Exploring

Experience the wilder side of California


Channel Islands National Park is one of America's least visited national parks and, when you consider the facts, it's not hard to see why. Comprised of five islands situated within the span between Santa Barbara and the L.A. neighborhood of San Pedro, the park is separated from the California mainland by miles of ocean and half of it sits underwater.

So being able to get there effortlessly, to move freely around the islands leisurely and in genuine comfort, and be able to explore the land and undersea, is what makes our Base Camp adventure unique. We go where few can to encounter the seldom-seen. And you’ll have everything you need—equipment, gear, and insight—to experience the three islands in the park we explore, as well as Catalina Island, up close and personally. 

And what a place to explore! The islands’ isolation has kept them relatively undeveloped and intact. Of the 2,000 species of plants and animals within the vast national park, 145 exist nowhere else in the world. Marine life ranges from microscopic plankton to the blue whale, the largest animal to live on Earth. Reasons why many naturalists call the Channel Islands the "Galápagos of North America."

With acres of trails to walk or hike, sea caves to explore by kayak or paddleboard, undersea realms to enter, and landscapes and bird colonies to observe and capture, the Channel Islands are a spirit-lifting place to be. And now, the alluring remoteness that has motivated people to protect these landscapes and surrounding ocean, is no barrier. For access, all you have to do is board National Geographic Sea Lion.

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