Travel Diary: Day Trip To Bluff Island
If someone invited me to join them on a “junk boat” in New York City, I would assume they wanted to kidnap me on a boat tour of the East River sponsored by the city’s sanitation department. But in Hong Kong, a “junk” refers to the ancient Chinese sailing ship that’s still used today, in this case as a party boat for wealthy locals and expats. Large groups of friends can rent a junk boat for a day, load the vessel with food and alcohol, and set off to one of the region’s neighboring islands.
The trip we joined during our first weekend in Hong Kong traveled from Central to Bluff Island, which is northeast of Hong Kong Island. Two hours from a city that feels like it has just as many skyscrapers as people looks like this:
The boat dropped an anchor right in this little cove, and we could jump off the ship and swim to shore. The boat was also equipped with a kayak, pool floats and noodles, so you could just hang out in the water as the ship’s crew prepared lunch.
Bluff Island is part of the Hong Kong National Geopark. There’s a large sea cave I didn’t go to on the south side of the island. Hong Kong made Bluff Island and its neighboring area a UNESCO-recognized geopark so it can continue to research the site’s volcanic history and conserve the marine wildlife’s natural habitats.