It’s family-friendly junk boat season!
Aren’t we lucky to call Hong Kong home? Filled with amazing destinations (more than 200 islands!), and some grand, sweeping beaches, when the weather is right in Hong Kong, you just can’t beat living here. Now that the temperature is warming up, gather up your crew of sun worshippers, because junk season is here again. We’ve found the most family-friendly trips and junk operators around town, so all you will have to do is step on board and enjoy. And because we care about our city (and our planet), we were excited to find some with exceptionally eco-friendly options (#plasticfree). All aboard!
Here’s a rundown of all the info, contacts, and insider tips you’ll need to plan and achieve the best family junk trip ever.
An all time family favourite for the ultimate boat charter experience in Hong Kong, Lazydays caught our eye because of its push toward eco-tourism. It has recently pledged to become a “No Junk” junk company for 2018 and has partnered with Plastic Free Seas HK. Lazydays’ green initiative includes organising beach clean-up trips, and it has already installed filtered water machines and provides stainless steel straws on its boats to reduce plastic impact. There are all-inclusive package options on sleek motor cruisers for a maximum of 50 people with an on-board chef and wait staff. If the kids get bored (how could they?) they can try using the small can crusher on board. Families with young children can enjoy a baby paddling pool and a selection of toddler toys, Lazydays also provide towels for its guests so parents have less to bring (yay!), and buoyancy aids are provided for children under 12 years old.
Sassy Mama Tip: Lazydays has a vegan and paleo offering in its menu, great for families looking for a healthier choice. It also caters to special dietary requirements. Must try: go flyboarding with an instructor at $2,000 per hour. 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: $970 for adults, $650 for 13 to 17 year-olds, $275 for 4 to 12 year-olds, free for under 4 years old (with minimum spend starting from 15 people on its smallest boat, inclusive of breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacks and free-flow drinks).
How to Book: Call 3488 1534 or online at lazydays.com.hk or email [email protected]
Lazydays, Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3488 1534, lazydays.com.hk
Hello Hong Kong
Have the whole family hoisting sails and manning the wheels of the Local Hero boat with Captain Ryan. You can choose from three- or seven-hour sails 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 on the beach 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! How much: $8,500 for three-hour sails, $14,000 for seven-hour sails, $22,500 for overnight eco adventure sailing trip.
How to Book: Online at www.hellohongkong.com.hk or email [email protected]
Hello Hong Kong, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, www.hellohongkong.com.hk
Hong Kong Yachting
Known for its sought after Tarzan and Jungle Jane boats for traditional and family friendly junk trips, you can now get off the normal tourist route with Hong Kong Yachting’s Container Port Tour and BBQ – an unforgettable tour on a boat 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 life as a crew member on one of these huge ships. Watch ships loading, unloading, refuelling, and bring pushed by tugs while you enjoy a glass of wine (or two. Okay, three.). After the port tour you’ll be taken to a beach for a BBQ lunch and a swim, plus a stroll through Ma Wan deserted village. We’re in!
Sassy Mama Tip: Hong Kong Yachting’s aforementioned trips don’t require you to book the whole boat, just buy tickets! Don’t forget to let the kids drive the boat with the captain on the way home!
Hong Kong Yachting, 18A Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 2526 0151, www.hongkongyachting.com
Saffron Cruises Ltd
Create your family’s dream junk trip! Saffron Cruises has a few options to get you sorted. Whether you choose the iconic three red sails of the Chinese sailing boat or a 98ft motor cruiser yacht to cruise the 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, and a magician!
How much: from $8,000
How to Book: Call 6493 2650 or email [email protected]
Saffron Cruises Ltd, 69 Wing Lok Street, 5F Foo Sang Building, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, 2857 1311, www.saffron-cruises.com
A junk complete with Thai massage on board? Yes, please! A family-friendly junk operator in Hong Kong, Island Junks offers 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/sea-pool, a huge floating mat, comfy beanbags, kayak and swimming noodles), Island Junks’ boats (licensed for 40-50 people) also offer water sports equipment for hours of fun! You and the kids 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: Island Junks have a full range of lifejackets for children. Thai and Western menus are cooked on board, and it also teamed up with Maison Eric Kayser to provide on-board picnic hampers.
