Elite Charters Hong Kong is putting the final touches to it’s luxury 86-foot yacht.
The superboat will be available for hire from January 2013 onwards. Elite specializes in Corporate Events and Weekend Get-aways. Boating, Helicopters & Private Jets. Emphasis is on luxury, privacy and freedom to enjoy the waterways of the Hong Kong region.
“We focus on a stress-free, personalized experience with gourmet cuisine cooked by your own private chef and serviced by fulltime crew,” says owner Kylie Waterstrom. “Our 86 foot custom-refitted, modern but classic motor yacht is ideal for private functions of up to 50 people, catering to Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Weekend Get-aways, (sleeping up to 10 passengers), Weddings, Birthday Celebrations, Breakfasts, Ladies lunches, Cocktail, Dinner, Moonlight Cruises, Family Reunions, Religious Occasions and more Bespoke Events.”
Iconic Chinese junk boat, aqualuna, is launching the ‘Harbour Discovery Tour’ providing visitors with a unique way to explore Victoria Harbour and its must-see sights whilst soaking in Hong Kong’s stunning skyline.
HONG KONG (June 26, 2012): Boat-loving Hongkongers will be thrilled at today’s official launch of Lazydays, the city’s most stylish new charter service. Available for daytime and night cruises to almost anywhere in the SAR, Lazydays promises its customers something very special out on the water. Continue reading →
What style of junks do you have?
30 & 40 person traditional wooden & white junks are available for daytime charter. All boats are equipped with iPod compatible music systems, upper sun decks, kitchenette
facilities, washroom & shaded back area. Alternatively choose from two of our flagship sailing boats, Circus (capacity 10) & V1 (capacity 18). These boats are available for private charter for a few hours or a full day of adventure sailing. Charter the boats to hop between local islands, learn the basics of sailing or simply relax and enjoy a glass of wine. All boats come with a driver and crew member.
Where do you sail?
It’s up to the client, but popular routes include seafood lunch on Po
Toi Island, mooring at South Bay or Millionaire’s Beach and trips to Lamma. Charter routes on the sailing yachts depend on the wind on the day of charter.
Is food and drink provided?
We partner with several external catering companies so please speak to us for options. Drinks packages & boutique Aussie wines from sister company Adelaide Cellar Door are available. Another option is to have an early seafood lunch on one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands before motoring out to a quiet bay for an afternoon swim. All charters on V1 & Circus are inclusive of free flow drinks (wines, beer & soft drinks).
Where do the junks sail from?
Departure piers include Aberdeen, Central & Stanley. Other piers are available on request.
Can you book for half days, or whole day only?
Minimum charter time is 3 hours to a full day.
What’s the cost involved?
Junk prices start at $6,500, sailing yachts from $750pp.
Tel: 2526 0151
What style of junks do you offer for hire?
Hong Kong’s quintessential teak junks. How many guests do they carry?
Up to 50 guests per junk. Where do you sail?
It’s up to the client, but some of the locations that we regularly visit include Lantau Island, Lamma Island, Po Toi Island, HK Island’s south-side, Clearwater Bay, and the Sai Kung area (including Long Ke & Tai Long Wan). Is food and drink provided?
Guests can enjoy our catering services or provide their own. We also offer additional services such as speedboat rental and even on-board Thai Massage. Where do your junks sail from?
Again, this is up to the client. Some of the more popular start/finish
points are Aberdeen, Stanley, Central, TST, Causeway Bay and Sai Kung. Do you take bookings for half days?
You can book for as long as you want! Just let us know your plan
and we can provide a solution. Do you provide life vests?
We certainly do. This is required by law. We also provide sun-screen, snorkelling equipment and towels. All we ask is that guests bring their iPod to enjoy their own music on board.
On a beautifully clear morning, the top deck of a junk cruising out of Aberdeen harbour is a setting that brings clarity of thought and purpose. With a beer in hand and the weekend spreadeagled before you, the existence of Monday can be denied against the backdrop of spectacular island formations, warbling jet skis and the odd cargo ship.
In the grip of such seafaring spirituality you may find yourself able to wrestle with a midlife crisis or come to terms, intellectually, with the banging pantomime that is Chinese opera. If you are at the crossroads of a moral dilemma it may be worth organising a junk trip if only to secure some quality couch time with the South China morning coast.
There are three standard junk packages on offer, depending on your need, greed and budget. The most economical is a standard sampan hired on the day from waterfront touts and used as a taxi. Theoretically, this gives you freedom and spontaneity, but you must organise all the provisions yourself and that can spiral out of control. Unless you’re planning to charter HMS Pinafore, you can forget the champagne flutes and fondue set. Reliable and unambiguous arrangements for a safe journey home also need to be confirmed as any cock-ups in this department may involve an expensive and embarrassing helicopter ride.
For those who prefer not to assemble their own IKEA furniture, there is the fully catered, all-inclusive junk. This represents the Club 18-30 end of the market and involves organising nothing more than a trip to the ATM prior to boarding. Everything is taken care of from secluded beach destinations to the main course, but bring your own mp3 player or you may find yourself listening to the 16-year-old dishwasher’s “Glee” compilation all day. Going against the old adage of never mixing food, alcohol and swimming I always have a great time on these trips. The compromise boat trip, and my preference, is to book a slightly more stylish cruiser and sail to a seafood restaurant conveniently positioned near a beach. Nibbles and aperitifs need to be acquired for the short outward leg, but using the boat’s fridge facilities and leaving everything
onboard means logistics can be kept to a minimum. Lunch is consumed in a civilised manner and at a leisurely pace on terra firma, allowing plenty of time for swimming, a siesta and any amount of overly indulgent recreational quaffing.
There is, of course, another way to gain free unlimited access to the Sai Kung archipelago and that is to cultivate a friendship with someone who owns a boat. Once this would have involved soliciting outside Aberdeen Boat Club, looking for lonely gweilo skippers to entrap. But Hong Kong boat owners are no longer all expat blokes with public-school accents and a kilogram of Swiss bling strapped to their wrists. Simply ask around any Stanley pub and you’ll be surprised who has access to seaworthy craft. I have a mate with a quarter share in a 35-foot catamaran, and he’s never out of a pair of Dunlop Green Flash and wears a fake “Timex” from the Ladies Market.