Junk boat trips are a must in Hong Kong during the summer. Whether you’re planning to top up your tan at one of the many gorgeous beaches in town or get your adrenaline fix at one of these water sports, it’s not truly summer in Hong Kong without hitting the seas and going on a junk. If you’re weighing your options between all-in-one inclusive packages offered by companies like Jaspas Junks and Island Junks or splashing out on a luxury boat from Aqua Luna or Lazydays, we’ve done the hard bit by rounding up some of the city’s best and most unique junk packages and caterings and get you having the best possible time. By Olivia Lai and Mabel Lui
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Best Hong Kong junk packages
Kick off your junk trip with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a scrumptious breakfast courtesy of this luxury operator. Breakaway is a more intimate alternative to your usual junk parties where you usually aim to cram as many people on a junk as it’ll take. Breakaway recommends 22 people max, with free-flow beer and wine available throughout the day as you sail to the Outer Islands. Lunch, an inflatable suntanning platform and pool, kayaks and plenty of pool noodles are all thrown in as part of the package. Wakeboarding is also available for an extra $1,200 per hour. Perfect for a weekend getaway. $16,350 (15 people); breakawayhk.com.
Delicious HK is a tasty choice serving seafarers the normal diet of jolly junk fun but with the ability to throw in some awesome extras. Pick a junk boat to hire based on your group size and inclusive fun extras like a banana boat or a speedboat for watersports. The company also offers a range of mouthwatering all-inclusive meal packages that comes with roast chicken, homemade vegetable quiches and chocolate cake. Did we forget to mention there’s an open bar? From $7,000; delicious-hk.com.
Hong Kong Junks is the go-to company if you’re looking for good ol’ fashioned junk fun. Its boats have room for up to 40 people with crowd-pleasing food provided by Nosh. Packages also come with pool noodles and stand up paddleboards. The organisers will throw in watersports like banana boat for an extra cost (price depending on destination and availability) and you’ve even the choice to hire a DJ – perfect for evading friends’ terrible playlists. $750 per person (inclusive); hongkongjunks.com.hk.
Looking to throw the biggest party of the summer? Hong Kong Yachting has you covered. Its special Jungle Jane, Tarzan and Serpent yachts can be moored together with a custom-built adjoining fence to hold a party for 145 people. Complete with an inflatable slide, inflatable trampoline, bean bags, sun bed, custom-made bar and a badass sound system, this deluxe package starts from $880 per person. For a more traditional junk trip, Hong Kong Yachting offers inclusive packages with Thai food and drinks. From $700 per person, $3,800 extra for wakeboarding and banana boating; hongkongyachting.com.
Go old-school and hop on a Chinese teak junk for your next junk trip or party in style with one of Island Junks' speedy Ibiza boats, complete with smartphone-compatible sound systems, bean bags, kayaks and large floating platforms. Pay another $220 to enjoy either a western or Thai-style lunch. These guys also provide on-board massage for the entire day for $1,800 and $1,800 respectively. You can also splash out $3,500 to get some extreme water sports (wakeboard and banana boat) included. From $5,500; islandjunks.com.hk.
Despite ceasing their operations in 2018, Jaspas Junks are now back and better than ever. Starting from this year, their junks will depart from Pak Sha Wan pier. Their package is inclusive of food and free-flow beverages, so you can party, dance, eat and drink to your heart’s desire. Plus, the massive perk with having a well-known restaurant as the backbone of your junk trip is that you know the food will be both fresh and excellent. From $750 per person, minimum charge $10,500; casteloconcepts.com.
Koh Thai offers the best of both worlds by offering authentic Thai delicacies on their quality junk boats. Their teak and fiberglass boats have a maximum capacity ranging from 35-45, but not to worry: the fun is never limited. Rentals for speedboats, water slides and floating mats are available. Koh Thai also offers a food-and-drinks inclusive weekday package at $580 per person (minimum 25 people) — a good excuse to sneak out of the office for some mid-week stress relief. From $8,000; kohthai.com.hk.
Whether you’re looking for a boozy day out at sea or a dinner cruise, Lazydays has got them all. There's a wide variety of menu options from all-day food packages, that come with breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks, to drink deals that get you free-flow Prosecco and craft beers, or free-flow champagne. Looking to go out on a weekday? Lazydays does an inclusive two-hour harbour cruise with high tea ($690). Take it up a notch with their spa cruises for an inclusive boat hire for four hours with massage and mani-pedi treatments ($1,400). $820-$1,500 per person; lazydays.com.hk.
Sail in style on Michelangelo, a restored 80-foot classic motor yacht of mahogany, teak, brass and copper. The 4,000sq ft boat can accommodate up to 59 people, so rally the troops for this one. Sprawl effortlessly on lounge mattresses or hammocks, relax in the grand living room or pass out in the master and guest cabins. Catering packages include chefs and waiters for cocktails and canapes or even a sit-down dinner. Perfect for some retro glamour at sea. From $24,000 for the day; michelangelocruises.com.
