Hamilton Island is a tropical paradise in Queensland’s Whitsunday region and the perfect gateway to Australia’s world-famous Great Barrier Reef. A long time favourite of holiday makers from around the globe, there are no shortage of activities on Hamilton Island to choose from during your stay. The hubs and I sampled a few on our recent visit (read my review of our Hamilton Island Whitsunday Apartment here) and we were blown away by our Explore On The Edge sunset cruise. If spectacular sunsets, a state of the art vessel, yummy snacks and free-flowing beer/wine are your thing then you are going to love this! Read on for all the details …
Explore On The Edge Sunset Cruise
As we came down the hill towards the marina we spotted our vessel On The Edge immediately. Her distinctive red hull certainly makes her stand out from the crowd of white around her. On The Edge is a 20m x 12m sailing catamaran purpose-built for day sailing in The Whitsundays. She can accommodate 59 passengers in comfort on her spacious decks and her large platform makes for stable cruising.
Once on board you are going to want to bag yourself the perfect possie for that all important sunset. There isn’t a bad seat in the house on an Explore On The Edge sunset cruise and we chose to sail in comfort in the lounge area on the right hand side of the boat (if you are facing the front) but I think the left afforded slightly better views. The boom nets were very popular with our fellow passengers but just remember the house rule … only 10 bums on a net at any one time. If you are blessed not to have a full boat like we were, choose the corner lounge and stretch out in style. The dress code is very casual and barefoot is the way to go on a boat so leave your heels at home and wear your thongs which are easily kicked off once you settle in.
The mandatory safety demonstration was dispensed with in record time and we are under way at exactly 4.45pm as per our schedule. As we motored out of the Marina and past the Hamilton Island Yacht club (see what I wore when we visited here), we were provided with an informative overview of our surroundings (with some pretty lame Dad jokes sprinkled in 🙂 ). I was already starting to relax in our surroundings when drinks were served. There was only one white wine on offer so I was super pleased when it was a Sauv Blanc. #Winning!
It wasn’t long before the motor was cut and the mainsail was hoisted. If you are hoping for buff sailors rapidly winding winches you will be a little bit disappointed as this baby is all automated. A hush descended over the boat instantaneously. It is amazing how quiet it was even just a short distance from shore. Not wanted to spoil the tranquility of the moment, I found myself speaking in reverent whispers. I observed many others doing the same in an unspoken agreement to preserve the serenity. All eyes (and cameras) were firmly fixed on the horizon as the setting sun spread a kaleidoscope of fiery hues across the impossibly blue sky.
As the waves lapped against the hull rocking us gently from side to side our attentive crew members circulated offering platters piled high with a selection of cheeses, meats, crackers, dips and veges which went down a treat. On our explore On The Edge sunset cruise we were encouraged to eat and drink out fill, responsibly of course! I found this totally refreshing as often activities that come with ‘free food and drinks’ are anything but generous and you practically have to crash tackle someone to get a refill. It can get cool out on the water and even though it was quite a sunny winter day, I was glad I packed a jacket to stave off the early evening chill.
As the sun made its grand exit beyond the horizon and only remnants of daylight lingered we made our way back to the Hamilton Island marina. The magical sunset was of course the star of the show and the views just had to be seen to be believed. Mother nature truly is a talented artist.
We thoroughly enjoyed our Explore On The Edge sunset cruise and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone traveling to Hamilton Island. At only $70 per person it also represents excellent value. So how about it … Are you up for a sunset cruise? If you are heading to Hamilton Island, check out these great deals on accommodation before you book.
Until next time …
Disclaimer: The Hubs and I were guests of Hamilton Island Enterprises for our Explore On The Edge Sunset Cruise. As always all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links for which a small commission may be paid.
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