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Every summer, people flock in droves to Hong Kong’s beaches and mountains, or out on junks. Perhaps because it’s more of a local past time, not too many people know about squid fishing, which is also a fun weekend activity for the whole family.
Each year between the months of April to September, there are lots of squids which appear in the waters of Hong Kong. We are just about coming to the end of the season, which means the squid are almost fully grown—expect them to be approximately five to eight inches, with some even growing as big as 20-inches long!
So hop onto a boat and spend a balmy summer evening catching these slippery friends before “squidding” season ends. Each boat will come with a crew to assist and also cook your catches on the spot for you to eat, so if you have friends who are particularly adept at fishing, you can just sit back with a bottle and enjoy being on the sea at night. Here are some of the best places in Hong Kong where you can go squid fishing.
Jubilee runs squid fishing tours which can be arranged to depart from the piers at either Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Kowloon City, Kwun Tong, or Shau Kei Wan. Apart from being able to catch and cook the squid, if you book for a session on Friday, Saturday, or over public holidays, there will also be an inclusive buffet provided onboard, with dishes such as salads, fried noodles and rice, chicken wings, Hainan chicken, desserts, and more. In case you really don’t have a knack for fishing, at least there’s sustenance to fall back on! A tour bus seating 20 to 60 passengers can also be arranged at an extra charge to pick up your party from the city.
Sunday to Thursday: $239 per adult, $229 per child under 10 years old
Friday, Saturday, and public holidays: $259 per adult, and $249 per child
Don’t worry if you prefer not to have the hassle of gathering enough people to charter a boat; Holimood offers individual “squidding” packages! All fishing tools and implements will be provided, and the boat departs from Sai Kung Public Pier 6.
Each guest will only be allotted one can of soft drink, but dinner is provided, so expect to have curry fish balls, Swiss-sauce chicken wings, honey sausages, siu mai, cuttlefish balls, steamed dumplings, and other such goodies distributed evenly among everyone on the boat.
For those who do have a big enough party, Holimood also offers full boat charters for squid fishing trips, which includes the aforementioned dinner package. These start from $4,000 for a boat of 20 people. In case the squid aren’t biting and you get bored, there is also entertainment such as karaoke and mahjong onboard!
Friday to Sunday nights: $210 per adult, and $170 per child under 12 years old
Local company Fat Tat Hong also organises squid fishing trips, with different packages on offer. The standard trip includes a buffet meal served on board with staff to cook your catches and pick up at Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier.
The tour which starts at Sai Kung Public Pier includes an abalone seafood meal at one of Sai Kung’s many seafood restaurants, though for $50 less you could also choose to just have the on-board buffet. The last option begins at Lei Yue Mun, and also includes a scallop seafood meal at the famous fishing village. All “squidding” tours will even have games and lucky draws organised on board!
Standard trip: Monday to Thursday, $248 per head; Friday, weekends, and public holidays, $258
Abalone seafood meal trip: Monday to Thursday, $288 per head; Friday, weekends, and public holidays, $298
Scallop seafood meal trip: Monday to Thursday, $298 per head; Friday, weekends, and public holidays, $308
Civitatis offers English tours conducted by English-speaking fishing instructors, so for those who prefer non-local tours, this is a good option. The boat departs at 7 pm from the Kowloon Public Pier, so guests get to enjoy Hong Kong’s famous view of the city from both sides of Victoria Harbour.
There will also be a buffet dinner served on board, including dishes that are distinctly more western-friendly, such as Thai satay, tonkatsu, Yangzhou fried rice, fusilli pasta, sandwiches, and more. Their website also states there is an open bar, but as most “squidding” tours only provide soft drinks, it’s best to check if this means Civitatis also provides alcoholic drinks.
US$38.40 (approximately $298) per adult, US$24.50 (approximately $190) per child aged three to 13; children aged three and under go free
Traway Travel is possibly the most flexible out of these “squidding” tours, with options to charter the whole boat or pay separately, include dinner at a restaurant before boarding, and also choose your own four-hour time slot to start the tour from 6.30 pm onwards.
The most affordable package runs from Mondays to Thursdays from 6.30 pm and includes a dinner of snacky foods such as curry fish balls, chicken wings, and sandwiches. The Friday and weekend version is a step up which includes a seafood meal in Sai Kung, available at a similar price point.
There are then chartering options for parties of at least 22 people, leaving from three different piers, and featuring a much more extensive buffet menu. The final charter option is for parties of at least 24 and includes a seafood meal at either Sai Kung or Lamma Island. Needless to say, all these boats also have onboard entertainment such as karaoke systems at the ready.
Basic Monday to Thursday: $200 per head regardless of age
Basic Friday, weekend, and public holidays: $250 per head regardless of age, with an additional $20 tour guide fee
Charter package: Starting from $210 per head regardless of age
Charter and meal package: Starting from $250 per head regardless of age
Traway Travel, Unit 5, 12/F, Boss Commercial Centre, 28 Ferry Street, Kowloon | (+852) 2527 2512