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  • Adventure Sea Cave Kayak
  • Discovery Sea Cave Kayak
  • Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak
  • Snorkel Tour

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Adventure Sea Cave Kayak

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Kayak at Scorpion Anchorage and explore Channel Islands National Park. We’ll spend 2.5-3 hours exploring the sea caves around Scorpion Anchorage on Santa Cruz Island. No other area of the park offers as many sea cave kayaking opportunities. Some of the most beautiful sea caves in the world can be found here.

Availability
Meets on Santa Cruz Island daily at 10:30am and select days at 9:30am.

Tour Time (~4 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~2.5-3 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

2.5-3 miles

Level of Difficulty

Beginner through advanced levels. Children under age 5 not permitted.

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$169 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$158 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The 10:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 9am or earlier from Ventura Harbor. The 9:30am tour requires a ferry departure of 8am. Check-in is one hour prior to departure.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 4:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. Please note that there is no time for snorkeling during the Adventure Tour. However, you are welcome to snorkel before or after your tour if time allows. Please tell your guide at check-in if you are interested in snorkeling.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

Channel Islands Adventure Company is the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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“It was an awesome experience that allowed us to explore and enjoy nature while having fun.”

– Karen Hemkey

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Discovery Sea Cave Kayak

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Our Discovery Sea Cave Kayak Tour is a shortened version of our Adventure Sea Cave Kayaking Tour. In 1-1.5 hours of paddling time you will experience sea caves, kelp forests and pristine coastlines. This tour is great for first timers to the island who want to be able to experience numerous activities in a day. Channel Islands National Park offers hiking, snorkeling, birding, endemic species, a rich history and more.

Availability
March-Sept: Most days
Oct: Fri-Sun

Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am and/or 10:30am as well as 12:30pm and/or 1:30pm (meet times depend on the ferry schedule to Santa Cruz Island – Scorpion Anchorage)

Tour Time (~2.5 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

1.25 miles

Level of Difficulty

Beginner through advanced levels. Children under age 5 not permitted.

Pricing

Tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$124 per adult + ferry transportation ($63)*
$109 per child 12 and under + ferry transportation ($50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The 9:30am tour requires an 8:00am ferry departure (7am check-in time). The 12:30pm tour requires a 10:00am ferry departure or earlier (check-in is one hour prior to ferry departure). Ferry options typically will be 8:00am, 9:00am or 10:00am. The 1:30pm tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 3:30pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 4:30pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. Please note that there is no time for snorkeling during the Discovery Tour. However, you are welcome to snorkel before or after your tour if time allows. Please tell your guide at check-in if you are interested in snorkeling.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

Channel Islands Adventure Company is the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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“It was an awesome experience that allowed us to explore and enjoy nature while having fun.”

– Karen Hemkey

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Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak

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The longest of our kayaking tour options, the Ultimate Sea Cave Kayak Tour is for the true ocean adventurer. We’ll explore incredible sea caves and kelp forests along our route to the famous Potato Harbor, a remote area of the park that allows for a truly breathtaking and memorable experience with its aqua-colored cove and pristine shoreline. Bring your lunch and snorkel gear.

This tour is best for

1. Intermediate-Advanced kayakers who are looking for a longer day on the water, must have 8am ferry departure and 4:30pm return
2. Campers on their 2nd day at the island, so they can enjoy a first full day exploring the island on land

Availability
This tour is offered on select days from June through October.
Meets on Santa Cruz Island at 9:30am.

Tour Time (~5 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~3-4 hours – Kayaking

Paddling Distance

4-5 miles

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate – Advanced

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$232 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires a ferry departure of 8am (check-in at 7am) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary daily, departing at 4:30pm or 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 6:00pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

What if I want to snorkel?
Snorkel gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island. Please note there is no time for those snorkeling if you are on the Ultimate Tour unless you are camping.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

Channel Islands Adventure Company is the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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Snorkel Tour

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On our guided snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, guests will receive expert knowledge while exploring beautiful kelp forests along pristine coastlines. There may even be a chance to swim in and out of sea caves! Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and the natural history of the islands while guests view sea life up close.

Availability
Our Snorkel Tours run every Sunday starting at 11am and 1:30pm from July 1st through September 30th.

