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Boat Party User Guide: Luxury Yacht rental, Junk Boat hire, F&B…

From activities to amenities…

From boat destinations to boat types…

…get all the answers to your boating questions below!

 

To help prepare you for your first ever boating experience, we’ve compiled our best recommendations in Q&A format.

If you’ve already been boating, keep reading for some helpful pro tips!

🛥️ Boat Types ⛵

The first part of the boating process is choosing a boat, of course!

If you are looking for something more glamorous, we have several beautiful yachts for charter, as well as luxury cruisers.

For a regular old boat party with friends, we have junk boats!

Junk boats have a long and rich history, and they are unique to Asia, especially Hong Kong. As we are currently based in Hong Kong, and as most readers will be interested in more casual boating events, we will be focusing primarily on junk boats throughout!

Yacht

Luxury Cruiser

Junk Boat

Q & A

Question: What type of boat should I rent for a formal event? What about for a casual event?

Answer: For a formal event, such as a wedding proposal, or a corporate networking event, we recommend booking something a bit nicer, like a yacht or a cruiser. For casual events, junk boats are extremely popular!

Q: Are there different types of junk boats? If so, what type should I rent for which occasion?

A: There are the standard junk boats, as seen above, as well as more traditional, wooden junks. Our wooden junks are only available at the city piers, and no water sports are included. If water sports are not a necessity, and if you want a more authentic junk boat experience, then our wooden junks are a good choice. Otherwise, opt for the more modern junks!

Q: How many people can fit on each type of boat?

A: All of our boats have maximum capacities ranging from 10 to 55 people, depending on the boat, and there is no minimum. Please double-check specific boat details on our website.

Q: What is the price difference between the types of boats?

A: Yachts will run from 6,500 HKD to 45,000 HKD. For cruisers, expect to pay between 4,500 HKD to 28,800 HKD. As for junk boats, they will cost between 2,100 HKD to 14,000 HKD. These prices may vary depending on the specific boats available, as well as the amenities offered on board and the extras you may choose to include. Though these prices may seem high, split among an average of 30 guests, it is usually only a few hundred HKD!

📺 Amenities 🔌

Depending on the type of boat you choose, there will be differing amenities on board.

Junk boats focus more on delivering a fun party experience, so their amenities will likely be less luxurious. But not to worry! Pretty much everything you need will be on board, and if not, we will let you know beforehand!

On the other hand, our cruisers and yachts promise to pamper and relax, so their amenities will be much nicer. As they say, you get what you pay for!

Q & A

Q: What are the amenities included on each type of boat?

A: You can expect these amenities on almost every one of our boats:

  • A/C
  • Ice Cooler (You may have to purchase extra/edible ice.)
  • Karaoke System (TV & DVD Player)
  • Electrical Sockets (So you can keep your phone charged and ready for pictures!)
  • Showering Area
  • Bathroom
  • Fridge
  • Games (This may include dice, mahjong, poker, etc.)
  • Indoor/Outdoor Sound System (Bluetooth Capable)
  • Sunbathing Deck
  • Basic Kitchen & Kitchenware
  • Grill/Stove

The nicer boats will probably include these amenities as well:

  • Outdoor Lounge Furniture
  • Microwave Oven
  • Bedroom
  • Bar Area
  • Jacuzzi
  • Upgraded Versions Of All Previously Listed Amenities

🍽️ F&B 🍻

Now that you’ve figured out the type of boat that will work best for your event, it’s time to look at F&B!

While some of our junk boat packages are all-inclusive, many are not. For example, a lot of our junk boats do not include drinks; however, you have the option of adding on third-party drink packages!

Additionally, our yachts and cruisers may include neither food nor drink, so we offer third-party food packages as well.

Thai Style Lunch

Drink Assortment

Q & A

Q: How much extra are the food packages, and what else should I know about adding them on?

A: Though some of our boats may not include food in the standard package price, the boat owners may offer their own food menus that you can choose to add on.

If not, we offer third-party food packages, as mentioned above. You can find them here. All menus and prices vary depending on the boat and the number of guests.

Some things to note if you do order one of our packages:

  • All menu items will be served in aluminum trays.
  • Delivery fees will be charged depending on amount ordered, time of delivery, and location. An exact quotation will be sent after the order is made.
  • It is required to pick up the delivery at the pier you choose.
  • Please complete the order and payment at least 4 days before boarding.
  • Our packages may change from time to time, so please double-check menu items.
  • If you have any special requests, please feel free to leave us a message, or contact us at the time of booking.
  • Pictures are just for reference.
  • No cancellations once the order is confirmed.

Q: What about the drink packages?

A: Most boats will require drinks to be added on, excluding our all-inclusive packages.

You can find our drink packages here.

Some things to note:

  • Our drink packages can only be delivered to Sai Kung Pier, and must be picked up there.
  • There is no delivery fee for most drink packages.
  • Please complete the order and payment at least 3 days before boarding.

