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The wait is finally over and junk season is upon us! But as fabulous as parties at sea can be, organising them can be a chore when you have to consider when and where to go, which junk company to use, and which catering package to go for. Luckily, we’ve done all the groundwork for you with our ultimate guide to junking, so all you have to do is pick one that fits your needs and budget, round up all your buddies, and climb aboard for an epic party at sea. Just make sure you get in there quick because these junks get snapped up fast.
The popularity of junking means there are now more options than ever when it comes to choosing what company and package to go for. These can range from all-inclusive junks that provide food, alcohol, and water-based sports to ones that require you to BYOB.
While the all-inclusive junks are a little more expensive, we definitely recommend them if organising is not your strong point and you’d rather just rock up on the day and know everything is taken care of. However, if you’re on a tighter budget, the bring-your-own option is definitely more appealing—just leave plenty of time to stock up at Wellcome or 7-Eleven on the way to the pier.
There are various locations that junks depart from including Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay (Noon Day Gun), Aberdeen, and Sai Kung. Depending on the junk company, your trusty captain, and the weather, you can usually ask for a certain pick-up point and destination.
Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay are popular spots to anchor, but some companies do offer to sail further afield to more remote destinations such as Tai Long Wan for an additional fuel charge. Wherever you end up, the trick is to not be too ambitious, because you’ll want ample time in the water, and don’t forget you need to make your way back to land later.
Saffron Cruises offers a huge selection of junks and luxury yachts at different prices, with food and drink packages to suit all needs and budgets. If you’re looking to tailor-make your party, this is a good option to go for. Choose either the buffet menu or canapé menu—provided by Shamrock Catering—and wash it all down with either the beer and wine or Champagne and cocktails package. Added treats such as a banana boat, wakeboarding, and speedboats come at an additional price.
When: 10 am to 6 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Aberdeen, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Stanley, and Sai Kung
Destination: Lamma Island, Stanley, Sai Kung, Long Kee Wan, Tai Long Wan, Pui O on Lantau Island, Sheung Sha, Clear Water Bay, Ninepins Island, Peng Chau, and Discovery Bay
How much: $7,500 to $65,000 per day with a buffet menu at $340 per head
Extras: $3,800 for a banana boat, wakeboarding, and speedboat rental
Capacity: Five to 150 guests
Poseidon Yachting represents a passion in ocean lifestyle culture and provides sensational experiences for people who enjoy the sea breeze (and we’re not just talking about the cocktail). They are experts in creating exclusive bespoke cruising experiences and have a beautiful fleet on offer, including a stunning SABA 50 Catamaran which accommodates parties of up to 36 guests.
Luckily, they also believe in hassle-free enjoyment, offering all-inclusive food and drink packages to keep everyone onboard happy and full. If you’re looking to experience the pleasure and freedom of the sea at one unforgettable party, then these yachting pros are for you.
When: 10 am to 5.30 pm; 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Departs: Central Pier 9 and 10
Destination: Clear Water Bay, Po Toi Island, Tai Tam, Lamma Island, Repulse Bay, Stanley, and Sai Kung
How much: $10,600 to $26,900 for day and night charters
Extras: $4,500 for speedboat rental; $900 stand-up paddleboard rental for two persons
Capacity: Maximum 36 guests and four crewmembers
With a small fleet of junks named Swissy and Wet Dreams, you know you’re in for a good time with Hong Kong Junks. They offer a range of packages, including an all-inclusive option with unlimited food and drink, making this company one of the best for variety and meeting any budget. Menus are provided by Spoonful and feature goodies such as piri-piri chicken, honey-glazed ham, and an array of baked goods.
There are also separate add-on packages available, such as a food and drinks package in collaboration with Bingaz and a stand-alone drinks package, and you can throw in a banana boat and wakeboarding rental as well as your own private DJ. They even have a minibus pick-up from Central for an additional cost. These guys really have thought of everything!
When: 11 am to 6 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Aberdeen, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and Discovery Bay
Destination: Clear Water Bay, South Bay, Cheung Chau Island, Turtle Cove on Lamma Island, Lantau Island, Shek O, Deep Water Bay, and Stanley
How much: All-inclusive from $750 to $850 per head for day charters; $550 to $650 per head for night charters
Extras: $4,000 for banana boat and wakeboard rental; varying prices for DJ rental
Capacity: 15 to 40 guests
Whether you want to travel in luxury or cruise in style, Viking Charters has a boat with your name on it. Climb aboard the Deluxe Pleasure Craft, set sail on the GRP Pleasure Cruiser, or keep it old-school with the Chinese Pleasure Junk. Choose one of 10 different catering menus or simply bring your own food and drink—great if you’re on a budget.
If you want to spice things up a bit, throw a banana boat, water skis, and wakeboard into the mix for an additional cost. Just note that the boat rental costs vary depending on the size of the boat, time of year you book it, and catering package you choose, so it’s best to call the Vikings first to get a quote.
When: 10 am to 6 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and Aberdeen, as well as any downtown public pier
Destination: Sai Kung area, Victoria Harbour, Lamma Island, Poi Toi Island, and more
How much: Stand-alone boat rental starting from $5,500; catering packages start from $170 per head
Extras: Speedboat rental from $3,300; other water activities on request
Capacity: 20 to 50 guests
If you want to tingle your taste buds during a day at sea then let Hong Kong Asia Boating take care of business. With seven Thai dishes on offer, including spicy papaya salad, pad thai, and green curry chicken, as well as unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, this is the perfect option for those who love to scoff as much as they drink. They’ll also throw in some delicious sharing platters and chocolate brownies.
