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Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise

By Providence Whitsunday Sailing
Sail the waters of the Whitsunday Islands like pioneers of the past on a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. Take in the sunset over the islands and blue waters in the best possible way: from the deck of a boat. Munch on light snacks, sip a glass of sparkling wine, and snap photos of your friends or family in front of a fiery sunset over Pioneer Bay, Airlie Beach, and Hamilton Island.
from
$56.01
per adult
from
$56.01
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-90, max of 24 per group
Duration:2h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

Highlights
  • See a Whitsundays sunset from the deck of a traditional gaff-rigged schooner
  • Learn about sailing and maritime history by helping the crew raise the sails
  • Sip sparkling wine and nibble on provided appetizers
  • Return to shore in plenty of time for dinner

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
  • Glass of Champagne
  • Snacks
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Hotelpick up and drop off

After a full day of activities in Airlie Beach, make your way to Abell Point Marina to meet your departing sunset cruise. Step aboard the traditional gaff-rigged schooner, where you receive a glass of sparkling wine to kick off the trip. As the boat departs for Pioneer Bay, lend a hand to raise the sails if you like, or just sit back and relax. Traveling on a boat allows for the best possible views of the sunset, Airlie Beach, Hamilton Island, and Pioneer Bay. Be sure to have your camera ready to snap photos in between snacking on the provided appetizers. After the sunset, the schooner drops you back at your departure point in plenty of time for dinner.

Departure details
  • Le Kiosk Café, Shop 1/1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia Please note we meet at Coral Sea MARINA NORTH PLEASE NOTE WE MEET AT MEETING PLACE B near The Kiosk Cafe 15 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE. Please make sure you are at Coral Sea Marina NORTH not SOUTH THE BOAT LEAVES AT 5pm SHARP.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15941P2

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

A note from Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise
  • From December 17 all adults over the age of 16 need to be double vaccinated. Proof of vaccination through MyGov app (linked to Check in Qld) or sign waiver before boarding. We are here to look after you. No refunds for guests booked after 17 Dec who are not vaccinated. We have a Covid Safety Plan
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise?
Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise price starts from $56.71. Discover and book Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor
What is the Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise cancellation policy?
Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise?
Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise is hosted by Providence Whitsunday Sailing. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Providence Whitsunday Sailing on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor
How much time do I need for Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise?
On average, this experience will take approximately 2h. Discover and book Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15941P2

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Le Kiosk Café
    Shop 1/1-3 Shingley Dr, Airlie Beach QLD 4802, Australia
    Please note we meet at Coral Sea MARINA NORTH PLEASE NOTE WE MEET AT MEETING PLACE B near The Kiosk Cafe 15 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE. Please make sure you are at Coral Sea Marina NORTH not SOUTH THE BOAT LEAVES AT 5pm SHARP.
    See address & details
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    Airlie Beach
    Stop: 2 hours
    Set sail across the bay and take in a beautiful tropical sunset while you sip champagne and enjoy our nibbles.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

