Hong Kong junk boat season is back again!
Aren’t we lucky to call Hong Kong home? With the weather warming up, it is time to get out and explore our stunning islands (there’s more than 200 around the territory!). There are hidden tropical beaches and you can expect grand, sweeping stretches of sand taking you a world away from the city. Gather up your crew of sun worshippers, because junk season is here again! Sassy Mama has sourced the most family-friendly trips and junk operators around town. All you have to do is step on board and enjoy. We care about our city (and our planet), so we were excited to find some with exceptionally eco-friendly options (#plasticfree). All aboard!
Here’s a rundown of all the info and insider tips you’ll need to plan the best family junk trip ever.
Get ready to junk in style! We love Breakaway’s all-inclusive “A Day at Sea” package, for an affordable, hassle-free day out on the water. From the moment you step onto their modern white yacht, everything is taken care of. Breakfast is served soon after you board (you can even enjoy a proper coffee from the onboard De’Longhi Espresso Machine) and the delicious food keeps coming with lunch and snacks provided throughout the day (free-flow soft drinks, beer, red, white and sparkling wine too!). Safety-minded parents will love that they have kid-sized life jackets while your little ones are busy splashing about with the inflatables, noodles and kayaks. Breakaway Yachting prides itself on extraordinary service and certainly go the extra mile to make sure everyone (Mum and Dad included) have a fabulous day out on the high seas.
Sassy Mama tip: It’s Breakaway Yachting’s 5th Birthday! To celebrate, they’re offering $500 off your “Day at Sea” package when you book before 31 May 2019.
Lazydays caught our eye because of its push toward eco-tourism. It’s an all-time family favourite for the ultimate boat charter experience in Hong Kong. Recently it pledged to become a “No Junk” junk company and has partnered with Plastic Free Seas HK to implement green initiatives. Expect to find filtered water machines, zero single-use plastics and easy recycling on board. If you feel like going the extra mile, ask them about including a beach clean up in your day! There are all-inclusive package options on sleek motor cruisers for a maximum of 50 people with an onboard chef and wait staff (vegan, paleo and other dietary requirements can also be catered to). Families with young children will enjoy the baby paddling pool and selection of toddler toys, as well as buoyancy aids for children under 12 years old.
Sassy Mama tip: Just a small squad? Lazydays has ticketed trips, which means you don’t need a big group to book – and it’s also a great way to meet new friends.
How much: Prices start from $970 for adults, $650 for 13 to 17 year-olds, $275 for 4 to 12-year-olds, free for under 4-years-old (with a minimum spend starting from 15 people on its smallest boat, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and free-flow alcoholic and soft drinks)
How to book: Call 3488 1534, apply online or email
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Have the whole family hoisting sails and manning the wheels of the Local Hero boat with Captain Ryan. You can choose from half and full day options or an overnight eco-adventure sailing trip. If your family is up for even more excitement, help the captain prepare a cookout on the beach and then camp out overnight (or sleep in one of the cabins on board).
Sassy Mama tip: Sailing lessons are included in the package for anyone in the family who is up for it!
Hong Kong Yachting
Known for its sought after Tarzan and Jungle Jane boats, Hong Kong Yachting is your go-to for traditional and family-friendly junk trips. The fun stuff is included (the inflatable slide and a trampoline are sure to be a hit with the kids) and food and drinks are also taken care of in its Ultimate Junk Boat package. For something a little different, get off the tourist route with the Container Port Tour and BBQ – an unforgettable tour discovering one of the largest and busiest container ports in the world. No other tour takes you here. Kids get to see the big picture of logistics and watch ships loading, unloading, refuelling, and being pushed by tugs. After the port tour, you’ll be taken to a beach for lunch and a swim, plus a stroll through Ma Wan deserted village. We’re in!
Sassy Mama tip: As well as private charters, Hong Kong Yachting also offer ticketed trips. Don’t forget to let the kids drive the boat with the captain on the way home!
