EXPEDITION CRUISE

Base Camp Channel Islands (5 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
Ship: Varies by Departure
Los Angeles, CA, United States to Los Angeles, CA, United States
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DAY 1
Los Angeles, CA, United States

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 Sea Lion. Familiarize yourself with the ship, stow your stuff, and take in the sights on the ship's deck. We'll embark in the early evening—for a short exhale presentation on mindfulness, cocktails, and a sunset cruise (aka golden hour for photographers!) (D)

DAY 2
East Anacapa Island, California, CA, United States
Santa Cruz Island, California, CA, United States

Wake to the gentle motion of the ship at anchor off the rocky outcropping of East Anacapa Island. Join your exhale instructor on the sundeck for morning yoga, before heeding the call of the breakfast buffet. After breakfast, join naturalists aboard our 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 exhale instructors, and benefit from post-hike exhale stretch lab session. And get ready to really geek out on Santa Cruz when we 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. Scuba-certified? Our team will arrange diving and gear rental for you with a top local operator. Maybe you'll see the bright orange Garibaldi, native to these waters, or duet with a balletic sea lion. 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. (B,L,D).

DAY 3
Santa Rosa Island, California, CA, United States

Chances are you slept like a baby, sustained fresh air and our signature duvets will do that! So when the landing craft loads to go ashore for an exhale 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 our 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 we 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. (B,L,D)

DAY 4
Avalon, CA, United States

Wake up this morning anchored off Catalina Island. Developed as a tourist destination in the 1920s by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., Catalina remains a popular destination. In 1972 William's son, Philip Wrigley, established the Catalina Island Conservancy; in 1975 he deeded 42,135 acres to them, giving the Conservancy control of nearly 90 percent of the island to manage and protect. Start the day with barre + cardio class on deck. After breakfast, enjoy a session with a Conservancy member to learn about their work on the island, and join them for a guided walk featuring spectacular views of the coastline and the Catalina backcountry. As you hike, outsmart the elusive island fox found only on Catalina by spotting it or capturing a photo. And scan the landscape for the impressive sight of the island's largest, and definitely not endemic mammals—bison. The current herd descends from fourteen bison brought to the island in 1929 for the filming of the Western movie, The Vanishing American. Unfortunately, the bisons' scene didn't make the final cut, and due to cost overruns, the film company decided to leave the bison on the island instead of bringing them back to the mainland. Today the herd size is maintained at 150 animals. Or if you're water-oriented, head to the shoreline to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or, if certified, go out on a scuba dive. After lunch, the ship arrives in Avalon Harbor, for a free-ranging afternoon on your own. Grab a bike and explore downtown Avalon, the island's only incorporated city, with a population a little under 5,000. Take the 30-minute (mostly uphill) stroll up Avalon Canyon to visit the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden. Or visit an architectural gem: the famous Catalina Casino, built by William Wrigley Jr. in 1929. Return to the ship for sunset yoga on deck, a farewell dinner, and a last evening at sea under stars. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Los Angeles, CA, United States

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 onboard 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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