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Base Camp Channel Islands

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Head for three of the five wildlife-rich islands which make up Channel Islands National Park, plus Catalina Island. Here, you'll actively explore unmarred landscapes, revel in pure nature, and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul with award-winning wellbeing programs. Your itinerary is a plan, but flexibility and spontaneity are a big part of it. Your ace spotters are always 'on it,' and if they sight a blue whale, they'll let you know—so you won’t miss a thing nature has to offer. You might be surprised with a BBQ on deck or a dance party under the stars. Your Base Camp getaway might be compact, but it's a genuine expedition, so there's always room for magic. And choice—enjoy your getaway your way.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Los Angeles, CA | Embark
Day 2 : Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park
Day 3 : Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park
Day 4 : Catalina Island
Day 5 : Los Angeles | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy strolling through the landscape of Anacapa
  • Head out on mindfulness hikes with instructors, and benefit from post-hike stretch lab session
  • Explore plant and bird species on the largest California island, Santa Cruz.

Ship

National Geographic Quest

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaking! Enjoy delicious cocktails yoga Kayaking A young woman explores via Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP)
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Day 1 Los Angeles, CA | Embark

Arrive in Los Angeles, or toss your bag in your car if you live there, and head to the Port of Los Angeles in the afternoon to be welcomed aboard National Geographic Quest. Familiarize yourself with the ship, stow your stuff, and take in the sights on the ship’s deck. You’ll embark in the early evening—for a short presentation on mindfulness, cocktails and a sunset cruise (aka golden hour for photographers!) 

Day 2 Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, Channel Islands National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake to the gentle motion of the ship at anchor off the rocky outcropping of East Anacapa Island. Join your instructor on the sundeck for morning yoga, before heeding the call of the breakfast buffet. After breakfast, join naturalists aboard your expedition landing craft to go ashore on East Anacapa. The goal is the Anacapa Lighthouse, built in 1912, the last major light station to be built on the west coast. Enjoy strolling through the landscape, or head out on mindfulness hikes with instructors, and benefit from a post-hike stretch lab session. And get ready to really geek out on Santa Cruz when you head there after lunch for hiking and exploring. 

At over 96 square miles in size, it’s the largest island in California, with more than 600 plant species, 140 birds, including large colonies of nesting seabirds, and 11 land mammal species, including pinnipeds. Isolation has led to adaptation—there are 60 endemic species found nowhere else in the world. So, test your skills by trying to spot the Santa Cruz Island fox, one of the smallest in the world.  Spend the day your way: there are many trails covering the eastern end of the island offering the opportunity for leisurely walking, birding, or working with your certified photo instructor to capture the natural beauty. Or opt for a strenuous hike and make your Fitbit proud. Grab a kayak or a paddleboard to explore the shoreline. Go beachcombing. Head back to the ship to refresh for cocktail hour and Recap, a presentation or two, a pre-dinner neck and shoulder massage on deck (first come, first serve), and dinner. 

Day 3 Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chances are you slept like a baby, sustained fresh air and signature duvets will do that! So when the landing craft load to go ashore for a Beach Boot Camp class, you’ll likely want to be on it. After yoga, head back to the ship for breakfast, then another shore landing for the day’s possibilities. Weather permitting, spend the day tide-pooling, kayaking, or hike one of the many trails. Join your naturalists for a more strenuous hike out to the base of the Torrey Pines, considered one of the world’s rarest pines, and one of only two naturally occurring groves in the world.  The day ends with a pre-dinner Chill Yoga session on deck, followed by a cocktail party as you cruise around San Miguel Island at sunset to see the spectacle: over 30,000 pinnipeds, and up to five different species, haul out on the beaches at various times of the year. 

Day 4 Catalina Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day discovering the colorful history and natural wonders of Catalina Island. Once a haunt of smugglers and gold-diggers, the island was transformed into a resort destination by chewing gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. in the 1920s.  Some 50 years later, William’s heirs, Philip K. Wrigley and Dorothy Wrigley Offield, established the Catalina Island Conservancy, protecting nearly 90 percent of the island. After a morning workout on deck followed by breakfast, meet with a member of the Conservancy for a guided walk along the coastline and into the backcountry. With luck, you may catch a glimpse—or a photo—of the elusive fox species endemic to the island. Head for the water to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. After lunch, the ship drops anchor in Avalon Harbor, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Ride a bike through Avalon, a town of less than 5,000, or hike up to Avalon Canyon for spectacular views and  a visit to the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden- featuring Ada Wrigley's original desert exotica collection as well as a collection of Channel Island endemic plants--plus the spectacular tile and rockwork all from Catalina Island. Or step into an architectural gem: the art deco Catalina Casino, built by William Wrigley, Jr. in 1929. Scuba-certified? Your team will arrange diving and gear rental for you with a top local operator. Return to the ship for sunset yoga on deck, a farewell dinner, and the last evening at sea. 
 

Day 5 Los Angeles | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Awake dockside in the bustling Port of Los Angeles. (Early risers can catch the action in one of the world’s largest ports.) Enjoy a final breakfast on board before disembarking and either transferring to the airport or heading to your car or Uber—refreshed by your getaway—to the clang and clamor of contemporary life.
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$3,200
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Category 1
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 2
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and two portholes. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 3
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, and a large view window. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 4
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, a writing desk, sliding glass door, and small, private balcony. Individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available in cabin bathrooms, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.
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Category 5
Cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a Queen, large view windows, an expanded bathroom, writing desk, ample storage space, and a convertible sofa bed to accommodate a third person. Each cabin has individual climate controls. Shampoo, lotion, and hair dryer are all available, as well as an Expedition Essential Kit.

Notes

Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability. 
 

Rates Include:
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of the expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of the expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
 
Rates Exclude:

Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature
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