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Every summer, people flock in droves to Hong Kong’s beaches or out on junks. Perhaps because it’s more of a local pastime, 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 that appear in the waters of Hong Kong. Especially at the end of the season, the squids are almost fully grown, so you can expect them to be approximately five to eight inches, with some even growing as big as 20-inches long!
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 boat tours for squid fishing in Hong Kong.
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, with salads, fried noodles and rice, chicken wings, and desserts. A tour bus can be arranged at an extra charge to pick up your party from the city if you are planning to go “squidding” with a large group.
Don’t have 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. In case the squid aren’t biting and you get bored, there is also entertainment such as karaoke and mahjong on-board.
Local company Fat Tat Hong also organises squid fishing trips, with different packages on offer. Fat Tat Hong’s standard trip includes a buffet meal served on board with staff to cook your catches and pick-up at Tsim Sha Tsui Public Pier. Another tour, which starts at Sai Kung Public Pier, includes an abalone seafood meal at one of Sai Kung’s many seafood restaurants. Finally, there is a squid fishing boat tour option that 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.
Civitatis offers English tours conducted by English-speaking fishing instructors, so for those who prefer non-local tours, this is a good option. Boats depart 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.
A buffet dinner is served on board, and features dishes that are more Western-friendly, such as Thai satay, tonkatsu, Yangzhou fried rice, fusilli pasta, and sandwiches. 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 alcoholic drinks.
Traway Travel is possibly the most flexible out of these “squidding” tours, with options to charter the whole boat or pay separately. Packages 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 on-board entertainment such as karaoke systems at the ready.