Sunset cruise to cherish

Fancy a sunset cruise along the Port Dickson coastline?

Beginning this month, a local tour operator has made it possible for residents and holiday-makers in this popular seaside town to hop on a boat for a relaxing sunset cruise.

The cruise takes guests from the Marine Department passenger jetty to the Sepang coastline and right down to Cape Rachado along the Negri Sembilan-Malacca border and back.

Although it is a “no frills” ride, the boat journey does give guests a great view of the sun setting against the PD backdrop and glimpses of sights that cannot be easily seen from land like the lighthouse at Cape Rachado, the Jimah Power Plant and also of passing ships sailing across the Malacca Straits.

PD Travel and Tours managing director Yaacob Hussin said he came up with the idea for a sunset cruise after going on a river cruise in Kuching.

“When I came back, I decided we could start something like that here — a sunset cruise along the coastline.

“Since I was already running a boat service from PD to Dumai, Sumatra, I thought we could use the same boats for evening cruises,” he said at the launch of the sunset cruise service recently.

To start off, the sunset cruise aboard the Acob Express 1 and 2 will be offered twice weekly, on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Yaacob said the frequency of trips would be increased if there was a favourable response from guests.

“This is just the beginning, ours is the first such service in Port Dickson and we hope it will become another must-do to add to the list of things to see and experience here.

“We hope it becomes a successful venture and we will be able to get a larger boat with an an upper viewing deck and a lower deck for meals and refreshments,” he said adding that the boats did not go out in bad weather as safety was a priority.

Yaaacob said the present vessels could accommodate up to 220 people but he was limiting each cruise to only 150 passengers.

“I want passengers to have room to move around. There is a lower deck for seating and guests will be allowed to go on the upper deck in groups to take in the view.

“The vessels meet all the safety regulations required so guests need not worry. Of course, there is room for improvement and feedback from our guests would be much appreciated,” he said.

The inaugural one-hour cruise recently included a group of journalists, government officials, hoteliers and travel agents.

State tourism, unity, culture, arts, heritage and Malay customs committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Razi Kail said the sunset cruise was among initiatives to make Port Dickson the ideal getaway for both local and foreign visitors.

“I hope the sunset cruise takes off and maybe we can even include dinner and a show on board like cruises along the Nile. The sunset view is amazing and this cruise has the potential to be just as popular.

“PD has long been a popular beach resort and we are working with the local authorities, hoteliers and travel agencies to make this seaside town the destination of choice,” he said adding that PD received 1.4 million visitors last year alone.

Mohamad said the state government had stepped up effort to increase PD’s popularity by improving the facilities offered here as well as cleaning up its beaches.

“Some people say that PD does not have many attractions but in fact, there are plenty of things to do here. It is not just water sports and beaches, we have the only armed forces museum in the country too and now we also have this sunset cruise.

“We are compiling a list of attractions including river cruises and eco-tourism sites and we have also recently spent RM2mil to upgrade the Blue Lagoon stretch. Hopefully, our efforts pay off and we will be able to attract more visitors,” he said onboard the cruise.

Mohamad also lauded Yaacob’s decision to start the cruise service and encouraged others to come up with ideas to improve the tourism scene in PD.

Those interested in taking the cruise, can contact PD Travel and Tours at 06-647 1965 or 647 1966.

Rates are RM60 per adult, RM40 per child and RM30 for students.

Currently, no meals are provided on board.

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