Valentines Day on the Water

Couple romantic sunset at waters edge close to motor yacht enjoying romance
Feel the soft warm breeze as the sun turns the water to purple and sky into gold

A romantic picnic aboard may be just the thing to help you celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day. It’s fun, adventurous and gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your date. That’s why we’ve compiled these ideas and boating tips to help you create the perfect romantic boating picnic.

Heart enclosed in anchor shape

Afternoon Picnic
Make plans to take a day off work when you know that your partner will be able to take the afternoon off. The idea is to not let him or her know what you are up to. Picnic food ideas for this lunch might be a loaf of crusty bread, fresh butter, a sharp cheddar cheese and a soft brie, strawberries, a container of whipped cream, and a bottle of wine.

Pack everything into an esky, including cloth napkins, cutlery and two wine glasses. If you plan to go ashore bring a blanket or towel to sit on. Head for the nearest bay, anchor up and unpack the delicious picnic surprise. Go for swim before heading back.

Couple fishing in sea kayak
Get closer to nature on your sea kayak

Fishing Picnic
Enjoy for a few hours of quiet time on the water. Easy picnic ideas include an old-time favourite cold fried or baked chicken and potato salad. To keep the food from spoiling, pack a cooler with lots of ice and make sure the chicken and potato salad are cold when you put them in the cooler. Preparing the food the day before and refrigerating over night ensures the cold temperature. Take along a bunch of grapes and chocolate brownies for an afternoon snack.

Bottled water or soda kept cold in the cooler keeps you both hydrated. Take wipes for cleaning hands before and after eating. The sound of the waves lapping the boat, the taste of cold chicken and potato salad is a treat that will likely not be repeated often.

Boats and two people swimming at the sunset
Magic happens on the water at sunset and when darkeness falls

Sunset Evening Picnic
Extend your afternoon picnic into a picnic under the stars and the stage is set.

Start with a prawn pasta salad. Prepare individual servings in plastic containers with lids. Mix honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon balls in another container.

Heart shaped water melon with scattered mint and blueberries
Use heart shaped cookie cutters to cut out the fruit and put them on skewers.

Refrigerate each item until it is time to headout. Slip two soft, yeasty buttered dinner rolls into a plastic bag. Place the picnic food along with a bottle of your favorite wine into a cooler bag or esky.

Grab a blanket so that you can both lie on the deck, on the beach or cuddle under while gazing up at the stars. Take along soft music to play while gazing at the amazing canopy overhead.

Nibble, talk, dream, and share intimacies under the velvety night.

Romantic picnic drinks
Sparkling wines are synonymous with romance. Add fruit for a refreshing flavor twist.
Out on the water its important to stay hydrated. Infuse water with strawberries cucumber and mint.

Heart-shaped treats
Chocolate goes hand in hand with romance. Bring along a selection of hand-crafted heart-shaped chocolates to share.

Add dinner too
Turn your picinic into Valentine’s dinner date afloat. No matter what size or type your vessel you can have a great dinner date aboard at great boating destinations.

Essential Valentine’s Boating Tips

Weather check
Check local weather reports before heading out. Refresh your knowledge of the boating rules. Check that you have the required safety equipment onboard.

Be mindful of tide levels at your boating location for the duration of the trip. If you are heading out on a jetski, you need to return before sunset. Remember to factor in fuel requirements for the trip, set up and time to get to your picnic destination.

Things to bring
Boating maps, swimmers, towels, boatshoes, extra clothing , non- breakable plates and class ware napkins utensils, blanket, jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, paper hand towels hand sanitizer and hand wipes.

Eco seafarer logoEnjoy your romantic picinic as an eco-friendly seafarer :

  • Launch and retrieve from designated boat ramps.
  • Watch effects of your wake and wash on shorelines, riverbanks, lake edges and other water users.
  • Wipe cooking utensils and plates clean with a paper towel before washing.
  • Avoid loosing fishing line over the side.
  • Do not anchor over seagrass areas.
  • Take care not to disturb wildlife and vegetation in sensitive areas and consider damage a prop can do in shallow water.
  • Collect all your rubbish onboard, secure it and dispose of it properly ashore.
  • Remove your vessel/trailer from the water and clean it in a place ashore on grass where debris can be captured and disposed of properly. Avoid cleaning your vessel in a driveway where the runoff flows into stormwater drains.


The National Maritime College (NMC) is a Registered Training Organisation providing competency-based boat training and education. The College offers boat licence and jet ski (PWC) licence courses and tests designed to improve boating skills and awareness. You can expect friendly and professional training from from us. It is the "personal touch" and dedication to improving safety on the water whilst instilling - confidence, knowledge and good boat handling skills that sets us apart.

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