There’s nothing like a junk trip to make the most of summer weekends in Hong Kong, whether you prefer soaking up the sun and sipping something cold and boozy, or enjoy dipping in Hong Kong’s numerous turquoise bays. If you’re looking to elevate your next seafaring party and upgrade from the traditional junk to a superyacht, you’ll want to take a peek at these luxury vessels that are up for charter.
You may have already seen this eye-catching vessel cruising around Hong Kong waters, with its smooth, dark hull and unmistakable magenta motif on its spacious sundeck. Accommodating 25 people, the 78-foot motor yacht also features a large owner’s cabin, three separate cabins, and four bathrooms in total. With a beautifully sunlit saloon, the Numarine 78 Hardtop makes for a fantastic all-around and versatile yacht for any event and occasion, from snorkelling to socialising. Day charters start from HK$45,000 from Nowboat, a seafaring adventure platform that helps you search the right vessel according to your needs, and includes a database of boats from all over the globe.
If you like the feel of a sailboat but with some extra indulgences thrown in, you’ll want to book out a catamaran. A fantastic one, arguably one of the best in the world, is the Saba 50 Sailing Catamaran by Fountain Pajot. The Saba 50 is equipped with state-of-the-art entertaining equipment and elegant interiors, fitting up to 20. Day charters start from HK$15,000 from Nowboat.
This 98-foot custom-built yacht features opulent interiors leaning towards the masculine side — with dark-wood paneling and furniture, smooth beige leather, and marble surfaces across its gorgeous galley, owner’s cabin, and saloon. With an authoritative hull design and the capacity to hold 53 guests plus crew, it’s equally suited to special cocktail events as it is to more intimate occasions. Case in point: Just next to where they keep the yacht tender that will whisk you away into your weekend of paradise, is a jacuzzi that perfectly fits two. Such an intimate indulgence doesn’t come cheap though. Day charters start from HK$110,000 from Nowboat.
This 78-foot charter boat feels less like a sailing vessel and more like a luxury villa on water. Spread across two decks to accommodate up to 55 people, the clean and modern design means you can lounge by the bar up top or hang out inside in the lounge — which is equipped with a movie projector — or jump straight into the water. Add-ons include floaties, inflatable slides, or even a barbecue grill. This summer’s party package (including beer, a simple lunch, soda) starts at HK$26,400 for six hours from Holimood, which has been chartering boats ranging from junks to cuttlefish fishing cruises to luxury yachts since 2013. You can also book directly from FLOAT with prices starting at HK$20,000.
The only traditional European Tall Ship fitted with high masts and sails in Hong Kong, The Bounty was originally built for the 1984 movie of the same name starring Mel Gibson. Popular for intimate weddings, she has a maximum capacity of 60, and if you’re looking to set sail in the most unique of venues for a private function, this would be the way to go. Looking for something slightly more down to earth? Saffron Cruises also charters out the Wing Sing, a reproduced Chinese shrimping junk in beautifully pristine condition, and the only one of its kind in local waters. Book The Bounty at HK$31,000 for the first two hours and HK$8,000 for each additional hour from Saffron Cruises, with latest drop-off at 8pm. The Wing Sing is priced at HK$25,000 for day or night charter.
No two Hong Kong junk boats are as known through word-of-mouth as Jungle Jane and Tarzan, both chartered and managed by Hong Kong Yachting. Both vessels are built with a 22-foot-wide swimming platform at the rear, equipped with an inflatable slide and trampoline, and both feature incredibly spacious open decks that make them ideal for casual and evening cocktail functions. They can even be moored together to hold up to 100 people. With plenty of party and cruise packages available, rental prices depend on the occasion, but typically set you back around HK$850 per person. Book from here.
A younger sister to the popular Numarine 78 Hardtop, the 62 Flybridge arrived in Hong Kong just last year — you can expect all the latest fixings, from a top-notch Bose sound system to an outdoor grill up on the fly, to a fully equipped kitchen. With plenty of space to lounge and sunbathe and the latest stabilisation tech, you can expect smooth sailing all around Hong Kong’s gorgeous bays. Day charters start at HK$38,000 from Asiamarine.
This impressive yacht, measuring 40 m. (that’s about 130 ft.), boasts itself as the largest yacht available for charter in Hong Kong, accommodating up to 45 guests during the day and sleeping 12 guests overnight across five cabins. From plush carpet to luxurious furniture and fine upholstery, aboard the Sunseeker 40 you’ll be cruising like royalty. And for that, you’ll require deep pockets. Price is given by enquiry only at Asiamarine.
Newly launching its concierge services, M Yachts takes away the trouble of boat chartering and offers a fleet of six distinct luxury yachts to suit different needs, whether it’s adventure, a corporate event, a large party, or an intimate affair — all made as simple as booking a flight. With tailor-made programmes, you can also enjoy Hong Kong’s open waters with unique experiences on board, from whisky tasting to yoga to spa massages. We’re particularly dreaming of cruising on the Sunseeker Manhattan 60, a stylish luxury powerboat by one of the best brands in the world. The starting rate for M Yachts charters is at HK$25,000 for four hours.