Tools for Exploration

See, do and get more with these cool tools

National Geographic Sea Lion 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.

Paddleboards
Circumnavigate a tiny uninhabited island, explore mangroves, or paddle along an idyllic beach. 

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 when your naturalist lowers a hydrophone overboard while exploring Alaska, Baja California or Costa Rica & Panama. 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, Baja California and Costa Rica & Panama our undersea specialist or naturalist will explore beneath the surface and shoot video to share during Recap in Sea Lion’s lounge, offering us a glimpse of places few people get to explore.

Bow Cam
An underwater camera is mounted to Sea Lion’s bow, feeding live video to the monitors in the lounge, offering a glimpse of what passes beneath our bow as we sail through Alaska, Baja California or Costa Rica & Panama.

Splash-Cam
The ship is equipped with a Splash-Cam for easy deployment by our naturalists to show the spectacular world beneath the surface.

Snorkeling gear
If you’re exploring Costa Rica & Panama you’ll be fitted with a mask, snorkel and fins. These are yours to use for the expedition—so there’s no need to pack and tote your own gear. Guests who own masks with prescription lenses, or prefer to use their own gear are invited to bring it. Wetsuits are not necessary in the warm waters of Costa Rica & Panama. In Baja California, you'll be fitted with a mask, snorkel, fins and shorty wetsuit.

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