All that Junk

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Michelangelo

Hop on board the 80ft, sleek and superstylish Michelangelo. The Michelangelo can accommodate up to 59 guests in total and sports mahogany wood panelling, large sunbeds and several guest cabins. With 30 years experience, Captain A On, can take you on different routes around the boating hotspots like Sai Kung, South Bay and Lamma with a pick up point of your choice. On board buffet and cocktail party menus and beverages available. Hire starts from $32,000 to sail around Sai Kung and $24,000 for four hours in Central. Prices vary during peak season. 6621 1691,

Breakaway

Breakaway offers customisable junk trips as well as their all inclusive packages like ‘a day at sea’, ‘dinner junk’ and ‘mini junk trip for kids’. The 48ft motor yacht is equipped with an ensuite bedroom, fully-fitted galleys and a swimming platform. Packages start at $14,850 for 15 people and come with inflatable toys, kayak, and free-flow soft drinks and wine. Add on services include massage therapist and speedboat options. 6180 5059

Koh Thai Junks

Experience junks the Thai way with Koh Thai Junks. Cruise around Sai Kung and Hong Kong Island in one of their seven boats. Add on services include water sport activities like banana boating, wakeboarding, water skiing and extreme body surfing. On board catering available, including a colourful Thai buffet with drinks. Visit www.kohthai.com.hk or call 2668 1468 for special promotions and packages.

Aqua Luna

Sail across Victoria Harbour in one of Hong Kong’s iconic and few remaining red-sail Chinese junk boats. Aqua Luna’s 45-minute evening cruise (starts from $195) takes you across Hong Kong Harbour where guests can watch the Symphony of Lights and enjoy a complimentary drink. Alternatively, enjoy a 90-minute Stanley Cruise which takes you around the southside of Hong Kong island. For parties and corporate events, private charters can accommodate up to 80 people and start at $10,000 per hour (excluding service charge). Departure points vary. Visit www.aqualuna.com.hk or call 2116 8821 for more details.

Hello Hong Kong

Hello Hong Kong has five boats and a variety of cruises to choose from including day and evening charters, dinner cruises and party junks. If you’re looking to cruise in the Sai Kung area, Hello Hong Kong offers a catamaran Sai Kung expedition which can accommodate up to 23 guests and pulls up directly onto the beach. Prices vary depending on destination: $11,500 to one of Sai Kung’s secluded beaches, $13,500 to Tai Long Wan and $15,000 to the Geo Park. Half-day trips start at $8,500. Other boat hire starts at $7,700 for a six-hour (day) or four-hour (evening) charter for up to 30 people. Check out the different tours on offer and book online or call 9704 4108.

Hong Kong Junks

Offering junks for all occasions, Hong Kong Junks has three teak junks with the largest boat able to accommodate up to 40 people. Pick up points in Clearwater Bay and throughout Hong Kong Island. Different catering options available or select from three specially prepared Butchers Club menus. Amp up your junk trip with extras like face painting, wake boarding, banana boats and even an onboard DJ. Boat-only rates start from $200 per person and all inclusive packages start from $450 per person. Call 2840 1588.

Hong Kong Yachting

Choose from four traditional junks, six sailing boats and six Western-style cruisers including Jungle Jane and Tarzan which has roughed the seas from Australia to Hong Kong. Junk boat hire starts from $8,000 and accommodates 30-40 people and $25,000 for day charters on the Jungle Jane. Various catering options available, including a picnic menu, island seafood lunch, sausage sizzle and canapes. Speedboats, water slides and waiters at extra cost. Ring them at 2526 0151.

Jaspas Party Junks

Travel out to Sai Kung’s scenic beaches with Jaspas’ Party Junks which operate a number of teak junks with a maximum capacity for 40 people. Prices start at $9,800 for a daytime junk with a minimum of 14 adults and includes an array of hot starters, main meals, desserts and freeflow wines, cocktails and soft drinks. Optional extras at an additional cost. Pick up available from Pak Sha Wan Pier and Causeway Bay. Call them via 2792 6001.

Lazy Days

Cruise in style with one of Lazy Days’ luxury junks. Equipped with loungers, sound system, water inflatables, books and magazines, guests can customise their experience by adding spa and nail treatments, massages and even wakeboarding lessons. Catering packages start from $940 per person. Boat only hire starts from $15,000 with a maximum of 32 guests. Phone them at 3488 1534.

Vikings Charter

Vikings Charter offers a range of various fleets, for up to 30 guests, of catered or non-catered junks. Pick-up points include Causeway Bay, Central and Aberdeen. Speedboats for banana boating, waterskiing and wakeboarding at an extra cost. Vikings Charter offers ten catering menus, including buffets and a la carte options. Call them at 2814 9899.