Snorkel Tour Time (~3 hours)

~1 hr – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes

• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$131 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
The morning tour requires a 9:30am or earlier ferry departure (check-in 1hr prior to departure).
The afternoon tour requires a 4:30pm or later return from the island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

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What if I don’t want a tour but want to rent snorkel equipment?
Snorkel gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

Channel Islands Adventure Company is the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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Snorkel & Kayak Tour

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On our guided kayak and snorkel tour at Scorpion Anchorage, guests will receive expert knowledge while exploring beautiful kelp forests and sea caves along pristine coastlines. Guides will offer discussions of marine ecology and the natural history of the island while guests view sea life up close.

This tour is best for

1. Guests who already have previous kayaking and snorkeling experience. Guests should be comfortable in the ocean and comfortable swimming with a snorkel.
2. Campers who are already on the island and want a full day of adventure on & in the water

Availability
Our Snorkel & Kayak Tours run every Monday and Friday at 9:30am from July 1st through September 30th on days when there is an 8am ferry departure.

Snorkel & Kayak Tour Time (~5 hours)

~1 hr 45 min – Orientation, gearing up, and paddle talk
~1-1.5 hr – Kayaking
~15 min – Lunch
~45 min – Snorkeling
~30 min – Gearing down

Level of Difficulty

Intermediate through advanced experience levels recommended. Minimum age 10; children 12 and under must be escorted by an adult guardian on the tour. All guests MUST know how to swim. Prior snorkeling experience is REQUIRED.

Includes

• Snorkel & Mask*
• Fins
• 3-piece, 7mm Wetsuit
• Snorkel flotation device
• Tandem kayak
• Knowledgeable guide(s) on exploring sea caves as well as the local natural history and marine ecology
*We do not have prescription goggles. If you have contact lenses, you should wear them.
*We provide wetsuits and snorkel masks; however, if you would like to bring your own, you are more than welcome to do so.

Pricing

Summer tours often sellout. Please book in advance.

$232 per person + ferry transportation (adults $63 / children 12 and under $50)*

*Ferry tickets must be purchased to get to the island. You’ll have the option to add your ferry ticket to your cart. If you already have ferry tickets directly through Island Packers you can select to not add ferry tickets to your cart.

Ferry Tickets
This tour requires an 8am ferry departure (7am check-in) or prior nights camping on Santa Cruz Island.

Ferry return times vary daily and will depart anywhere between 4:00pm and 5:00pm (arrival in Ventura between 5:00pm and 7:00pm). If you would like to know your exact ferry return time for a specific date, please call or email us.

What if I don’t want a tour but want to rent snorkel equipment?
Snorkel gear is available for rent at our storefront on the island.

Snorkel rental pricing:*
• Snorkel & Mask – $16
• Fins only – $16
• Snorkel, Mask and Fins – $32
• Three-Piece 7mm Wetsuit – $32
• Full package (mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit) – $60

*Our storefront accepts all major credit cards, but we do NOT accept cash for snorkel rentals.

More Details

Channel Islands Adventure Company is the sole kayak guide and outfitter concessionaire for the Channel Islands National Park at Scorpion Anchorage. We are the number one choice for Channel Islands National Park outfitting and tours. Dangerous conditions may exist at any time of the year, and we cannot guarantee cave exploration. This overview serves as a general guideline to you help plan your island trip and is subject to change on a day-to-day basis or at the guide’s discretion.

Questions?

Visit our FAQ’s page.

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FAQs

Can you kayak to Channel Islands National Park? ›

Kayaking (excluding personal watercraft-see Laws and Policies for more information) is a unique and rewarding way to experience the pristine marine environment of Channel Islands National Park. You will find solitude and splendor.

Which of the Channel Islands is best to visit? ›

If you only have 1 day available then I'd recommend visiting Santa Cruz Island or Anacapa Island. Santa Cruz has the best options for day hiking while Anacapa has a shorter, flat-ish trail with amazing views (and lots of seabirds). If you're looking to get on or in the water, then Santa Cruz Island is where to head.

When should I go to the Channel Islands? ›

Many consider the fall as the best time of year for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and swimming. Ocean temperatures may reach 70° (F) in early fall and visibility may reach 100 feet.

