Mornington Peninsula Twilight RIB Boat Cruise

As the sun sets and the sky glows warmly along the Mornington Peninsula coastline, feel relaxed on a personalised RIB boat tour for up to 12 guests. The perfect way to end a day viewing breathtaking scenery, whilst keeping a lookout for glorious birdlife, seals and dolphins.

Relax into the Sunset and Twilight

Fun, Swift and Stable RIB Boat Ride

Easy and Relaxed Family & Friends Tour

Diverse Wildlife, Natural Escape, Stunning Photography

Private Group Tour Up to 12x Children/Adults From $620

Personalised and Customised to Your Needs

2 Hour Tour Available Daily*

From Sorrento Pier, Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943.
*Departure times according to season, please enquire with your preferred itinerary.

Details & Itinerary

  • Escape the hustle and bustle of the crowds on our 6-12 passenger RIB boats, and enjoy special time with family and friends
  • Enjoy the warm glow and softening light as the sun goes down over the bay 
  • Join a fun, relaxed, customisable sundowner boat tour and visit this spectacular place to see amazing colours and look out for diverse wildlife 
  • Cruises depart approximately 1.5 hours before sunset

 

SWIFT & STABLE RIB BOAT

 

You are guaranteed to enjoy your time aboard our fun, swift and stable rigid inflatable boats (RIB) during a WaterMaarq tour. With no crowds, no hassle and almost no sea-sickness, enjoy an adventurous ride exploring the beautiful Mornington Peninsula coastline, captivating beaches and stunning colours of the sunset, all easily discovered from Sorrento. 

 

FRIENDLY CREW

 

Enjoy exploring the features of the Mornington Peninsula coastline, immaculate holiday homes, sandy cliffs and white-sand beaches, and sightings of seals, dolphins and birdlife. During a 2-hour tour you’ll bask in the late afternoon sunshine for a marvellous and relaxed perspective in your own moments of personal paradise. 

As Victoria’s Number One Adventure Tourism operators we are experts in sharing an authentic and personalised tour with our friendly qualified crew members by your side.

Join the award-winning WaterMaarq on a personalised 2 hour RIB boat cruise as the sun goes down majestically over Port Phillip Bay. See guest reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR

 

As the sun sets in the distance, it throws forth rays of sunshine that illuminate the surface of the water of the Bay and the Mornington Peninsula coastline.

Watch as the sun descends over the Bellarine Peninsula, and  the silhouettes of hills, lighthouses, and undulating coast begin to take form.

The colours reflecting over the water create a calm mood and subtle warmth as life begins to slow into the late afternoon twilight hours.

Visit a new world of colour in private on this fun sunset and twilight boat tour from the pretty seaside town of Sorrento, near Melbourne.

 

 

Schedule

The indicative schedule is as follows:

4:15pm At least 15-minutes before scheduled departure, meet at the end of Sorrento Pier where our friendly crew will greet you and provide a briefing for the tour

4:30pm Scheduled departure time – leave the pier and zoom away from Sorrento on board our fun RIB boat

5:45pm Having enjoyed cruising the coastline and viewing the variety of marine wildlife, the sun begins to set and the pretty colours of twilight emerge

6:30pm Return at Sorrento Pier

6:35-6:45pm Relax and make your way to enjoy a meal at a local restaurant.

 

What You Should Bring

Small backpack, jacket, snacks, camera, drink bottle, sunglasses, warm clothing.

Bathroom facilities and small stowage space available on board for personal items.

Best Things About This Boat Tour

An adventurous and personalised 2-hour boat tour to view the gorgeous colours of the sunset and twilight over the bay for up to 12 guests. We’ll explore the absolutely stunning Mornington Peninsula coastline and enjoy the opportunity to view birdlife, dolphins and seals in an unspoilt and pretty location away from the crowds environment, the most vibrant array of movement and .

Frequently Asked

When do we arrive?
Be at the pier at least 15-minutes before departure. Allow plenty of time to find parking and make your way out to the end of the pier. At the pier you will be greeted by your host and guide.

Where do we meet?
See the travel directions and details here.

What does the tour involve?
Hosted by your friendly and professional crew, you’ll enjoy an adventurous tour to enjoy the spectacular views and beautiful colours of the region. Enjoy personalised service and customised experiences according to your preferences.

Can anyone join?
Yes, it’s ideal for families, friends, couples, and everyone ready to explore the bay as the sun sets on Port Phillip Bay. All you need is a healthy sense of adventure and being prepared to relax and enjoy yourself aboard a RIB boat.

