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Address: Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
Phone Number: 805-642-1393
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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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Sea Cave Kayaking at Channel Islands National Park
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Kayaking and Kelp Forest Snorkeling at Channel Islands National Park

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Remote, quiet and a great hike with sweeping ocean views

After a 1.5 hr boat ride, where we saw grey whales, hundreds of dolphins, and dozens of pelicans, we hopped off on shore at Prisoner's Harbor and a (strenuous) hike up to the Del... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Zach H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a 1.5 hr boat ride, where we saw grey whales, hundreds of dolphins, and dozens of pelicans, we hopped off on shore at Prisoner's Harbor and a (strenuous) hike up to the Del Norte backcountry campground. Amazing views, and once you're off the pretty exposed Navy Road, the trail becomes this lovely carpet of grass that winds up and... More 

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Thank Zach H
Torrance, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great island to spend weekend at with kids as you venture into backpacking. Kayak tour is great, but expensive, but definitely highly recommend. Snorkeling in Scorpion Anchorage is great for kids, just be sure to have a wetsuit.

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Thank 607flyr
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy day trip from Ventura Harbor. Do the hike to Potato Harbor and sit and enjoy a snack or lunch. Breathtaking views and moderate hike.

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Thank CAbeachLover
Arcadia, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took Island Packers (cannot recommend them enough) to Santa Cruz Island, landed at Scorpion Pier (although you have to skiff over to the island at this anchorage, due to some questions about the pier's structural integrity following a recent storm). Not to worry, besides a little inconvenience, the skiff trip was fun and all my stuff and I arrived dry... More 

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Thank alessandrabackpacks
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great for hiking, we went during June and saw a lot of campers so there are campgrounds available. Also, the kayaking is one of the most fun of all.

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Thank Alma R
Petaluma, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

We finally made the trip to Santa Cruz island and we are glad we did. The day was perfect, the seas relatively calm, and we saw at least 50 dolphins on the one hour cruise over to the island. Once at Scorpian Cove, you can either hike out to Smuggler's Cove (7.5 miles round trip), or do the Cavern Point/Potato... More 

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2 Thank pfefmeister
Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We traveled to Santa Cruz Island on the spur of the moment. Island Packers was excellent. Highly recommend using this company. The day on the island was fun. Some tips...wouldn't recommend this trip to any that are not avid hikers or those traveling with young kids that are not in to hiking. Relatively few shade trees. Trails are all open... More 

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3 Thank IslandSunSeekers
Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

You land at the foot of a rocky cliff and climb several flights of stairs to the top, which is a barren desert tableland. The views are stunning on all directions, and especially so at the far end of the island, where one stands and sees the length of the Channel Island archipelago--islands stretching out to the horizon. We went... More 

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2 Thank MHandPM
bakersfield
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Hikes and Backpacking on SantaCruz Island. The is a remote mostly back country island. Safe. Part National Park, Part Nature Conservancy. Many hiking options. Backpacking in Park is limited, officially, to only Del Norte ): Access From the mainland by charter boat from Ventura or Channel island Harbor. Private sailboat charters are available too. I like best the privately owned... More 

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Solvang, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We have lived in the area for 22 years and always wanted to go to the Channel Islands, but somehow it had not happened. UNTIL NOW. Oh my gosh what a great and grand adventure! I will admit the reason for the delay is that I am sensitive to motion, so I did go to my doctor and get a... More 

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