How much: Private charters on Tarzan and Jungle Jane start at $700 per person (minimum numbers apply); container Port Tour and BBQ $760 for kids or $900 for adults – includes BBQ lunch and drinks
How to book: Call 2526 0151, or online at Hong Kong Yacht Charters
Saffron Cruises Ltd
Create your family’s dream junk trip! Whether you choose the iconic three red sails of the Chinese sailing boat or a 98ft motor cruiser yacht to cross Victoria Harbour, the food and drinks, waiter service, slides, speedboats, wakeboards, banana boats, and even karaoke on board can all be provided.
Sassy Mama tip: Host a party with entertainment from a clown, face painter, or even a magician!
How much: Prices and packages vary, contact Saffron for a custom quote
How to book: Call 6493 2650 or email
A junk complete with Thai massage on board? Yes, please! Island Junks is a family-friendly junk operator in Hong Kong. They offer up two styles of boats: the traditional Chinese teak junks and the “Ibiza” which is much faster than regular junks and, as the name suggests, is a great party platform (even DJs can be arranged). Aside from all the “basics” (inflatable floating platform, comfy beanbags, kayak and swimming noodles), Island Junks’ boats, licensed for 40 to 50 people, also offer the option to add on water sports equipment for hours of fun! You and the kids (a full range of lifejackets for children is available) can explore the coastline with snorkelling equipment, tandem sea-kayak, stand up paddle boards, dinghy, speedboats for wakeboarding, and banana boats. Need a little pick me up? Don’t worry- there’s a Nespresso coffee machine on board, too.
Sassy Mama tip: Thai and Western menus are cooked on board, and it also teamed up with Maison Eric Kayser to provide onboard picnic hampers.
How much: Prices and packages vary, contact Island Junks for a custom quote
How to book: Call 6895 4443 or email
Hong Kong Junks
It’s always great when you hear another junk company is going plastic free. Hong Kong Junks is committed to eliminating plastic bottles and straws, all plates and cutlery are reusable and it’s switched to cans for easier recycling. Catering to all budgets, you can choose from boat-only hire, all-day parties or full-service events with Hong Kong Junks. It’s the go-to for good ol’ fashioned junk fun. Hong Kong Junks has room for up to 40 people and the food and drink options are solid crowd-pleasers (vegetarian, gluten-free, and kids’ menu by Nosh). Pool noodles, floating mats and stand up paddleboards are all available.
Sassy Mama tip: Water sports enthusiasts should head to Stanley Bay for windsurfing and wakeboarding.
How much: All-inclusive packages $750 for adults, $500 for 11 to 17 year-olds, $350 for 5 to 10 year-olds, boat only packages start at $8,000
How to book: Call 2840 1588, book online, Whatsapp: 5944 3331 or email
Get ready for a fun day on the high seas with friends and family on any of Sea Lagoon’s boats! Ask them to take you and your brood swimming in the clear waters of Sai Kung’s Bluff Island. With a spacious galley and an open sundeck to fit 30 people, it can tailor a package to suit your needs.
How much: Summer package including food and drinks from $20,000. Boat only packages also available
How to book: Call 2165 4196 or email
The custom built three-level luxury NextWave Island boat is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Holding up to 45 people on board, it is a great option for a group of families. Movies for kids have been thoughtfully added (for some much-needed downtime), and you’ll find a fantastic water slide along with noodles, inflatables and a trampoline.
How much: Various pricing depending on duration and catering services
How to book: Call 2335 0688 or email
Did you know the well-known Thai resto has an all-inclusive, authentic Thai junk boat? Combining its cuisine with a boat trip, you can enjoy a day of chicken satay and refreshing cocktails, teamed with unlimited sports, games, and deck massages!
Sassy Mama Tip: Rent the speedboat at a fixed rate of $3,800 (which includes four hours of water skiing, wakeboarding or banana boating, all in).
How much: Starts at $680 per person on weekends, $499 per person on weekdays, for a minimum of 25 people
How to book: Call 6376 1012 or book online
Koh Thai, Room O, 21 Floor, Block 2, Kingley Industrial Building, 33 Yip Kan Street, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 6376 1012, www.kohthai.com.hk
This post was originally written by Czarina Sunga on 19, April 2018 and updated by Jess Mizzi on 20, May 2019.