My family usually avoids the coldest parts of winter by taking some time off at grandpa’s house on the north shore of Oahu, but this time we decided to step it up a notch and set sail in the British Virgin Islands. We flew into Tortola in December, rented out two 45-foot sailboats and raced each other from island to island.
Each island has very unique and absolutely stimulating adventures, stories, and land marks. I wasn't sure what to expect from this trip so I packed very minimally. In fact, all I really needed was my cameras, diving gear, a few cover ups, and my favorite new Seea suits. I packed the Swami's
Playsuit, the Cayucos
One-Piece the Belmont
Romper and the Ensenada Bikini.
|Sailboats in the British Virgin Islands by Robin Woltman on Flickr.|
|Panorama of the shoreline in the British Virgin Islands by Vin Crosbie on Flickr. |
|Megan O'Keefe dives in open water.|
I knew that the Swami's
Playsuit would protect me from the harsh sun but it also protected me from jelly fish and sea fleas. I dove a shipwreck in a bikini the first day and quickly learned that the Swami's was a better suit to dive in. I wore it on all of our morning dives for the rest of the trip and never had another problem with stinging critters.
|Protect your shoulders from the sun in the Swami's.|
After our morning dives I would hang my Swami’s to dry and throw on my Cayucos
and a pair of my favorite Levi's shorts or a sun dress, hop in the dingy and head over to whatever island we were anchored at for the day.
My cousin Megan and I wore the Cayucos to our favorite sites including the baths, an absolutely stunning pile of massive boulders that have fallen into ankle to waist deep crystal clear water to create gorgeous fairytale-like pathways for us to walk through. The gaps between the boulders let in just enough sunshine to make the turquoise water glow. It was a formidable place with an energy that I will never forget. The Cayucos is snug and covers enough to feel appropriate but leaves the back and shoulders open for the sunshine. It’s truly a curve-hugging, stress-free suit.
|Megan wears the Cayucos in Magenta, in the waters near Virgin Gorda|
|Playground for the day.|
|What better place to have a peaceful moment than here?|
When people travel to tropical places they automatically assume that they can go anywhere in their tiny bikinis. But in the British Virgin Islands it’s not respectful to wear bikinis in town or in the beachside bar huts. The Belmont
Romper helped me fit right in. Its tight enough to show that I am a woman and loose enough to show that I am a lady. The cross back and loose fit kept me cool and the built in undershorts made me feel safe to swim, hike, surf, climb, and dive in them without worrying about anything.
|From solid ground, to swaying sailboat and into the blue.|
|Luki says relax.|
I brought the Ensenada bikini with me everywhere! It was easy to pack, fast-drying and reversible! I always kept it on hand for the spontaneous, midnight sister swims and those sunshine-hammock-piña colada moments. Its my number one favorite bikini to pack because its light, soft, snug, it never irritates my skin and as soon as I get bored of it I can turn it inside out for a new color! Every girl needs a bikini like that.
|A stunning sunset.|
A huge thank you to Seea for keeping me comfortable and classy on all of my adventures!