Sailing in Santorini


*stretch* Hello my loves!!!

If you’ve kept up with my husband & me on social media you know that we went to Greece & Turkey for our third wedding anniversary! Despite falling extremely sick halfway through, we had an incredible trip and it was one of my favorites yet. We began in Santorini, then Athens, & closed out our travels in Istanbul. Santorini has always been my dream destination and I was so excited to finally check it off of my bucketlist – it did not disappoint and I’m already dreaming about coming back. During our stay, Canaves Oia hotel took us on a semi-private day cruise around the island on a 50 foot yacht via Sunset Oia Sailing. We got to explore the volcano, swim in the hot springs, and check out a black beach as well as a red beach! The crew grilled lunch right on the side of the boat and it was such a lovely day. We opted for a day tour but there are sunset tours available as well, our trip was literally the very beginning of the tourist season so I feared that an evening trip would get a bit too chilly! The boat was awesome – super comfortable, clean, and very spacious so even though we were worried at first seeing how many people were on our trip (with kids!! who brings that many kids to Santorini?! lol!), we always had a ton of space to ourselves and lots of privacy. We even comfortably took a nap after lunch on the ride back! No matter how long your stay in Santorini is, I highly recommend blocking off a day for this tour, you’ll get to see the island in such a way that you could never from land and you really get to take in just how massive the cliffs are. Santorini is truly incredible.


Pulling away from Ammoudi Bay we got to see the iconic white buildings of Santorini’s famous village of Oia in a completely different way.


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Thank you Sunset Oia Sailing & Canaves Oia hotel for such an amazing experience! Canaves Oia was so kind to host us for lunch during our stay as well and wow their view is insane!! The place on the cliff where the hotel is located is incredible with wide unobstructed caldera views – very different than all of the other places we visited in Oia and on the island.


Jumpsuit HERE (use code IRENE for a discount!)

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  1. Mohini
    April 13, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    Where are those flat lens aviators from?? Love the pics!

    • April 13, 2016 / 6:05 pm

      I got them for $5 in DTLA, sorry I know that isn’t helpful at all! Thank you!

  2. jenna
    April 13, 2016 / 6:21 pm

    everything you do is so exciting/picturesque!! sending good vibes. hope you are feeling better :)

    • April 13, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Thank you so much darling!!! Aaaaalmost better but now Waseem is sick (again!) :(

  3. Sophia
    April 13, 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Hey Irene, I absolutely love all your photos. I had a question – all the photos of you, are they taken by Waseem or do you take them with a tripod? Thanks!

    • April 14, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Thank you! I often take my own photos but if Waseem is with me, I put him on photographer duty :) he took these photos of me (& did a wonderful job!)

  4. Sam
    April 13, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Beautifullll pictures! Santorini is one of my dream vacations too, glad you got to go! What’s your next dream vacay?

    • April 14, 2016 / 6:03 am

      Thank you so much! I want my next trip to be east Asia or Africa as those are two regions I’ve never been to! I’m a little more open ended about exactly where though. Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines.. I’d be happy to visit anywhere! My husband really wants to visit South Africa, I’d love to see Victoria Falls or Zanzibar.. I dunno, there’s so much world left lol! DYING to visit Giza and Petra, we were supposed to visit Egypt a couple years ago, we booked it and everything but the govt collapsed so we went to UAE instead lol! So much to see!!

      • Sam
        April 14, 2016 / 6:42 pm

        Oh thats a shame that you didn’t get to go to Egypt! But I’m guessing thats when you visited Dubai instead which couldn’t have been that shabby haha

        Thanks for replying! Can’t wait to see the rest of your Greece pictures! Gonna live vicariously through you until I can travel more :)

  5. Melinda
    April 13, 2016 / 11:43 pm

    I have been looking for a visor like the one you are wearing with the white off-the-shoulder top (you look gorgeous). Do you mind sharing where you got it from?

    • April 14, 2016 / 6:03 am

      I got it in Puerto Rico, sorry I know that isn’t helpful!

  6. Shapla Islam
    April 14, 2016 / 8:10 am

    Me and the Hubby are going with our kids age 4 and 2 (and half) in May. Can’t wait!! As I am a hijabi and it’s a non-Muslim country I am a bit wary as to what reaction I will get. Since all that’s been happening it’s left me feeling paranoid all the time. I live in London and it’s fine here… So are the locals friendly?

    • April 14, 2016 / 8:20 am

      Have so much fun!!! Be careful with the kiddos though, santorini isn’t very child friendly.. LOTS of stairs, cliffs, etc. the locals are very nice and hospitable!! And most of the people you will come across are tourists anyways, it’s a small island, quiet and safe! I was really worried about the social climate as well but ahA everyone is normal and there were a lot of hijabis out and about in Athens. Worry not and travel safely iA! Xoxo

  7. Ameena Ahmed
    April 14, 2016 / 8:28 am

    Currently planning a trip to Santorini and this post convinced me that we’re going for sure! Looks super beautiful!
    And love the hat you’re wearing on your sailing to explore Santorini. Do you remember where you got it?

    • April 14, 2016 / 8:45 am

      You’ll have such a great time! I got it in DTLA

  8. April 14, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Followed y’alls trip on snapchat when you were in Santorini and I loved reading this post! The pictures are amazing Irene I love your travel photography, you ALWAYS do a great job. Girl! You need to send these to Anthony Bourdain or National Geographic or something because these are incredible. :) I’m planning a trip to Santorini and Greece soon for me and my hubs to be, so I can’t wait to explore! This was definitely helpful, and we will have to check out those views you and Waseem were taking in!

    • April 16, 2016 / 1:11 pm

      Thank you so much!!! I have a lot of unproven to work on with scenic photos but thank u, so sweet!! You’ll love Santorini! An early congratulations on your wedding ❤️❤️❤️

  9. Farah
    April 15, 2016 / 4:39 am

    Obsessed with the white jumpsuit!!! Trying to figure out sizing on the website right now – does it run large/small? Can I ask how tall you are and what size you got? Thanks!

    • April 18, 2016 / 5:53 pm

      It’s so cute!! Def took me a minute to figure the straps out though lol! I’d say it runs true to size. I’m 5’3″ and I cuffed the ankles. Mine is a size Small.

  10. Krinell
    April 16, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Come to South Africa! Would love to have you visit my beautiful country :)

    • April 16, 2016 / 1:08 pm

      It’s on our bucket list!!! Hubby hopes within the next year, let’s see!!

  11. Vibha
    July 26, 2016 / 3:24 pm

    Hi Irene, loved all your pictures! They are perfect. I am going to Santorini with my husband to celebrate our 2 year wedding anni next week and had 2 questions for you:

    1. For the Sunset Oia cruise, which boat did you pick? They have different tours and I wasn’t sure which one you chose. If you remember the name of it or how much you paid per person I would love to know!
    2. Where can I buy that cute sunhat with the bow in the back? I didn’t see a link to it in your blog.

    I’m leaving in a few days, can’t wait!


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