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Santa Cruz Island

Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Well worth the effort

If you are in need of an escape from the frantic pace of the LA area...this is the perfect... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karl S
Kamloops, Canada
Best Day Trip

My family and I have heard so much about the Channel Islands, specially the Santa Cruz Island, we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huntington Beach, California
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Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“potato harbor” (38 reviews)
“cavern point” (31 reviews)
“island foxes” (23 reviews)
Channel Islands National Park, CA
+1 805-658-5730
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in need of an escape from the frantic pace of the LA area...this is the perfect antidote. We travelled in winter...so the boat ride was a bit bumpy...but the crew is great. Once at the island, we hiked and had a picnic...More

Thank Karl S
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I have heard so much about the Channel Islands, specially the Santa Cruz Island, we decided to go check it out first before committing to a full on camping trip. This place is just beautiful! We took the boat ride from Island...More

Thank mbayoneta81
Reviewed 1 week ago

Over Labor Day, we took two day trips to Channel Islands National Park. Both were with Island Packers. Day 1 to Santa Cruz, captain Jimmy stopped to show us dolphins and other sea animals on the way. Once on Santa Cruz, we took the Cavern...More

Thank dmbakerphd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a day trip to Santa Cruz Island with our children. We took Island Packers which provided excellent services. The crew was professional and attentive. Not only they slowed down to show us pod after pod of dolphins, they stopped multiple times to...More

Thank TravelBug128
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Santa Cruz Island during our California Coast Road Trip. We booked the day trip though the vendor Island Packers a few months in advance. We stayed in a motel in Ventura Harbor, literally minutes from the Island Packers dock and the Channel Islands...More

2  Thank Kiamom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you do a day trip or a camping trip, you're going to need to bring a kayak (rent in Ventura), snorkel gear, and a wetsuit. With the kayak, bring a PFD & helmet; also neoprene gloves for narrow sharp cave walls, and booties are...More

Thank MarinS22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great day trip from Ventura. You definitely have to plan ahead during the summer to ensure you secure tickets on the ferry (Island Packers). We also booked a cave kayaking tour through SB Adventure Company, which was fantastic. Lastly you need to...More

1  Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You feel like you need a passport to visit Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. You leave the mainland and civilization behind and rugged, beautiful nature awaits you. You can get there by boat from several ports in California. I always see...More

2  Thank David B
Reviewed 12 August 2017

The main visitor center for the Channel Islands is located in Ventura harbor. On our way to the visitor center, we passed Island Packers, where we would catch our ferry to the islands the next morning. We stopped at the visitor center, took photos in...More

9  Thank ScarletAndGrey
Reviewed 9 August 2017

It's funny, I guess when you live in Los Angeles like I do, you think of Catalina Island, but when you live in Oxnard or Ventura, you think of the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands just weren't on my radar, but that was a loss...More

3  Thank thomasdosborneii
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Kerstin R
19 April 2017|
Response from Tanner78 | Reviewed this property |
I personally did not snorkel. I did do lots of SUP paddling. Sorry if I gave the wrong impression. However I've seen people snorkel and swim in the immediate Scorpion Anchorage area and having fun. The water temps were... More