Daily Expedition Reports
Santa Catalina Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 28 Sep 2019

Santa Catalina Island

  • Aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird
  • California Coast

Waking up off the shore Santa Catalina Island is a special treat. This morning we went ashore in an isolated area of the island called Little Harbor. Guests were able to enjoy several different interpretive hikes and also have time to relax on the beach and swim in the clear water of this protective cove.

Sitting just 26 miles off the coast of Long Beach, California, Santa Catalina Island is a popular getaway for many tourists. Over one million visitors come each year, but only a very small percentage of these visitors ever venture beyond the one-square-mile town of Avalon, making this visit to Little Harbor very special. Since purchasing Catalina Island in 1920, William Wrigley and the Wrigley family have donated 88 percent of the island to be managed and maintained by the Catalina Island Conservancy. The Conservancy limits and regulates all human activities outside the incorporated city of Avalon and works to restore some balance to the island’s endemic species and unique ecosystems. On our overlook hike today, we not only saw views of the open Pacific Ocean, but also sightings of the Catalina quail, fox, and ground squirrel – all unique and only found on this island.

After a great morning, we made the short transit to Avalon and took in an afternoon of visiting local shops, unique dining, and a chance to independently explore this oasis off the coast of Los Angeles.

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