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Top 10 Junk Boat Companies for an Epic Party at Sea

By Sophie Pettit 3 July 2018
Originally published on July 3, 2018. Updated on May 17, 2019 by Jenny Leung. 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.

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Which Company to Choose?

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 organisation 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.

Where To Go

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, Clearwater Bay, and Turtle Cove on Lamma island 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.

Junk Boat Companies

1. Saffron Cruises

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 speed boat come at an additional price. When: 10am - 6pm / 7pm - 11pm 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, Clearwater Bay and Ninepins Island How much: $7,500 - $65,000 per day / Buffet Menu $340 per head Extras: $3,500 for a banana boat, wakeboarding, and speed boat rental Capacity: 5 - 150 people Saffron Cruises, call (+852) 2857 1311 or email [email protected]

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2. Poseidon Yachting

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: 10am - 6pm / 7pm - 11pm Departs: Central Pier 9 or 10 / piers within Victoria Harbour Destination: Clear Water Bay, Po Toi Island, Tai Tam, Lamma Island, Repulse Bay, Stanley (Surcharge for Sai Kung) How much: SABA50 Catamaran day charters start from $17,800. Day charters inclusive of food and beverage cost $20,800 (Monday to Thursday), $24,800 (Friday to Sunday and public holidays). Victoria Harbour Night charter starts from $9,800 (Monday to Thursday), $12,800 (Friday to Sunday and public holidays), inclusive of drinks for 20 guests Extras: $4,000 - $5,000 with speedboat / $900 SUP for two persons Capacity: Maximum 36 guests and 4 crew Poseidon Yachting, call (+852) 2503 0770 or email [email protected]

3. Hong Kong Junks

With a small fleet of junks named Swissy, Wet Dreams, and Wreckless, you know you're in for a good time with Hong Kong Junks. With a range of packages on offer, including an all-inclusive option with unlimited food and drink, this company is one of the best for variety and meeting any budget. Menus are provided by Nosh and feature goodies such as piri-piri chicken, honey glazed ham, and an array of baked goods. There are also drinks packages, banana boats, wakeboarding, and your own private DJ available as add-ons. They even have a minibus pick-up from Central for an additional cost. These guys really have thought of everything! When: 11am - 6pm / 7pm - 11pm Departs: Aberdeen, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, and Discovery Bay Destination: Clearwater 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 (day), $650 (night) Extras: $4,500 for banana boat and wakeboard rental / $4,000 for DJ rental Capacity: Minimum 15 / maximum 40 Hong Kong Junks, (+852) 5944 3331 or email [email protected]

4. Viking Charters

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 ten 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: 10am - 6pm / 7pm - 11pm Departs: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay Destination: Sai Kung, Victoria Harbour, Clearwater Bay, and Lamma Island How much: Standalone boat rental from $5,500 up Catering - packages start from $170 per head Extras: Speedboat rental from $3,300 Capacity: Deluxe Pleasure Craft - maximum 50 / GRP Pleasure Cruiser - maximum 35 / Chinese Pleasure Junk - maximum 30 Viking Charters, (+852) 2814 9899 or email [email protected]

5. Koh Thai Junk

If you want to tingle your taste buds during a day at sea then let Koh Thai Junks 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 skis. 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: 10am - 6pm / 7pm - 11pm Departs: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay Destination: Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay, Millionaire's Beach, and Tai Long Wan (additional fuel charge $1,200) How much: $499 on weekdays; $680 for Saturday; $580 for Sunday (all-inclusive) Extras: $3,200 for speedboat Capacity: Saturday - minimum 25, maximum 40 / Sunday - minimum 20, maximum 40 Koh Thai Junk, (+852) 6376 1012

6. Lazydays 

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 X-box 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 - 5.30pm (flexible) / 7pm - 11pm 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 - $1,400 per person Extras: $4,000 for banana boat, wakeboard, and speedboat rental Capacity: 32 - 50 people Lazydays, (+852) 3488 1534 or email [email protected]

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7. Island Junks

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 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 Thai massage, stand up paddle boarding, 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: 10.30am - 5.30pm / 6.30 - 10.30pm Departs:  Aberdeen, Stanley, Discovery Bay, Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kwun Tong, and Causeway Bay Destination: Anywhere you like, including Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay, Lantau Island, Po Toi Island, and Lamma Island. How much: $370 - $670 per person Extras: $3,500 for a banana boat, speed boat, wake board rental / $1,500 - $1,800 for Thai massage / $350 for stand up paddle board rental Capacity: Maximum 50 people Island Junks, (+852) 2877 5222 or email [email protected]

8. Hong Kong Yachting

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 sun beds, 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: 10.30am - 5.30pm / 7pm - 11pm Departs: Central or Aberdeen Destination: HK Island, Lamma Island, Clearwater Bay How much: $680 - $850 /person for traditional junk package, or $780 - $950 / person for the ultimate junk trip on Jungle Jane or Tarzan Extras: $3,800 for speedboat including wakeboarding and banana boating Capacity: 14 junks from 30 to 55 people, Tarzan: 55 people, Jungle Jane: 45 people Hong Kong Yachting, (+852) 2526 0151 or email [email protected]

9. Michelangelo

If you want to experience junking in ultimate luxury, then this is the vessel for you. Michelangelo 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: 10am - 6pm / 7am - 11pm Departs: Central, Aberdeen, Stanley, and Hebe Haven Destination:Clearwater Bay, Sai Kung Bay, and Tai Long Wan How much: $24,000 - $37,000 boat hire / Catering - $420 - $750 per person Extras: They have a list of DJs, photographers, and mixologists they can recommend Capacity: Maximum 59 Michelangelo, (+852) 6621 1691 or email [email protected]

10. Delicious HK

Living up to its name, Delicious HK offers a big buffet on board 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: 10am - 6pm / 7am - 11pm Departs: Central, Aberdeen, Causeway Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui Destination: Sai Kung, Tai Long Wan (additional fuel charge $900), Clearwater 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 - 55 people

Delicious HK, (+852) 2559 0144 or email [email protected]

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Junking Tips

Whatever company and package you go for, we hope these little junking tips help you enjoy an epic party at sea.

  • Collect the money first - With such a big guest list, there's bound to be one or two flaky people (friends of friends etc) in any given junk party, so to avoid the risk of getting caught short and having to pay for people who don't turn up on the day, we suggest collecting all the money from people beforehand
  • Keep an eye on the weather - check the weather report the day before the junk party in case it needs to be postponed (most junk companies will agree to reschedule the date in extreme weather conditions such as typhoons)
  • Conquer your fears - JUMP! Hurling yourself from the top of a junk is the most exhilarating experience of the day, so don't miss your chance to do it - you only live once!
  • Wear a junk-proof bikini - You will definitely need this if you plan on doing the above!
  • Slap on the sun cream - with all that splashing around and sweating, make sure to top up your sun cream to avoid getting frazzled at sea
  • Drink plenty of water - it's common sense to keep your body hydrated in the heat - even more so when there's a trunk of alcohol involved
  • Don't swim or drift away - remember to keep an eye on your boat when you're bobbing around in the water, the last thing you want is to end up caught in a current or washed ashore
  • Beware of jellyfish - we're not trying to scare you, but jellies are pretty common around the outlying islands, so it's a good idea to check where you're swimming - or ask a friend on board to be your jelly spotter
  • Don't make any solid post-junk plans - when planning your junk party, a bar crawl might sound like a great idea to round it off ... in theory!
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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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