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Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion)

Welcome to a new kind of getaway
We’ve teamed up with exhale to create a 5-day Wildness + Wellness adventure in the remote and remarkable Channel Islands. Board the National Geographic Sea Lion or Sea Bird, your floating base camp, in Los Angeles, and 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 exhale's award-winning wellbeing programs.

Almost every national park in the U.S. is easy to get to, but the Channel Islands are separated from the mainland by miles of ocean. What we offer you is unique and effortless access—to wild beauty and pristine nature— for 5 days/4 nights, using our ship as a base camp.

And you can freely roam. Our ship is akin to a safari camp in Africa—comfortable, in the heart of things, yet mobile. Everything you want is aboard—paddleboards, kayaks and Zodiacs, a welcoming crew, smart naturalists, a wellness specialist, exhale fitness instructors, and even a Lindblad/National Geographic photo instructor to help you up your photo game and capture all the unbelievable ops.

Expect the unexpected
Our itinerary is a plan, but flexibility and spontaneity are a big part of it. Our 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. If conditions cancel one option, a landing for example, our nimble team will have another. They might surprise you with a BBQ on deck or a dance party under 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.

28 September, 2019 to 02 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion), departing on 28 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 1875 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 2285 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 2619 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 2805 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 3439 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
02 October, 2019 to 06 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion), departing on 02 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 1875 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 2285 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 2619 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 2805 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 3439 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
24 October, 2020 to 28 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion), departing on 24 October, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 1875 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 2285 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 2619 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 2805 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 3439 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
31 October, 2020 to 04 November, 2020 Make a booking request for Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion), departing on 31 October, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Category 1 £ 1875 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 £ 2285 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 3 £ 2619 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #105, 106; Upper Deck #214, 216, 217, 219 - These cabins feature a seating unit with table and two large view windows. Upper Deck cabins include two lower single beds which can convert to a double bed and a pull-out single bed for a third person; Bridge Deck cabins include two lower single beds only.
view cabin photo
Category 1 single £ 2805 GBP pp
Main Deck #300-305 - Conveniently positioned between the Dining room and Lounge, these cabins feature two lower single beds, a writing desk and a view window.
view cabin photo
Category 2 single £ 3439 GBP pp
Bridge Deck #100-104; Upper Deck #200-212, 215 - These well-located cabins include two lower single beds and a view window.
view cabin photo

Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion) itinerary:

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Over the course of 4 days, you choose what interests you most, or mix it up. Participate in talks, walks, yoga or workouts, wildlife sightings, photography, drawing or plein-air painting, hikes, paddling, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more, as you head to places that will exhilarate and energize you. Try everything, or not, do a little or a lot—it’s your adventure.

Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion) reverse itinerary:

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Over the course of 4 days, you choose what interests you most, or mix it up. Participate in talks, walks, yoga or workouts, wildlife sightings, photography, drawing or plein-air painting, hikes, paddling, mindful silences, star-gazing, tide-pooling, foodie pleasures, cocktails, mocktails and more, as you head to places that will exhilarate and energize you. Try everything, or not, do a little or a lot—it’s your adventure.
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Map for Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion)
National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion, the ship servicing Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion)

National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 52 metres

Passenger Capacity: 62 (in twin cabins)

Built: 1982 / 2002

Twin Expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each can comfortably accommodate 62 guests. The feeling, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours.


Thanks to our sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment’s notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune. During your time with us, our expedition staff likes nothing better than to surprise and delight you by directing the ship toward breaching whales, bow-riding dolphins or into an alluring cove.

Our seasoned crew consists of expert Zodiac drivers and considerate service providers. Their energy, enthusiasm and field expertise are sure to enhance your experience. This is what expedition travel is all about: not just seeing wildness, but being out there, in it.

Public Areas: Our ships feature a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Our "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet our Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Cabins: All face outside with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.

Expedition Equipment: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and Zodiac landing craft.

Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program. A Video Chronicler and a ship's doctor will be onboard all voyages.


Cabin layout for National Geographic SeaBird & SeaLion
• Exult in the pristine beauty of the islands and roam free in wide-open spaces

• Take a leisurely trail walk with a naturalist, looking out for the astonishing number of endemic flora & fauna

• Explore fascinating sea caves by kayak or paddleboard

• Find your center with daily guided exhale meditation sessions

• Challenge body and mind with exhale fitness classes including Core Fusion Bootcamp, Barre + Cardio, & restorative Chill Yoga

• Stroll white-sand beaches or spend time exploring bustling tide pools

• Take in panoramic views & spectacular landscapes on exhale mindfulness hikes + post-hike assisted stretching sessions

• Enjoy a sunset cocktail party on deck, then end the day with stargazing
Enquire now about Base Camp Channel Islands (NG SeaBird & SeaLion)

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