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Santa Cruz Island

Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands National Park, CA
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Type: Islands
Activities: Kayaking, Camping
Description: Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, this island is a popular place for kayaking and exploring sea caves.
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Went on a Tuesday and the boat was packed with people. The boat ride to the island takes an hour so prepare yourself if you are prone to sea sickness. Also you must ring back everything you take, so take trash bags if you plan on eating a lot. And bring plenty of water, especially if it is going to... More

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Lafayette, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Our son attends UCSB and we have wanted to make a trip to the Channel Islands nearby for some time. We booked a long weekend and took a day trip to Santa Cruz Island. The boat trip over was a highlight with schools of dolphin swimming and jumping around us several times. We took a kayak trip upon arrival (booked... More

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Long Beach, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

My husband and I spent the day here and it was amazing! We went on two hikes with great views. Make sure to take your lunch, snacks and plenty of water since there is nothing for purchase on the island. One of the park rangers mentioned that the only place to refill your water is at one of the campgrounds.... More

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Anaheim, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Took my grandkids to on the ferry to Santa Cruz Island. We camped for 2 days. It was so much fun! Kids enjoyed roughing it and having the foxes in our camp each day was great. We ate wild lemonade berries, hiked to smugglers cove and just enjoyed being together.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I recently had an amazing adventure. We did the Santa Barbara Adventure Company's Santa Cruz Island - Sea Caves Kayaking trip over the Labor Day weekend (8-30-14). We had done another previous kayaking trip in the past, and on a different island with them, and....they never fail to deliver a pleasant, enjoyable and memorable experience. We still... More

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Lake Forest, California
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126 reviews 126 reviews
71 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Take the ferry to Santa Cruz Island and it's your for the day. They go through great lengths to keep the Channel Islands in its natural condition. You can snorkel in the cleanest, clearest water in California (although it is a bit chilly), hike, or sign up with Channel Island Outfitters and kayak in the sea caves for a totally... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Why have I never heard of this place! Amazing! Short trip 1 hour boat ride, its not at all what I expected it to be. Everything is easy from the time you book (online) to the minute you step on the island. We camped at Scorpion for 3 days and we hiked and snorkeled all day long. The ocean is... More

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Manhattan Beach, CA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

we went in July and the waters were fantastic. pristine kelp forests, shallow waters, not too many people. I saw different types of fish, a leopard shark, a rare blue shark, an eel, a large crab and lobster, seals, and other underwater animals. the water is clear(great for photography). The only issue is that the water was in th lower... More

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I wanted to take my teenaged grandkids on an adventure that didn't involve electronics, and asked my son to come along for the paddle. I chose to do some sea kayaking in the Channel Islands, and I'm so glad that I did! We camped overnight because I was unsure of the timing on the kayaking and the boat back to... More

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Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I've wanted to go to the Channel Islands for years now, and we finally made the trip. We took a ferry with Island Packers from Ventura. I love boats and being on the water, so the ride over there was really fun. We saw Risso's dolphins, and evidently that's really rare for this area. One thing I'll do differently next... More

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