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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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English first
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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168 reviews 168 reviews
50 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
130 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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