Set sail: Hong Kong's luxury Chinese junk boats

Peering into the hazy Victoria Harbour, you will notice Chinese junks bobbing up and down the mirky water of the busy port against a landscape of countless skyscrapers.

No, you are not seeing things: you are just looking at a unique experience of boat hire available in Hong Kong.

Aqua Luna is one of the city's last remaining red sail junk boats. In Cantonese, it is named after the infamous pirate Cheung Po Tsai who used to terrorise Hong Kong during its earliest colonial days. Today, the vessel is part of the Aqua restaurant group and takes you to explore the many harbours in and around the city. On board, you can enjoy Hutong restaurant's Northern Chinese cuisine, and Aqua's Japanese/Italian fare right from the comfort of your lounge bed.

Enjoy a cocktail or buffet dinner as Aqua Luna sails around Victoria Harbour (45 minutes), to the old fishing village of Lei Yue Mun (two hours), to Stanley (three hours), a resort area on the southern tip of the Hong Kong Island, or all the way to Tsing Yi Bridge which connects Disneyland on Lantau Island. Special itineraries celebrating local traditions and festivities are noteworthy as well.

Saffron Cruises offer private charters in the local waters of Hong Kong with a large selection of vessels, from Azimut, Beneteau, Princess and Sealine to the characteristic Dukling. This authentic Chinese junk takes you back to the days when Hong Kong used to be a fishing town. Explore Sai Kung, a large northeastern peninsula known for its long jagged coastline and the vast bay of Tai Long Wan, as well as islands like Lamma, Cheung Chau and Po Toi.

Shamrock catering company provides tasty bites and refreshing drinks on board. Choose from three or four course buffet dinners, canapés, hampers and set dinners for two, a romantic experience at sea. While you cruise your way to Lamma or Po Toi Island, why not have Saffron take you to the best local seafood restaurants and tuck in to the day's freshest catch while admiring the sunset? Set sail for the most westerly point on Lantau Island, Fan Lau beach, and get away from it all.

If you just feel like chillaxing on board, Island Junks has just the thing for you. You can enjoy delicacies courtesy of Maison Eric Kayser and professional Thai massage aboard its Chinese teak junks. Regular day and evening cruises have premium options for those who want to take it up a notch. You and your guests are well taken care of as wait service is available while you cruise along Hong Kong Island's southern coast from Aberdeen to Stanley.

Aqua Luna

Reservations: +852 2116 8821

Saffron Cruises
Reservations: +852 2857 1311, +852 6493 2650

Island Junks
Reservations: +852 2877 5222