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Going on a sunset cruise in Langkawi, Malaysia with Tropical Charters.
Jen loves sunsets. No matter where we are, if the sun is setting, she wants to see it. And usually we’re lucky enough to have the time to go and find it. It’s probably her number three favorite thing after food and sleep. Oh, and me, I’m in there somewhere.
So when we had the opportunity to go on a cruise with Tropical Charters in Langkawi, Malaysia, dedicated entirely to seeing the sunset, and learned that there would be food and me there too, we had to go.
Tropical Charters offers a variety of services, but they are best known for their two cruises, the Day Cruise and the Sunset Cruise. We were lucky enough to experience the Sunset Cruise and it definitely delivered.
Check out our video, and read on for more info about our experience.
We arrived early to the docks by Resort World Langkawi in Pantai Tengah and milled around, doing our best to pick out which docked boat would be ours for the sunset cruise. All of our guessing came to nothing, alas, as the day cruise ship pulled into dock and after a quick clean up, the boat was ready for us.
We boarded the boat and gave up our shoes as we wouldn’t be needing them on our new floating paradise. The crew gave us a short safety briefing that included where the free flow drinks could be found and how long we would have to wait until dinner.
The catamaran sat high on the water as we quietly made our way through the still blue. The front of the boat (or the bow, if you’re boat fancy) had two net-hammocks suspended over the sea, low enough to see the waves below but high enough so your butt won’t get wet.
There was a professional photographer aboard the ship plying his trade and we couldn’t not get vanity photos taken of our time on a fancy boat! And before you ask, after some cajoling yes, we did do the Titanic pose.
There were two well stocked coolers at the front of the boat and an extensive bar in the boat’s cabin. The crew can mix up whatever poison you’d like, and they pour with a heavy hand. We even got a chance to bartend, for ourselves at least, and made some jury-rigged John Dalys out of ice lemon tea and vodka. A great drink to sip while we looked out at the clear blue Ataman Sea and sailed by some of Langkawi’s stunning 99 islands.
About an hour after we left the dock, the crew set up what they called the “salt water jacuzzi.” I was perplexed when I first saw the boat, there was no jacuzzi here! We’ve been had! The salt-water jacuzzi, it turns out, is a long rope net that trails behind the boat as it glides through the water. The crew unfurled the net behind the boat and gave us life jackets, always a good thing to have with free flow booze, and we flung ourselves off of a perfectly good boat.
Floating in the Andaman sea behind the boat was very relaxing, watching the clouds go by. We bobbed in the waves for a while and chatted with our fellow travelers, speculating on what would happen if we just let go of the net. There was a small dingy boat trailing behind the actual ship, probably there to save any wayward adventurers. Before anyone actually found out, we got out of the quickly cooling ocean just in time for dinner.
The buffet spread was unbelievable. Chicken satay with peanut sauce, salad, fried rice, BBQ chicken, and shrimp two different ways. There was more than enough to go around and we had our fill as we waited for the sunset.
The weather that day didn’t cooperate the way we wanted and the sunset was a bit lackluster, but that can happen when you travel during rainy season. The scenery was still amazing, and the fun we had and the friends we made vastly outshone any sunset we could’ve seen.
We cruised for a while after the sun went down back toward the docking point. It was an eerie feeling floating on what seemed to be the only thing in existence in the middle of an endless black sea. The vodka helped tamp that down, though. We had a lovely time chatting with the other folks on the cruise, exchanging tips on what to see next on Langkawi. We finally entered the harbor and took a short jaunt on a speedboat back to terra firma.
This was a relaxing and beautiful way to end an active day exploring Langkawi. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Tropical Charters sunset cruise and can’t wait for the next cruise and the next sunset, whichever comes first.
Check out all of Tropical Charters Langkawi cruise offerings on their website.
Disclaimer: We were invited as guests to join the Tropical Charters Sunset Cruise. As always, all opinions are our own.
