The days are growing longer as we head toward the beauty of summer, and that means here on an Om Sailing Charter we get treated to some absolutely gobsmackingly beautiful sunsets. Nothing can quite take your breath away or nourish your spirit like the light at the end of the day out on the water.

While most people simply sip wine and bask in the beauty of a Charleston Harbor sunset, more inquiring minds might wonder, “what makes the sunsets on the water so dramatic?”


Get your inner geek on as we explore the science behind a sunset.

At noon, the sun is directly over-head and its light passes through less air. Because of this, the short-waved light – that which appears as blue and violet – are “scattered” less, and so the sky appears blue.  

When the sun is low on the horizon, the light must pass through more air, which means more atmosphere to “scatter” away the blue and violet light waves. If the path is long enough, like on the water, all of the blue and violet light scatters out of your line of sight. The other colors continue on their way to your eye, which makes sunsets yellow, orange, and red. And because red has the longest wavelength of any visible light, the sun is red when it’s on the horizon. 


Yet the science doesn’t quite capture the magic you experience as you watch the sun go down. How can one describe it?

Yes, the colors change, but so does everything else. Gulls and birds make themselves known. Shadows on the clouds are emphasized and the atmosphere feels different on your skin. The world seems lighter and calmer, and a feeling of peace and tranquility can emerge. 

Seeing a Charleston sunset from the bow of an Om Sailing Charter can calm the mind and stir the soul.  It inspires us to connect to the beauty that surrounds us and reflect on what matters most – the present moment. 


While modern science tells us never to gaze directly into the sun, ancient yogic and Taoist practices suggest sun-gazing as a path to healing.  It is said to stimulate the pineal gland, responsible for the secretion of most hormones. Sungazing is said to boost production of melatonin and serotonin, increase energy levels, and even promote weight loss.  

Hira Ratan Manek (HRM), a sun gazer who has spread the word with his talks around the world, instructs on a safe way to sun gaze. 

To practice it, you need to look at the rising or setting sun once per day, within the first hour after sunrise or before sunset, times on which the ultraviolet and infrared ray’s exposure is minimum, avoiding harm to the eyes and your body). This must be done and looking at the sun for only 10 seconds, while gradually increasing your practice by adding 10-second intervals each day. Following these rules makes the practice safe. Discontinue if you feel any discomfort and never practice this technique unless the sun is at its lowest angle with it’s the mildest intensity. The intention of this practice is an unfocused gaze toward the rising or setting sun. This is very different from ‘staring’ directly into the full sun, which would focus overly intense sunlight into the retina and cause acute damage to the eye. After 9 months or 44 minutes, you should give up sungazing for the protection of the eye. 


Even if you decide that sun gazing is a little too radical for your tastes, you might want to consider the effects of standing in the brilliance of those reds, oranges, and yellows. 

Each color has a wavelength or said a different way, a frequency. The reds are longer wavelengths and the violets are shorter. Frequencies have been shown to change brain patterns, which is the underpinning of color light therapy.  

  • Red is effectively used where there is a lack of vitality or where there is congestion. It restores vitality and the general excitement of life, offering a cheering effect that helps combat lethargy and laziness.
  • Orange is the color of joy or happiness and encourages the warmth of the heart. It also stimulates creativity.
  • Yellow also has a bright and cheering effect and is said to help in the cases of mild depression, as well as lack of focus. 

Taken together, this might explain why we feel so good while watching an Om Sailing Charter sunset.


If you want to get really metaphysical, some say the sunset is a gateway to the Divine. No matter what you believe, one can’t argue with the fact that, throughout mankind almost every civilization has worshipped the sun. Some of the stories include:  

  • In Egypt, hieroglyphs depict the Pharaoh with the sun on his head. Amonwas considered as the supreme creator while Ra was the much older sun-god, so the two were combined as Amon-Ra.
  • In Central and South America sites like Machu Picchuwere associated with religious cults dedicated to the worship of the sun.
  • In India, Surya, the sun god is glorified in the Vedas as an all-seeing God who observes both good and evil actions.
  • In ancient Iran, sun festivals were celebrated as a heritage from pre-Islamic times. 
  • In Indo-European, Greco-Roman, and Scandinavian mythologies a solar deity draws his carriage drawn by four white horses. 



Whether you want to worship the sun or not, to catch the magic and beauty of a Charleston Harbor sunset schedule a cruise with Om Sailing Charters. It will be a magical moment to remember whether you are sharing it with your bride-to-be or the whole family.

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Om Sailing Charters is Charleston's premier yacht charter service. We offer the largest and most luxurious catamaran in Charleston Harbor. This is not just a sail on the harbor this is a glimpse of the sailing lifestyle. Professionally captained by a US Coast Guard licensed and rated Master, we provide our guests total confidence in their safety. Located less than five miles from the heart of Downtown Charleston, we invite you to read our many 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor. Contact us today to schedule your Sunset Cruise in Charleston South Carolina.