How much: $370 per adult and $220 per child for a full day, boat-only charter (a minimum charge applies).
How to Book: Call 6895 4443 or email [email protected]
Island Junks, Kwun Hoi Path, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 6895 4443, www.islandjunks.com.hk
Hong Kong Junks
Catering to all budgets, you can choose from boat-only hire to all-day parties to 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. Not to worry – there are netted perimeters to protect swimmers, so you can relax, swim, and enjoy the view.
How much: $750 for adults, $500 for 11 to 17 year-olds, $350 for 5 to 10 year-olds
How to Book: Call 2840 1588 or Whatsapp: 5944 3331 or email [email protected]
Hong Kong Junks, G-02, G/F, Discovery Bay North Office Block One, Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2840 1588, hongkongjunks.com.hk
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 fishing (kids will love!) and swimming in the clear waters of Sai Kung’s Bluff Island. With a spacious gallery and an open sundeck to fit 30 people, there is a package with drinks and snacks at $12,500.
Sassy Mama Tip: Ask Sea Lagoon for their Summer Special Package to get a free drinks package for 10 people.
How Much: From $9,000
How to Book: Call 2165 4196 or email [email protected]
Sea Lagoon, 1104 Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2165 4196, www.sealagoon.com
Breakaway Luxury Yachting
We love Breakaway’s all-inclusive “A Day at Sea” package which includes food (five delicious sets to choose from!), drinks, kayaks, and inflatables. Book a trip to Sham Wan, in Lamma Island where it’s usually more quiet and has fewer boats during the peak season. If your family is feeling extra sporty there is a scenic 40-minute family trail on Lamma.
Sassy Mama Tip: Ask Breakaway to take you to the starting point of the hike which is at Sok Kwu Wan and pick up at the end at Yung Shue Wan, a small town with some local shops worth checking out.
Breakaway Luxury Yachting, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, www.breakawayhk.com
The three-level luxury NextWave Island boat is great for a group of families. It can hold up to 45 people on board, too! Movies for kids have been thoughtfully added (for the much-needed downtime), and the Flybridge and Aquaglide have super water slides as well as a children’s castle for hours of entertainment for the young ones.
NextWave Charters, Shop C3 Marina Cove Shopping Centre, 380 Hiram’s Highway, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, 2335 0688, www.nextwavecharters.com
Did you know the well-known Thai resto has an all-inclusive, authentically Thai junk boat? Combining its cuisine with a boat trip, you can enjoy a day of chicken satays, refreshing cocktails, unlimited sports, games, and deck massages!
Sassy Mama Tip: Rent the speedboat at a fixed rate of $3,800, it includes four hours of water skiing, wakeboarding or banana boating, all in!
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
Yacht Holimood International
Seafood lovers rejoice – you can now enjoy a Cheung Chau Steamed Seafood Day Tour package with Holimood! Feast on fresh local seafood while on a guided trip to Cheung Po Tsai Cave, Cheung Chau Sai Tai, Tin Hau Temple, Pak Tso Wa and other local wonders in this area. The duration of the seafood trip is four hours, and eight-hour traditional junks are also offered.
Sassy Mama Tip: Holimood also has on board beer pong, but families can get creative with non-alcoholic alternatives with the kids.
How much: Starting from $600 (minimum six people) for Seafood Day Tour, $700 for traditional junk (minimum 20 people)
How to book: Call 852 58084671 or online at yacht.holimood.com or email [email protected]
Holimood, Room A, 8/F, Good Luck Industrial Building, 105 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, 5808 4671, yacht.holimood.com