Tools for Exploration

See, do and get more with these cool tools

National Geographic Sea Bird is outfitted with cool tools for exploration that enable a deeper connection with the places you’ll explore. 

Kayaks
A fleet of one- and two-person kayaks allow you to explore intimate bays and paddle along scenic shorelines. Our naturalists will help novices with technique, while experts have the opportunity to explore further afield.

Expedition Landing Craft
Key to our operation is our fleet of expedition landing craft, which we use to land in places that would otherwise be inaccessible. With several of these boats used every time we disembark, we’re able to transfer everyone off the ship quickly, so you can be out on adventures, not idly waiting. These sturdy inflatable craft are the same time-tested brand Jacques Cousteau used in his expeditions for over 30 years. They are widely recognized as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The expedition landing craft we use are 19 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines, and are capable of carrying 12 to 14 people with ease.

Hydrophone
Hear the vocalizations of whales swimming beneath our bow in Alaska and Baja California when your naturalist lowers a hydrophone overboard. The sounds are played over the ship’s loudspeaker so everyone can hear the songs of whales while we watch them feed, fluke, and dive near our ship.

Underwater camera
In Alaska and Baja California, our undersea specialist will explore dive sites 40 to 80 feet deep and shoot video, to share during Recap in Sea Bird’s lounge, offering us a glimpse of places few people get to explore.

Bow Cam
An underwater camera is mounted to Sea Bird’s bow, feeding live video to the monitors in the lounge, offering a glimpse of what passes beneath our bow.

Splash-Cam
The ship is equipped with a Splash-Cam for easy deployment by our naturalists to investigate life just below the water's surface in Alaska or Baja California.

Snorkeling gear & wetsuits
If you’re exploring Baja California you’ll be fitted with a mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit. These are yours to use for the expedition—so there’s no need to pack and tote your own gear. The 3mm shorty wetsuits allow you to stay in the water comfortably for longer and protect your skin from the sun. Guests who own masks with prescription lenses, or prefer to use thicker, full-length wetsuits are invited to bring their own gear. Guests in Alaska are also invited to get in the water…sans wetsuit during the weekly polar plunge.

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