Sailing Into The Sunset

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By Dani Knod

Deep blue and expansive, the mother ocean is the allure for most of us visiting and living in this tropical paradise. So, any invitation to sail upon her waters need be taken with the utmost gratitude. Just last week, we were invited to join the owner of the 36-foot catamaran, the Kantaris, on a sunset cruise. Gonzalo Arcila, planned this particular trip around the rising of the full moon, and we were to spend our evening upon the magical waters watching daylight fade to nighttime splendor.

Gathering anxiously in front of the Akumal Dive Shop, the group was preparing for departure. Unbeknownst to us, the crew had already stocked the vessel with coolers teeming with icy cold beverages and snacks for the evening’s adventure at sea. Pampered by the crew, our feet barely touched the water as we were shuttled in the panga from the shoreline to alongside the Kantaris, which was awaiting our boarding. A caring hand was given to each of us as we stepped safely onto the deck.

As if our minds were read, icy cold beverages appeared in our hands, and throughout the course of the night, they never emptied. Settling into our chosen locations, we all prepared for the time to lift anchor and set sail for the open waters. As we quietly motored out of Akumal Bay, our eyes were fixated on the vast expanse of the crystal clear, turquoise Caribbean Sea spread out before us. The boat navigated through the cut in the reef with ease, bringing us into a most impressive parallel view of the waves breaking upon the rocky shoreline in successive curls.

Sailing off Akumal
Safely beyond the break in the reef, the crew cut the engines, hoisted the main sail, and readied the jib. The powerful Caribbean breezes gently filled the sails and swept us northward. Now powered only by the winds that had traveled across this enormous body of water, the boat swayed in rhythm with the waves and swells. Soothing sounds of lapping water now enveloped our ears, while our eyes were mesmerized by the reflection of the fiery orange ball that was the setting sun glistening across the rippling waters.

The shores of Akumal grew distant and faded into the blur of twilight. The sun had tucked itself away from sight leaving only the soft glow of an ending day. From that spot where all the magic of the ocean meets the wide-open skies, the full moon rose in all her glory. As if mimicking her brother, the sun, her fiery orange colors sprayed a trail of pinks and reds onto the ripples of water. As we changed direction to return to Akumal, the vessel stood still in time as we all took in the beauty of this magical night. A quiet lull in conversation gave time for reflection…these are the times that sustain us.

We sailed peacefully along the coastline until the familiar sight of Akumal appeared in the distance. Inviting us to leave the vast ocean behind, we navigated into the protected waters from which we left a few hours earlier. However, as we set foot on shore again, the sensation of rocking and swaying with the waves, to which we had grown accustomed, had actually shaken and stirred us to perfectly balanced. From surrendering to the motion, we returned to our very center.

A sunset sailing excursion aboard the Kantaris is sure to be a magical, romantic experience. Whether you are a visitor to Akumal or you are fortunate to be living in this tiny paradise, allow yourself to be swept away by the Caribbean breezes and guided along over crystal clear waters. For more information as to how you can embark on your sunset cruise, please visit the Original Akumal Dive Shop on Akumal Bay.

Photos courtesty of Gonzalo Arcila of the Akumal Dive Shop