Anacapa & Santa Cruz Islands

Oct 18, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


As the sun rose over the waters of the Pacific, National Geographic Sea Lion prepared to drop anchor in the Channel Islands National Park for the very first time. An early morning exhale stretch and yoga class onboard readied guests for our exploration of the park’s two easternmost islands, Anacapa and Santa Cruz, by kayak, hike, and expedition landing crafts. These opportunities showcased the terrestrial diversity, marine abundance, and cultural history that make the islands such a unique cornerstone of the California coastline and such a hidden gem of the park’s system. 

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About the Author

Alex Krowiak

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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