Hong Kong, Outlying Islands

Junk trips

So now you are wondering – how did I get to Po Toi? Well, as I said, we took a junk boat. Junk trips are so common to Hong Kong like Dim Sum, the outdoor escalator and the Big Buddha. Especially in summer, many Hong Kong residents enjoy taking junk rides through inshore waters, to visit one or more islands, maybe swim at beaches, and stop off at seafood restaurants.

Mostly, the junks aren’t the traditional type with sails – there are only one or two of these iconic craft left (like the Duk Ling or the Aqua Luna) but there are a few modern junks (with a motor engine) that hold between 30-50 people.

There’s a range of “junks” – from basic wooden ones, to more glamorous pleasure cruisers. Aberdeen is the main base for corporate and hire junks; though it’s also possible to board junks on the north coast of Hong Kong Island.

Many junk trips involve little more than bobbing across the sea to a seafood restaurant – for example at Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island, or like we did on our trip, to Po Toi for a hike and seafood lunch.

Westwards, beyond Lamma, Cheung Chau is another potential destination, though is also readily visited by ferry. I’ve also heard that you can visit the uninhabitated Soko Islands (further to the West than Cheung Chau) but I don’t know anyone who has done this yet.

The Sai Kung area is supposed to be wonderful for boating too – but again, that’s an area that I’ve not explored. It’s relatively distant from Hong Kong Island that’s why I’ve not been there. It’s on my to do list! We’ve rented a boat with Island Junks in mid-May, so I’ll let you know where we end up!

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