There are two packages available for Saturday and Sunday, and additional treats on offer such as a banana boat, speedboat, wakeboard, and water ski rental. With pick-ups and drop-offs from three different locations and four different destinations to head to, you won’t be short on choice.
When: 10 am to 6 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay
Destination: Sai Kung, Clear Water Bay, Millionaire’s Beach, and Tai Long Wan
How much: $550 per head on weekdays; $750 per head for Saturday and Sunday
Extras: $3,800 for speedboat rental
Capacity: 20 to 40 guests
For a more sophisticated, family-friendly junk boat party, look no further than Lazydays. With cheeseboards and fruit platters featuring on the all-inclusive menu, and an infant paddling pool, karaoke machine, and Xbox making an appearance on board, this is a great option for maturer junkies or those with little ones.
In an attempt to avoid the crowds at sea, the captain will offer to take you to quieter, more remote locations where you can relax and unwind with delicious food (think roast beef, veggie lasagne, and sweet cakes) and free-flow drinks—Prosecco, anyone? But if you do want to liven things up a bit, the banana boat, wakeboard, and speedboat are on hand for an additional cost.
When: 10.30 to 5.30 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Central, Aberdeen, and Causeway Bay
Destination: Quieter locations such as Ninepin Island, Cheung Chau Island, and Turtle Cove on Lamma Island
How much: $690 to $1,400 per person
Extras: $4,000 for a banana boat, wakeboard, and speedboat rental
Capacity: 32 to 50 guests
If you’re looking for flexibility, then Island Junks has the answer. They offer several different menu options including Western, Thai, and picnic hampers from Maison Eric Kayser, as well as packages which include menus at Lamma Island and Po Toi Island. Free-flow beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails are included in the cost, so this is a great option for those who love to scoff as much as they drink, and the generous staff will even throw Prosecco, Nespresso coffee, and chocolate brownies into the mix.
There are several packages available every day and evening, and additional treats on offer such as a Thai massage, stand-up paddleboarding, and speedboat hire with banana boat and wakeboard. With pick-up and drop-off pretty much anywhere you desire, and all destinations available, the world really is your oyster. As well as their regular junks, ask them about their new ultimate party boat, IBIZA, which comes with a big sound system, floating bean bags, and inflatable sea-pool.
When: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; 6.30 pm to 10.30 pm
Departs: Aberdeen, Stanley, Discovery Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kwun Tong, and Causeway Bay
Destination: Anywhere you like, including Sai Kung, Clear Water Bay, Lantau Island, Po Toi Island, and Lamma Island
How much: $350 to $600 per head
Extras: $3,500 for a banana boat, speedboat, and wakeboard rental; $1,500 to $1,800 for Thai massages; $350 for stand-up paddleboard rental
Capacity: Maximum 50 guests
If you want to get really wild this junk season, invite Tarzan and Jungle Jane to your party. These two ultimate junks from Hong Kong Yachting come with an inflatable slide, inflatable trampoline, waitresses, bar, bean bag lounge, and king sunbeds, making them one of the best entertainment junks around.
With the choice of a delicious BBQ buffet cooked on board, or a Thai and fusion menu, along with unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and sangria, you definitely won’t go hungry or thirsty. Larger parties with up to 100 people can even get these “head-turning” junks together and have them anchored side by side with a special connecting gate to allow guests to enjoy double junking. Why have one when you can have two, right?
When: 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; 7 pm to 11 pm
Departs: Central or Aberdeen
Destination: Hong Kong Island, Lamma Island, Clear Water Bay
How much: Starts from $780 per head for traditional junk package; $880 to $1,080 per head for the ultimate junk trip on Jungle Jane or Tarzan
Extras: $3,800 for speedboat rental including a wakeboard and a banana boat
Capacity: 50 junks from 30 to 55 people
If you want to experience junking in ultimate luxury, then this is the vessel for you. Michelangelo Cruises is a fully-restored, eighty-foot classic motor yacht that can accommodate up to 59 passengers over three decks, making this the swankiest of them all. While it’s certainly not cheap to hire, it really is a stunning option for the day, evening, or overnight boating, and perfect for celebrating special occasions.
Enjoy cocktails and canapés, seated dinners, and buffet dining, or organise your own catering as you kick back and relax in 4,000 square feet of space, including teak sun decks, a mahogany panelled living room, dining room, sumptuous master suite, four additional guest cabins, full kitchen—the list goes on. We can already hear the Titanic references—and luckily, there are no icebergs in Hong Kong!
When: 10 am to 6 pm; 7 am to 11 pm
Departs: Central, Aberdeen, Stanley, and Hebe Haven
Destination: Clear Water Bay, Sai Kung Bay, and Tai Long Wan
How much: $24,000 to $37,000 for a boat hire; catering packages start from $420 to $750 per head
Extras: A list of DJs, photographers, and mixologists can be recommended
Capacity: Maximum 59 guests
Living up to its name, Delicious HK offers a big buffet aboard one of three junk boats—the Chinese Wooden Brown and two Western White Cruisers, which vary in size. You can either opt for the standard catering package, which includes a lunch buffet with unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails, or upgrade to the premium package which includes free-flow Prosecco. Throw in a banana boat and wakeboard, and you have yourself one epic junk boat party.
When: 10 am to 6 pm; 7 am to 11 pm
Departs: Central, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui
Destination: Sai Kung, Tai Long Wan, Clear Water Bay, Lamma Island, Stanley, and Shek O
How much: Prices starting from $6,500
Extras: $3,600 for wakeboard and banana boat rental
Capacity: 30 to 55 people
Whatever company and package you go for, we hope these little junking tips help you enjoy an epic party at sea.