Despite its unrelenting heat, summer is a beautiful season. And in Hong Kong, summer means prime junk season – days spent on the waters of our fair harbour, music blasting, drink in hand, and bikini-clad eye-candy all around. When it comes to organising junks, Jaspas is a by-word in Hong Kong, and while it’s a strong option, there are plenty of other companies worth considering. Here’s our round up of junk companies that have that something extra.
A good choice for an all-boys outing, what you get here is a sleek, stylish 60-foot motor cruiser decked out with everything you need for a day on the water, and more. Onboard, you’ll find a TV, karaoke setup, an Xbox, and a fully cushioned top deck, and on the water, you’ll enjoy a large swim platform, amphibious beanbags, a floating drinks station, and an inflatable six-person lounger. All that play is hungry work, so opt for one of the two packages. The Fun Package (minimum charge HK$13,350) includes breakfast (think mini bacon bons and fresh pastries), lunch (whole roast joint, two other mains, plus sides like potato salad and pasta bake), desserts, all-day snacks, and free-flow drinks that includes prosecco, wines, beers, spirits, and soft drinks. Best of all, once aboard, you can head for some of Hong Kong’s less crowded beaches like Little Palm, and Italian Beach Cheung Chau.
Hong Kong Yachting
The best thing about Hong Kong Yachting is the fact that you can choose exactly the right type of sailing vessel for your group size and needs; the company has a range of unique boats that includes yachts and junks to catamarans and cruisers. Your best bet here is to gather the troops and book the Jungle Jane, a super motor boat that can accommodate up to 46 people. Onboard, you’ll find all you need for a riotous day on the water, including a sundeck with bean bags and a king-sized bed, a large floating lounge, an inflatable slide from the top deck, and a dance floor area; do yourself a favour and make sure to get the optional extras: you won’t regret adding on the 15-metre floating obstacle course, the speedboat and wakeboard, or the masseuse. A variety of catering options – food, drinks, or both – are available, as are a host of itineraries that includes the beaches of Cheung Chau, Hong Kong’s favourite seafood restaurants, or even wine-tastings. www.hongkongyachting.com
Food on junks can be uninspiring, run-of-the-mill picnic fare, so for true foodies looking to take the to the waters without offending their tastebuds, Island Junks is the best way to go. The company offers several Western and Thai menus, but what you’re looking for here is the picnic hampers and premium menus which have been created in collaboration with Maison Eric Kayser or Il Bel Paese – expect fresh pastries, sumptuous salads, delicious rolls and mini burgers, and plenty of cold cuts and cheese. The mouther-watering bites are paired with free-flow drinks packages that include wines, beers, spirits, and soft drinks. All this foodie fare is served on Chinese teak junks with BBQs, beanbags, and plenty of water-toys like kayaks and snorkels.
Another choice for the boys – or adrenaline junkies in general - Vikings Charters offers two eight-hour rentals – either an air-conditioned motor cruiser or wooden junk – that includes two hours with a speedboat and banana boat, water-ski, and wakeboard equipment; also available are fully-decked-out pleasure crafts that include galleys, TVs, and karaoke. Sate the appetite you work up with one of the ten different catering menus on offer, and that’s a pretty awesome summer day.
This is the guaranteed-to-impress option. Whether it’s your finicky clients or your femme du jour, the Michelangelo is the best choice when you need to pull out all the stops. A beautifully restored 80-foot classic motor yacht boasting mahogany, teak, brass, and copper accents, along with sumptuous yet appropriate nautical-style furnishings, the Michelangelo boasts 4,000sqft over three decks that includes three sundecks, a mahogany-paneled living room, a dining room that seats 10-12 (or can be arranged as a buffet), a gorgeous master suite and four guest cabins, a full kitchen, an office, and separate staff quarters. A number of catering menus are available, including buffet and cocktail menus, all of which includes free-flow drinks; or go all out and work with one of the company’s multi-national chefs to create a custom menu. Choose to sail one of seven routes – including the southern beaches, Lamma island, or Sai Kung – or for maximum impact, sail overnight. www.luxuryjunk.com.hk