Summer is coming and why not spend a day out on the water? A junk trip combines lots of laughs, great food and healthy activity for the children.
Happy days if you’re organising a Jaspa’s Junk: all you and your guests need to bring is a towel and leave the rest up to the crew. This perennial favourite serves a winning package of free-flowing Sea Breeze cocktails, beer and wine (plus an icebox filled with soft drinks and water) and serves generous quantities of nibbles as you sail to your destination with an iPod blasting out your favourite playlist. After dropping anchor, staff keep swimmers topped up with drinks in plastic bottles, then it’s a barbecue lunch, and homemade pizza and brownies for the homeward stretch. Boats: Six teak junks, maximum capacity 40 people.
Pickup: Causeway Bay or Pak Sha Wan.
Cost: $700, $250 per child under 12, $150 per child under five. Minimum 14 adults, or $9,800.
Extras: four-hour speedboat hire with banana boat, waterskiing or wakeboarding at $3,200, iPod-compatible sound systems.
Contact: 2792 6001, www.casteloconcepts.com
Breakaway Hong Kong
Not your average charter, Breakaway is a luxury yacht charter companying that provide catering, drinks and services to customers. Well-equipped luxury yacht and exquisite services can be organized with junk boat hire. Perfect for parties, events and happy hour on the water. Sails around islands and Lamma Island.
Pick up: Anywhere
Hong Kong Yachting
Party boat Jungle Jane was the envy of all sea- faring youngsters in Hong Kong last summer, as children and adults alike bounced down the water slide and clambered over the inflatable obstacle course. It has been joined this year by Tarzan, complete with monster-sized swimming platforms, state-of-the-art sound systems and ample beanbags for lounging.
Boats: As well as the party boats, Hong Kong Yachting hires out four traditional junks, six sailing boats, and six Western-style cruisers and speedboats.
Cost: From $8,000 for junks (30-40 people) and sailing boats (nine-18 people), from $19,800 for Jungle Jane (50 people) and from $25,000 for Tarzan (60 people). Food and drinks packages start at $350.
Extras: Waterslides and obstacle mats (Jungle Jane and Tarzan), beanbags, sound systems. Pickup: Central and Aberdeen are standard but other pick-up locations are possible.
Contact: 2526 0151, www.hongkongyachting.com
Koh Thai Junks
Spice up your next boat trip with yummy Thai snacks, curries and fruit platters on Koh Thai Junks. As well as beaches in Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay and Hong Kong Island, its boats will sail further afield to beautiful Tai Long Wan or even Tai O, Lantau, for dolphin-watching (both for a small surcharge).
Boats: Teak junks and Western cruisers with a capacity of 30 or 40 people.
Pickup: Central, Aberdeen, Tsim Sha Tsui, Stanley, with a $700 surcharge for Sai Kung.
Cost: $600 per person for Thai food (including drinks and boat), $750 for Western barbecue; half price for under 12s. Minimum 20 adults.
Contact: 6014 8460, www.kohthai.com.hk
Be the envy of all you survey aboard the super-stylish Michelangelo, a meticulously restored 80ft luxury junk. All curved lines, sleek mahogany panelling and shiny brass, it features gorgeous teak sun decks with loungers (and we’re not talking waterproof mats on the deck, but proper sunbeds), cosy sofas in the chic lounge, fully equipped galley, formal dining room, and multi-zone air conditioning. Up to 59 guests can party by day, its sumptuous cabins can sleep up to nine, or staff can arrange a formal dinner for up to 12.
Cost: From $24,000 for four hours in Central; from $32,000 from Sai Kung.
Contact: 6621 1691, www.luxuryjunk.com.hk
Junk Food – Catering on board
Invisible Kitchen: Provides gourmet yacht and junk catering across Hong Kong, with canapés, dishes and snacks, all made with fresh ingredients, hand-delivered to your location.
2711 5788, www.invisiblekitchen.com
Chicken on the Run: Barbecue chicken and salads.
2537 4563, www.chickenontherun.com
Delicious: Specialises in junk catering and will even organise the boat for you.
2559 0144, www.delicious-hk.com
Gingers: Imaginative contemporary menus including DIY barbecue buffet and canapes.
2964 9160, www.gingers.com.hk
Mr Bing: Beijing-style pancakes, jianbing, cooked fresh onboard.
2568 8248, www.mr-bing.com
Pomegranate Kitchen: Eastern Mediterranean food fused with Asian flavours.
2580 0663, www.pomegranate.com.hk
Shamrock Catering: Finger, party and full buffet menus
2547 8155, www.shamrock.com.hk
Wilfred Catering: Chinese buffet
2870 0535, www.catering.com.hk
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