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Temptation Sailing catamaran, Holdfast Marina, Glenelg

Temptation sailing: glide into the sunset

Glenelg’s Temptation Sailing offers private cruises and dolphin expeditions along South Australia's stunning coastline.


What’s the best thing you could do with $25 on a weeknight? How about heading to Glenelg - South Australia’s most popular beach - and casually boarding a 58 ft x 32 ft high-performance sailing catamaran for a sunset sail.

Temptation Sailing has run cruises and dolphin expeditions since 2002. Their catamaran, Temptation, accommodates up to 50 people, complete with bar, undercover seating area and sound system.

A friend and I were recently “tempted” by a sunset cruise and eagerly boarded the catamaran on a hot summer night after work. The sunset cruise is open to the public, and we quickly began chatting to fellow seafarers, before securing a place to sit at the front of the boat. 

If you’ve lived in South Australia for many years, it’s easy to take the city's beaches for granted. But as we glided away from the marina and along the coast, it was as if I was seeing the illuminated hotels, buzzing restaurants and bars for the first time. 

Henley Square from the Temptation Sailing catamaran.

Looking out at Henley Square and jetty from the Temptation catamaran.

As daylight faded and we sailed further from the shore. By around 8:30pm, the sky had turned a magnificent peach colour. We dangled our legs off the side of the boat, relishing the cooling sea spray as the catamaran cut through the choppy water beneath us. 

Sitting right up the front, I watched as the Henley Beach shoreline passed us by, bathed in golden light. All our 30 or so sailing companions looked completely content. Some had brought their own cheese platters, while others were enjoying pre-prepared dinners (you can bring your own food on the sunset cruise). 

Just after we passed Grange, we made a gentle u-turn and began heading back to Glenelg. Music played over the boat's sound system, and we watched as the sky slowly faded from orange, to pink, to dark blue. At this point, the sea became choppier, but having been a 38℃ day, we welcomed the cooling spray and held on to the railing (and our drinks) as we braved the catamaran’s dipping bow. 

As we watched the sprawling Glenelg shoreline approach, I couldn’t believe we’d been out for one-and-a-half hours already. I could easily have spent two, even three hours sailing up and down the coastline. 

Temptation Sailing offers 1.5 hour day or twilight cruises and 3.5 hour dolphin swim cruises. There are various packages which include platters, drinks or afternoon tea, or you can privately hire the boat for up to 50 people. For more information and to buy tickets, head to Temptation Sailing’s website.
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