by Karen Rose
“The waves of the sea help me get back to me,” says Emmy Award winning writer Jill Davis. The ocean holds healing powers for many people. The combination of sun and sea is a natural and accessible form of therapy for many people living near the ocean, and on the Big Island of Hawaii, we are surrounded by this magnetic force of nature.
The ocean’s immense power shows us how small and insignificant we really are, and realizing the minuscule part we play in the universe is sometimes exactly what we need to put things into perspective. The ocean can change how we emotionally react to our surroundings and encourage us to temporarily detach from the stresses of everyday life.
One of the best ways to experience this serenity in Kona, Hawaii is to board a catamaran in Keauhou Bay, hoist the sails, cut the engine and revel in the distinctive sound of silence. The only sailing catamaran charter to depart out of Keauhou Bay is Sea Paradise’s Hokulani. After a short ride to Kealakekua Bay, the motor is turned off, and the only sounds are the waves lapping as the sailboat glides through the water. If the dolphins are chirping or the whales are singing, you can hear them as well.
The sailing catamaran only holds six passengers, the captain and one crew member, leaving plenty of room for lounging on the front nets and gazing out to sea. The charter offers free snorkel gear for those wanting to explore the pristine underwater sanctuary, and there’s plenty of time to venture into the nooks and crannies around the Captain Cook Monument. If you’re lucky you may even spot a reef shark – but don’t worry, they’re about as tame as a puppy.
Back on board the boat, help yourself to sandwiches, snacks and refreshments. Close your eyes and drift off to the sounds of Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet before heading back to Keauhou Bay. After four hours of sailing in paradise, you may even forget why you were so stressed in the first place – or at least feel a bit more capable of handling the next challenge that life throws your way.