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Address: Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is...

One of the five islands in the Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa is located an hour from Oxnard.

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Unspoiled island close by

This is one day trip that was truly unique! So near Los Angeles but it feels we were so far away from civilazation. The animals at this island were not afraid of humans. They were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Los Angeles, California

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Anacapa in the spring of 2008 and much enjoyed hiking around soaking up the amazing views out over the Pacific and down the sheer cliffs, surrounded by (invasive) beautiful blooming ice plants. We camped overnight, the only humans save the (invisible) ranger. Yes, seagulls nesting Everywhere, literally every few yards. Bird poop everywhere (& sitting, cooking) was a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one day trip that was truly unique! So near Los Angeles but it feels we were so far away from civilazation. The animals at this island were not afraid of humans. They were everywhere and it was such a delight to be so close to them. The ferry ride was not bad but bring a thick jacket or... More 

1 Thank Maria2628
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Lovely hike. Enjoyed ferry over saw several whales. Stayed w national park tour guide. Reinforced 6graders lesson on earth science, tectonic plates, beautiful views. Upside of nov. tour was no birds nesting which may be prominent in spring time. Definitely great family time.

1 Thank ciaobellascd
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the boat ride out with Island Packers to Anacapa. Great hike around the island - even with the nesting birds. Relaxing day trip with a nice picnic overlooking the pacific. Don't miss a chance to see this place.

2 Thank LSUTraveller
Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We went on the Anacapa Island Ferry Tour, as this was the remaining tour for reservations one day in advance in mid-August. The ferry was clean and comfortable and crew members were accommodating and knowledgeable. Because this is a National Park, the history of the island and environmental conservation of the area were emphasized. I liked that there was no... More 

1 Thank Gomer14
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We went to East Anacapa Island for 1 day trip starting with Island Packers ferry in morning. Ferry turned to be best part of the trip! We saw seals and dolphins from very close. Once we arrived on the Island, fun factor dropped drastically. Island is filled of bird poop and smelled horrible with too many birds around. There is... More 

2 Thank Sachin M
Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Take the Island Packers to East Anacapa Island. Check to make sure the swells are not to big otherwise you may not be able to get off at the landing spot. There is no spot to anchor so they back the boat up to the landing and you have to jump off. Not a big deal if things are calm.... More 

2 Thank SBHaydens
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

I should start this by stating I haven't set foot on Anacapa Island, I have only dived around the fringes.As such, it's an excellent spot to enjoy kelp forests, unique sea life and, of course, the Sea Lions. The water is coolish - 17 degrees C/63 f when we were there so a good thick wetsuit is recommended, and go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The boat ride out to the island was awesome (we saw dolphins, seals, and rare blue whales), but the actual island was very small and a bit hectic with all the nesting birds. I did enjoy walking around the island once but found that after an hour or two I was ready to go back since my head was ringing... More 

1 Thank Thestarsweare
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Great location to Scuba Dive. We loved every minute of it. Boaters, please be aware of what a Dive Flag looks like! We saw seals, which played with us, tons of sea urchins and large scallops. Pretty day to be diving. Visibility was 40 feet. We will be back here July 11 & 26-2015 and bringing some friends.

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