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Santa Cruz Island

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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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Activities: Camping, Kayaking
Description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for...
Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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Place for Natural Outdoor Water Lover

It was cloudy in Ventura but beautiful on Santa Cruz Island. Take a Dramamine if you get sea sick. With our inflatable kayaks (you can rent and join a tour group), lunch and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Aliso Viejo, California
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Aliso Viejo, California
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173 reviews 173 reviews
79 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

It was cloudy in Ventura but beautiful on Santa Cruz Island. Take a Dramamine if you get sea sick. With our inflatable kayaks (you can rent and join a tour group), lunch and kayaking/beach clothing, we took an Island Packers boat to get to Santa Cruz Island. The crossing is around 1 hour and we were traveling along with a... More 

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Carmel, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Took the guided hike out of Prisoner's Landing (Bay) and immediately saw the first of many Santa Cruz Island foxes (indigenous). From the boat the island looks barren and foreboding with steep cliffs and high mountains. Dropped off hikers/campers at Scorpion Bay and headed north for another 20 or so minutes to Prisoners Landing. The guided hike goes into Nature... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Such a beautiful experience. We left Ventura on Island Packers Cruise for a day trip. We had about 4 hours to explore the island. We took the trail toward campground first and then uphill toward Potato Harbor. Bit of a steep climb for a bit but first views of ocean at the top are truly breath taking. The interior of... More 

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Yorba Linda
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

We have lived in California all our lives and finally took the boat out to hike on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park! Such a beautiful place! We hiked the Cavern Point Loop and then hiked the Potato Harbor trail! Beautiful views no matter which direction you look! Canyons, ocean, cliffs, and sea Caves!!!! Next time we will... More 

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Oxnard, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

To get there I took Island Packers Cruises. They bring people from the mainland to 5 of the Channel Islands. I went to Santa Cruz this time, and had a great day. There are many miles of hiking, camping, bird and animal watching, kayaking, or many other outdoor things you'd like to do. It is a wilderness that's just across... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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477 reviews 477 reviews
236 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Santa Cruz, the largest island in the Channel Island National Park, offers so many activities for those who love unspoiled beauty. A day trip to the island offers a number of easy, moderate and more difficult hiking trails from Scorpion Ranch. Primitive camping is available for individuals and larger groups. During my day trip experience, I witnessed people hiking, picnicking,... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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151 reviews 151 reviews
71 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Spend time hiking or camp overnight...very peaceful island...i sea kayaked into the caves with an outfitter...only 3 are allowed on the island...if you visit LA, take a side trip an hour away

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Fayetteville, Georgia, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

As my wife and I were planning a four night anniversary getaway we decided on CA and stumbled on the Channel Islands as an idea. As I began researching it looked like something worth checking out so we booked our boat ride and the anticipation built. But our anticipation could never prepare us for how beautiful this place actually is.... More 

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Northridge
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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We took Island Packers out of Ventura to visit Santa Cruz Island. On the way over to the island we saw California Grey Whales and Pacific Grey Whales (though I couldn't tell the difference). We followed them for a bit and watched them coming up for air. On the island we saw lots of birds and many foxes. We hiked... More 

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Ventura, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Pure nature just a short one hour boat ride away. Lots of hiking trails and picturesque views. This was the first time I went when I wasn't scuba diving and it really blew me away. Really felt like we were away from civilization, very relaxing. Almost no amenities outside of composting toilets so bring a pack with food and water.... More 

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