On our last night with Naturally Langkawi we were treated to a Langkawi sunset dinner cruise on the Blue Dolphin departing from the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club with NAAM Adventures. We had already spent a full day with NAAM Adventures on Paradise Island 101 so we knew that this cruise would be top notch.
Paradise Island 101 is a man made adventure island where we spent the day with the whole place to ourselves. The kids played on the aqua park, zip lining over the water, jet skiing, and had a go on the banana boat. How much fun can you fit into one day! The kids loved every minute of it.
Having experienced one adventure with NAAM I was keen to experience their Langkawi Sunset Dinner Cruise. We arrived at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club and were greeted by NAAM staff and taken to our 80ft yacht, the Blue Dolphin. This was the biggest vessel I had ever been on that wasn’t a ferry or a ship! I don’t know much about yachts but I can tell you this one would have cost a few dollars!
The Langkawi sunset dinner includes welcome refreshments and a cool towel, buffet dinner, soft drink, beer and house wine. The cruise duration is approximately 3 hours.
We boarded with 7 other guests and were greeted by the lovely NAAM hosts. As you board, the crew place your shoes in a box that you don’t see again until the end of the cruise. We were then greeted by the rest of the crew with a refreshing juice and cold hand towel. It was a warm evening so the kids really enjoyed the hand towel and placed them around their necks.
The kids were keen to explore the cabin and were off as soon as they had finished their drinks. First up they headed straight to the bridge and checked out the captains spot and then up the stairs to the fly deck. This area had lounges around the perimeter with a roof and a great view across to the Yacht Club. There was a table in the middle to rest your drink on. By now I was relaxed and enjoying an ice cold beer which I helped myself to on the bench inside the cabin on the way through.
The kids of course weren’t happy to stay put so were off to investigate again, they were the only kids on the cruise and the crew where fantastic with them. The crew had welcomed all the guests by this time and we were heading out of the marina towards the open sea. Craig and I decided it was too warm on the roof deck so headed inside for some respite.
We headed inside to the lounge room that was set up with a lounge and coffee table and an 8 seat dining table with ample bench space around the sides, we soon decided the scenery outside was to good to miss so headed back out and sat at the table on the rear deck.
The cruise headed out towards the southern islands off Langkawi towards Pulau Tiba and the Danang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park. Langkawi is comprised of 99 islands that create a dramatic backdrop of lush forests covering rocky mountain formations. The landscape is just as big a draw card as the sunset cruise itself.
The Blue Dolphin headed out and pulled in close to Pulau Tiba, the crew had set up the buffet dinner and the guests were encouraged to help themselves. The buffet consisted of chicken, rice and salads, there was also a napoli pasta that the kids enjoyed.
The kids again ate their body weight in satay chicken sticks. It was a lovely and relaxing atmosphere and we had the perfect table at the back to enjoy some shade while eating our dinner with the sun setting between the islands.
As we were finishing up dinner, I noticed another boat approaching the rear of our boat with a large inflatable square attached to it. We were all very eager to see what was happening and what this inflatable would be used for. One of the crew members jumped onto the back of the vessel and grabbed some ropes from the crew on the other boat. They clipped the ropes to the back of our vessel and pushed the net into the water.
The crew then explained to the kids that it’s a floating mobile pool to swim in! We obviously didn’t read the brief too well and didn’t bring our swimmers. You can imagine the look the kids were giving me right now hey!! I suggested they jump in with their undies and life jacket on as no one would see anything anyway.
After much bewildering angst, they decided mum was right and changed into their life jackets and jumped on in. Dad had his quick dry shorts on and jumped in too. I on the other hand did not but was happy enough to have 30mins to myself and enjoy the sunset while I watched the kids having fun off the back of the boat.
Towels are provided by the crew when you get out so the kids took off their life jackets and got dry with the towel around them. It was still very warm so they dried very quickly. The little boat returned and the mobile pool was unclipped and the ropes handed back and the little boat headed off to where it had come from!
By this time the sky was starting to turn a lovely shade of pink. It was a vivid sunset in the end but it was more your soft pastel pink mostly. As long as its not raining I’m sure all the sunsets would be lovely. We sat and had some fresh fruit and watched the sky dance with a number of different pinks. Last drinks were called and I grabbed a Tiger beer for the ride back to the marina.
We loved a sunset cruise with NAAM Adventures, it was a lovely way to finish our holiday in Langkawi. The crew were very friendly and great with the kids and the whole operation ran like clockwork. The Blue Dolphin was an impressive vessel. With 4 ensuite staterooms below deck I was quickly hatching a plan to stowaway underneath there for a while. I’m sure they would never notice 5 people missing from disembarkation at the end of the cruise!!
I loved the quirky mobile pool just a add a touch more to the already awesome experience. It was fantastic and was of course a great way to entertain the kids. Who doesn’t love swimming in the ocean in a giant inflatable pool! It’s things like this that the kids will remember for years.
Most sunsets are pretty spectacular unless its raining so you are pretty much guaranteed a decent show each night. I’m glad we went on our last night as it was a nice relaxing way to finish our Langkawi journey. The trip back to the marina seemed to go so much quicker than the trip out, funny how that always happens.
We were greeted by Mark, the manager of NAAM Adventures, when we disembarked. Its a long story that you can read in our Paradise Island 101 post that is linked above. Mark had our drone that we had lost during the day at Paradise Island (Craig’s fault!), I was so overwhelmed with emotion that they had gone to so much trouble to retrieve it from the ocean for us. It just shows what type of business NAAM Adventures is. We can’t speak more highly of the NAAM Team, I am certain any experience you have with them will be fantastic.
Are you a sunrise or sunset kind of person? Tell me in the comments below.
Sal & Co.
Disclaimer: We had a mutually beneficial arrangement with Naturally Langkawi & NAAM Adventures, as always our opinion is our own.