How do you get to the Painted Cave in Santa Cruz? ›

Getting There

The only way to get to the cave is via boat. There are boat trips from Island Packers that just go to Painted Cave and Santa Cruz Island that you can book, or you can book a trip to Santa Rosa Island, and they often try to stop by on the way back to the harbor if they can.

How long does it take to kayak to the Channel Islands? ›

Depending on which island you go to, you will either leave from the Ventura or Oxnard harbor. The boat ride is about 1.5 hours one way, but it may be longer if you encounter wildlife. My boat ride was around 2 to 2.5 hours on the way there and on the way home it was around 2 hours.

Are the Channel Islands worth visiting? ›

One of the best national parks in California worth visiting is Channel Islands National Park. This is a guide to one of the most beautiful places in the state and it will detail how to visit Channel Islands National Park, what to do there, and more!

What is the prettiest Channel Island? ›

Santa Barbara Island offers some of the most spectacular vistas of the Channel Islands, and you can experience them while hiking the miles of trails that are available. Visit during wildflower season for incredible displays. Santa Barbara Island is also ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving.

What do you wear to the Channel Islands National Park? ›

Bring short and long pants, fleece jacket or sweatshirt, windbreaker, hat, sunscreen, and waterproof outer clothing. In addition, visitors should wear sturdy hiking shoes with non-slip soles. Pack as light as possible. Concessionaires limit each bag of gear to 45 pounds.

How do you prepare for Channel Islands? ›

How To Prepare For Your Channel Islands Kayaking Trip - YouTube

What is the most popular channel island? ›

It has helped that the islands are relatively isolated—even though the closest island is just 12 miles offshore, the more popular Catalina Island draws the most visitors of all the islands.

Are there sharks in the Channel Islands? ›

White sharks live worldwide in cool, coastal waters. In the eastern Pacific, they live from Baja California, Mexico, to the Gulf of Alaska, and appear to be most abundant in California at the Channel Islands off southern California and locations north of Point Conception, California.

How much does it cost to go to Channel Islands? ›

There is no entrance fee. To visit one of the five islands, you'll have to take a boat or plane. There are no services on the islands.

Are there waterfalls in Channel Islands National Park? ›

Channel Islands National Park, California - Hiking Smugglers Cove Trail. Southern California has a lot of places to hike. From the desert; to the beach; to the mountains; to the high country chaparral; to the seasonal rivers and waterfalls and beyond, there are a lot of places to hike.

Can you kayak to Painted Cave? ›

Under the guidance of experienced experts and naturalists, you and your loved ones will kayak into one of the largest sea caves in the world. Yes, you got that right—Santa Cruz Island's Painted Cave has serious planetary credibility. It's more than a quarter mile long and the entrance is 160 feet.

Does anyone live on Santa Cruz Island? ›

The island is part of Santa Barbara County, California. The 2000 census showed a population of two people. Santa Cruz is the largest privately owned island off the contiguous United States. Ownership is split between the National Park Service (24%) and the Nature Conservancy (76%).

Can you do a day trip to Channel Islands National Park? ›

Channel Islands makes for a great day trip destination, but it's also possible to camp on the islands if you wish to stay longer. The park itself is open 24 hours a day year round, but weather and environmental conditions vary depending on the season.

Which is better to visit Guernsey or Jersey? ›

Jersey arguably has more attractions while Guernsey has more diverse landscapes. Luckily, they're so close (an hour's ferry apart), you can visit both, then carry on island hopping to Herm, Sark and Alderney nearby.

Why should I visit Channel Islands National Park? ›

A world-class outdoor escape, with remote camping, hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and bird-watching. Happier still, the Channel Islands are also one of America's least visited National Parks.

Where should I stay at the Channel Islands? ›

There are NO services or lodging on the islands. Visitors must bring all their own food and water (potable water is available in the Scorpion Canyon campground on Santa Cruz Island and the Water Canyon campground on Santa Rosa Island).

What is Channel Islands famous for? ›

The islands are famous for their breeds of cattle and for the export of fruit, flowers, tomatoes, and early potatoes. They enjoy tax sovereignty, and their exports are protected by British tariff barriers.

Can you island hop in the Channel Islands? ›

Take Your Own Boat

Spring through fall, it's possible to island-hop on The Channel Islands.

