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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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Encinitas, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This short trip on the Island Packers' Vanguard with Capt. Dave and his knowledgeable assistants begins a process and experience that few can rival. To prepare ourselves for this brief nautical voyage we stopped at the Channel Islands Aquatic Center to view an extraordinarily well produced and narrated twenty-five minute film. Our odyssey began at Ventura harbor where a number... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We went out for a day trip to Anapaca island in July. We used Island Packers for the boat trip from Oxnard - well organised and great ride with commentry. We saw dolphins swimming and playing with our boat! The island itself was a little disappointing - we didn't realise that there is no source of water on the island... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We Had a great day out there but not alot to do make sure you take bathers water and best maybe a kayak

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Bakersfield, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Same fare to a couple of the Channel Islands but this has the easiest hike overall. Even for inexperience hikers, the 3 hours spent on the island is more than enough time to hike the entire island from end to end. The only rough parts are the 150+ steps of the stairs onto the island and the bumpy boat rides.... More

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Moab, Utah
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We came upon this special experience by accident. Joined a 10:00 boat that went out to Anacapa and then came back (we weren't prepared to hike but it looked great). We saw dolphins, sea lions, seals and an amazing flock of brown pelicans with their little hatchlings. The explanations from the crew were very good and when we cornered one... More

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I've lived in So. CA all of my life and have visited Catalina a few times but, for some reason, the Channel Islands always escaped me. I don't know why I always conjured up a vision of only being able to view this island by kayak (unfortunately, I'm not kidding!). We decided to visit East Anacapa Island and arrived by... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've lived in California for many years and have often thought of visiting the Channel Islands but just didn't know that much about it. Well I finally went with a friend and boy was it amazing. I booked a ticket on the Island Packers ferry. It's about an hour to Anacapa and $59 round trip. I really didn't know what... More

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Robbinsdale, Minnesota
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We visited Anacapa Island 4-6-14, also through Island Packers. We got lucky- calm seas, sunny weather and 75 degrees. One hour boat ride went fast, we sat on top for better views. Hiking is easy, and walking every trail you can do in less than 2 hours. The gulls were nesting, and flowers in bloom. The only downside was the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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209 reviews 209 reviews
65 attraction reviews
162 helpful votes 162 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
131 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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