The first day of the trip started with a beautiful sunrise and a strong northerly breeze. National Geographic Sea Lion cruised west to the island of Santa Cruz for the afternoon’s activities. On the way, the ship was interrupted by a super pod of common dolphins and several playful California sea lions. After lunch everyone hopped into expedition landing crafts for small boat adventures around the cove. The dive team was able to slip below the waves and see what was living in the beautiful kelp forests below. The day ended with some extra fun as several people went for a swim in the cool Pacific Ocean.
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.