Are there bathrooms on the Channel Islands? ›

Public pit toilets are available on all islands. Due to scavenging animals (including birds), please secure food and trash at all times.

Is there cell service on Channel Islands? ›

There is very little cell phone reception on most of the islands. Santa Cruz Island sometimes has cell reception, however, it is spotty and unreliable.

Can you drive to Channel Islands National Park? ›

While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats (Island Packers) or private boat.

Are there mosquitoes on Channel Islands? ›

The risk for mosquito activity is extremely high. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when spending time outdoors to prevent bites. The risk for mosquito activity is high.

Do you need reservations for Channel Islands? ›

No reservations or permits are required to land on the islands administered by the National Park Service. However, a landing permit is required to land on The Nature Conservancy (TNC) property on Santa Cruz Island (western 76% of island).

How long is the ferry from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands? ›

This 3.5 hour cruise will take you through the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park.in, Pacific White Sided Dolphin and Dall's Porpoise.

Does anyone live on Channel Islands? ›

With a current population nearly 5,000 strong, some Chumash people can trace their ancestors to the five islands of Channel Islands National Park.

Is there a ferry from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands? ›

There is no direct connection from Santa Barbara to Channel Islands National Park. However, you can take the bus to Ventura, CA, take the drive to Ventura Harbor, take the ferry to Santa Cruz Island, then take the travel to Channel Islands National Park.

How close to shore do great white sharks come? ›

According to most statistics, sharks can come as close as 100 feet from the coast. The Florida Museum of Natural History stated in this context that most shark attacks take place in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Are there great white sharks in Hawaii? ›

Great white shark sightings are rare in Hawaii, but adult white sharks from Mexico and California seasonally visit island waters.

Are there great white sharks in Washington state? ›

In Washington, there have only been two recorded shark attacks, and both were non-fatal. The first attack happened in Grays Harbor County in 1989, and involved a great white shark and a surfer. The second recorded attack happened in the same county and also involved a surfer and great white shark in 2017.

How much is a ferry ride to the Channel Islands? ›

Fraser Point Fares
Ticket TypeAge RangeRound Trip Day Trip Fare
Adult13-54 Years$ 97.00
Senior55 Years+$ 93.00
Child3-12 Years$ 93.00
Infant (Must Reserve)Under 3 Years$ 00.00

How much does it cost for boat ride to Channel Islands? ›

Most people travel to the islands by boat from Ventura. Although there are no park fees, getting there is expensive -- anywhere from $56 to $160 per person, the higher price being for a trip by air to Santa Rosa.

How long does it take to get to the Channel Islands? ›

Just getting to the national park is a scenic experience—one to three hours by boat, or about half an hour by plane. Most boat trips depart from Ventura Harbor (home to the national park's visitors center) via operator Island Packers, and the majority go to the two closest islands, Santa Cruz and Anacapa.

Can you swim Channel Islands? ›

Anacapa is the closest Channel Island to the California mainland, just over 12 miles by the shortest straight-line route. This is the SBCSA's most popular swim route - a bona-fide channel swim at an accessible distance.

How big is the Channel Islands National Park? ›

Who owns the Channel Islands? ›

The Channel Islands fall into two separate self-governing bailiwicks, the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey. Both are British Crown Dependencies, and neither is a part of the United Kingdom.

How was the Painted Cave formed? ›

Formed by millennia of erosion of the volcanic island rock, these sea caves offer a glimpse into the eons that have passed since the islands formed. Unique animal & plant life inhabits the caves. Perhaps the most majestic of all the island sea caves, Painted Cave (or hax̓inu mupʰ nuwaštipa, Chumash) is the largest.

Where are the painted caves in California? ›

The site is three miles south of the San Marcos Pass: Take Highway 154 out of Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Caves Road. The cave is located on the left, about two miles up a steep, narrow road. The pullout at the site will only accommodate one or two vehicles.

Are there snakes on the Channel Islands? ›

The number of reptile and amphibian species is likewise low, and includes four lizards, one salamander, one frog, and two non-venomous snakes. None of these species is found on all of the islands, and no island supports all the species.

Are there rattlesnakes in Santa Cruz Island? ›

Five species of snakes are found on Santa Catalina Island: ringneck snake, gopher snake, California king snake, two-striped garter snake, and Southern Pacific rattlesnake. Gopher snakes are also found on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands, and the racer is found only on Santa Cruz Island.

