The sun goes down and hues of orange, gold and blue merge into a deep purple. There is perhaps no better way to experience a sunset like this than in Monkey Mia on board a luxury yacht.
The best way to experience this magical time of day is by joining a Monkey Mia sunset cruise. There are two main operators offering cruises at dusk, each with their own distinct style.
For an adrenalin blast of speed and power, try the Shotover, a 60ft (18m) catamaran that was originally built as an ocean racer. The name of the cruise says it all – Sunset Salt Spray Super Sail. Expect a wild, fast ride and plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. While there are no guarantees you’ll see the local marine life, it’s very uncommon not to spot dugongs and dolphins at dusk. However, the real attraction of a Shotover sunset cruise is whipping over water at high velocity with the wind in your hair and your cares left behind in the afternoon sea breeze.
Drinks and nibbles are BYO on the Shotover but catering can be arranged if required. Weatherproof sailing suits are provided and it’s all backed by a “love it or it's free” 100 percent money-back guarantee. The cruise costs $54 and can be booked by phone or email before you arrive, or at the Monkey Mia Wildsights Activities Office at the Monkey Mia Resort.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful pace, the Aristocrat 2, run by Monkey Mia Yacht Charters, takes a more leisurely approach. This luxury catamaran lends itself to relaxation – you’ll enjoy soothing ambient background music and good wine as you gently glide across the water with the sun sinking below the horizon.
Nibbles are included in the price and drinks can be purchased on board. With advance notice, Monkey Mia Yacht Charters can arrange a seafood buffet, including lobster and other delicacies to enjoy in the saloon or up on the deck. The cruise costs $48 for adults and $24 for children but online bookings receive a 10 percent discount. You can also book by phone or by turning up at the Monkey Mia jetty prior to the cruise.
Sunset cruises on the Aristocrat 2 and Shotover both run for an hour and a half and departure times follow the sunset.
With so much amazing marine and wildlife at Monkey Mia, both companies also offer a range of other cruises and tours. You can get up close to turtles, sea snakes, tiger sharks and stingrays, as well as the rugged coastline and marine life of the Francois Peron National Park. If you get a group together, diving, snorkelling and fishing charters are also available.
Monkey Mia Wildsights (Shotover)
(08) 9948 1481
Monkey Mia Yacht Charters (Aristocrat 2)
(08) 9948 1446