yolandagarcia2022
yolandagarcia2022
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Sail Away
My husband and I enjoyed this experience. Very friendly staff, well kept boat and great boating experience!
LoulouKate91
LoulouKate91
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Beautiful boat, amazing crew 10/10 recommend
The boats are absolutely beautiful the captain gave us some really interesting info about the boats and some people
ggmhyp
ggmhyp
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Excellent experience
Really enjoyed our family holiday aboard MiLady. Aaron was extremely informative about the Reef, fish life and ensu
Mindy3390
Mindy3390
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Great experience all round
We had a great experience with the crew on Providence for our private charter, everyone had a great time, the boat
Holiday-traveller007
Holiday-traveller007
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Nice sunset
Our sailing was good but not momentous. Cheese platter was minimal & not memorable. Good opportunity to view Airlie
LynliveDaly
LynliveDaly
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Lynlive
Great sunset cruise with nibbles crew were great very relaxing night with bubbles my husband and I were on our hone
alc0ckm
alc0ckm
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Underwhelming
3 hours of motoring there and back (very little sailing and NONE without engines running - so noisy! Food was awfu
skylink2022
skylink2022
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Too little time for Whitehaven Beach
6h sailing + 45mn ranking with tenderboat, which means only 45 mn for the walk to whitehaven outlook and back and w
KarenH808
KarenH808
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Sunset sailing
We were welcomed aboard this beautiful sailing ship then guided to our comfortable seats on deck. A nice glass of b
Darksideofthemoon7
Darksideofthemoon7
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A great day out visiting the Whitsundays on a sailing boat
We definitely felt like we got the most out our day on The Providence sailing boat. We set sail at 07:30 from the h
Bcage1
Bcage1
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TAKE NOTE
BEWARE We booked this day trip without having read the reviews and since we have taken the time to do so, have rea
secombdenise
secombdenise
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Inspiring
Mine was a visit home to the Whitsundays to visit my elderly parents and schoolmates. It was inspiring to see the r
cpenno63
cpenno63
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A sunset Paradise
Great crew and what an awesome way to watch the sun go down on the last tall ship built in Oz, a great time had by
263trishw
263trishw
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Relaxing and fun way to spend a day on the water
A lifetime dream to “Sail the Whitsunday’s” was realised if only for one day when we enjoyed a full day on the Prov
tdmawby1
tdmawby1
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Serenity & Colour
Amazing sailing & crew. We were blessed with light winds & gorgeous sunset. Very peaceful on the water.
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Toby L
13 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
This was my second time on providence. My partner, mother and I went on the sunset sail on Monday the 23rd with our skipper Pete and host Sophie.
They did an amazing job taking us around the bay, showing us a magnificent sunset and sharing some Information about the boat itself.
I work locally in the tourism industry and every time my family/ friends come up to visit I’ll make sure we book on for another cracking arvo.
Big shoutout to Pete and Sophie for being such legends.
Written May 24, 2022
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Charlotte B
Thank you for your great review and continued support to our small family business Toby. So glad to hear you and your family had a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written May 26, 2022
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Kevin T
1 contribution
Aug 2021
If you want a classic sunset cruise then the Providence is for you, and a Whitsunday sunset from the water is a must when in this neck of the woods. A glass of bubbly and nibbles on arrival then a short motor out of the harbor and across to Mandalay Point where you enjoy the silence and beauty of the coastal sunset. Staff were excellent, attentive and worked hard to deliver an enjoyable afternoon, no mean feat when your navigating movement around a classic twin masted ketch with sail rigging and guests. Thanks team Providence
Written September 2, 2021
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Lindsay S
Thanks Kevin. Great review and we do appreciate it.
Written September 15, 2021
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lewisr26
Quirindi, Australia30 contributions
Sep 2022
Skipper of Cruise was distracted by having friends on board and forgot he had paying passengers, whom he failed to provide information to. He provided minimum information about the Whitsundays, the boat and the cruise and then only when asked. When asked about the location of a restaurant, he abruptly said he had no idea, when it turned out to be within 1 KM of the mooring.
Sunset and atmosphere on the water was fantastic
Written September 11, 2022
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Lindsay S
Will follow through your feedback. Can you please call us with the date that you travelled. And glad you enjoyed the sunset.
Written September 14, 2022
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Memphis
12 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
This is based on my genuine experience on the sunset cruise with this particular caption Peter There was flat and warm Champaign, melted cheese that was vomited up hours later. The captain on the 9.01.22 was rude and arrogant and smoked the whole trip. It rained the whole time and although this wasn’t his fault it had nothing to do with it he was careless and only offered drinks to a few of the passengers and made the rest pay. He was under the ship making drinks as I watched him grab the ice with his hands and put it into the drink. He questioned me in front of everyone on why I was wearing a mask and throughout the cruise when he was talking he would consistently ask us to shut up. As we sat in the pouring rain which wasn’t the issue he was sarcastic and arrogant to his passengers. He was so rude and bossy to the rest of the team on board. Do not recommend as my family and I just wanted to have a relaxing fun cruise and the captain had to ruin it with his behaviour
Written January 10, 2022
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Lindsay S
Sorry to hear of your experience and can imagine you are disappointed and certainly the rain wouldn't help. I will be taking this up with the crew and am not sure why you were not offered a free drink. If the Captain is giving a safety brief we always do require everyone to stop talking - or any other safety related measures. We do have ice scoops which are used. Please call us.
Written January 10, 2022
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Chloe S
9 contributions
Jan 2021
This cruise was a tourist trap and overall very disappointing. First of all, we didn't sail at all!! The captain asked a couple of people on board to put up the sails and I have no idea why other then to put on a 'show' for the tourists as we didn't sail. They stopped the boat just outside of the marina and we literally sat there for over an hour and a half and did not move. The boat sat the same direction the entire time and although an overcast day, I was on the opposite side of the sunset and couldn't see anything. The boat was also that full you couldn't move around even if you tried.
I've since asked people I know who sail professionally and know Airlie beach quite well and they said to me even with minimal wind that the boat could have sailed around easily. Well there was definitely wind. Even so, moving around with the motor would have been a step up.
The champagne my partner pre-ordered was warm and even when we asked to swap it for a bottle of white wine as he wasn't aware I don't like champagne, they said they had no cold white wine, even though it's on the menu to order.
To top it off, the attitude of the staff when anyone asked for anything was a grunted response and the two of them sat up the back of the boat most of the time eating their pizza they brought with them whilst we all sat their bored. So I ask, where was the sailing part of this experience??
I would not recommend and have told our friends who live in Airlie in the tourism industry and know the staff to give them this same feedback. Lazy, un-motivated and lost their passion. Vibes tell all.
Written February 14, 2021
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Lindsay S
Hi and thanks for your feedback. I will talk to the crew re the wine and champagne. Our sunset sail goes out across the bay and we always endeavour to put the sails up and the vast majority of our guests really enjoy being out on the water for the sunset. Unlike many vessels you are free to move around the boat so when the sun was setting it would have been more than acceptable to walk around to that side of the boat. Many guests don't want the motor on and are happy to listen to the sounds of the ocean and the aim of the sail is to get away from it all, not cover a large amount of water. Our day sails go all the way to Whitehaven and have a destination but the sunset sail is a different experience. Will also check re the crew eating pizza as that is definitely not something we would allow. I do think especially in times for businesses when it is tough going you have been quite unfair in the vindictive tone of your review.
Written February 17, 2021
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Margaret F
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
Run the cruise on time, guide arrived 10 minutes late and we did not leave till 5.20, then we arrived back early 6.50.
Suggest a sandwich board stating meet here. Also on ticket should state sihoes are not to be worn on boat.

