A beautiful sunrise across the peninsular range greeted us as we cruised the San Jose Channel this morning. We spotted a large pod of common dolphins surfing in the wake of our ship. Afterward, we came ashore at Puerto Los Gatos on the mainland of the peninsula. We hiked through the desert arroyo and summited a peak overlooking the bay. As we explored the shoreline of this remote coast, pink rocks of lithified sand dunes served as a striking backdrop for our peaceful morning. Guests snapped triumphant photos while taking in the whole of the arroyo’s ecosystem.

During lunch, we repositioned the ship toward Isla San Jose. We spent our last afternoon in the protected waters of Kelly’s Beach. We enjoyed kayaking and SUPing, or stand up paddleboarding.

Our small travel group became quite close over these last four days. We encountered a mix of emotions as we recounted our trip and prepared to say goodbye. I hope we will sail again together soon, and from all of us here aboard National Geographic Venture, we wish you safe travels!