The wait is finally over and junk season is upon us! But as fabulous as parties at sea can be, organising them can be a chore when you have to consider when and where to go, which junk company to use, and which catering package to go for. Luckily, we’ve done all the groundwork for you with our ultimate guide to junking, so all you have to do is pick one that fits your needs and budget, round up all your buddies, and climb aboard for an epic party at sea. Just make sure you get in there quick, because these junks get snapped up fast.
Which Company to Choose?
The popularity of junking means there are now more options than ever when it comes to choosing what company and package to go for, and these can range from all-inclusive junks that provide food, alcohol, and water-based sports to completely bring-your-own. While the all-inclusive junks are a little more expensive, we definitely recommend them if organisation is not your strong point and you’d rather just rock up on the day and know everything is taken care of. However, if you’re on a tighter budget, the bring-your-own option is more appealing – just leave plenty of time to stock up at Wellcome or 7-Eleven on the way to the pier.
Where Do We Go from Here?
There are various locations that junks depart from including Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay (Noon Day Gun), Aberdeen, and Sai Kung. Depending on the junk company, your trusty captain, and the weather, you can usually ask for a certain pickup point and destination. Sai Kung, Clearwater Bay, and Turtle Cove on Lamma island are popular spots to anchor, but some companies do offer to sail further afield to more remote destinations such as Tai Long Wan for an additional fuel charge. Wherever you end up, the trick is to not be too ambitious, because you’ll want ample time in the water, and don’t forget you need to make your way back to land later.
Top 10 Junk Boat Companies
1. Saffron Cruises
Saffron Cruises offers a huge selection of junks and luxury yachts at different prices, with food and drink packages to suit all needs and budgets. If you’re looking to tailor make your party, this is a good option to go for. Choose either the buffet menu or canapé menu – provided by Shamrock Catering – and wash it all down with either the beer and wine, or Champagne and cocktails package. Added treats such as a banana boat, wake board, and speed boat come at an additional price.
2. Jaspa’s Junks
With six junks all decked out with a fully-equipped kitchen and freshly-made food, drink, and super friendly staff to keep your glass topped up all day, it’s no surprise that Jaspa’s Junks has made a name for itself. There are packages to fit every theme and budget, with some lovely little touches thrown in for good measure – who doesn’t love having plastic bottles of cocktails thrown at them while they’re bobbing around in a rubber ring? The Western-style menu has plenty to satisfy all taste buds, including Greek salad, nachos, chicken satay, beef tenderloin, grilled chicken breast, and salmon. Just make sure you leave room for Jaspa’s famous mud chocolate cake which they serve in the afternoon – the perfect treat to wash down with unlimited beer, wine, spirits, cider, and Prosecco. Feeling adventurous? Why not throw a banana boat and some water skis into the mix for an additional cost? Boom.
3. Hong Kong Junks
With a small fleet of junks named Swissy, Wet Dreams, and Wreckless, you know you’re in for a good time with Hong Kong Junks. With a range of packages on offer, including an all-inclusive option with unlimited food and drink, this company is one of the best for variety and meeting any budget. Junkies can choose one of two set food menus (one standard and one premium), which feature goodies such as piri-piri chicken, Australian rib eye, and canapés, or opt for a menu prepared by the Butchers Club – sausages as sea anyone? There are also two drinks packages to choose from, with banana boats, wake boarding, and your own private DJ available as add-ons. They even have a mini bus pick-up from Central for an additional cost. These guys really have thought of everything!
4. Koh Thai Junk
If you want to tingle your taste buds during a day at sea then let Koh Thai Junks take care of business. With seven Thai dishes on offer, including spicy papaya salad, pad thai, and green curry chicken, as well as unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails, this is the perfect option for those who love to scoff as much as they drink. They’ll also throw in some delicious sharing platters and chocolate brownies. There are two packages available for Saturday and Sunday, and additional treats on offer such as a banana boat, speed boat, wake board, and water skis. With pickups and drop-offs from three different locations and four different destinations to head to, you won’t be short on choice.