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Sandy N Vyjay says
Sunsets have their own magic and we too are passionate sun chasers who love watching sunrises as well as sunsets. If you are on a cruise during sunset the experience goes to an altogether different level and transcends the sublime. Langkawi is a charming place and I am sure the cruise was an unforgettable experience.
Malaysia, especially Langkawi, is one of my favourite places in South East Asia. Even though I have been there couple of times, I have never had a sunset cruise experience. You two seemed to have a lot of fun.
This looks like a cool activity to do in Langwaki, especially if it comes with good food and strong poisons! How many people can fit on that catamaran? It would be great if groups are small . . Good that despite the picture the cruise did not finish like the Titanic, ha haa! No sunset pictures by the way?
Sounds like a lot of fun and the perfect way to enjoy the sunset. We missed Langkawi while in Malaysia but have heard wonderful things about the islands. Salt water jacuzzi…now that’s interesting…and fun. The drinks and the food…the perfect fun experience.
This sounds like a lot of fun and the kind of cruise I could get around. I’m normally put off by the idea of cruises because I wouldn’t want to be stuck on a boat for days. This one seems more enjoyable because you just spend the day and early evening on the boat. The “salt water jacuzzi” looks like a lot of fun too and I would also be tempted to let go of the net and just drift.
vanessa workman says
You got me at the “Titanic’ pose! 😀 Looks like you guys had an awesome time despite the overcast skies. I’ve done this cruise before but you make me want to do it again sooner than later. I’d forgotten how relaxing and fun the Tropical Charter’s sunset cruises are!
This looks like such a lovely trip to go on! I like sunsets and boats so this would be something I would do. I like the idea of having dinner onboard too, it must of been a romantic evening.
Medha Verma says
Just like Jen, I love sunset cruises too! I make it a point if I travel somewhere with any kind of water body and options to take a sunset cruise, I do it! Haha, how cute is your Titanic pose 😀 I wish the weather had been better, you would’ve got some really spectacular pictures out of that cruise, but hey, that’s one aspect completely NOT in your control, isn’t it 🙂
Tracie Howe says
Cruises are always fun, but it is a bummer that you didn’t get your sunset. It sounds like you had a great time anyway! I love the “saltwater jaquzzi”. Haha!
Haha that saltwater jacuzzi sure did me in too! Would have been better if there was really a way to just float within the net without having to hold on to it. Really sounds like a fun sunset cruise!
SOunds like an awesome thing to do whilst in Langkawi, but it was a shame you didnt have the chance to see a good sunset. Looks like you two had so much fun doing this.
Megan Jerrard says
Tropical Charters in Langkawi sounds awesome – I’m also a sunset fan right here! Those bean bag chairs look so comfy! Haha love the “salt water Jacuzzi” – very creative and funny of them! And so cool that there’s a professional photographer onboard. Sounds like they have all bases covered for an awesome trip!
Danila Caputo says
What an awesome experience! And how cool that you had a professional photographer cruising with you, that’s one lucky shot 🙂
Megan Indoe says
Haha, I love your Titanic photo! We never went to Langkawi and we are kicking ourselves for it. Doing a sunset cruise sounds perfect and a nice romantic way to enjoy the evening! Plus you can’t beat a good sunset!
The food sounds really good! And who doesn’t love a sunset sailing cruise? We’ve done them in many tropical destinations we’ve visited. It’s so nice to be out on the water with the breeze, especially because these kind of destinations can be so incredibly humid. It’s a nice reprieve from the heat and humidity.
I totally agree with Jen, I love sunsets too! A cruise with food and sunsets in a gorgeous tropical location, what is not to love!!
The salt water jacuzzi looked like it was so much fun! Though I would have been holding on to that net so hard! LOL
Malaysian food and sunsets? Doesn’t get much better than that! The salt water jacuzzi looks like so much fun, would love to do it! 🙂
Aaaaw I’ve been twice to Langkawi and also did the sunset sailing tour, this post brings up some good memories. Looks like you two had a great time! Thanks for sharing!