Sail aboard a tall ship from San Diego to Catalina Island -- and kayak a bit too

Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

If “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” left you stoked for an adventurous sailing trip (without the pillaging and scheming), you won’t have to go far to find one.

The Californian will set sail from San Diego to Catalina Island in July and October on trips that mix tall ship sailing with kayaking. Sleeping in snug bunks and standing watch on the ship are part of recapturing the spirit of what life was like aboard a 19th century vessel.

The Californian (no, it isn’t a pirate ship) is a replica of a U.S. Revenue Service cutter that would have patrolled the state’s coast keeping law and order during the Gold Rush era, according to the museum’s website. The ship was built in San Diego Bay in 1984 and given the title of the state’s official tall ship in 2003.

The trips, run by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, last four days/three nights and sail July 22 to 25 and Oct. 7 to 10. The cost is $675 per person, which includes the sailing, meals and all kayaking equipment (an American Canoe Assn. certified kayak instructor will be on board as well). Participants must be at least 17 years old.


Check out what to bring as well as what to expect when sailing on a tall ship on the museum’s website.

Contact: Maritime Museum of San Diego, (619) 234-9153, Ext. 101