Itinerary Overview

Experience the wilder side of California


Welcome to a new kind of getaway

We’ve created a 5-day Wildness + Wellness adventure in the remote and remarkable Channel Islands. Board the National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Sea Bird, National Geographic Quest or National Geographic Venture, your floating base camp, in Los Angeles, and head for three of the five wildlife-rich islands which make up Channel Islands National Park, plus Catalina Island. Here, you'll actively explore unmarred landscapes, revel in pure nature, and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul with our well-being programs. 

Escape the ordinary with revitalizing opportunities:

  • Exult in the pristine beauty of the islands and roam free in wide-open spaces
  • Take a leisurely trail walk with a naturalist, looking out for the astonishing number of endemic flora & fauna
  • Explore fascinating sea caves by kayak or paddleboard 
  • Find your center with daily guided meditation sessions
  • Challenge body and mind with fitness classes
  • Stroll white-sand beaches or spend time exploring bustling tide pools
  • Take in panoramic views & spectacular landscapes on mindfulness hikes + post-hike assisted stretching sessions
  • Enjoy a sunset cocktail party on deck, then end the day with stargazing

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. What we offer you is unique and effortless access—to wild beauty and pristine nature— for 5 days/4 nights, using our ship as a base camp. 

And you can freely roam. Our ship is akin to a safari camp in Africa—comfortable, in the heart of things, yet mobile. Everything you want is aboard—paddleboards, kayaks, and expedition landing craft; a welcoming crew; smart naturalists; a wellness specialist; fitness instructors; and even a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor to help you up your photo game and capture all the unbelievable opportunities.

Expect the unexpected

Our itinerary is a plan, but flexibility and spontaneity are a big part of it. Our ace spotters are always 'on it,' and if they sight a blue whale, they'll let you know—so you won’t miss a thing nature has to offer. If conditions cancel one option, a landing for example, our nimble team will have another. They might surprise you with a BBQ on deck or a dance party under stars. Your getaway might be compact, but it's a genuine expedition, so there's always room for magic. And choice—enjoy your getaway your way.

*Please note: the Dec. 7, 2019 departure of this itinerary embarks and disembarks from San Diego, CA.

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