We woke up to a stunning sunrise while anchored off Santa Rosa Island. While some of us started the day with morning stretches on the sundeck, the rest of our guests (and staff) watched grey whales pass by the bow of National Geographic Quest. It was such a fantastic way to start the day.

Our guests divided into groups to spend the afternoon exploring Santa Rosa. They admired everything the area has to offer, especially the renowned, endemic Torrey pine forests. These forests are among the rarest in the world, as they only occur in two places on Earth. Not only were they stunning, but they also proved a fantastic spot to have our picnic lunches. Occasionally, we caught glimpses of one of the tiny, elusive island foxes; they are also an endemic species! The weather was so lovely that some of us even went for a swim.

We celebrated our day over cocktails on the ship while listening to our National Geographic explorer, Brian Kastle, share some stories about his research. Our ship simultaneously circumnavigated Santa Rosa, and then we finished our day watching the sunset over San Miguel Island.