💡 We offer all-inclusive packages for junk boats to save you the trouble of figuring out all the extras. Check them out here!

🏄 Water Activities 🚣

The next step after F&B is deciding on your party’s water activities!

For the more adventurous types, we offer action-packed water sports, such as wakeboarding and jet skiing.

For those who want to just relax and chill, we offer floats and inflatables.

We even offer float packages, found here!

Jet Skiing

Flyboarding

Some Of Our Floats

Q & A

Q: What are all the water activities that you offer? How much does each one cost?

A: Many of our boats, especially our junk boats, will actually have some water activities included.

For those that do not include water activities, prices will vary, depending on the boat. Please double-check specific boat details on our website.

Here is a list of some of the water activities we offer:

  • Speed Boats
  • Banana Boats
  • Wakeboards
  • Flyboards
  • Water Trampolines
  • Water Seesaws
  • Floating Mattresses/Carpets
  • Water Beds
  • Floating Noodles
  • Themed Floats
  • Water Slides
  • Kayaks
  • SUP Boards

💡 Our sister company, Pool Float HK, sells cute themed floats and inflatables for any of your future parties! Check them out here!

🏝️ Destinations 🗺️

You’ve got your boat choice down, as well as the food, drinks, and activities you will have on board. Now what?

Well, now it’s time to decide your boating destination!

Because Hong Kong has many beautiful urban cruise routes, and many more in the vast countryside of Sai Kung, the possibilities are endless. Additionally, there are several outlying islands you and your party can venture to!

You may already have a destination in mind; if so, be sure to check that you depart from the correct pier to shorten travel time. As always, these details can be found on our website, but here is a quick guide.

Lastly, the start and end piers should be the same. If you want to change where you get dropped off, it may be expensive. Please let us know beforehand!

Sai Kung Beach

Clear Water Bay

Po Toi Island

Q & A

Q: What are the best destinations if I want to stay close to the city?

A: The closest choice is probably Clear Water Bay, although Deep Water Bay/South Bay and Big Wave Bay/Shek O are also great choices. Read more about all three here!

Q: What are the best destinations if I don’t mind going a bit further to enjoy Hong Kong’s countryside?

A: The best choice by far for enjoying Hong Kong’s natural havens is Sai Kung. There are many islands in this vast area that have quite secluded beaches, as well as some very cool rock formations. A more in-depth guide to Sai Kung can be found here. For the 10 best all-inclusive junk boat party packages in Sai Kung, click here.

Q: What are the best destinations if I want to explore one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands?

A: Two of the larger and more popular islands are Cheung Chau and Lamma Island. For some more secluded spots, check out Po Toi and Tung Lung ChauMany of our recommendations require you to disembark, so maybe return another day on one of Hong Kong’s ferries!

💡 After choosing a destination, don’t forget to check that you will be departing from the correct pier. Once on board, you can always ask the boat crew for their route recommendations!

💁 Booking /Miscellaneous 💡

So, you’ve decided on all the details of your boat, as well as where you want to go.

Only one step remains…it is finally time to book and pay!

Boat Booking Example From Our Website

Q & A

Q: How far in advance should I book?

A: Our junk boats are our most popular type of boat. So, try to book weekday junks a month to two months before, and weekend junks two to three months before to ensure availability. For our other boats, there is much more availability, so a few weeks (or even one week) ahead of your departure date should be fine.

Q: What is your bad weather policy?

A: Our weather policy states that we will allow rescheduling if a black rainstorm signal and/or typhoon signal 3+ is hoisted 2 hours before departure on the scheduled date. Boat owners reserve the right to reroute or cancel boat trips due to adverse weather conditions, in which case you may also reschedule. Please stay in contact with us if the weather looks problematic!

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: We do not offer refunds, only reschedules. Furthermore, you can only reschedule the date of your boat trip once.

Q: What about children and pets?

A: Children are welcome on board, but there is no children’s discount. Pets are also welcome…on some of our boats. (There may be a small pet fee.)

Q: Do you offer half-day cruises?

A: We do not offer half-day cruises in the spring/summer, as this would not leave enough time for water activities. We do offer half-day cruises in the fall.

Q: Will the boat crew speak English?

A: Most will be able to speak basic English, but please double-check the languages of choice on our website!

Q: What happens if there is an accident?

A: We would hope your experience is a very positive one! But, we understand that accidents can happen. All boats are required to have third-party insurance in order to receive a boat license. Still, please be careful!

💡 After booking, check out our essential junk boat party checklist here to be fully prepared for your big day out on the water!


💡 This is just a general guide. Please double-check all boat details on our website before booking. If you have any questions during booking, feel free to contact us!

We hope you are inspired to go junk boating this weekend!

Be sure to share your experience with us by tagging #yachtholimood in your posts! 

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