If you’ve only rented out a yacht during the day, you’re missing out — an increasing number of overnight yacht charters are becoming available as the Hong Kong maritime industry flourishes this summer. Yes, even amidst a pandemic.
When Hong Kong tightened its lockdown measures a few months ago, the industry braced itself for the worst. Turns out, closed borders mean business – local demand for yacht sales and charters have significantly increased as people find themselves heading onto the sea, their closest chance to tasting freedom.
“There has been an increased awareness among Hong Kong people of the beautiful islands and coastline right on their doorstep. The weather has also been unusually good this summer […] So instead of escaping by jumping on a plane to a regional tourist destination, Hong Kong people who can afford it are jumping onto a boat and exploring the islands and beaches of Hong Kong.”
Mike Simpson, Founder and Managing Director of Simpson Marine
Haven’t enjoyed all that the sea has to offer, or just bored of the average hotel staycation? Up both your boating and staycation game with these six overnight charters:
LAGOON 450 (Simpson Yacht Charter)
Launched in 2017, the Lagoon 450 is one of the most experienced overnight yacht charters that Simpson Marine has to offer. She has an ingenious deck layout, housing four cabins with double beds – all with en-suite baths that can cater up to eight guests overnight. Route the clear sparkling waters of the scenic Sai Kung Water Area on the Lagoon 450. Pick-up and/or drop-off is available at Hong Kong Marina in Sai Kung.
Overnight charter rate (24hrs): HK$49,000; inclusive of the yacht and tender, fuel, ice, drinking water
Azimut 80 is one of the few motor yachts in Hong Kong that offers overnight charters. This sleek 80-footer luxury motor yacht can cater up to eight guests overnight with one master suite, one VIP suite and two guest cabins. It includes amenities such as a BBQ grill, paddleboards and a floating mat ideal for socialising. For adrenaline junkies, water sports equipment such as jet skis, speedboat packages and wake surf boards are available upon request.
Overnight charter rate (24hrs): HK$195,000 + APA; inclusive of the yacht and tender, fuel, ice, drinking water
A popular and younger model, the brand new Lagoon 42 has elegant curves and a modern design. She houses three cabins with double beds and all en-suite baths to host up to six guests overnight. Take her iconic blue sails for a spin around the underrated south-side of Hong Kong for a refreshing view.
Overnight charter rate (24hrs): HK$48,000; inclusive of the yacht and tender, fuel, ice, drinking water, soft drinks
Numarine 62 FLY – SPUTNIK is the perfect overnight charter for families. She houses two double cabins and can cater up to four guests overnight. An extra bed can be added for children. Fully equipped with Wi-Fi and a Bose sound system, the yacht has an outdoor cinema and a barbecue on the flybridge. Children can splash on floaties while adults grill up a feast.
Overnight charter rate (24hrs): HK$90,000 inclusive of the yacht, amenities, fuel, crew wages, soft drinks, fruit, water toys, shower products and towels, breakfast; HK$150,000 for 3D2N.
Taswell sailing yacht Day Break can comfortably sleep four guests in two double cabins, complete with two heads with hot showers. Fun fact: learn about steering the boat from the friendly captain, or just sit back and relax with a drink in hand while taking in the beauty of Sai Kung. Pick-up/drop-off available at Pak Sha Wan Pier.
Overnight charter rate (24hrs): HK$32,000; inclusive of the yacht, ice, drinking water, soft drinks, beer
A meticulously restored classic mahogany and teak yacht, Michelangelo can cater up to six guests overnight in luxurious comfort. Indulge in their selection of international gourmet menus and retreat into their master cabin adorned with Ralph Lauren linens. Water sports and live entertainment such as onboard DJs and even a mini-orchestra are available upon request.
Overnight charter rate (6pm-overnight): HK$55,000 inclusive of the yacht and tender, board inflatables; HK$65,000 for 2D1N and HK$85,000 for 3D2N