On our first day exploring California’s Channel Islands National Park on National Geographic Sea Bird we were treated to superb weather and calm seas. Hikes and Zodiac cruises allowed us to explore East Anacapa Island in the morning and after lunch it was all about time on the ocean in Smugglers Cove at Santa Cruz Island where we enjoyed kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
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.