Summary : Almost every national park in the U.S. is easy to get to, but the Channel Islands are separated from the mainland by miles of ocean. This is a unique adventure providing effortless access—to wild beauty and pristine nature—for 5 days/4 nights, using the ship as a floating base camp. Everything you want is aboard—paddleboards, kayaks and Zodiacs, a welcoming crew, smart naturalists, a wellness specialist, and even a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor to help you up your photo game and capture all the unbelievable opportunities.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$2,990 to $5,240
Embark in the early evening—where you'll meet the team and settle in for the days ahead!
Wake to the ship at anchor off the rocky outcropping of East Anacapa Island. Join your fitness instructor on the sundeck for morning yoga, before heeding the call of the breakfast buffet. After breakfast, join naturalists aboard expedition landing craft to go ashore on East Anacapa. The goal is the Anacapa Lighthouse, built in 1912, the last major light station to be built on the west coast. Soak in the views from Inspiration Point or, for a more relaxing option, explore Arch Rock via zodiac.
Kick start your morning with a stretch class before breakfast. Weather permitting, go kayaking, hike one of the many trails, or simply relax ashore. Join the naturalists for a more strenuous hike out to the base of the Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world. End the day with a sunset cocktail party.
Spend the day discovering the colorful history and natural wonders of Catalina Island. Once a haunt of smugglers and gold-diggers, the island was transformed into a resort destination by chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. in the 1920s. Some 50 years later, William’s heirs, Philip K. Wrigley and Dorothy Wrigley Offield, established the Catalina Island Conservancy, protecting nearly 90 percent of the island. After a morning workout on deck followed by breakfast, enjoy a session with a Conservancy member to learn about their work on the island before heading out on the trail for spectacular views of the coastline and the Catalina backcountry. With luck, catch a glimpse—or a photo—of the elusive fox species endemic to the island. Head for the water to kayak or stand-up paddleboard.
After lunch, the ship arrives in Avalon Harbor, for a free-ranging afternoon on your own. Explore downtown Avalon, the island’s only incorporated city, population a little under 5,000. Take the 30-minute (mostly uphill) stroll up Avalon Canyon to visit the Wrigley Monument and The Botanic Garden. Or visit an architectural gem: the famous Catalina Casino, built by William Wrigley, Jr. in 1929. Scuba-certified? The team will arrange diving and gear rental for you with a top local operator (extra fee). Return to the ship for a farewell dinner, and a last evening at sea under the stars.
Awake dockside in the bustling Port of Los Angeles. (Early risers can catch the action in one of the world’s largest ports.) Enjoy a final breakfast on board before disembarking.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Transfer from Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Harbor Hotel to ship; shipboard accommodations; kayaking, stand up paddleboarding; video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; soft drinks onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; optional scuba diving; transfers to/from ship; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, Internet, etc.; gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos ©: Lindblad Expeditions, Michael S. Nolan (sea lion)