Ready to conquer the seven seas? At least the HK seas. Poseidon Yachting keeps things straightforward with two charter packages: day and night. Embark from Central Pier before going on one of six scenic routes: Clearwater Bay, Tai Long Wan, Lamma Island, Repulse Bay, Tai Tam or Po Toi Island. Poseidon also serves three catering menus with dishes inspired by the ocean, all of which can be tailored to suit your needs. Surely an experience fit for the god of the sea. From $10,600, poseidonyachting.hk.
Best food catering options
Our favourite Wan Chai sandwich shop has designed three new junk catering packages featuring their buttery brioche that comes with fillings like juicy char siu pork neck and Hainanese chicken. A king oyster mushroom vegetarian option is also on the menu. Don’t forget the sides – all packages come with ice-cold pineapple pops, coconut lime caramel chicken and their signature salad, beast toss. $165-$300, minimum of 10 orders.
Epic junk trips call for some epic junk food. Get your fill of burritos and tacos with Cali-Mex’s catering packs that serve up to 15 people. The Mexican joint provides a range of packages depending on the ratio of burrito, taco, quesadilla and churros you prefer. Feel free to request add-ons and extra portions of guac. Starts from $88 per person; cali-mex.com.
Dig into a scrumptious Thai feast after a dip in the sea thanks to Fat Leg BBQ’s mouth-watering Thai street food classics, including grilled chicken wings and papaya salad and fried rice. Got big eaters at the party? Fat Leg also does premium menus with tender ribs and whole chickens. Add on appetisers and Australian beer to keep you satisfied throughout the junk. $1,000 (standard) or $3,000 (premium); fatlegsbbq.com.
Fuel up on classic American food during your day out at sea and order up a range of sandwiches, fried chicken and ribs from Flying Pig Deli. Sandwiches are perfect for a mess-free hearty junk meal, with options like chicken schnitzel, roast beef and smoked salmon available in portions of 10. You can add on signature Flying Pig dishes like pulled pork burger slider, mozzarella sticks and your choice of crispy golden fried chicken on the side. Go all in with an additional rack of mega barbecue spare ribs or balance it out with some healthy greens. From $780; flyingpigdeli.hk.
Invisible Kitchen’s new gourmet buffet catering menu is perfect for junks that don’t offer a catering package, or if you're looking for fancier grub for the boat trip. The mouthwatering range of goodies goes from chicken tikka pasta salad to caramelized onion and goat cheese tart. If you still have room, cram in some apple tarte tatin or Eton mess trifle. You might not have the ideal bikini bod afterward, but your taste buds are gonna thank you. $200-$350 per person, minimum 15 people; invisiblekitchen.com
In ‘knead’ for some fresh sandwiches? Go for Knead’s special junk catering packages, which includes freshly made sandwiches and salads. Keep things simple with the lunch packages that include 10 sandwiches with fillings like roast chicken, smoked salmon and chickpea smash, a salad to share and 10 brownie bites. Alternatively, you can go for a party set that includes antipasti, honey soy chicken skewers, sweet potato fries and roasted veggies. Throw in another $80 for delivery straight to the ferry. $980-$1,600; kneadhk.com.
Why settle for cheap beer when you can enjoy artisanal canned cocktails when you’re out on the water? Created by the team behind The Woods, you can pick up to seven different grab-and-go cocktail flavours including Piña Tang (a pineapple vodka mix) and Tom Yum Cooler. Kwoon offers deals for four packs, eight packs, 20 packs, 40 packs and 60 packs, and can deliver to Central, Aberdeen and Sai Kung piers for a small extra charge. Chic and shatter-free, Kwoon are a must-have for the junk season. From $280; kwoonbythewoods.com.
Change up the usual western or Thai fare for some delicious Lebanese cuisine on your next junk. On its catering menu, Maison Libanaise is serving up its signature za’atar fried chicken, falafel and roasted cauliflower. There’s also plenty of hummus and baba ghanoush to go round. $318 per person, minimum 10 orders. maisonlibanaise.com.hk.
Say cheese! Add a French twist to your lunch and indulge in homemade French dishes with one of three packages that Monsieur Chatte offers. A standard package gives you a selection of tuna rice salad, quiche Lorraine, roasted chicken, brie cheese and a healthy serving of pound cake. Feeling a bit fancy? Upgrade to the chef’s menu and enjoy a cold cut platter along with delicious meat fillets and fruit tarts. Delivery is included in the package, so less hassle for you. $150-$350 per person; monsieurchatte.com.
If you actually want to maintain that summer body, Nosh is here to save the day. With scrumptious and nutritious options on their menu, including pulled pork with sweet potato mash, roasted lemon sole and zucchini and pesto sliders, you can reward your taste buds and treat your body like the haven that it is. Oh, and that plastic waste problem? Nosh’s packaging is all biodegradable, so you don’t have to worry about waste on your fun day out. $150 per person, minimum 25 people; nosh.hk.