menu and the Canapes menu amongst others, we’re certain you’ll stumble upon a boat that meets the needs for you and your pals.
Best For: The big, big group.
Insider Tip: The Infinity boat makes its debut this year. Fresh and original, you’re in for a ride.
Price: HKD 6K – 35K
Love watersports and the electrifying feel of an adrenaline rush? Poseidon Yachting is the perfect fit with its fleet of powerboats geared towards wakeboarding and high-speed jet skis for thrillseekers. Up for something a little more laidback? Take pleasure in their day charters with a fully equipped food and beverage menu and night cruises.
Best For: A day full of watersports.
Insider Tip: Treat yourself to their scrumptious fusion menu.
Price: HKD 10K – 27K
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Does a massive inflatable slide, a 22-foot wide infinity pool, wakeboarding, and some casual banana boating sound right up your alley? You might want to give Hong Kong Yachting’s Ultimate Junk Boat Package a whirl. Down for something a little more low-key? Go traditional with their classic junks or classy with their luxury corporate charters. All drinks and boat activities are included in their packages, or you can choose to go DIY and BYOF&B (bring your own food and beverage)!
Best For: A day of family fun on the sea.
Insider Tip: Book the Jungle Jane and/or Tarzan for the ultimate active experience, chock-full of variety.
Price: HKD 11K – 36K
Viking Charters offers a fabulous junk boat option for those of us on a budget. With prices starting from HKD 3,500 for a traditional Chinese junk or HKD 4,000 for a karaoke-fitted cruiser, you can have fun with the people you love at the price you want. Don’t mind splurging a little more? Check out their packages which come with a speed boat, banana boat, and wakeboard equipment.
Best For: No-frills junk days out at affordable prices.
Insider Tip: Settle on one of their buffet menus – a sunny day at sea is certainly going to make you hungry!
Price: HKD 3K – 12K
Step back in time with Michelangelo Cruises’s exquisite colonial-style motor yacht. Made of fine brass and copper, it offers the most luxurious day you can spend on the Hong Kong seas. Great for indulgent private parties or a romantic escape, its chic decor, Ralph Lauren-decked cabins and endless open decks ripe for lounging come together to give the experience of a lifetime.
Best For: The ultimate luxury boating experience.
Insider Tip: Looking for a holiday closer to home? Book a night or weekend away on this luxury vessel for a total treat.
Price: Enquire for details on pricing here.
With a huge range of boats across a huge range of budgets, Saffron has all the bases covered. They also offer onboard catering by one of Hong Kong’s finest catering companies, Shamrock, with a full kids party menu, a canapes menu and more, making them fit for almost any special occasion.
Best For: Engagement and wedding parties.
Insider Tip: Saffron’s flagship and luxury boats are known to be the crowd favourite.
Price: HKD 7K – 60K
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