Day-By-Day

Making the most of your time & interest in the wild


Over the course of 4 days, you choose what interests you most, or mix it up.  Participate in talks, walks, yoga or workouts, wildlife sightings, photography, drawing or plein-air painting, hikes, paddling, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more, as you head to places that will exhilarate and energize you. Try everything, or not, do a little or a lot—it’s your adventure.

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  • DAY 1: Los Angeles, CA/Embark

    Arrive in Los Angeles, or toss your bag in your car if you live there, and head to the Port of Los Angeles in the afternoon to be welcomed aboard National Geographic Sea LionNational Geographic Sea Bird or National Geographic Venture. Familiarize yourself with the ship, stow your stuff, and take in the sights on the ship’s deck. We’ll embark in the early evening—for a short exhale presentation on mindfulness, cocktails and a sunset cruise (aka golden hour for photographers!) (D)

  • DAY 2: Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park

    Wake to the gentle motion of the ship at anchor off the rocky outcropping of East Anacapa Island. Join your exhale instructor on the sundeck for morning yoga, before heeding the call of the breakfast buffet. After breakfast, join naturalists aboard our 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. Enjoy strolling through the landscape, or head out on mindfulness hikes with exhale instructors, and benefit from post-hike exhale stretch lab session.

     

    And get ready to really geek out on Santa Cruz when we head there after lunch for hiking and exploring. At over 96 square miles in size, it’s the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds. Isolation has led to adaptation—there are 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. So, test your skills by trying to spot the Santa Cruz Island fox, one of the smallest in the world.

    Spend the day your way: there are many trails covering the eastern end of the island offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty. Or opt for a strenuous hike and make your Fitbit proud. Grab a kayak or a paddleboard to explore the shoreline. Go beachcombing. Head back to the ship to refresh for cocktail hour and Recap, a presentation or two, a pre-dinner neck and shoulder massage on deck (first come, first serve), and dinner. (B,L,D).

  • DAY 3: Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park

    Chances are you slept like a baby, sustained fresh air and our signature duvets will do that! So when the landing craft load to go ashore for an exhale Beach Boot Camp class, you’ll likely want to be on it. After yoga, head back to the ship for breakfast, then another shore landing for the day’s possibilities. Weather permitting, spend the day tide-pooling, kayaking, or hike one of the many trails. Join our 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. 

    The day ends with a pre-dinner Chill Yoga session on deck, followed by a cocktail party as we cruise around San Miguel Island at sunset to see the spectacle: over 30,000 pinnipeds, and up to five different species, haul out on the beaches at various times of the year. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Catalina Island

    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, meet with a member of the Conservancy for a guided walk along the coastline and into the backcountry. With luck, we may 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 drops anchor in Avalon Harbor, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Ride a bike through Avalon, a town of less than 5,000, or hike up to Avalon Canyon for spectacular views and a visit to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden featuring Ada Wrigley's original desert exotica collection as well as a collection of Channel Island endemic plantsplus the spectacular tile and rockwork all from Catalina Island. Or step into an architectural gem: the art deco Catalina Casino, built by William Wrigley, Jr. in 1929. Scuba-certified? Our team will arrange diving and gear rental for you with a top local operator. Return to the ship for sunset yoga on deck, a farewell dinner, and a last evening at sea. (B,L,D) 


  • DAY 5: Los Angeles/Disembark

    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 and either transferring to the airport or heading to your car or Uber—refreshed by your getaway—to the clang and clamor of contemporary life.

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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