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Address: Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is...

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.

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California's gold.

This was a great day trip. Ferry ride was fantastic especially since we had a fin whale swim right by our boat. The island is very small but was great to explore. Lots of... read more

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48 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great day trip. Ferry ride was fantastic especially since we had a fin whale swim right by our boat. The island is very small but was great to explore. Lots of seagulls nesting all over the island. Scenery from every part of the island was spectacular but especially from inspiration point. We packed a picnic and some... More 

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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boat ride was rough. The weather was drizzling and gloomy all morning. The fog was so thick that I stopped being able to see the coast of Oxnard after just a few minutes. But as soon as that little boat docked at Anacapa Island, I knew it was all worth it. Immediately upon arriving to the island I see... More 

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1 Thank jackson h
Dallas, Texas
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016

I plan to see all the US National Parks at some point, and while in LA I took a day trip to Anacapa, Channel Islands. Suggest you do research on all 5 islands and the ferry schedule/options before you go. The park service encourages day-trippers to choose Anacapa, and was perfect timing for me. I enjoyed the day very much,... More 

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Cary, NC
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437 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

To like Channel Islands National Park, you need to like water. The beauty and the activities are best enjoyed from a kayak or a boat. If you like hiking or other land activities, this is not the park for you. We visited Anapaca island and there really isn't much there. It's a small island that is basically a large, flat... More 

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

came here for my birthday so we can check off this park and found the entire planning tedious and the hike itself unappealing. first of is transportation. there is only one boating company that brings people to the islands so schedules are limited. on my selected day of hike, i either had stay overnight on the island because pick up... More 

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2 Thank mTan66
Seattle, Washington, United States
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 6 October 2016

Our visit to Anacapa was a day well spent. The ride over and back with Island Packers was enjoyable; we were fortunate to have calm waters and not too strong of a breeze. Three varieties of dolphin and an ocean sun fish were spotted during the voyages; the captain kindly slowed down for a good look and the naturalist on... More 

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3 Thank LittleBrownBird
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Our day started at Island Packers in Oxnard. The boat trip out and back was smooth and fast. Saw a group of dolphins and one whale of in the distance. The cliffs and vistas are great, but the island looks bad due to the drought. The birds were gone when we were there. I did get some great photos. The... More 

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1 Thank Mark D
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016

My husband surprised me with this trip for my birthday and it was fantastic! The boat ride to Anacapa alone was spectacular. We had recently moved from Maui and really missed being near the ocean. Having lived in Maui for 5 years we got used to going out to seeing the humpback whales every winter. Because of this I didn't... More 

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1 Thank Lady_Glady
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Reviewed 15 August 2016

The best way to do this island is through Santa Barbara Adventure Company. The ferry ride out is part of the experience. We saw swordfish, dolphins and sea lions on the way. The ferry goes by the famous arch. Once dropped off, we prepped for sea kyacking and were immediately rewarded with views, kyacking under the arch, and really cool... More 

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Reviewed 14 August 2016

My husband and I have lived in Ventura for about year and wanted to take a trip to the Islands, Anacapa is the closest. We looked into it online and there are beautiful photos everywhere of a lush green peaceful island with great hiking. We took the boat out on Island Packers, which was a nice ride and they do... More 

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