Boating enthusiasts may bemoan the end of summer to signal the end of the season to be out on the water, but not so for Hong Kong.
Surrounded with loved ones, amazing weather, and turquoise waters, Hong Kong’s summer is best enjoyed at sea. Despite the gradually cooling weather, we’re fortunate in that Hong Kong’s ‘summer’ really only ends, realistically, sometime in November or December. And what better way to soak up this quasi-year-round sun than reclining on the deck of a luxury yacht?
In light of the current public beach closures, Hongkongers are taking to the sea on private vessels — and even if you aren’t a proud owner of a boat, there’s no time like the present to charter a yacht. Luckily, we’ve gone the extra (nautical) mile and rounded up the best luxury yacht charter companies in Hong Kong. All that’s left to do is step on board, kick off your shoes and get the Champagne flowing.
Simpson Yacht Charter
Known for their luxurious charters and excellent service, Simpson Yacht Charter is a firm favourite among Hong Kong’s yacht enthusiasts. A range of different yacht charters is available. Crewed yachts can accommodate all levels of sailing experience, and guests can relax knowing that the menu and itinerary are fully taken care of. To feel like a millionaire for a day, enjoy the pristine waters of Millionaire’s Bay on the Azimut 80, equipped with four cabins, accommodating up to eight guests overnight or 20 for day charters.
Starting price: HK$25,000 and upwards for day charters of luxury motor yachts
Simpson Yacht Charter, Aberdeen Marina Club, 8 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2555 8377
Hong Kong Yachting
With over 20 luxury cruisers for rental in Hong Kong, as well as junk boat packages, Hong Kong Yachting certainly has something for all sunseekers. Specialising in personalised charter services, each unique cruiser will meet the guest’s needs. Those wanting an intimate family gathering can opt for a smaller cruiser. For more exclusivity, consider a sophisticated super luxury cruiser.
Starting price: HK$16,500 and above for luxury cruisers; Day charter from 10.30am-5.30pm; Evening charter from 7pm-11pm.
Hong Kong Yachting, 18A Gee Chang Hong Centre, 65 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Hong Kong, +852 2526 0151
Featuring a whole fleet of luxury cruisers, Saffron Cruises is ideal for large groups. To literally spice up your corporate retreats and celebrations, why not charter Spice for the day? With a capacity of 45, ample sundecks, and comfortable interiors, Spice will certainly be a crowd-pleaser. Alternatively, sail into the sunset while aboard the sleek Saba 50, designed by the renowned French company Fountaine Pajot.
Starting price: From HK$28,000 and up for luxury cruiser day charter, varies based on model.
Saffron Cruises, 5/F Foo Sang Building, 69 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6493 2650
Large parties can be exciting, but in this day and age, smaller gatherings are in vogue again. Fortunately, M Yachts offers yacht charters to groups of all sizes. For a classy, intimate gathering, the historic Wayfoong — a 1930s-style steam ‘launch,’ or an open motorboat — is available for charter with M Yachts. 1930s charm while combining luxury and comfort, the Wayfoong is always a popular choice.
If you’re looking for more modern comforts, spend a day at sea with the luxury superyacht Sunseeker 131, Hong Kong’s largest charter yacht. With room for a jacuzzi and an open bar, guests can enjoy expertly curated cocktails by mixologist Michael Chen while on board.
Starting package price: Around HK$40,000–50,000 and up for day charter.
M Yachts, 2201-02, 22/F, 21 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong, +852 9668 2631
AsiaMarine never fails to impress with their massive charter fleet. With a formidable array of amenities and lush interiors, the right yacht can elevate any social gathering. Film buffs will enjoy the outdoor cinema of the Numarine 62 — a classy spin on the quintessential summer drive-in cinema.
AsiaMarine also operates Fraser Yachts for the Asian market, which is renowned for their tailor-made yacht charter experiences, fit for every occasion. For an enjoyable afternoon for seafood lovers, the highly-coveted Lady Lorraine is ideal. With exciting water toys, a barbecue grill, and a highly skilled crew, families and friends can enjoy delicious meals on board.
Starting price: From around HK$50,000 for luxury yacht day charter, varies with model.
AsiaMarine, Unit 8, G/F, Aberdeen Marina Tower 8 Shum Wan Road, Aberdeen, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, +852 2677 7791
Breakaway Hong Kong
We’d be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t love a delicious brunch or an indulgent afternoon tea. Luckily for us, Breakaway Hong Kong offers a package combining both — all aboard a stunning yacht and admiring ocean vistas. Ideal for parties, the 48ft luxury motor yacht Dyna 48 can host up to 22 passengers. With free-flowing drinks and a fully equipped kitchen, this package will be a hit with any party. Those looking for even more indulgence can hire a professional masseuse on board, for an additional fee.
Starting price: Brunch or afternoon tea package for 10 people is priced from HK$13,200; Full day boat trip from HK$16,350 for 15 people (additional passengers will incur an extra cost).
Breakaway Hong Kong, Kwun Hoi Path, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 6180 5059
Holimood specialises in yachts for nearly every possible price point and occasion. Sail the seas like a boss with the Azimut 54, with its sleek interiors and excellent sound systems. For a fun-filled day, add on a water seesaw, water trampoline, or a water gyro — or all three.
Starting price: Luxury yacht day charters (7 hours) start from HK$30,000, varies by model.
Yacht Holimood, Workshop 3, 12/F, Gravity, 29 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, +852 5406 334
With four generations of yachting expertise, Sunshine Yachting is one of Hong Kong’s leading authorities on all things yacht related. Cruise in style with the formidable SportRiva 56 (pictured) by the storied Italian marque: With a capacity of 12, this is the perfect vessel for celebrating happy occasions, particularly intimate cocktail events in the evening. Looking for something bigger? The fleet at Sunshine Yachting features boats up to 92 feet in length, such as the Boat B107 with a capacity of up to 50. To make the day even more special, guests may opt for a private chef on board.
Starting price: From HK$40,000–60,000 for day charter, varies on model.
Sunshine Yachting, AML 15 Po Chong Wan, Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, +852 2814 0936