We had three or if six people who do not drink they should have been offered an alternative eg soft drink at no cost.

The champagne was warm not refrigerated.
Appetisers were of poor quality.
Skipper on the boat needed a pa system so we could here what was said.

We did not find this tour value for money at $79 per head very under whelming.
Written July 27, 2022
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Charlotte B
I do not think you have the correct tour operator. Our sunset sails are $75 not $79 and we do not use a PA system. if you have any future questions please call us. Kind Regards
Written July 28, 2022
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Joanfrombargara
Bargara, Australia10 contributions
We booked for the Sunset Sail onboard Providence V for the very reason that we were hoping for a sailing experience. Unfortunately that is not what we got - there is no sailing involved. The boat motors out a short way from the marina and then just sits in the same place for just over an hour and then motors back. No sailing involved. So disappointing!!
The nibbles are ok at best -very average and very difficult to access as on the evening we went there were so many people onboard it felt squashy and made it very difficult to move around.
I cannot recommend this at all as it is not a sailing experience and I don’t think it offers value for money. If you are wanting an actual sailing experience this is probably not for you.
Written October 23, 2020
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Lindsay S
Hi and sorry to hear we did not meet your expectations. The day sail is the choice if you are really keen sailors as the evening depends on winds in the bay. We now offer a plate between two to address issues of accessing nibbles. Many boats have fixed seats and on Providence V there is room to move around deck.
Written November 3, 2020
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jencees
Mount Cotton, Australia103 contributions
I had booked this so called “Sunset Cruise” fully knowing, after looking at weather reports and sending the company/person we were dealing with that the boat SHOULD NOT have gone out.
I agree with the comment that Marg made as we were on the same cruise and do not know each other at all….
We had a group of 5 and had been communicating for some of the afternoon with Whitsunday Sunset Tours about the weather and we seemed to be ignored.
When we left the Airlie Beach (Shute Harbour) it had stopped raining, however we are not boaties or claim ourselves to be, but we could even tell that we should not have gone out. The weather turned thoroughly dirty and we were all drenched to bone, minimal visibility and it was absolute crap!
I know you cannot control the weather but it really was just money grubbing when the company will not cancel a cruise, Fully Knowing that the weather was going to turn and badly.
This is in no way a reflection on our crew.
Very poor form!
Written April 25, 2022
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Lindsay S
Hi Jen thanks for the feedback and yes, clearly it was an evening of bad weather even though the radar had said rain was stopping. Do apologise and we are happy to refund should you want to do this.
Written April 26, 2022
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Bronwyn W
1 contribution
Apr 2022
I phoned the owners in the morning as I was concerned about the weather. It had been raining and windy for most of the day. Was told by ‘Grant’ that a decision would be made at 3.30pm. Phoned him again at 3.40pm to be told that cruise would go ahead as the radar indicated that the rain would stop. I deferred to his more experienced knowledge and ignored my gut feeling. On departing the wharf we were offered champagne then a paper plate cheese platter. The biscuits flew off the plates and had to hang on to our glasses. The wind whipped up a fury along with the swell. It progressively worsened, became very dark quickly, and the pelting rain began. We endured this for 50 mins then captain decided to turn back. Owners clearly did not want to cancel, thereby returning our money. Dangerous and disgraceful.
Written April 27, 2022
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Lindsay S
Hi Bronwyn Yes the weather did turn to a shower and you where refunded. You had a short cruise champers and nibbles on us at no cost. Is that terrible and uncaring, I think not.
Written April 28, 2022
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graham2213
Brisbane, Australia10 contributions
Sep 2021
This was an extremely enjoyable cruise, the crew were friendly, the boat under sales was just perfect, the sky was fantastic for sunset, the size of the boat for the number of people onboard was good, if you wished you could find some space, or like my my wife and I had a great time meeting and talking to other holiday makers. The cheese platter delivery was changed to meet the COVID environment but this didn't distract from what was a very enjoyable cruise. Great value for the price.
Written September 20, 2021
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Lindsay S
Thanks Graham for your detailed review and taking the time to write it. We really value your comments.
Written September 22, 2021
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Whitsundays Sunset Sailing Cruise | Airlie Beach, Australia