Summer is approaching which means it’s the perfect time to head out to sea to soak in some of those rays. Choose from the best junk companies in Hong Kong.
Experience Jaspa’s legendary hospitality at sea. The fun begins the moment you climb aboard, with free-flowing Sea Breeze cocktails, beer and wine, a fully loaded iPod and an apparently endless series of canapes. Drop anchor – Millionaires’ Beach is a Jaspa’s favourite – swim, sunbathe, bob about on a noodle (staff will lob cold beers your way), somersault off the top deck, or whizz around on a banana boat or wakeboard (at additional charge). Lunch is a laidback barbecue, with steak, fish, chicken and salads and a special kids’ menu for tiny tummies. Then cruise home with freshly made pizza and chocolate brownies. Just bring a towel. Jaspa’s Junks sail from Pak Sha Wan or Central. Contact Jaspa’s Junks at 2792 6001.
Hong Kong Yachting has some of the most interesting charter boats in the territory, including classic junks, luxury motorboats, racing and cruising yachts, a sailing catamaran and a motorboat that can be run up onto a beach. Details at 2526 0151.
Classic teak motor junks with PA systems, Nespresso coffee machines, tandem kayaks, snorkels, sailing dinghies, beanbags and boxes of toys make Island Junks a great option for families. Optional catering and free-flowing drinks packages, wakeboarding, banana-boating and on-board Thai massage. Boats typically sail from Aberdeen; other pickup and drop-off locations may incur extra charge. Contact Island Junks at 2877 5222.
Choose from a fleet of 45 Jubilee boats, including a teak sailing junk, top-of-the-range sleek white cruisers, huge ferries and a host of classic junks, with options for fishing, sightseeing, water sports, squid fishing and mahjong. Most boats come with an audio system and karaoke machine as well as an option to hire a speedboat with a banana and wakeboarding equipment. Details at 3555 5666.
Koh Thai Junks
Spice up your next trip with Thai snacks, curries and fruit platters on Koh Thai Junks. Its classic teak junks and white cruisers visit beaches in Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay and Hong Kong Island and, for a small surcharge, beautiful Tai Long Wan or even Lantau for dolphin-watching. Boats sail from Central, Aberdeen, Tsim Sha Tsui and Stanley, with a $700 surcharge each way for pickup or dropoff in Sai Kung. Details at 6014 8460.
If you want to chill, Lazydays ticks all the boxes. While the crew are happy to accommodate small sailors with on-deck paddling pools, water sports and a kid-friendly menu, these sleek junks will appeal more to grown ups. Packages include free-flowing champagne and the indulgent Spa on the Sea (ladies’ day out, girls?). Party cruises and cruise and hike packages available. Contact Lazydays at 3488 1534.
This meticulously restored, 80ft luxury junk is all sleek mahogany and shiny brass, with sun decks, a comfortable lounge, separate dining room, and reverse-cycle air conditioning to keep the temperature just right year round. Nine lucky guests can stay overnight in the cabins,12 can be seated for a formal dinner in the dining cabin or up to 59 can party all day. Day trips to Long Ke Wan and Tai Long Wan can be arranged. Contact Michelangelo at 6621 1691.
Choose from a wide range of junks and cruisers at Standardboat, plus sailing junks and large ferries, for hire day or night, as well as lots of yummy catering options (there is a delivery surcharge for food). Or arrange your own catering. Details at 2570 1792.
Vikings Charter has a fleet of pleasure cruisers and junks. It offers a good-value weekday package: for $5,000, it includes a motor cruiser for 30 guests, pick up at any pier in Victoria Harbour to go anywhere in Hong Kong, and a speedboat with watersports. Details at 2814 9899.