On the morning of our boat tour, I packed my bag with towels, my passport, a rash guard (which turned out to be a lifesaver), sunscreen, and my phone. We walked to the marina in Sapphire Bay and hopped onto a motor boat with Aqua Blue Charters.
We hit the water fast — our day was packed with destinations in the US and British Virgin Islands and there was no time to waste.
Salty air sprayed up onto the deck, where I lounged in one of several bean bags in the bow.
The boat found a rhythm: it would hit a wave and soar up into the sky, hover for just a second, and smack into the ocean below, misting us with water.
I watched as lush islands passed and our guide gave detailed descriptions of the features and history of each place. Between the motor and the waves, it was noisy — but the rhythm of the boat made it all feel very relaxing.
We strapped on our snorkel gear, swam for a little while, climbed back into the boat, and continued on to the next place. Our guide was knowledgeable and kept us informed through every step.
Finally, we made a stop for lunch. My hair and skin were saturated with salt water and it was time for a sunscreen reapplication.
If you tend to burn easily, I really recommend picking up a rash guard before you head out for a day of snorkeling! No amount of SPF 65+ sunscreen could have saved my skin, but my rash guard did the trick. I even grabbed a sun shirt to wear on deck, which doubled as a cute cover-up.
That’s our boat, Mojo! Every time we hit a rough patch of waves, our guide would yell, “you got it, Mojo!” :)
We set out once again after lunch, this time in search of the caves. My body was getting sore and tired from all of the swimming, but seeing these crystal-clear waters teeming with adventure and sea life rejuvenated me.
As our guide pulled up next to the rock, we spotted several schools of fish swimming underneath us.
We snorkeled in and out of the caves, careful not to touch any coral or sea life. Not only is the coral dangerous to humans (it’s often sharp and causes skin irritation), it’s damaging to the coral when humans interact with it! We kept our distance and explored.
This was easily my favorite day of our trip. I swam alongside schools of fish, turtles and stingrays. It was unreal.
Tell me — have you been snorkeling?! Love it or hate it? The first day we were in St. Thomas it made me feel a bit claustrophobic, but by the day of our boat tour I was all in.
P.S. I already ordered a waterproof camera adapter for our next underwater adventure! ;)