5. Viking Charters
Whether you want to travel in luxury or cruise in style, Viking Charters has a boat with your name on it. Climb aboard the Deluxe Pleasure Craft, set sail on the GRP Pleasure Cruiser, or keep it old school with the Chinese Pleasure Junk. Choose one of ten different catering menus or simply bring your own food and drink – great if you’re on a budget. If you want to spice things up a bit, throw a banana boat, water skis, and wake board into the mix for an additional cost. Just note that the boat rental costs vary depending on the size of the boat, time of year you book it, and catering package you choose, so it’s best to call the Vikings first to get a quote.
For a more sophisticated, family-friendly junk boat party, look no further than Lazydays. With cheese boards and fruit platters featuring on the all-inclusive menu, and an infant paddling pool, karaoke machine, and X-box making an appearance on board, this is a great option for maturer junkies or those with little ones. In an attempt to avoid the crowds at sea, the captain will offer to take you to quieter, more remote locations where you can relax and unwind with delicious food (think roast beef, veggie lasagne, and sweet cakes) and free-flow drinks – Prosecco anyone? But if you do want to liven things up a bit, the banana boat, wake board, and speed boat are on hand for an additional cost.
7. Island Junks
If you’re looking for flexibility then Island Junks has the answer. They offer several different menu options including Western, Thai, and picnic hampers from Maison Eric Kayser, as well as packages which include menus at Lamma and Po Toi Island. Free-flow beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails are included in the cost, so this is a great option for those who love to scoff as much as they drink, and the generous staff will even throw Prosecco, Nespresso coffee, and chocolate brownies into the mix. There are several packages available every day and evening, and additional treats on offer such as Thai massage, stand up paddle boarding, and speed boat hire with banana boat and wake board. With pick-up and drop-off pretty much anywhere you desire, and all destinations available, the world really is your oyster. As well as their regular junks, ask them about their new ultimate party boat, IBIZA, which comes with a big sound system, floating beanbags, and inflatable sea-pool.
8. Hong Kong Yachting
If you want to get really wild this junk season, invite Tarzan and Jungle Jane to your party. These two ultimate junks from Hong Kong Yachting come with an inflatable slide, inflatable trampoline, waitresses, bar, bean bag lounge, and king sun beds, making them one of the best entertainment junks around. With the choice of a delicious BBQ buffet cooked on board, or a Thai and fusion menu, along with unlimited beer, wine, spirits, and sangria, you definitely won’t go hungry or thirsty. Larger parties with up to 100 people can even get these ‘head turning’ junks together and have them anchored side by side with a special connecting gate to allow guests to enjoy double junking. Why have one when you can have two, right?
9. Delicious HK
Living up to its name, Delicious HK offers a big buffet on board one of three junk boats – the Chinese Wooden Brown, and two Western White Cruisers which vary in size. You can either opt for the standard catering package which includes a lunch buffet with unlimited beer, wine, and cocktails, or upgrade to the premium package which includes free-flow Prosecco. Throw in a banana boat and wake board, and you have yourself one epic junk boat party.
If you want to experience junking in ultimate luxury, then this is the vessel for you. Michelangelo is a fully restored eighty-foot classic motor yacht which can accommodate up to 59 passengers over three decks, making this the swankiest of them all. While it’s certainly not cheap to hire, it really is a stunning option for day, evening, or overnight boating, and perfect for celebrating special occasions. Enjoy cocktails and canapés, seated dinners, and buffet dining, or organise your own catering as you kick back and relax in 4,000 square feet of space, including teak sun decks, a mahogany panelled living room, dining room, sumptuous master suite, four additional guest cabins, full kitchen – the list goes on. We can already hear the Titanic references – and luckily there are no icebergs in Hong Kong!