Darwinians think a little differently when it comes to romance. It might have something to do with the heat or perhaps it’s the rugged nature of the NT. What else could explain the inclusion of a threesome with a crocodile in the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove as a ‘romantic suggestion’ for Valentine’s Day in Darwin? I don’t know about you, but I would rather join my beloved for a sunset cruise than go swimming with a croc.
On our most recent visit to Darwin my husband and I did a sunset cruise on a 50ft ocean-going luxury catamaran with Sail Darwin. The trip takes approximately three hours and includes a BBQ tapas-style dinner and unlimited bubbly served while the sun goes down. We sailed during the Christmas party season so the boat was predominantly filled with revellers rather than cosy couples. However, with 100sqm of deck space it was easy to find a quiet, romantic spot (at least in the beginning of the night, things got a bit rowdy later).
If you are after a more intimate cruise it might pay to avoid this time of year or check if a particular cruise is fully booked as the boat did get rather raucous. It was certainly ‘entertaining’ at times but not ideal for gazing into each other’s eyes. The sunset cruise includes free-flow sparkling wine and water but you can BYO other drinks such as wine and beer and store them in the onboard esky. Unlike some ‘free flow’ offers where you have to virtually tackle someone to get a drink, the crew on Sundancer were very generous with the bubbly.
Throughout the cruise passengers were tempted with a steady offering of delicious treats. I only managed to get shots of the early dishes before the light disappeared but this platter of artichokes, salami and local prawns was followed by a large cheese plate. There were also steak strips served with tomato relish and flatbread, chicken satays and grilled haloumi. We were quite full by the end of the cruise.
Darwin is famous for its sunsets, especially during the wet season when we sailed, and it did not disappoint on the night of our cruise. It is amazing to watch the colours change. The following shots were taken over a 40 minute period. It reminded me of taking photos at Uluru and how the rock looks different every time you click the shutter. In Darwin, it’s exactly the same with the sky.
Disclosure: The writer was a guest of Sail Darwin.