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Anacapa Island

Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Type: Islands, National Parks
Activities: Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Whale watching, Viewing wildlife, Kayaking, Hiking
Description: One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.
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Phoenix, Arizona
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166 reviews 166 reviews
49 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We traveled to the national park with Island Packers departing from Oxnard at 9:30 AM. The weather was great and the seas were relatively calm. The boat trip is about 90 minutes each way. The time expands depending on weather and what the captain can find along the way. As we headed out we were joined by what appeared to... More

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El Paso, Texas
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129 reviews 129 reviews
128 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Anacapa Island is amazing. From Anacapa Island, you can see the other islands of Channel Islands, seals and elephant seals, sea gulls and cormorants. The national park staffs there are very nice and friendly. They will also bring you to see the whales. My only suggestion is visiting there at spring or summer. Cause in winter, the island is bold... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our fascinating trip started at 10 AM and we were back by 5 pm. The cost was $60 and well worth it. Most of the islands off the California coast have very unique ecosystems and the Anacapa Island, whose arch is the Channel islands National Park logo, is no exception. Going over, our trip guide was able to identify and... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

The beautiful pictures of Inspiration Point attracted me to Anacapa Island. Unfortunately, due to the timing of my trip (in July) and the lack of rain earlier in the year, the island looked totally brown with very little greenery that would have made the scenery much better. The Island Packers boat ride from Oxnard was still worth it and we... More

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Kingwood, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Our trip to Anacapa was supposed to be the highlight of our vacation to southern California. We started out by visiting the National Park Visitor Center in Ventura, then headed to Island Packers, the park's concessionaire, with our hats, lunch and water. The eleven mile boat ride was uneventful ... a few pelicans, an oil rig and a thick marine... More

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Palo Alto, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

If you have looked at other reviews, you will understand that this trip is not for everyone. We went out to Anacapa by boat with Island Packers. We each had a small day pack with all our gear including a wide-brimmed hat, two bottles of water and a sack lunch. We pre-ordered the lunch from the Harbor Cove Cafe a... More

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Los Alamitos, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have lived in Southern California all my life and have vacationed on Catalina Island several times, but never Anacapa Island - Channel Islands National Park, CA. We took an hour long whale watching trip out to Anacapa. Our view was the high cliff dwelling birds, awesome detached and attached land formations, and the site of the kelp beds in... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

I am shocked this is a National Park. Compared to the other national parks that I have visited this park was a huge disappointment. The island was full of birds and bird feces. This is more of a bird sanctuary than anything.

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Clearwater, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We had higher expectations of the trip. Per what had been read, we expected unique wildflowers and wildlife. Consistent with what had been read: tons of birds and their droppings. The trip out (to Anacapa) was a nice trip including sightings of a few whales. Once at the island, a tour was available with a guide from the boat company.... More

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Plano, TX
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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Volcanic islands that rise straight up out of the ocean. Anancapa is the easy one. Closest, with some nice and easy trails around the plateau at the top. The trip out on the boat took maybe an hour, and was easy, if a little cool. As one would hope, we saw two pods of dolphins, and for one of them... More

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