Island Junks

A fleet of Chinese junks able to accommodate up to 50 people which come equipped with fully-fitted kitchens, iPod-compatible sound systems, as well as a huge sun-canopy on the top deck. Island junks sail to several locations including Tai Long Wan, Stanley and Lantau. For an elevated junk experience, extras like massages, kayaks and snorkels available on request. Add on regular and premium catering food and beverage options. Prices start at $350 per adult and $200 per child for a full-day boat-only cruise. A minimum of 10 adults applies. Ring them at 2877 5222.

HK Deep Sea Fishing

This is boating with a difference. HK Deep Sea Fishing offers fixed and tailored day charters on their two boats, ‘Thai Lady’ and ‘Fortuna’ with an added deep sea fishing adventure. Smaller boats travel out to Sai Kung and the surrounding islands, whereas larger boats are taken out to the South China Sea. Their boats are able to accommodate up to 30 people,and are equipped with all the standard amenities. Day trips start from $1,000 per person. Pick up at Clearwater Bay Golf Club Marina. Minimum number required. Phone them at 8192 7092.

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WHAT TO EAT

Mavericks

Decked out with wooden furniture, artsy wall murals and countless surfboards, the surf shack-inspired restaurant is located on Lantau’s tranquil Pui O Beach. The grub on the menu is up to the task as well, serving generous burgers, tuna platters and wonton nachos. Kick back with a beer in hand and enjoy the sunset. Only open weekends. Pui O Beach, South Lantau Road, 5402 4154.

The Beach House

The Beach House uses sustainable seafood and local organic vegetables where possible to serve up some great dishes like Chilean sea bass with pineapple and pepper salsa and pulled chicken salad. Alternatively, enjoy sunset cocktails with a beautiful backdrop of the South China Sea. Check website for opening hours. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, 2504 4788,

Cococabana Mediterranean Restaurant

Resting on Shek O Beach, Cococabana serves up a delicious fare of French- Mediterranean cuisine using fresh seafood. The menu features French classics like bouillabaisse, pan-fried duck liver and baked seabass fillet. Vegetarian options and kids’ menu available. G/F Shek O Beach Building, Shek O Beach, 2812 1826.

Junk Catering

Cali-Mex
If you’re taco crazy, customise your own or choose from one of Cali-Mex’s catering packages, The San Jose ($98 per person), The Palm Springs ($128 per person), The Hollywood Boulevard ($168 per person) and The Rodeo Drive ($208 per person).

Little Burro
Suitable for parties of any size, Little Burro’s special junk packages will have your catering needs covered. Choose from Fiesta Junk ($93 per person), Fiesta Junk + Guac ($112 per person) and Grande Junk ($134 per person). Beer and margaritas extra.

NOSH by Secret Ingredient
NOSH by Secret Ingredient is a healthy catering option. Choose from NOSH’s 10-person junk bundle ($150 per person) for small parties or the 20-person bundle for bigger groups ($135 per person). Mains, sides and beverages available.

Chicken on the Run
Free-range rotisserie chicken, sandwich plates and salads for 12 people or more (starts at $1,590) or opt for a tailor-made package. A range of Australian snacks and beverages available. 2537 8285

Invisible Kitchen
Invisible Kitchen’s junk catering packages includes salads, sandwiches, pastas and dessert. The classic package starts from $250 per head for a minimum order of 20 people or level up to their deluxe package which is priced at $350 per head. 2711 5788

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HOTSPOTS

NEW TERRITORIES

Ninepin group (Kwo Chau Islands)

Located 15km southeast from Sai Kung Town Centre, the Ninepin group consists of 29 islands – South, North and East Ninepin Island and other islets. The group is known for its steep cliffs, sea arches and oddlyshaped rocks (due to weather and erosion). The trip is considered relatively safe, however as the islands are situated outside of sheltered waters, it is exposed to intense winds and big waves. Boat tours only, no land excursions.

Long Ke Wan

Serene beaches, crystal clear water and peaceful surroundings make Long Ke Wan a popular pit stop for boat tours. Situated in Sai Kung East Country Park, travellers can try the MacLehose Trail or stay at the nearby campsite.

Nam Fung Wan (Millionaire’s Beach)

Millionaire’s Beach in Sai Kung Country Park, draws in big crowds and has become a popular junk destination. The area is ideal for snorkelling, exploring lagoons and coves.

SOUTHSIDE

South Bay

Fabulous views and plenty of sand and sea. The Southern coast of Hong Kong includes the more secluded, quiet and less restricted South Bay, located within walking distance of Repulse Bay and not accessible by public transport. South Bay Beach is family-friendly and a great place to catch the sunset.

Po Toi Island

Located approximately 30 minutes from Stanley and known as ‘the South Pole of Hong Kong’, Po Toi Island has coastal scenery and is a hiking hotspot.

OUTLYING ISLANDS

Cheung Chau

A popular island retreat with a traditional village lifestyle and also famous for the abundance of seafood. Take a dip in one of the island’s golden sandy beaches like Tung Wan Beach and Kwun Yam Wan Beach.

Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island

A pleasant spot to drift to. Situated on the east coast of Lamma Island and famous for its seafood strip near the ferry pier.

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