Sunset Sailing in Hawaii

Sailing around Hilo bay and Hamakua coast

Sailing around Hilo bay and Hamakua coast

 

Sunset Sailing in Hawaii

There’s nothing like taking a sunset cruise in Hawaii. Whether you are on a large cruise ship or a small sunfish out on the bay, its guaranteed that you’ll enjoy the evening and hopefully see some beautiful skies and a gorgeous sunset. Even on the east side of Hawaii Island where sunrises are more spectacular, sunsets come around with some brilliant skies and colorful imagery.

We head off to Hilo bay to load onboard the trimaran and meet our captain, the Admiral of the Hilo sailing club who has graciously agreed to host a few photographers on a cruise around the bay and outside the perimeters of the break wall. It’s an elegant trimaran with netting on the sides attached to the hulls which stabilize the boat. It’s an easy take-off, jetting down the channel and passing the iconic Suisan fish market.

 

The catamaran waits in Hilo

The catamaran waits in Hilo

 

 

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Hilo Bay cruise

The bay is very calm this late in the afternoon, hopefully there will be enough wind to enjoy the cruise or else the ship will be motoring around the bay. We let out the main sails and voila – a nice breeze appears and gently nudges the boat to a slow start. Ah yes more wind fills up the sails and the trimaran picks up speed quickly.  I settle quickly into the netting between the main hull and outrigger and enjoy the feel the breeze and ocean sprays coming through the mesh.

 

Leaving the docks into Hilo Bay

Leaving the docks into Hilo Bay

 

 

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It’s a thrilling ride on a trimaran

 

Enjoying the Hamakua coastline

Enjoying the Hamakua coastline

 

 

 

Taking off with the wind

Taking off with the wind

 

 

 

Passing through the breakwaters at Hilo bay

Passing through the breakwaters at Hilo bay

Sunset approaches along the Hamakua coast

 

 

Sunset on the bay

Sunset on the bay

 

 

Sunset magic over Hilo bay and Hamakua

Sunset magic over Hilo bay and Hamakua

 

 The skies slowly turn golden to pink and orange against the dark and looming clouds

 

Sunset along the Hamakua coastline

Sunset along the Hamakua coastline

 

 

Even though the sunset is not visible on the east side, its still beautiful, don’t you think? The coastline with these moody skies lit up conjure a dramatic and almost scary vibe while cruising through relatively calm water. Fortunately the water and currents are mild so the cruise is quite pleasant despite some intermittent showers along the way – it’s a small price you pay for living in paradise and enjoying the evening on this lovely trimaran.

 

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5 Responses to Sunset Sailing in Hawaii

  1. Kayla Rogers April 1, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    One thing is for sure: I am ready for summer. A sunset cruise sounds pretty good right about now. Not to mention one in Hawaii! I’d be happy with a lake cruise right now too, though, without the flight.

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  3. Mike October 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    That remains one of my biggest regrets of not doing on my trips to the different islands, Noel. Is that I/we didn’t go sailing! Your photos remind me of what I missed out on but I enjoyed them immensely! 🙂

  4. Eileen October 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    What fun, going out on the sailboat. A wonderful way to enjoy the sunset and beautiful scenery. Wonderful photos, have a happy weekend!

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