The first morning on board National Geographic Venture greeted us with overcast skies that gave way to bright sunshine and calm seas. Cruising the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California is a special treat, and today was no disappointment. We began with Zodiac tours of Anacapa in the morning and finished the afternoon with hiking in historic Santa Cruz Island.
National Geographic Venture
The most beautiful day of the trip broke just opposite Catalina Island and cast a gorgeous glow onto the town of Avalon. We went ashore into the bustling harbor and made our way into town. Some chose to find their own way through the streets amid the golf carts, while others took a walk up to the botanical gardens or the historic casino. Afterwards we returned to National Geographic Venture and set sail to the other side of Catalina Island for some more wild activities. We landed at Little Harbor and set up a beach party. Some opted for guided kayaking, some sprung for a long hike. Still others enjoyed their own meanderings on the beach or margaritas served onshore by the bar team. The sun set in a glorious Southern California fashion and closed out a beautiful trip.