Will I get seasick?
Our Rigid Inflatable Boats are the same as the ones the Navy, Search and Rescue, Water Police, Fisheries and Coastguard operators use around the world. We call them the rally cars of the sea because of the sure-footed, stable and capable handling they have in all kinds of conditions.

Seasickness does not happen often on a RIB boat, they are open so you feel the fresh air, and the boat sits close to the water surface. If you’re worried about seasickness, we recommend talking with your local pharmacist or doctor about the various remedies available and follow their advice for taking precautions.

 

Featured Locations and Marine Life on Tour

The Mornington Peninsula coastline from Sorrento along to Portsea and further to the Point Nepean National Park showcases immaculate clifftop beach holiday homes, historic bathing boxes, white-sand beaches and raw millions of years old calcarenite cliffs which are a sight to behold from the water.

Further into the bay, iconic protected marine sancturaries of Ticonderoga Bay, Popes Eye and the greater Port Phillip Heads Marine Park provide unspoilt environments to view unique birdlife and significant local populations of dolphins, seals and occasional whale visitations.

In the south-west Fort Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale lighthouse and the Bellarine Peninsula are well visible on the horizon.

The bay is a haven for diverse marine wildlife and birdlife with seasonal migrations that re-enforce the value and spectacular natural wonder of Port Phillip Bay. 

Species to look for:

  • Bottlenose Dolphins (locally referred to as Burrunan Dolphins)
  • Australian Fur Seal
  • Australian White Ibis
  • White-faced Storm-Petrel
  • Australian Pelican
  • Shearwater
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Crested Tern
  • Australasian Gannet
  • Humpback Whale

World Leading Conservation Port Phillip Heads Marine Park

The State of Victoria became a world leader in marine conservation when, after 11 years of investigation, community consultation and debate, it established a system of highly-protected marine national parks and sanctuaries in June 2002. 

Marine national parks are highly protected areas that conserve unique marine habitats in their natural state, and provide an insurance policy against environmental impacts. Victoria’s marine areas include rocky reefs, sponge gardens, towering kelp forests, sandy seafloors, seagrass meadows, mangroves and saltmarsh.

Port Phillip Heads Marine Park network is highly protected and reserved for conservation and protection of marine biodiversity and natural processes, maintenance of scientific reference areas and the opportunity to observe Nature in its true form. It provides a core example and the combination of outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values. 

2hr Sorrento Sunset Twilight Boat Cruise

The sunset and twilight boat tour departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s an easy drive from near Melbourne or take the ferry from Queenscliff.

 

Tour Details

Drive yourself to Sorrento and join our 2hr RIB Boat Tour.

Getting There

By Car

From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).

More Transport Options

Please click here see our detailed directions and additional travel information.

Sorrento Pier address: Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943

Things to Bring

Make sure you dress appropriately for the tour, warm jackets, hats, beanies and good footwear are recommended. A camera, binoculars and sunscreen will serve you well, along with a water bottle or flask and snacks. A small bag or back-pack is advised for storing your gear on the boat and keeping your necessary items close at hand. 

Departures
Tour departure times are guided by the season and forecast sunset times, including forecast conditions and weather. Tours depart approximately 1.5 hours before sunset. Please contact us with your special requests.

Tour Duration
2 Hours. Allow 2.5 hours in total to have plenty of time to check in and make your way around the pier.

Prices
Private Tour
1-6 Guests: $620
7-12 Guests: $1140

*Children (5-14) must be accompanied by an adult

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Things to Know

  • It is recommended that you book at least one week in advance of your preferred date to book the best time and day for your tour and avoid missing out
  • Port Phillip Bay has regular changing conditions, tide and sea levels and your tour will be optimised for the best experience in line with the forecast and prevailing conditions
  • Guests must be physically fit and have sufficient mobility to enter and exit the boat onto the shore as well as negotiate uneven ground, slippery and unstable surfaces
  • Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before tour departure time
  • Tour times may be altered or cancelled due to sea conditions and we will use all reasonable endeavours to provide 24 hours notice

 

Click Map for Travel Directions

Bookings and Cancellations

Bookings are essential as places are subject to availability. Tours operate daily except Christmas Day and selected public holidays.

Full payment for your tour is required at the time of booking.  100% cancellation fee applies for no-show or cancellations within 24 hours of departure, 50% for cancellations within 48 hours of departure.

     

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