Are there any snakes on Santa Cruz Island? ›

The Santa Cruz Island gopher snake is found on Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa islands. On the mainland, gopher snakes are found widely throughout western North America.

How do you get to Channel island National Park? ›

While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are readily accessible by car or public transportation, the islands are only accessible by park concessionaire boats (Island Packers) or private boat. Advanced planning is highly recommended. There is no transportation available on the islands.

Can you kayak to Anacapa Island? ›

Anacapa Island is a cliff island and has no beach in the landing area. Kayaks are offloaded from the boat to the landing dock. Kayaks are then lowered to the water by rope and you must go down a ladder to get into the kayak.

Should I wear a helmet kayaking? ›

We recommend that you wear a kayak helmet throughout the kayaking process. From scouting to actively paddling, a kayak helmet is known to come in handy. Even if you're enjoying a calm lake paddle or are out on a low-rapids stream, it's a good thing to have your helmet already on and fitted in case of an emergency.

How much does it cost to go to Channel Islands? ›

There is no entrance fee. To visit one of the five islands, you'll have to take a boat or plane. There are no services on the islands.

Which Channel island is most beautiful? ›

Santa Barbara Island offers some of the most spectacular vistas of the Channel Islands, and you can experience them while hiking the miles of trails that are available. Visit during wildflower season for incredible displays. Santa Barbara Island is also ideal for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and diving.

Where should I stay in Channel Islands National Park? ›

There are NO services or lodging on the islands. Visitors must bring all their own food and water (potable water is available in the Scorpion Canyon campground on Santa Cruz Island and the Water Canyon campground on Santa Rosa Island).

How much does it cost for boat ride to Channel Islands? ›

Most people travel to the islands by boat from Ventura. Although there are no park fees, getting there is expensive -- anywhere from $56 to $160 per person, the higher price being for a trip by air to Santa Rosa.

Can you paddle board to Channel Islands? ›

Channel Islands Harbor

With calm waters, easy access to the beach and visible sea life, it's a great spot to take the family paddle boarding.

Can you kayak between islands? ›

First, kayaking between islands is possible, but should only be attempted by the experienced paddler who has local knowledge and is outfitted with the proper equipment and VHF marine radio.

How do you kayak in the ocean? ›

A Guide to Paddling - Coastal _ Sea Kayaking - YouTube

Can I use a bicycle helmet for kayaking? ›

So, the answer to 'can you use a bike helmet for kayaking' is an emphatic 'No'. The composition, shape, and coverage of bike helmets and kayaking helmets are too dissimilar for a bike helmet to effectively protect your head while kayaking. So, No! You should not use a bike helmet for kayaking.

What kind of helmet do I need for kayaking? ›

Full face helmets are designed to offer maximum protection for whitewater kayakers and extreme watersports. They provide protection for your entire face, including jaw and ear protection.

Can you use a skateboard helmet for kayaking? ›

I was wondering if I can use the same one for paddling?” Our answer: No. Helmets for various sports are designed and certified to protect your head in different ways and from different levels of impact.

Do you need a National Park Pass for Channel Islands? ›

There is no entrance fee to visit the Channel Islands National Park. Enjoy your visit.

Do you need reservations for Channel Islands National Park? ›

No reservations or permits are required to land on the islands administered by the National Park Service.

Are there sharks in the Channel Islands? ›

White sharks live worldwide in cool, coastal waters. In the eastern Pacific, they live from Baja California, Mexico, to the Gulf of Alaska, and appear to be most abundant in California at the Channel Islands off southern California and locations north of Point Conception, California.

Videos

1. Channel Islands Kayak Tours Safety Intro
(Santa Barbara Adventure Company)
2. Sea Cave Kayaking at Channel Islands National Parks
(Channel Islands Adventure Company)
3. KAYAKING: CHANNEL ISLAND KAYAK DAY TRIP
(Rock the Park)
4. Kayaking in Channel Islands National Park
(Santa Barbara Adventure Company)
5. Kayaking at Channel Islands National Park + cute Island Foxes (17 of 419)
(Adventurous Way)
6. Channel Islands Kayaking, California
(Santa Barbara Adventure Company)

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