The Ultimate Guide to taking a Sunset Cruise in Langkawi and enjoying an evening on the Andaman Sea

Taking a sunset cruise in Langkawi is a popular experience loved by tourists from all over. This article will tell you all you need to know and what to expect from most sunset cruise operators to get you 100% prepared for your next trip to Langkawi.

Yacht sailing against the sun in a Langkawi sunset cruise
Langkawi's glorious sunsets make for the best travel memories (image © Kit Yeng Chan)

With stunning colors exploding in palettes of purples and oranges over the sea, a sunset cruise in Langkawi is one of the most popular activities visitors can try on this northern Malaysian tourist island.

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We have already written guides on how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Langkawi and how to travel from Penang to Langkawi — and don’t forget that there any many things to do in Penang — so we’ll skip introductions and get straight to the point of helping you decide if a sunset cruise in Langkawi is for you or not.

This article will tell you:

  • How to get tickets for a Sunset Cruise in Langkawi
  • What to expect from a Langkawi Sunset Cruise
  • What are the nature-based alternatives to a typical Langkawi Sunset Cruise

A guide to Langkawi Sunset Cruises

A very popular activity for honeymooners — also check out some ideas for adventurous honeymoons in Asia — bachelor and bachelorette parties and couples, sunset cruises in Langkawi are essentially beautified dinner and boozing experiences.

Of course, don’t think of a Langkawi sunset cruise as a backpacker booze binge cruise like those you can get on in Phi Phi island and Phuket — on the contrary, the atmosphere is much more intimate and upmarket here, and of course, YOU decide how much you drink.

Here’s all you need to know about booking your sunset cruise in Langkawi.

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How much does a sunset cruise in Langkawi cost?

First of all, expect to pay a minimum of RM150 per person, which includes a BBQ dinner, a free-flow open bar, buffet dinner, and return hotel transfers. Prices increase up to about RM330 depending on boats and levels of service offered.

Tourists enjoying the sea and sun on a Langkawi sunset cruise (image courtesy of Tropical Charters Langkawi)

How to get tickets for a Langkawi Sunset Cruise

You can certainly shop around once you are in Langkawi, but the best thing to do is to book your Langkawi sunset cruise in advance for the exact day you need it.

Our partners at Klook and GetYourGuide offer discounted sunset cruise tickets you can purchase in advance to avoid stress.

For the moment, the best option to buy tickets for a Langkawi sunset cruise is here. You can select from a basic package (cheapest at 86RM only, excluding transfer and dinner, so not that appealing imho) to a luxury package. Check here for all the details.

PRO TIP – If you rather strike on Langkawi’s seas during the day have a look at these daytime luxury cruises, including hotel transfer, drinks, and a meal for two. Check out prices and book here.


Where to board your boat

In general, the majority of sunset cruise operators in Langkawi depart from the jetty of Resort World Langkawi at 5 pm either using a 76ft schooner or 46ft catamarans.

This is a map of the departure jetty location:


What to Expect from a Sunset Cruise in Langkawi

I took a sunset cruise, of course, and I can recommend it especially if you are traveling with your partner or spouse. When we arrived at Kuah’s port in Langkawi in the middle of the afternoon, we were transferred on the boat where two padded lounge chairs were waiting for us on the deck of a yacht. We used Tropical Charters, Langkawi’s most established sunset cruise operator. We shared the boat with a group of Kiwis on a bachelor’s party holiday, and things got a little wild — simply put, more singing and dancing than you’d maybe get with a less party-focused group.

Langkawi sunset cruise people enjoying on deck
Guests on a Langkawi Sunset Cruise prior to the coronavirus pandemic (image courtesy of Tropical Charters Langkawi)

Expect about 3 hours of sailing, eating, sunset-watching, swimming, and fun. The boat will take you around Langkawi’s southern islets chasing the tail of the sun.


Food on board a Langkawi sunset cruise

Kids enjoying the choice of open buffet aboard a sunset cruise in Langkawi (image courtesy of Tropical Charters)

A sumptuous seafood barbecue is provided to all guests. Munching on marinated shrimps and barbecued chicken fresh off the grill is one amazing way to end the day admiring the sun dive into the ocean and leaving a sparkling trail of stars in its wake.


Drinks on board a Langkawi Sunset cruise

A free flow of drinks is included, meaning you can drink as much as you can take. Please be responsible This means you can leave Langkawi’s port with piña coladas in hand as you start sailing over peaceful waters and among viridian-covered atolls that emerge from the ocean like the backs of colossal, shy ostriches.

Of course, if you don’t feel like getting drunk, each of the bars fitted in the boats also serves mocktails or soft drinks. Just get your pick and enjoy.


Jump in the Salt Water Jacuzzi

salt water jacuzzi during a Langkawi sunset cruise
The Salt Water Jacuzzi may be the best setting ever for a sundowner. (image © Kit Yeng Chan)

“Ladies and gentlemen, get into your swimming clothes, for our own and unique marine Jacuzzi is waiting,” a thin but muscular Malay guy in shades and red trunks announced from the upper deck when we took our Langkawi sunset cruise.

The Salt Water Jacuzzi us a unique Langkawi experience: tourists gather at the back of the yacht, where a rope net is slung into the sea. You can sit on the net, and float in the Andaman Sea while having a cocktail or a beer.

It’s not uncommon to see the boat staff throw beer cans to the people who are already dangling on the net. Floating in the ocean, one can enjoy a natural whirlpool-like massage in the trail of the yacht, letting the spirits of the drinks blend with those that pull an orange curtain over the horizon.


Dance the sunset away

The cruise will return back to port around 8 pm, right after the sun goes down. You’ll have most likely some time to enjoy the impromptu dance floor that’s organized on deck.


Nature-based Sunset Cruises in Langkawi: more options for families and nature lovers

We understand that partying on a boat may not be the perfect choice for families with children, but they don’t have to worry. There are other sunset cruises in Langkawi that are more geared towards family tastes — and if you continue to Penang, don’t forget to check out our list of things to do in Penang with kids.

To pair a fun boating experience at sunset with nature exploration, we recommend the Flying Foxes & Wetlands Sunset Cruise. You’ll cruise from Kilim’s Mangrove Forest towards islet Pulau Dangli, where you’ll marvel at the flight of the flying foxes, Malaysia’s biggest bats, and feed tropical fish. It’s a very good choice for families with children.

The sunset mangrove cruise is another very interesting option. It doesn’t use a yacht, of course, but just kayaks. It’s lesser crowded than other kayak tours because fewer people prefer to do it at night. It’s perfect to experience the quieter and more natural side of Langkawi, and has dinner included, consumed amid a natural setting. It includes transfers from your hotel, insurance, dinner, and a guide. Book it here.


Langkawi Sunset Cruise: the verdict

Enjoying a chilled cocktail as my sunset cruise left the port in Langkawi (image © Kit Yeng Chan)

A sunset cruise in Langkawi is a great and not very expensive opportunity to enjoy the island’s spectacular sunsets. In our opinion, it’s best suited for couples or single people who are looking to meet others and break the ice after a few drinks.

The Salt Water Jacuzzi is a fun way to have a cocktail immersed in water as you see the sunset dip between Langkawi’s karts formations.

We don’t believe this activity is very well-suited for children, so families with kids would better look at other options for sunset cruises in Langkawi that take into nature and wildlife spotting (the nightly bat exodus is always quite spectacular) which are also widely available and recommended. Most important of all, whatever you decide to do, enjoy your sunset fun!


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