Today National Geographic Venture woke up off stunning Santa Rosa Island in Channel Islands National Park. We took Zodiacs ashore to start our day of adventure. Some guests opted for the long (7+ miles) Torrey Pines hike to the endemic tree groves of the island; others explored the rugged beauty of Cherry Canyon; still others embarked on Zodiac cruises to explore the sea. Some of our hikers were lucky enough to see a breaching humpback whale while high up on a vista viewpoint, while others saw the adorable and elusive island fox. Regardless of what our guests chose to do today, they were rewarded with an incredible time full of rare nature opportunities. This afternoon was spent hiding from the wind on the leeside of Santa Cruz Island; we had some presentations from our on board experts, and enjoyed the “drink of the day” with fun appetizers during cocktail hour.